Thursday, August 15, 2013

Helpful Back-to-School Activity for Grades 6-8

Looking for a useful activity to get your middle school students off to a good start this year? Why not help them organize their school life with what tends to be a truly confusing task--remembering their new class schedules!

In this activity, students will be creating a table in Microsoft Word that displays their class schedule. This printable handout gives step-by-step instructions (with graphics). What a great way to help students--creating a visual of their schedule can help middle-schoolers' brains do a better job of processing and retaining such confusing info!

* For use with Microsoft Word 2010

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Back to School--Mouse Skills for Little Ones

I have 2 weeks before heading back to the classroom. Today I have been browsing for easy mouse skills activities for PreK and K. I find that having young students practice very simple mouse skills the first few weeks of school pays off!

Here are a few activities I will use in my computer lab the first week of classes.


As I posted last year, this is also a very helpful tip:

L is for Left
This is a fantastic way to help young students learn to hold and use a mouse! I wish I had done it a long time ago. I instruct children to grasp the sides of the mouse with their thumb on the left and their other fingers on the right...then to slip their pointing finger over onto the "L". I have noticed a huge difference in their ability to focus on clicking the left side of the mouse. I used a gold paint pen which dries within seconds. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Computer Teacher Planner

Just in time for the new school year!

For years now, I have been using my own planner and have just put the finishing touches on it. It is designed to be used in Microsoft Word 2010, and I am offering it as a new product!

The Computer Teacher Planner is easy to use and can be used year after year! It will help keep you super organized with its friendly features. You have the choice of typing directly into the fields provided, or print the planner out to fill-in by hand. There are (3) main areas of interest in this product. They are:

1. 52 weekly planning pages—each week includes one page to enter lesson plans and another for any notes or websites you may use during that week One advantage to typing in your website information is that once you type the web address, it will automatically create a link to that site from the planner. 

2. Websites I Want to Remember—there is lots of space to store website information that you may want to keep for future use. You can even categorize and sort your data.

3. Grading Rubric—the “Computer Class Performance Rubric” is a great tool to help you not only grade your students’ activities, but is helpful in planning a lesson. Use it as a reminder of lesson objectives. This form can be customized to add an activity name, student info, points and notes. I create one for each activity I assign and hand it to students at the start of each class. I find they make fewer mistakes and pay more attention to details!

***PLEASE NOTE: This planner was designed in Microsoft Word 2010 and may be altered if used in any other version.