Computer lessons ideas needed

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  1. mrsammieb

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    I have to teach computers, we don't have a specialist to help. What are you doing in the computer lab?

    We've mostly been focusing on KidPix program but is there other ideas out there anyone might have?

    Do you do KidPix and what are you doing?
     
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    When I taught technology, I had the Kinders in KidPix quite a bit doing sorting, graphing, etc.

    I also taught them how to navigate in Excel and type the ABC's.

    They loved to go into Word and write their name and other words they knew.

    I used a program called Storybook Weaver a lot and let them make books.

    They also liked Paint. It was simple but exciting for them.

    Then the obvious favorite: starfall.com

    Good luck!

    Kelly :)
     
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    I recently came across this site it will give you an amazing list of online games for the little ones.

    http://www.stoningtonfreelibrary.org
    click- children's room
    click-on line games
    click- pre-school/Kindergarten

    hope it helps:)
     
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    Basic Ideas

    Computer Basics
    Paint (Start>Programs>Accessories>Paint) - Students can use various tools to draw pictures. You will be amazed at some of the results.

    Microsoft Word - Type names and words and then use the mouse to select text and change the font, color, size, etc.

    Microsoft Excel - Same as above but have them color cells and add borders. All these actions are done with a few simple mouse clicks.

    Software - For both K and G1 we use a program called sightwordswithsamson.com. Good if your students have "free time" on the computer where their usage is self directed. Also can be used at home. Track results. Entertaining. Cheap.

    Software 2 - We also use Reader Rabbit. Unbelievable graphics that kids love. Learning exercises are great but can be challenging for novice users. More applicable for individual use as the CD must be in the PC and only one can play at a time.

    Typing - Have a race to see who can type in the alphabet the fastest. You can also call out a sequence of letters and check who gets them right.
     
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    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz12345678910.,!?

    I love it a race to see if you can type the alphabet. Great Idea!.
     
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    You could make the alphabet race a class warm up activity that the kids can improve on.

    Ok kinder's you did 3:23 yesterday, lets try and do 3 minutes today.
    keep track of the times on a cardstock sheet that the winner can print their name, and make sure each child can print them name for most accuracy, or most sports-man-like, etc.
     
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    Try this website... www.starfall.com

    It's great! Click on ABC and children can choose a letter of the alphabet to focus on or you can tell them what to choose and they then click on the letters, and it says the letter and sound, gives words beginning with that letter, and has a small activity. Children can do several activities. On another section of the site they can read small stories and when they click w/their mouse on each word it says it for them so they can [/QUOTE]repeat it.

    Let me know if you use this site.
     

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