Designing Independent Work

Designing Independent Work
  • Design projects to be completed in small parts, so that
    directions do not become too complex. Have instructions clearly spelled
    out and in small chunks.
  • Have students plan their use of the computer before they sit in front of it. For example, they should plan searches (write down key words, etc.) before getting on the Net. Have them storyboard, write, or draw their project before putting it on the computer.
  • Assign 4-6 students as Helpers or Monitors to assist children who are working on the computer, so that the teacher is not disturbed when a student has a question related to the operation of the computer.
  • Use peer teaching. Each week have a different student in charge of the computer. They should have learned whatever program is used that week.
  • Have a student who serves as "Computer Assistant." If studentshave a question, they are to go to the Computer Assistant for help. If the Assistant doesn't know, then they can ask the teacher.
  • Use Stationery and Template files in a Shared File. In Box or Out Box to hand items in.
  • Use the one computer as a station with pairs/groups of kids. This works well if you are doing projects or problem-based learning. Students work on the project, and the computer serves as one of many resources/activities to solve the problem or do the project.
  • Assign roles related to computer use: typer, mouse operator, leader, timer, reader, editor, spell checker, etc.