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Tips for managing classroom computer use. Finding and structuring time for students' use of classroom computers.
computer workshop
Posted by:Emily #91438

It is so difficult to manage computers and kids in the classroom. Dr. Donald Leu has written a lot about how to incorporate technology in the classroom in a more seamless way. He sometimes has articles in the Reading Teacher.

One of his suggestions was to have an Internet Workshop. I've tried this and with a little time, it definitely worked. Each student had a 20 minute slot to work on the computer during the day. Depending on the number of kids you have, you may want to have the students paired up. The time slots were usually during independent work time, etc. So, they were missing some of instruction, but when they returned from the computer, they could always make up the work.

When the students were at the computer I gave them a short assignment. I usually had the assignment instructions...

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one computer classroom
Posted by:Lisa #39361

There is a great book called Great Teaching in the One Computer Classroom by David A. Dockterman, Ed.D. It was given to me by a tech specialist after going through some computer course in our parish.

I also suggest that the computer not be used as students finish their written assignments since your fast-finishers will always get 1st choice and work quality goes down when there is a reward when you're done.

I have used rotating system, and this year I plan to create class centers and the computer station will be one center. In order to elimate the non-stop questions, I plan to put Quick Tips for the different software that we use and find my "Computer Wiz Kids" as helpers.

Good Luck with Technology.

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"Technology in the Classroom"
Posted by:Tabitha #39285

I have three student computers and a teacher computer in my room. My students also go to the computer lab once a week for 45 minutes. I have used technology a lot in my class this year.
I create HOT SHEETS for my students to do when they get on the computer. It is where I have found websites and I copy them onto a word document and have questions that they must answer buy going to the website. I give my students an extra 5 points on a test or assignment that they didn't score well on. I let them choose which one. You can also find virtual trips on line called WebQuests that your students can do as well.
I use powerpoint and inspiration for reading, language arts, science, and social studies. I create KWL charts, character webs, vocabulary webs, and review games for...

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computer in the room
Posted by:emme #81165

We have a computer room, and my class has assigned time in there once a week. However, on my classroom computers, I have Kid Pix Deluxe, Millie's Math House, Bailey's Book House and Sammy's Science House. There is a series featuring Franklin (Franklin's Adventures, Franklin Learns Math) that the kids also like.

I introduce one activity at a time, modelling it for the whole class. Then I use a class list and color in squares by their name as they get to the computer to try that activity. I use a digital timer and they know who they are to get for the next turn when it rings. (Usually 10 or 15 mins). While they are gone they display a stand up card on their desk that says "Gone to the Computer". I made it with clip art. That way I don't wonder where they are.

I do not have anyone on the computer...

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Computer Time
Posted by:Tabitha/5th #45255

I have three student computers and one teacher computer. On each writing journal I place a colored dot. That color for the day is the one that gets to use the computer for the morning. Red in Monday, Green is Tuesday, Blue is Wednesday, Yellow is Thrusday, and Orange is Friday. I go over this system with my students the first week of school. I let the ones that don't have computer that day and need to take an AR test use my computer or go to the AR lab. When I have group research I time the kids. I let three groups use the computer for ten minutes. Then I switch groups. For indoor recess it is timed as well. Ten minutes on then someone else can get on. They are not allowed to print anything without me seeing it first. Ink is to expensive and so is paper...

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computer time
Posted by:Rebecca #29166

I do the same thing Barbara does. I have centers each day and the kids have assigned days for each center. The schedule is posted in that center so this cuts down on them continually asking when is there turn. They just look and see. Each student works on the computer once a week. I have age appropriate research for them to do or have things bookmarked for them to do maybe concerning a social studies/science or math lesson we are doing. I teach third grade and I like to use the Little Explorers on On that site, there are printable research questions to use with the Little Explorers. We saw life on a dairy farm on when studying dairy farms and we use when we work on our postcard project. I hope this helps you with your questions about computer use.

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Posted by:KWT #129712

I teach a self-contained class of 23 students w/3 computers. Each morning during "Early Work" time (7:30 - 8:15), I excuse three students from EW and let them go to the computer. I have folders set up on the desktop according to the day of the week. The students know which folder to go to and they work through whatever is in the folder. It has worked well for me. I have their names written on the board along with the EW assignment. They are responsible for going to their EW folder and writing "excused-computer time" for me. That way when I grade EW for the week, I am able to give them credit for the time that they spent on the computer. Included in the folder on the computer is a Math, Language, Spelling, and Reading activity for the students to work through. We use Trophies Reading...

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