Tech Integration Class: Student projects using laptops and labs

Step 1:  Develop Idea for Possible Activity/Lesson
  1.   Software Alternatives
  2.   Hardware
    1.   How many computers are required?
    2.   Peripherals (scanner, camera, projector, microphone, tripod...)
  3.   Identify the parts of the project with which you will need help.
    1.   Who can help you?
      1.   Bldg Tech
      2.   Collegue
      3.   Tech Coach
      4.   Media Specialist
      5.   Parent
Step 2: Schedule Resources and People
  1.   Time
    1.   Make up time?
  2.   Support
  3.   Lab vs. Classroom
Step 3: Assemble Lesson Package
  1.   Plan / Flowchart
    1.   Daily work schedule -
      1.   Defined Tasks
  2.   Create an example finished product
Step 4: Create Management Plan
  1.   Assign lab seating / laptops.
  2.   Saving Student files
    1.   Server
    2.   Local
    3.   How to "hand in"?
  3.   Skills students need before starting
    1.   Will you teach these?
    2.   Who can help you?
  4.   Urban Planet
    1. 5 minute activities (example)
    2. How to create a Links page.
    3. How to upload documents.
    4. How to upload template

  5. Forms tool
  6.   Rules
    1.   Laptop
      1.   Proper handling
      2.   Charging
      3.   Securing cart after school
    2.   Both
      1.   Be helpful
      2.   Be kind
      3.   Stay in seats
      4.   Don't print without permission
      5.   Never print web pages
      6.   Raise your hand for help
Step 5: During the Project
  1. Be alert - it takes all of your attention to know what is going on at all of the computers at one time.
  2. Use the presentation station to provide a group demonstration.
  3. Stop, Look, Listen - be sure all students are paying attention when you are giving directions. You can use instructions like: "stop, look & listen", "eyes on me", and "hands off your mice and keyboards".
  4. Don't hesitate to stop during a lesson, make sure you have everyone's attention and recap the activity, if there seem to be many questions. If there are only a small number of students with the same question, take them to one computer to demonstrate, so that the remainder of the class can continue to work.
  5. Allow a student that demonstrates understanding to give instructions.
  6. Give students 10 and 5-minute warnings, which will allow them some control over how they use the final minutes.
Step 6: Clean-Up
  1. Removing / archiving files from computers
  2. Upload projects to Urban Planet
  3. Burning multiple copies for families


Laptop and Lab Project Ideas
Ms. Brasch's Probability Activity

AtomicLearning Lesson Accelerators

Resource for Managing Computer Lab Projects