Strategies and Applications for One Computer in the Classroom

1. Use the Computer as Teacher Tool:


Use Stationery and Template files in the Global Shared File
Use spreadsheets for class lists and charts
Use database for student information

2. Use the Computer as Multi-Media Chalk Board or Flip Chart:

(whole class on TV monitor or overhead or small group on the computer monitor)


Connect computer to TV scan box
Connect computer to projector
Pull authentic text from the Internet to Illustrate points
- For example: CNN news stories for educational purposes:>
Use Macros to expedite steps in a demonstration
Involve students to enter some information or control the mouse
Use ClarisWorks Paint to illustrate points where you need to erase parts of a picture. (line of symmetry)
Use ClarisWorks Draw when you want to easily rearrange, resize or duplicate objects or pictures.
Use ClarisWorks Spreadsheet for plotting graphs that change as you enter data.
Use ClarisWorks Spreadsheet for two lists side by side.
Lock graphics in Venn diagram or other graphic organizer before entering text.
Use ClarisWorks slide show to show sequence or add details

3. Have Students use the Computer as a Tool for Individual Input as Part of a Larger Group or Class Project:


Use any word processing program
Use a database or spreadsheet that can be resorted for class discussion or sharing with another group.

4. Use the Computer as Learning Center or Station:


Use either a time or a defined task to determine the length of a childÕs turn at the computer.
Construct a chart or database to organize which students have had a turn on the computer
Use the computer with manipulatives or worksheet.
Assign 4-6 students as ÒHelpers or MonitorsÓ to assist children who are working on the computer, so that the teacher is not disturbed when a student has a question related to the operation of the computer.
Internet site of factual information or current event related to literature book. (Iditarod)

5. Use the Computer as Cooperative Learning Tool:

(Use for writing, organizing, synthesizing, brainstorming, comparing, contrasting, etc.)


Assign roles related to computer use: typer, mouse operator, leader, timer, reader, editor, spell checker, etc.

6. Have Students Use the Computer to do Individual Work for Practice or Assessment:

(one childÕs work visible at a time either by using separate files or a data base)


Children sign into AtEase under their name and save work in their own folder or group shared folder.
Use Stationery and Templates
Database of class with place for each child's work
Use automatic features such as bibliography in Student Writing Center or the Outline feature in ClarisWorks.

Using the Internet in Elementary Schools

Instructional Uses: Internet /Elementary
Guidelines for Planning Student Internet Experiences / Tip Sheets
Utilizing Web Information
One Computer Classroom
Interactive Projects
Student Start Pages
Teacher Resources


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Updated: January 1999