The Power of One:
Maximizing the One Computer Classroom
By Allisyn Levy
3 Simple Solutions for Rotating Students :
Laminate a list of student names. Clip clothespins next to students' names
that start on the computer. Move clothespins as students rotate.
Place a stuffed animal on the desk of whichever student(s) will start on the computer. Students move the stuffed animal/object to the next person as they take turns with tasks on the computer.
Teach 2 students the computer task for the day (i.e., scavenger hunt, online
dictionary for vocabulary words, research, etc.). After those 2 students finish the task, they teach the next 2 students.
*Note: If appropriate, try a numbered sign-in sheet, motivating students to get to class on time.
When kids are using the Internet, keep pads of paper by the computer for them to write down a keyword of what they are searching for. This helps to keep an eye on what they are doing & knowing if they're on task.
Customize your personal toolbar on the Internet. Select great sites to enrich your curriculum & rotate monthly.
Teach a “ website of the week ” using the projector. Send home in-class newsletters for students to explore with their families .
Create a MENU of software (CDs of the week/month)—this helps to rotate software.
Ways to incorporate the computer into classroom jobs:
Incorporate the computer into jobs , when applicable (i.e., checking & reporting the weather (weather.com) daily. This way, students are working on research and presentation skills at the
same time they perform their jobs.
How Tech maintenance students can help:
W ipe down computer screen
S traighten computer supplies
L abel disks
M aintain a software library
T roubleshooting, etc...
Troubleshooting tips to teach students :
File Management Ideas:
Ten ideas taken directly from a teacher's experiences.
Strategies & Applications for the One Computer Classroom
Allisyn Levy is a 3rd grade teacher at
PS 261 in Brooklyn, NY.