How to Guides

Our K-8 technology lessons, google lesson plans, integrated projects and weekly lesson plans are based on the use of these free online technology tools. Using online tools designed for schools is a great strategy because the cost if typically FREE or minimal. Another huge advantage of online tools is that they are always compatible with computers at home or any other online device.

We provide “How to” guides to help teachers save time planning and implementing a technology integrated lesson. We have the following guides available for teachers:

  • Setting Up a “Teacher Friendly” Computer Lab: One of the most important prerequisites for a successful experience in the computer lab is to set it up so it is easy to use.
  • K3-K5 Early Learning Guide: Younger students are the most challenging to work with in the lab situation. Follow these steps to help your younger students become independent users of technology.
  • G Suite for Education: The main tools we use for 1st through 8th grade students are the applications included in the G Suite for Education. This suite was formerly referred to as Google Apps for Education or GAFE. We have guides for Docs, Slides, Sheets, Classroom, Sites, and more.
  • Typing.com: The primary tool students will use to learn and develop proper keyboarding skills is Typing.com. Students login to typing.com and the program tracks their progress. By setting individual classes and typing lessons, teachers are easily able to track student programs with multiple reports.
  • Animoto: The primary site students will use to learn and develop movie making skills. Students learn to create movies that include text, images, videos, and music.
  • Scratch: The initial program that students use to learn programing. Scratch uses the same Blockly programming that students are introduced to on Code.org.
  • TinkerCAD: The initial program that students use to learn Computer-Aided Design (CAD). TinkerCAD provides a free way to expose students to similar tools used in Project Lead the Way.

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