For Technology Personnel<br />Before working inside the computer…<br />Turn off the computer first!<br />Always follow instructions from the manual.<br />Protect against electrostatic discharge with a ground bracelet, or anti-static wrist strap and ground mat.<br />
Document your work with step-by-step notes.<br />Use chip retrievers to clamp small chips.<br />Keep disks and chips away from magnetized areas or tools.<br />Use static shield bags to move electronic parts to different areas.<br />
For Teachers<br />Create individual student contracts on computer lab safety where rules, procedures, and consequences are clearly outlined.<br />Spend several class sessions on identification of basic computer equipment, lab safety procedures, and internet safety during the first weeks of school.<br />Show Do’s/Don’ts of Computer Equipment Safety. <br />
Allow classes to brainstorm and generate their own computer lab safety rules and/or safety pledges.<br />Create safety posters and other visuals with students and post on bulletin boards in highly visible areas in the computer lab.<br />Create a classroom routine on how to enter/exit the computer lab, use the equipment responsibly, and how to get teacher attention for help during class sessions.<br />
Create a brochure with students on safety tips, or a monthly digital newsletter to share with other students and staff members on lab events.<br />Review safety tips and procedures through closure strategies or interactive games frequently.<br />Practice safety procedures and preventative maintenance all the time!<br />
Some Teacher Resources<br />Computer Rules Prevent Problems – Education World article with tips from different computer teachers and technology specialists<br />Computer Lab 10 Commandments – Great set of rules to start with in elementary to middle school settings<br />Sample Lesson Plan – Sample lesson plan on how to teach computer lab rules and technology ethics to high school students <br />
For Students<br />Be gentle with the computers and lab equipment.<br />Pay attention to the No Food/Beverages signs!<br />Clear high-traffic areas of backpacks, books and other things to secure a good flow of movement in the lab.<br />Throw your trash away to prevent it from piling up behind computer vents and overheating of the computers.<br />
Do not tamper with any power cords and cables.<br />Leave keyboards, mice, and other computer parts in the lab!<br />Pens, bits of paper, and other objects do not belong in the computer drives and ports.<br />Never attempt to fix something yourself – ask for adult help first.<br />If you notice something wrong in the computer lab, always tell an adult!<br />
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