How about webquests?
You can write your own, or there are lots available online that you could use on just about every topic imaginable.
I want to help, but do you mean use the computer as in use the internet for content-related websites or use (for example) the word processing software to well, process the content, if you will?
This is off-topic, but I have a friend who teaches eighth grade, and she says if she were to leave them alone as a group for 15 minutes, they could tear down the entire school.
Does your group have that kind of energy?
Hi, Beth! Are you going one-to-one? Everyone will have their own computer? Or, do you mean you will be using lap tops in your classrooms from a cart instead of going to a lab? Also, are you teaching them how to use the technology like your examples indicate,
Beth, I always answer the primary post before reading responses, so I just saw your WebQuest response. I think you might have experienced the wrong type of activity labeled as a WQ. Many poor assignments are labeled WebQuests, but they don't meet the requirements of a real WebQuest as designed by Bernie Dodge at USD. The whole purpose of a real WQ is to develop higher level thinking and problem solving skills. They foster deeper understanding and allow for creativity, authentic assessment and real-world skill development. They are far from an online WS or scavenger hunt for answers. Is this the type of activity you've seen?
Or is this more like you had in mind? http://www.davison.k12.mi.us/dhs/staff/hewitt/webquests/imperial/imperial.htm
Yes, they have that type of energy.
Any computer use...word processing, spreadsheets (which I don't know how to make), powerpoint-type presentations. Anything.
In a one word answer, Sherry, YES. I will have up to 125 students, 25 in 5 classes, During my classes, as well as their English, Math and Science classes, all 25 per class will have a laptop on their table for their use. Novell, Intel and our district would like us to use the laptops every day for some portion of the lesson. My task the first 2 days is setting up their email accounts. Our science teacher is teaching them a simple excel gradebook to tally their own grades.
LINUX is .....
My next question would probably be-what have you done in the past with the computer in a classroom application, and what is your skill/comfort level with working with computer projects? Do you have a coteacher with you?
We are always looking for ways to collaborate. There are 2 interdisciplinary projects I created and retooled for this project. The ELA teacher is going to do her best, but the English department is adament that no one stray from their reading list...which is outdated and deadly boring, by the way.
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I have webquests created, and am starting out slowly, since I have no idea of the kids abilities yet.
The pilot we are doing is paid for by Intel and Novell. 107 laptops, all Dells, wiped of Microsoft everything, and LINUX installed. So, free, basically. And yes, we are getting exactly what we paid for.