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Middle School Computer Lessons; What to do with that old PC?

Middle School Computer Lessons; What to do with that old PC?

arcade machine
It doesn’t have much to do with Middle School Computer Lessons, but it is kind of a neat idea. Take that old PC and convert it into an “Old School” MAME Arcade machine. I Found an old Ms. Pacman shell with no guts, added my old Gateway and an X-arcade controller.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; Home Schooling

If you are a parent who has decided to home school your child and you are looking for meaningful computer lessons for grades 5-9 click here for some free sample lessons.  These lessons cover the International Society for Technology standards and will challenge your student in ways that you may not have thought of.

Middle School Computer Lessons; Teach to your strengths

So, if you are new to teaching a computer class and you don’t know where to start. A good idea is to teach the thing you do best when you use a computer. This will raise your confidence when you teach something you know. Then when you feel more comfortable with your new teaching assignment you can venture out into things that you are less comfortable with.

Most states do not have a state adapted “Technology Curriculum” you may feel like you are on your own to teach your subject with not a lot of guidance of what to cover. A good place to start is to check out the International Society of Technology in Education.

A few companies have technology curriculums and lessons all ready for your classroom, click here to check it out.

Middle School Computer Lessons; 10 Great Resources for class

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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