|It's often said that pupils learn the most from what their
teachers do, rather than what they say. Here are eleven good
practices you need to adopt if you want your kids to lean good
habits rather than bad.
Ensure that computers and software are set up and working
properly before the lesson.
Observe health and safety regulations and common-sense rules,
such as not eating or drinking at the computer.
Observe the correct procedures for using the equipment, such as
by shutting down properly rather than simply switching the
Save your files in folders on the hard disk or on the network
with meaningful names, not Doc1, Doc2, or Joan1, Joan2 etc -- in
fact, you should have a system for naming your files.
Organise your computer workspace well.
Save your work frequently.
Use the correct terminology, and not confuse "memory", say, with
"hard disk space".
Back up your work regularly.
Use ICT to produce signs for displays.
Use computers for administrative tasks, such as producing lists
of pupils, producing quality worksheets, communicating with
other schools, exchanging data with examination boards and so on.
Use ICT overtly for real tasks, such as giving each pupil a
sticky label with his/her name and class on, obviously
As you can see, none of this is rocket science -- or even
complicated. Makes a big difference, though, especially when
carried out day in and day out, week in, week out.
About the author:
Terry Freedman writes and advises on all aspects of teaching and
managing educational technology in schools. Visit his website
for even more hints and tips, an the opportunity to sign up for
a free newsletter called Computers in Classrooms.
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