I am a first year teacher at a private school in Kansas City, Kansas. My subjects are computer skills and Gym for grades K-8. The gym I can handle but the Computer class has no manuel. I have to come up with lesson plans off the cuff, no book and ages range from K-8. I am looking for help with lesson plans in this age range. Or a good book to help, any direction or starting point, anything would help. Thank you for your help.
SHAWN

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Comment by Christine Southard on July 27, 2007 at 12:56pm
I would connect with some of the teachers of the students that you're working with this year. What curriculum are they doing in their class? Use that information to create projects with different technologies.

- Most students need typing instruction
- Others may need help creating graphic organizers (with Inspiration)
- Older students need instruction in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
- All students need safety tips for going online, finding reliable sources and how to cite their sources.

HTH - Goodluck!
Comment by Durff on July 29, 2007 at 11:20pm
Start with keyboarding...plain and simple with bonus.com as incentive to type so many correct words in so many minutes & use a stop watch. Then fade that to less often.....blogging of course (but I would say that) to start. This will keep everyone busy for your first 4 lessons anyway...specials teacher?
Comment by Shawn Jackson on November 29, 2007 at 4:32pm
WOW!!!! PROJECT BASED LEARNING ROCKS. We had our first project based lesson and I don't know why we teach any other way. I had to make them leave the class room they were so involved. AND GET THIS, this was the first time EVER not one child asked me "Mr. Jackson can we have free time and go on the internet before the end of class?" It's like a constant chant I here over and over and over all during computer class I have nightmares about it. Anyway, these kids worked until I forced them out of the class.
So I'm sure you want to know well did they learn any thing? When class started I showed them how to use the help in word 2003. A few weeks prior we learnded internet search techniques (finding filetype:, intitle:, using "", and a few others.) The week before we looked at the "DID YOU KNOW" video ---THANKS Sylvia Martinez --- You guys can look it up on you tube. As a class, we discussed it and began talking about how to get their parents involed. Our goal is to produce a letter that they can give to there parents. The core was to start networking, find out who can help us and if not do they know someone who can.
The first assignment was
1. Break up into groups of 3 or 4, and list your names and grade below.
a. ____________________________________
b. _____________________________________
c. _____________________________________
d. _____________________________________
2. Each of you will choose a job to fulfill. All of you will give input on the letter.
a. Researcher, this person will have to lookup things on the internet or in microsoft word help. If your team doesn't know how to do it you put your research skills to work and figure it out.
i. _________________________________
b. This person will do the typingand work close with the designer.
i. _________________________________
c. Designer, this person will have to decide what style the letter will be in and if or not to add clip art ect.
i. ___________________________________
d. 2nd researcher if needed looked up statistics on the benefits of computers in the class room and whatever else researcher 1 coulnd get to.
i. ___________________________________
3. Explain how you contributed to the team effort.
a. Researcher 1 what did you lookup on the internet or in Microsoft word help? How did you use this information?

b. Designer what did you add to improve your letter (photos, clipart, or templates)? Where did you find it? And why did you choose it?

c. Typist was spell check helpful? How helpful where the changes your designer made? What did you learn form your researchers?

4. Explain how you contributed to the team effort.
a. Researcher 2 what did you lookup on the internet or in Microsoft word help?After the "DID YOU KNOW" video We had came up with a general outline that had to be in the parent letter. So everyone on the team had to contribute some extra information to add into the letter and present it to the typist.

The first 5 or 10 min of class they asked me how do I do this or how do I do that. And I just directed them to there researcher. They taught themselves intermedate and advanced word skills in the process. Next week before we get started, each team will select someone to reteach a few skills they learned in Word. I will keep u posted please give me any advise you may have. The ship has sailed from here we sink or swim. Thanks guys for all of your help.

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