About this Daily Classroom Special
Bits & Bytes combines technology objectives, activity ideas, web sites, and
resources in an effort to make it easier for everyone to incorporate technology into their instruction. Bits & Bytes is maintained by Barbara Smith, Magnet Coordinator at Harvard
Elementary, Houston (TX) and Teachers Network web mentor.
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Start and exit programs as well as create, name, and save files.
Let students write and save stories in files they create either
on the hard drive or on disk. Let younger students illustrate new
or familiar stories and save those. Use them to create a class book.
Let students work in teams to train each other in starting and exiting
programs. Make a graphic organizer for display in the room, showing
which students can independently navigate through each software program.
Save and delete files, use menu options and commands, and work with
more than one software application.
Let students work at the computer and take notes about what the
menu options and commands do. Then have them write "how-to" manuals
Challenge the students to find as many methods as they can for a
particular task (use pull-down menus, Help notes, manuals, etc). How
many different ways can you print? How many ways are there to save
something? Award prizes for students who do research and come up with
methods that are new to you!
Show students how to make folders on their own disk, where they
can save their computer work (e-mail, Internet addresses/URLs, photos
they want to download, graphics they make).
Make a list of commands found under pull-down menus. Let students
do a scavenger hunt, noting where they found each hunted item.
Assign a step-by-step picture using a graphics program. Have students
use a different tool for each element of the picture. (Example: Make
a table with rectangle tool. Color it brown using Fill With Color.
Draw a fishbowl on the table with the Ellipse tool, then Magnify and
draw a fish inside with the Line tool.)
Have students write a story with word processing software, then
capture pictures from a program or the Internet for illustrations.
Website Pick Of The Day:
Rhyming Dictionary Enter a word, then find perfect rhymes, homophones,
synonyms, semantic siblings, or related words. Spell check, search
for pictures, find other words with same consonants. Has links to
reference tools and thesaurus. Brings up quotations once you enter