When your classroom of students gets their hands on tech, whether its laptops or tablet computers, the opportunity for excitement soars. That’s a good thing, but it can also create chaos. So, how do you keep kids who have the Internet at their fingertips on task? How can you ensure they use the tech appropriately and take proper care of it as they’re learning computer skills?
This past week I had the privilege of visiting Yung Wing Elementary School and meeting the 4th-grade teachers. Their 4th-grade students loved using Typing.com and many, at their teachers’ suggestion, had changed the skin on their lessons.
Using computers in the classroom is a great way to increase engagement, help students learn to use technology, and make your life easier as a teacher. In order to maximize the benefits of using technology in the classroom, it is important to have clear rules and expectations for appropriate computer use. Instill these habits in students from day one, and you’ll not only make your life easier, but you’ll help your students become responsible users of technology.
The summer months are flying by. Hours of outdoor fun in the sun will quickly be replaced by hours in front of the computer. As you head back to the classroom, review these tips on creating a healthy, ergonomic workspace to keep you and your students comfortable and injury free.
Whether it’s out on the field or in the classroom, competition amongst peers can motivate students to improve skills they might otherwise ignore. This theory was put to the test by a technology teacher, Nadjib Aktouf, who decided to create a friendly typing competition as an incentive to motivate his 8-10 year old students