Techniques, Tips & Tools for Managing a Computer Lab

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A computer lab is the classroom that isn't. While many traditional classroom management techniques wil lwork in a compute rlab, many wont. In addition, the lab itself poses both physicla limitations as additional possibilities not possible in a traditional classroom.

This slide deck is from the SimpleK12.com webinar on 8/8/13 outlining classroom management techniques for a computer lab as well as technical tools for assisting in management.

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Techniques, Tips & Tools for Managing a Computer Lab

  1. 1. Techniques, Tips & Tools for Managing a Computer Lab Classroom management for the classroom that isn’t one... Simple K12.com webinar - 8/8/13 Chris Casal Technology Coordinator/Teacher P. S. 10 Brooklyn (15K010) ccasal@ps10.org Twitter: @mr_casal Thursday, August 8, 13
  2. 2. Introduction A computer lab is a classroom but it also isn’t Classroom management techniques will work... sort of... Computer lab management needs to be an adaptation of traditional techniques that leverage technology & battle infrequency Thursday, August 8, 13
  3. 3. Computer Lab Short term Less frequent 1:1 (or close to it) Traditional jobs, roles, techniques wont necessarily translate to the computer lab environment Thursday, August 8, 13
  4. 4. Physical Space Set up your lab for easy flow easy sight lines enable best use of available devices Remember it’s most likely a “fixed space” secure desks/tables movement isn’t common small group work not as frequent Thursday, August 8, 13
  5. 5. Rules & Routines Just like a normal class, but truncated single period once a week account for less repetition & plan ample review Think about the above points when creating rules & routines simplicity is key Thursday, August 8, 13
  6. 6. Roles Regular classrooms have student jobs Does your computer lab need them? Maybe not... I use the “monitors” or “messengers” from homeroom as needed I do have daily/weekly assigned “tweeters” Thursday, August 8, 13
  7. 7. My Lab 30 iMacs & 3 MacBooks 28-32 students per class 22 different classes per week grades 2-5 ~700 students takes me ~1 month to get a classroom teacher’s single day “face time” My rules, routines, and expectations are clear & consistent throughout Thursday, August 8, 13
  8. 8. My Lab Thursday, August 8, 13
  9. 9. My Lab Thursday, August 8, 13
  10. 10. Tech Tools Apple Remote Desktop Apple’s own product - Mac only often bundled with edu server purchases SMART Sync offers 30 day trial Mac & Windows compatibility Netop Vision offers free trail Mac & Windows compatibility Multiple version including tablet functionality Thursday, August 8, 13
  11. 11. Live Demo Apple Remote Desktop Thursday, August 8, 13
  12. 12. Leverage the Tech Use management software lock the screens for instant re-focus take, and print, screenshots of inappropriate use share screens to demonstrate student best-practices do the first 2 a lot at the beginning and you’ll likely get to do far more of the 3rd the rest of the year Thursday, August 8, 13
  13. 13. Summary A computer lab is a classroom but it also isn’t adapt your rules, routines, roles, expectations accordingly Leverage the technology - students are there to learn, show them some of the power technology affords you (but don’t abuse that power) and the results will be evident It’s not a “1 teacher 30 student” situation, don’t treat it as such - flexibility & repetition are key Thursday, August 8, 13
  14. 14. Contact Christopher M. Casal Technology Teacher/Coordinator P. S. 10 (15K010) Email: ccasal@ps10.org Twitter: @mr_casal Diigo: mrcasal www.mrcasal.com thecasalos.blogspot.com ps10ipads.wikispaces.com Thursday, August 8, 13

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