Hello. I am not sure if there is a discussion out there for computer lab teachers yet. If not, I would like to start one so we can bounce ideas and resources off each other. I spent my first year teaching as a computer lab teacher. At first I was hesitant because I thought I would be a classroom teacher. Now, I love it and feel I am in the right place at the right time.

This September I start my second year only this time i am at a Chicago Public School with 600+ students. I have a lot of work to do to prepare and would love to talk with anyone about tips, tricks, what to avoid, etc.

Jeremiah Olson

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I am looking for a way to have my students save their work in a centralized place. Every kid has the same username and password. How much do moodles cost? I also am implementing a survey. It seems like there is a significant number of students who do not have access to a computer at home. So I am wondering if having an online presence will be enough for all my students.
Moodle is free and VERY flexible and powerful. Many web host have a control panel called Fantastico which will install it for you. It is open source and very highly supported by the community. Check it out!
As George has said, Moodle is free as are many other LCMS, (Learning Content Management Systems), I use ATutor, http://www.atutor.ca/, for my middle school. You have to have a hosting company host the system if your school/district won't. I use http://www.lunarpages.com as they provide a free hosting service for public schools in the US.

However, if you are in a private school, the cost of using their service is not that expensive, Yahoo Geocities, etc are not suitable places for your LCMS. You will either have to have someone install your LCMS on the system or do it yourself. It took me three times of install before I got the hang of it and I am an old guy, surely you younger techies could do it as easily as myself. ;)


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Hello everyone. This is my first post on Ning so I'm not even sure I'm doing this right. I have applied for a computer education position at a K-5 school of about 800 students. The interview went very well and I hate to say that I really do have my hopes up. I am currently student teaching in a 4th class at another school down the road (I graduate in December). I have been asked to come up with, basically a curriculum plan from scratch and ways to reach the teachers who don't like technology. I have diligently been searching the internet for what I've finally found here- computer education teachers sharing ideas! I thanks everyone for sharing their sites with information. I have my own website that is just a mock up right now since I'm not actually working yet. Feel free to check it out at www.mrscogginsclass.com. Hope to share ideas with you all! Thanks.
Well, you seem to have posted correctly! :) Good luck with the job!
Hi Everyone!
This is my first posting on this forum. I am in my second year as a computer lab teacher/technology coordinator in Washington, DC. I work at 2 schools. At my first school I teach headstart and 4th-6th graders. At my second school I teach 2nd-6th graders. This is the first year I will be split between two schools.

Last year I began the year going over lab expectations and doing a survey to find out what my students knew about computers. I followed this with a lesson on net safety. Upon completion of that I coordinated with teachers and planned lessons accordingly. I plan on using this same format with a few modifications.

I look forward to reading and sharing with you all. My district has very few tech teachers so there is not a lot of sharing and discussion of technology related issues.

Cindy H.
Hi, I am a teacher like you. In tech area. I am teaching Microsoft Office Programs. IMy experience is about 13 years. If you have questions ask me if you want...
I am a district technology and work mostly with the teachers. But we have lab teachers in each of our buildings, K-8. One thing that I try to communicate is that although they teach skills, they should always link their lessons to the actual classroom curriculum. I am a firm believer in integrating the technology and teaching skills as they become necessary.
Good morning Jeremiah. I teach at a middle school in a lab of 30-33 (depending what's working) windows computers. I have 2 classes a day from grades 6, 7, and 8; about 50 minutes or less. I see my kids for 1 quarter per year, then they move on to other electives. I'm really trying to give them the tools they'll need for high school and work (like office-type apps and internet savvy) plus use more Web 2.0 tools. We must have some overlap in common. I know middle school is not the same as high school but I'd be glad to participate in your discussion. Also, I'd like to say that I collaborate with classroom core-subject teachers whenever they will, but that's rare, sadly. When I ask for input regarding their current units or the like I'm lucky to get 2 responses. Luckily we have curriculum maps available and I already know their general curricula through the year. So I put as many academic standards and links as I can into my projects but they are short projects -- I only get a student for approximately 45 hours per year -- and that's not much time for all the NETS or ISTE standards. Can you tell that my main frustration today is with lack of time? We're a month into a new year with a longer school day (8am-4pm) and so far the extra teaching minutes have only exhausted me! LOL
Hi Jeremiah,
I had a job similar to yours for 4 years in Kuala Lumpur. I loved it but also find the age range challenging, and I only had grades 1-5!. After a few years, one of the things I loved was that I controlled the entire tech curriculum across those grades. Since my first year it was a new position, most of the upper grades received the same lesson. By my last year, each grade learned a different set of skills because I was truly spiraling.

Now I'm a tech coordinator in Singapore who also has teaching responsibilities. We start the year with internet safety. Here are some of the resources we use:

Netsmartz - the kids like the little rapping cartoon videos and I'm seeing good retention of the ideas. There is a kid and a teen section.

Surf Swell Island
- this Disney site is a huge hit with all our students. It includes safety and ettiquette. Even the older students will ask if they can play it again later in the year.

Faux Paw is something we use with our third grade students. In my new school I don't work with the K-2 students so I don't have any up-to-date resources for that.

With our fifth graders, I use the BrainPop video on computer viruses. It moves quickly so I stop it and discuss it with them, but they also seemed to retain a lot from these.

This year, with my older students, I am thinking of using the You Tube videos created by Jeff Utecht's students at Shanghai American School. His middle school students created anti-cyberbullying movies. I think they would be effective with my students. Unfortunately, I can't find them at the moment.



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