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Middle School Computer Lessons, Office tools in the classroom: What is the best choice?

Middle School Computer Lessons, Office tools in the classroom: What is the best choice?

Does your school use Office (probably the 2003 version) or Office 360, maybe Google Docs? What one is the best choice for the schools of today? More importantly, how will you adjust your instruction to whatever tools you have. The lessons at www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com are presented in a way so that they can be used with any office or office type program PC, or Mac, Microsoft or Google.

Also, you will need to consider what devices will the students use. Do you have desktop pc’s? Netbooks? Tablets? or do they bring their own? Given the choice I feel that Google docs is the best option, it can easily be used on any device at school or at home. It makes collaboration easy and it is free.

If you are looking for middle school computer lessons or simple high school computer lessons visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com and request 2 free sample lessons from the Complete Computer curriculum.

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Middle School Computer Lessons: Why I deleted my Twitter account.

Middle School Computer Lessons: Why I deleted my Twitter account.

Teaching technology to young adults it like teaching fish how to swim.

They already know how and they are probably already really good at it. There fore, my daily challenge is to capture their interest long enough to introduce them to something they may not know about.

I am all about expanding the “Tech Experiences” of my students. It may be something as simple as showing them where the “~” key is on the keyboard (That is a tilde, by the way) or as complex as programming a robot to follow a line on the floor.

However, when it comes to social media I am no expert. I purposely never started a My Space or Face-Tube or whatever account, it just really didn’t interest me. Not too long ago I did start a Twitter account exclusively to get Tweeters from Jeff Probst of Survivor. It went pretty along with no problems and I added a few more people, I was kind of into it, it was kind of interesting. But after a while I would have hundreds of tweets and I was constantly checking my account, I became increasingly annoyed. Then just deleted the whole thing. Do I really care what “Steve Martin” is doing, apparently not that much. The novelty wore off and I was done. I dont want more things to do on my phone/device. Is Twitter here to stay, maybe but not for me.

Really though, when I ask my students who has a Twitter account it may be about 2 per class 8%….I am surprised to see the ones that don’t even know what is is. Facebook  however, I would say that 90%+ have one. They could teach me a thing or two.

An interesting activity I do in class it to make a graph of students who use what type of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Myyearbook, and even “email”)

I would love to hear your comments!

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Computer Lessons For the Last few days of school

Are you looking for some computer lessons for the last few days of school? How about a short 5-6 technology Powerpoint where your students will teach the class about a new technology that interests them? They can present about an app, video game, web site or any form of new digital media or hardware.

This is a great lesson that I have used in my classroom, your students will really get into it! Click below to and request “tech lesson” to get it sent to you.

Or Visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com for the best computer lessons out there.

Middle School Computer Lessons; Computer Activities and Lessons

Middle School Computer Lessons;Looking for Computer Activities and Lessons?

Say that now you have all the computer equipment that you have been wanting for years and years. Now what? What are you going to teach in that Middle School Computer class or Tech class? You are ambitious, you want to do things like Google Tools and Skype. You want to cover M.S. Office and the basics also. Where do you begin?

Are you looking for a Middle School Computer Text book with all the materials ready to be used? Are you looking for an Instructors book with all the instructions, tips and tricks that you need for each lesson? Do you also need student books that they can use at their pc with all the instructions they need? But you also need worksheets and rubrics….

Visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com for the best Middle School and Jr. High computer lessons out there! It covers Office (Word, Powerpoint and Excel) Google search, Sketchup, Earth, Skyping for beginners and over 70 hours of classroom materials!

At www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com all the lessons are designed by real classroom teachers and tested in real classrooms. Also, if you look around for similar materials, this curriculum is a great value. Purchase of it gives you unlimited usage rights forever, for less than half the price of other books, and 2-3 times the amount of materials.

If you are looking for materials for your computer class give www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com a look, you’ll be glad you did.

New To Teaching Technology?

Are you new to teaching a technology class and looking for useful materials to get you started? Or are you a seasoned veteran looking for new lessons to add to your arsenal?

Middle School Computer Lessons Publishing has what you are looking for! www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com check it out!

When I first started teaching a computer class, I had nothing (apple II’s) then upgraded to a pc lab with only Office, the internet and no materials.

This class book would have been perfect to get me started, it has everything I anyone would need. There are over 70 hours of classroom materials; a teacher book, student book, 35 worksheets and a rubric for each lesson. This book is classroom tested and is the real deal. When working on the individual activities in this book, my class is extremely quiet and on task , the kids are totally interested,and working within standards. Other activities like the “Google Search Game” the class is competing with each other with some real intensity! Students ask me “Are we going to play this tomorrow?” all the time. This book has it all, you could use it in any order or pick and choose the lessons that you think would work for your class. 

Lastly and  most importantly, as far as “Site License/Ebooks” go the price is less than half of most on the market while giving you 2 to 3 times the materials.

You can send an email to request 2 free lessons to see what it is all about.

Check out the “Complete Technology Curriculum” e-book at www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

Do you teach a Computer Class? Middle School Computer Lessons has great materials.

Do you teach a computer class and are looking for great materials? MSCL Publishing has exactly what you are looking for. The Ebooks contain hours of projects that will take your help your class become 21st century learners!

The lessons contain clear student instructions, easy teacher instructions and tips, also there are worksheets and rubrics for each lesson. If you are looking to expand your computer/technology class with projects that include PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Google Applications, Skype in the classroom, Ipods, Robotics and more visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com .

These materials are all teacher tested and are ready to use in your classroom immediately.

Middle School Computer Lessons; Bring your own device

Middle School Computer Lessons; Bring your own device. For more ideas visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com or subscribe to this blog. I would like to hear your comments.

Texting Tuesday

I recently read an article about students bringing their own devices to the classroom. It sounds like a really good idea, but there are some roadblocks for the middle school classroom. Here are some issues that I have run into when I do my “Texting Tuesday” activity with my students.

Lets list the GOOD things first:

  • Students feel empowered when they bring their own device
  • They are more interested in the lesson initially; you have got their attention
  • In theory, every student has a device
  • You can get instant feedback
  • Students are engaged

Here are the issues that I have run into:

  • Not every student has a device
  • Device connectivity (no signal)
  • Battery life
  • Students do not know how to properly operate their device
  • all the devices are different
  • Students do not stay on task
  • Talking/noise

I am at a country school and our cell range is limited at best, so this is the biggest issue when I do a project like this. The problems outnumber the good things for my class. However, I feel that my class is the exception to the rule. I do see value in having students bring their own device. As technology improves I see this being used in the classroom. More so in the higher grades. As of now, I just do this project for one class in my 9 week course. But we do use cell phones in my NXT Robotics projects and some other activities in my class (photos/calculator…).

I would love to hear your experience with this! Please comment!

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