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you have been ordered to integrate technology in you classroom. Only
problem is, you only have one computer. There is light at the end of the
tunnel. Here are 10 ways you can use your one computer as an
invigorating learning tool.
- Presentation Tool–
The first (and simplest way) to use your computer is to present notes
or information to your students. To do this project your computer screen
onto a presentation screen or smart board. If you don’t have one a dry
erase board works just as good. This also requires the aid of an LCD
(Liquid Crystal Display) projector. The best way to do this is for the
teacher to walk the room explaining the notes and making sure students
are on task while a student works the keyboard.
- Example– Present a power point on the steps of solving a quadratic equation.
There are a ton of interactive games, note taking techniques, and
simulation activities on the internet. Allow one student to direct
activities projected on the screen or fill in a graphic organizer on the
dry erase board and another student to make the movements on the
computer. Students can be grouped to increase competition.
- Example- Go to http://www.schooltimegames.com/
and search for games based a lesson you will be teaching. Divide
students into groups of 3-4 and allow them to compete against each other
in a game. One student will operate the computer and be the score
Play the games or competition listed above (in #2). However, make it a
competition between classes to get the whole class involved. The results
can be calculated on the board or tracked using an excel spreadsheet
with a bar graph.
- Example– Have students compete to identify the battles of the Civil War of the parts of the body on www.purposegames.com
Setup learning centers in your classroom. Create an activity where
groups of students move through various learning centers with one of the
centers being a computer learning center.
learning stations about the stages of mitosis. Have a one station where
students take notes, have another station where they color diagrams on
the stages of mitosis, another stage where they interact with a
simulation on the stages of mitosis (such as http://www.cellsalive.com/mitosis.htm) , another where they create a model of mitosis, and another for assessments.
- Computer as the Peak Activity (Pre-search, Research, Post-search) – Have
a group assignment where students have a before the computer part (or
parts) of the assignment, on the computer part of the assignment, and an
after the computer part(s). This allows each group to prepare for what
they will do on the computer as well as evaluate what they did while on
Students prepare to write a debate on abortion by writing a thesis and
creating an outline, get on the computer and research information about
cell phones in school using http://idebate.org/debatabase , and then use the research information to formulate their debate.
- Jigsaw Puzzle–
By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the jigsaw method. It breaks a lesson
down into parts and groups of students work on different parts of the
lesson. Each part of the lesson will equal one piece of the puzzle. One
of those pieces will be a computer group.
When teaching a lesson on China, I jig sawed the lesson into a language
group, a culture group, a religion group, a history group, a customs
group and a geography group. While the other groups used the textbook
and other resource books , I allowed the geography group to use my
computer to map famous places using Google Earth http://www.google.com/earth/index.html
Allow students to become a specialist on a particular topic and they
can create a PowerPoint or other activity to teach the rest of the class
about the topic
As an end of the year review, students can pick a war (i.e. World War
I) and create a short 3 slide PowerPoint on the topic to present to the
class. Other students can be busied doing their research in a textbook
or creating a multiple choice quiz about their PowerPoint.
students to work on an activity at their desk. When they get their part
correct, they can go type it into a master list or Power Point
projected on the board.
This is a great “Get to Know Your Classmates” activity for the
beginning of the year. Have each student come up and make one PowerPoint
slide about themselves and present a master PowerPoint show entitled
“Getting to Mrs./Mr. ___________’s class”
- For fun make it a quiz, where the student puts a weird fact about themselves and the class has to guess who it is.
Have students answer questions in the different resources in the room
(textbook, encyclopedia, classroom books) about the Civil Rights
Movement and for one of the questions have them listen to Martin Luther
King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on http://www.history.com/speeches
Use it for struggling students for remediation or enrichment for early
finishers. This is also a great for students who need some extra credit.
student who finishes an assignment early and needs a few extra points
to improve their grade can create a comic strip on the current lesson
using Toon Doo. http://www.toondoo.com/Home.do?param=log&msg=1
Kimberly Scott has more than six years of teaching experience. This includes middle and high school, both in the traditional and online environment. She has done numerous trainings, designed several innovative curriculums, and developed end-of-course assessments. She specializes in innovative teaching techniques, curriculum design, and integrating technology in the classroom. For more information, visit her blog www.ingeniousteaching.blogspot.com