Technology is a scarce commodity across the district with many teachers relying almost exclusively on the school site computer labs for access. So, what do you do when you’ve been scheduled into the computer lab to make this time meaningful and relevant? Below are three different ways to engage your students.
Developing Keyboarding Skills with TypingWeb
Introducing Digital Literacy and Citizenship
21st century learning demands that our students know how to “think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the digital world” and Common Sense Media is packed with a wealth of resources to help students do just that. At this free website, teachers will find materials for Digital Literacy and Citizenship including downloadable and printable lesson plans, videos, classroom posters, and much, much more. Take some time to look through the resources to see what all is available. A good starting point is the Scope & Sequence which provides leveled units that address digital literacy and citizenship. The Common Sense Media resources are the approved Digital Literacy and Citizenship materials being used in the district.
Improving Search Skills with Google
Want to help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners? Google Search Education provides teachers with leveled lesson plans and activities to help develop search literacy skills. Students can take the self-paced Power Searching course and receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion. They can also put their searching skills to test in the A Google a Day.