It is not unusual for teachers to face a common dilemma – the one computer classroom with a class of 25+ students.
There are several tricks you can do to help your classroom run smoothly. The following are a few tips I’ve compiled to help you manage you classroom!
Tip #1: Place the computer in an easily accessible and easily supervised place. This will prevent over-crowding for students using the computer in the classroom. This will allow you to easily assist students and keep an eye on what is being done.
Tip #2: Create “stations” or multiple activities, using the computer as only one of the tools necessary to complete assignments. Encourage the use of more traditional resources, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and books within the school library.
Tip #3: Teachers should designate a certain amount of time for each student to have a turn using the computer in the classroom. For older students, why not make it the student’s responsibility to keep track of their appointed time?
Tip #4: Project the computer screen onto a larger screen so the entire class can see. This is especially helpful if you have an interactive white board which can help take your lesson plan to the next level.
Tip #5: A great way teachers can engage students is to include lessons designed for group participation with an auto response system. This allows teachers to integrate surveys, polls, questions, and drawing activity slides into PowerPoint lessons.
Tip #6: Providing step-by-step instructions and examples of what work should be completed can help ensure that all students are prepared before it is their turn at the computer station.
We hope these 6 tips will help you incorporate technology into your lessons, while effectively managing a one computer classroom. If you have any more tips to share with teachers, please share them in the comments below.