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Teaching Technology withOUT computers...Help!!!

I have to teach technology class without computers due to students taking online tests. I'm in a room w/o pcs and I need ideas. Please help!

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Comment by Monica Carey on May 7, 2011 at 9:48am

If you have a projector and your laptop on a cart,  you can use this time to teach Internet Safety.  There a number of good sites for this with videos.  This is the time that I also do whole class Google Earth projects.  Take kids on a tour or do some Math.  You can find parking lots, baseball parks or football fields and find the perimeter.  You can also do parking lot math.  Count how many cars it can hold, subtract number of empty spaces, what fractional part is filled. 


Good luck.  I am out of my 10 weeks a year.  It is tough.

Comment by Mary Jo Minarich on May 9, 2011 at 3:28pm

I too, have to create lesson plans for 9 weeks out of the school year due to testing in our lab. What has worked for me is the following routine:

1. Story

2. Group activity

3. Paper project

There's a small collection of computer stories such as: "Computer Teacher from the Black Lagoon," "When Charlie McButton lost power," Arthur's computer disaster," "The letter jester," "Click Clack Moo," Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."

We made the paper lap tops found on this ning...I even had some lamenated and now I can use them over and over again.  There is a fabulous card game called "I have/Who has parts of the computer" found on this ning.  I printed them up, glued them to tag board and laminated them. I made 5 sets--1 for each of my tables.  I have also used calculators and had students work with them after reading, "Chicka Chicka 1,2,3."

Paper projects include coloring a keyboard, designing a clendar, and an alphabet page after discussing fonts (I teach 1st and 2nd Grade).  Teaching computer class without computers is the most challenging part of this job....I keep an extra bingo game in the lab for any outages we might encounter.  Thank goodness for this ning!  I would have been lost this year without it.  My biggest suggestion is explore this site continuously. The teachers who post are wonderful.

Comment by Gayle Allen on June 16, 2011 at 1:48pm
If you have a projector, download the interactive internet safety presentations on NetSmartz. They are on the Educators page.The kids love them and you won't believe the discussions you'll have.
Comment by Dottie Burkley on August 20, 2011 at 10:42pm
I have purchased the video on the safe side site.  It is a great internet safety video. You can show it in segments and have discussions on the different aspects of internet safety. I also use some of the other sites like the Netsmartz site and the Garfield site (http://learninglab.org/).  I know it is a challenge. One time when the electric went out I checked out all of the nonfiction computer books in the library. I have each group of 2 or 3 students a book. They had 15 minutes to scan/read a partor all of the book and share out with the rest of the class what they learned. They actually loved it.
Comment by Christy Hann on September 27, 2013 at 8:30pm

Looks like it is becoming a common theme that many of us are being displaced due to testing in our computer labs. 


Idea #1:   If you have access to one computer and a screen/projector you can show Internet Safety videos and then have discussions. I found some free Internet Safety videos from NetSafe for k-3 and 4-6.  I made a Sqworl page at: http://sqworl.com/csscwp  It has all the videos tagged and some free material at BrainPop for Internet Safety. 


Idea #2: I found a technology vocabulary activity at: http://www.abcya.com/computer_vocabulary.htm  It is a game called Find the Technology.  I was fortunate to have a SmartBoard and one computer.  There are 22 items to find and then there is a vocabulary multiple choice question after each item is found.  We did this whole group and kids were able to go up and "find" the device and then choose the answer.  Great reinforcement of technology vocabulary.  There is also another game at: http://www.abcya.com/input_output.htm.  I used it with the older grades. 


Idea #3:  If you have access to 1 computer and a screen, take a survey and use http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx to create a graph as a group.  Print and display it for each class.  They can compare/contrast results from other classes.  With the older classes you could split the class into groups and have some create the graph paper and pencil and some use the website to create it.  Who created it faster?  Discuss how computers can simplify tasks, make good use of your time, etc...


Idea #4:  Roll in the old World Book Encyclopedias.  Assign historical technology topics/items.  Have students research, then write a paragraph about the piece of technology.  For an extension, try to have them connect what current piece of technology now takes the place of the item they researched.  Example: 8 track tape, cassette tape, cd, mp3.




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