K-8 Computer Lab Teachers


K-8 Computer Lab Teachers

I started a discussion inviting anyone to share resources and ideas about running a computer lab. I am not sure I am doing this right but we will see.

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New K-5 Tech. teacher, need HELP

Started by Candice Johanson. Last reply by Charlie Gerancher Aug 16, 2013. 8 Replies

Computer Lab Educational Software Recommendations?

Started by Obe Hostetter. Last reply by R. Scott Young Jul 21, 2013. 3 Replies

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Comment by David Paoline on July 22, 2013 at 9:50pm

Hi Jacqui

I've been learning so much! I think the most important now is Google Apps and the drive. So much to do with Google in the classroom. Flipped Classroom is a biggie too. Have you ever done a flipped classroom lesson?

Comment by David Paoline on July 22, 2013 at 9:48pm

Hi Nancy 

Thank for the idea, its a great one! I like taking something so simple like, shapes and creating it into a fun technology activity. Do you have anyK-2 lessons for the smartboard?

Comment by Nancy on July 21, 2013 at 8:51am

Hi, David,

I feel your pain. I teach technology to PreK-8 students. With the younger students, find out what they're covering in the classroom and build on that. For example, if the Kdg class is reviewing shapes, I've pulled out my digital camera and we've taken turns looking for shapes and photographing them. Photos can be downloaded into a program to create a slideshow. Or I've passed around my (one and only) iPad and had the kids take a photo of a shape and use the app Explain Everything to have them narrate what shape they found and where they found it. Upload to a class Youtube account and they love it! You've reinforced classroom work, introduced technology, and worked on communication skills. 

Comment by Jacqui Murray on July 21, 2013 at 8:30am

Hey, David, what are they teaching now in a Tech Ed masters? It changes so fast, I wonder what they consider important.


Comment by David Paoline on July 21, 2013 at 3:29am

Last year (2012-2013) was my first year teaching technology. My prior technology experiences was working as a graphic designer. I mainly taught Microsoft Office programs, cyber safety, and a little typing. I only had a half an hour, once a week with grades k-6. I felt that I needed to know more about teaching technology. I went back to college, Wilmington U, to get my masters in technology education. Since January of this year I have learned an abundance of information that I instantly applied in my tech lab. Although that I am learning a lot, I still find myself at a lost, especially with the younger students. If there is any one in this group that can direct me on how to create effective lessons for the student in k-2, please help. I also like some advice on working with Special Ed students with technology.Thank you.

Comment by Priscilla Grim on April 11, 2013 at 10:58am

Looking for a resource for educational games online? Check out http://powermylearning.com it's free and all the games are aligned to Common Core standards. And did I mention it is free? ;)

Comment by Patricia Ewing on March 1, 2013 at 10:58am

Sorry - I just added a comment and need to correct something. I mentioned that I had an account in Portaportal called preschool. The name is actually TechSmart not preschool.

Comment by Patricia Ewing on March 1, 2013 at 10:54am

I just joined your group. I've been teaching K-5 computers since November 2011. Coming in after the year began was interesting especially since I'd never taught computers before. I decided to teach through Microsoft Office programs one at a time as my base and add other ideas as I found them and it worked for me. This year I purchased Structured Learning's set of Technology books K-5 and have used quite a bit of their lessons. I also go to Jacqui Murray's site Ask a Tech Teacher http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com/ when I want to find a quick site for something. I've subscribed to her emails as well. I keep adding more and more sites and activities on my Portaportal account at www.portaportal.com. You can sign in as a guest. I have three - one is named preschool for my PreK students, another is mrsewing for my K-8 and the other is very old and called pataede which I created while I was a classroom teacher. It is a very easy site to set up, but other than creating categories not easy to organize. It just puts each new entry at the bottom of your list in the category you choose. It works for me because the school has very old computers and the other sites I have tried to set up with colorful icons either do not work at all or are very slow on our computers.

I am still working on organizing my ideas for the computer lab and appreciate all the help in this group.

Comment by Neill Kramer on June 2, 2011 at 4:03pm
Evolving our K-8 website Together

We are very excited to be soft-launching a K-8 website for teachers to share learning resources quickly & easily.


We've been working closely with a single school district but now's the time to expand out and get feedback from the wider world of educators.


There's a quick tutorial movie on our home page (click on any of the big icons).


If you register then you can vote on features that are important to you: http://19pencils.com

(see attached sample screenshot)


Please let us know. We're listening!


There's also a place on our contact form for comments: http://19pencils.com/register/contact


Thanks in advance,

Neill Kramer



Comment by Mrs Cadogan on May 24, 2011 at 8:17am
I have taught computers for 18 years to K-5 students. In September I will be in a new school which goes through 8th grade! Help, where do I start with middle school?

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