As the world faces COVID-19 and we, as a nation and a community, work together to prevent its spread, the federal and state government as well as the CDC recommend staying at home if at all possible. Thank you for your commitment to helping us all stay healthy. Here’s our guide to staying connected at home.
Working from home
If you have a job that allows you to work from home, you’re probably already working there. Here are some best practices for working from home:
- Work in a space separate from the rest of your house. To concentrate on work, you need a space to work that is set apart from the normal bustle of home life. While family members, pets, TV, and other people and things are a part of your day-to-day life, they will probably make it harder to get work done. Ideally, your home office has a door that shuts—maybe even locks.
- Use a high-speed internet connection. As an HCC customer, that won’t be a problem. If you’re working wirelessly, don’t forget these wireless router tips:
- Place the router away from metal, thick walls, or major appliances
- Put the router the main floor of your house
- Make sure your router is able to handle high speeds
- Take breaks. At home, you may be sitting for longer periods that you normally would at work. Get up, take a walk, spend a few minutes with your family. Especially during this uncertain time, maintaining connection and taking time for your emotional health is vital.
Learning from home
If you have children and who are at home right now, there are many ways they can continue to learn online—no matter their age. Here are some helpful resources for helping kids learn at home:
- For younger children:
- Each day since COVID-19 shut schools across the country, children’s author Mo Willems has held a short (about 20 minutes) drawing class live on YouTube. Click here to learn more.
- BrainPop offers all kinds of educational programs for small children. Click here to learn more.
- NASA has all kinds of online activities for kids in the NASA Kids Club. Click here to learn more.
- For older kids and teenagers:
- If your child studies a foreign language in school, they can keep their skills up on DuoLingo, which offers free language instruction in dozens of languages. Click here to learn more.
- Your child may want to keep a journal of their time at home. They can practice better writing skills by using Grammarly’s free writing help. Click here to learn more.
- Let your kids explore TED Talks or take a course on Lynda to learn more about a topic they’re already interested in.
Playing from home
Your internet connection puts a world of entertainment options at your fingertips, even when you’re stuck inside. Many services are streaming movies that would normally be in theaters right now. Others are offering discounts or free service for people who have lost their jobs.
HCC offers a streaming service called nexTV. With features like full HD and live TV included, home entertainment has never been easier. nexTV also offers up to 200 hours of cloud DVR recording, to watch on your TV, smartphone or tablet with HCC’s nexTV app. Equipment is easy to install – just plug your streaming nexTV device into a power source, your TV’s HDMI port and sign into your nexTV account (provided to you by customer service).
Most of us have more time at home right now than we expected. Whether you’re working at home, learning at home, playing at home, or some combination of the three, we’re here to support you every step of the way.