Weather you are headed back to the classroom or starting digital with distance learning you most likely have come to realize technology in the classroom is a must! Let me share a few tips with you about how to introduce technology to your students. I’ve started my first week of school teaching these lessons for the past 11 years . From kinder to second and even when I taught 5th grade. Yes, they may have already been using technology, but you’d be surprised at what they don’t know.
Introduce them to the parts and main features of the device. This may seem silly since everyone went digital last year and the kids did okay. The idea here is for the students to understand the terminology and uses of each part.
Here are a few ideas:
- How to properly shut down the device
- Searching the computer for files or applications
- The desktop (Can they change the background? You’ll want to address this before they figure it out.)
- How to save and where to save to
- Where/what is the main hub? (Google Classrooms, Canvas, Schoology, etc.)
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Teach them how to handle the device. Students often don’t show respect to their tech because they are used to having it, or maybe getting the latest and greatest. We need whatever device they are using to last, be that at home or in the classroom. Practice handling the device before letting them use it if you’re in the classroom. I like to practice how to get it from the cart, how to place it on the desk, how to open it with 2 hands, and how to put it away. Grab your FREE copy HERE.
Teach them the basics of the internet. While most students do understand the VERY basics of the internet, they don’t know the terminology or helpful ticks. For example, the back button, how to make a new tab, what’s the difference between the toolbar and Google Search, how to snap windows, etc. With iPads I also show them how to force close the apps at the end of the day. This helps the iPad run smoother. I typically teach this day 1 or 2 of back to school. I give the lesson with no tech in front of them, then give specific tasks for them to practice with me.
Teach them about digital citizenship. Get into the basics of being respectful and caring on-line. We want students to be able to collaborate, but they are also used to social media. Make sure they understand that the same rules apply when we are physically in the classroom and when on-line. We can get into cyber bullying after we’ve set the foundations.
Using your tech for digital worksheets or apps is only a small part of what these devices can do. If you set up using them correctly it’ll give your students a better understanding of how to use them as a tool. You can grab my digital back to school mystery puzzles to use as a great introduction lesson for some of the basics of Google.