I am a Media Specialist in a K-6 elementary school. I am currently working on NET*T certification and I am having a lot of success in integrating technology into my upper (4-6) grade classes. I have access to digital cameras and voice recorders as well as five computers on a daily basis.
I would like some suggestions for how to utilize five computers in a 40 minute class for my k-3 students in a fair and equitable manner. The class size varies from 20-31 students and abilities vary widely, from students who don't recognize their letters with no keyboarding skills to those students who are extremely gifted. I have been using the first 20 minutes for instruction and the last 20 minutes for checkout.
I have reviewed online instructional plans and resource ideas but the majority of what I have seen is for upper grades and I am trying to develop some ideas for next year for my younger students.
Have you tried the Thinkfinity website? They have lessons for all age levels and abilities.
BTW, how do you do a computer lesson for 30 students with only 5 computers? I have 6 ccomputers and have students work in pairs in 2 shifts. In some ways it works, in other ways it doesn't. How do you do it?
I have looked at Thinkfinity it is a great resource.
I use small groups with the older students and I do it in shifts as well. I have had to juggle some of the student groups as personality conflicts, etc. arise but overall it has worked well. My problem is the younger students who all want to have their own computer to utilize (of course) but who don't have keyboarding skills. The group dynamic is not working as well with them and I am hoping others might have some ideas I haven't thought of yet.
Would you share some of what is working for gr. 4-6? Do you have a website perhaps?
If you search a particular author or picture book title, you can probably find related projects (Seuss, Eric Carle, Kevin Henkes, etc.)
For lower el I'm seeing a lot of projects with Kidpix. I haven't tried any---haven't used Kidpix in over 7 years since I've been at secondary level.