Mrs. Raass Computers

This year I am stressing only ONE rule in the Computer Lab
for the students to follow every time they step foot in the door. 
RULE: BE AMAZING
I explained my logic to them this way:
If they are talking when I'm talking, that's not amazing.
If they're wandering around the room, that's not amazing.
If they're taking care of the equipment, that is amazing.
If they are staying on task and using inside voices, 
well then, that is also amazing!

You get the picture. It's pretty simple to make good choices in the computer lab and together we are all going to work on being amazing every day.

We will be learning the in's and out's of our technology equipment and some of the assignments might seem hard or challenging to the students at first, (learning to type without looking at your hands for instance is HARD!) but the rewards of that hard work and perseverance are GREAT!
I tell each class that they can do hard things. They are smart, they are amazing, and they are going to be fantastic in this lab!

Below is a list of websites that I have posted in the classroom. Some of these we will be using for learning, all of them the kids can explore at the end of class for FREE TIME  if they have been amazing and completed the lesson that we started at the beginning. We will be adding to it throughout the year.

FREE TIME & TEACHING WEBSITES

Carnegie Library StoryMaker
Story Jumper
Story Board
Switch Zoo
Kids Think Design
Shel Silverstein
Online Color By Number Pages
Room Recess
Turtle Diary
This Is Sand
National Geographic Kids
Free Rice
Highlights Kids
StarFall
ABC Ya
Make Me Genius
TIME Magazine for Kids
How Stuff Works
Fun Brain
Scholastic
Exploratorium
Discovery Kids
Learning Games
Old Farmers Almanac for Kids
Typing Study
Dance Mat Typing
PBS Kids Writing Contest Winners
Draw A Stick Man
Bouncy Balls