So 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.
- 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 keeper.
- Example- Have students compete to identify the battles of the Civil War of the parts of the body on www.purposegames.com
- Example-Create 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 the computer.
- Example- 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.
- Example- 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
- Example- 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.
- Example- 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.
- Example- 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
- Example-A 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