Looking for ideas? Middle School Computer Lessons

Middle School Computer Lessons; 10 Great Resources for class. —–for the best Middle School Computer lessons visit: www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

These are some of the best no or low-cost resources that I use in my Computer/Technology class: I am not necessarily ranking these in any order they are all useful resources in their own way.

    10. West Point Bridge Design Contest: a really cool bridge design setup, my classes love when we use it. http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/download.htm

      9. Gabe’s Type O Meter: This will measure you WPM of any sentence you choose. I use it for typing quizzes. http://www.informatics.no/progvareTMLoc.htm

      8. Icy Tower:  This popular game is found on Facebook, I use this as a time filler or as a reward.                                                                                                    http://icy-tower.en.softonic.com/

       7. Tux Paint is a free painting program, I use this at the end of class if the are a few minutes or if my lesson for the day is not quite ready yet.   http://www.tuxpaint.org/download/

      6. Tux Typing is an open source typing program. I use this for one half of my typing in class for my 6th grade students. It is a solid typing practice application, perfect for that grade. http://tux-typing-2.en.softonic.com/

      5. Open Office if your school won’t pay the money for MS office this is a free substitute that will do the job if needed. http://www.openoffice.org/

      4. Google Skechup If you don’t know this, you need to check it out NOW! This is like a standard in any technology class. http://sketchup.google.com/

      3. Free Typing Games is a typing game website which is used in my class as a break from a normal typing day or at the end of class. http://www.freetypinggame.net/ 

      2. Google Earth http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

      1. MCSL Publishing: Middle School Computer Lessons Publishing; This publisher puts many of these resources to use and has computer lessons that are perfectly designed for the jr. High classroom. For the cost of a site license you really get a lot, including unlimited usage/printing of all the materials like the teacher book, student book, rubrics and worksheets. If you look at other publishers that sell similar materials the resources here are a fraction of the cost and have  clearly been tested in real classrooms. www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

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