Computers.... and free time.

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by Ms.Jasztal, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. Ms.Jasztal

    Ms.Jasztal Maven

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    My students have always loved going on computers during free time when they weren't reading, writing, or solving math brain teasers.

    However, how do you have limits during school hours? A few tried to venture off into Disney Channel's website last year during the school day. I don't mind when they're waiting for buses, yet I'd rather have them focus on something educational. Should I make them a list of sites to visit on my classroom website? What would you do?
     
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  3. Caesar753

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    Do you have a way to block all but a handful of websites which you determine to be appropriate?

    What about using the computers for activities which are not web-based?
     
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    True, true, yet some educational games are so outstanding I do not want to limit the kids in this arena. I may just have to provide a list.

    And no, I don't have the option to block all but a handful of websites I determine to be appropriate during the school day.
     
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    About blocking the websites... do you have an ECS or IT person? You could talk to them about setting up a list of allowed sites for just when your class is using the lab. I know that our tech people can do that if we just ask for it. It couldn't hurt to ask, I guess.
     
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    I had a remote desktop on my laptop. SO I could teach a small group and monitor what the other students were doing on their laptops.
    I could even block them from a site, or lock the whole computer with a note that said come see me after I'm finished with my lesson.
    They knew to take a book out and read until they could speak to me.
     
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    I think your idea of having a list is good. I would bookmark the list on each of the computers, if possible. That way they can easily choose a sight and go to it.
     

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