Computer Applications-Microsoft Office Help!

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  1. ptlanguage

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    I found out today I will have one section of Computer Applications with Microsoft Office. About 15-20 freshmen students. Please give me some ideas--great daily lesson plans and class projects. I have not taught in a computer lab in about 7 years. Any troubleshooting ideas that would help me ward off potential problems would be helpful too. Thanks so much.
     
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  3. curious

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    When I taught computer classes, I kept it focused and matched my objectives with the assessments (just like any other subject). I'd prepare a brief outline of what you want to teach your students during the year and go from there. You can even use the table of contents in an applications book already out there to make it easier on you.

    My students (elementary-aged) liked it when I would do short demonstrations of a task and then have them model it. I had 'task' cards for my students that went over what was demostrated (so they could work independently), but for high school students I'm sure they could take their own notes. After several demos and corresponding tasks, the students would complete a project tying in those tasks. It was a simple method that allowed the kids to work at their own pace. Students that finished early could do advanced projects of their own choosing and present them to the class, so that was a motivator for kids to pay attention and get their work done.

    Oh, and don't have the students turn on the computers until after your demo is finished.

    What version of Office will you be teaching?

    ETA: I re-read your post and see that you used to teach computer classes, so this info probably doesn't do anything to help you. Sorry...maybe it'll serve to help someone else. (Hah, that's what I get for skimming over a post.)
     
  4. Caesar753

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    I've never taught computer classes, but I've taken a bunch of them. I always liked it when the teacher went through a demo, let us practice, and then gave us an assignment demonstrating our skills. Like we would have to create a newsletter using different fonts, adding pictures, blah blah blah. I really liked being able to work on my own and at my own pace. I HATED following along with the teacher because I felt like it was too slow.
     
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    I'm certified Technology Applications too, just so you don't think you're getting tech advice from an actor!
    The last line of computer security is you. Watch what the kids are doing. If you can, take the time to find out what the home pages of the most popular proxy sites look like and look for them on your kids' monitors. The biggest problem you'll have is kids using proxies to get to sites that the filter has blocked.
    You have to keep moving and watching. Bad things happen when computer teachers sit down...
     
  6. ptlanguage

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    OK--I'm stupid! What is a proxy? And, what are some of the most popular unacceptable websites?
     
  7. historybuff91

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    Well I'm pretty sure a proxy is like an "alternate" web browser. The one's I've seen students use resemble google. You type in a website and it allows you to go to it, even if the school has blocked it. In middle school and high school, myspace is student's weapon of choice (look around for colorful screens, and a blue bar at the top). Also photobucket, flickr, ebaums world, xanga, .mac, and sites like that are popular.
     

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