How to use Slides, Docs and Sheets with K4-2nd grade students
Step #1 Ask your G Suite for Education Administrator to set up “generic” google accounts to be used by K4-2nd grade students at school only.
For example - at Saint Charles School - with domain “stcharleshartland.org” I asked the administrator to set up these accounts for the 25 computers in our lab.
Students in grades K4 - 2nd grade share the use of these accounts so their first names are always part of their file names.
Step #2 Set the password to be “ a s d f g h j k l “
This is - by far - the easiest password for students to remember. With just a little practice they are able to enter the letters very quickly without any help from you.
Explain to students that the secret password is simply all the letters in the middle row.
Step #3 Teach students to “click on the eye” to troubleshoot any password problems:
The most common password problem is the CAPS LOCK key being on
Step #4 Ensure that the “generic accounts” are always on the list of the 10 google logins that are stored on each computer.
If necessary use “Remove an account” to make room for generic accounts.
Step #5 Use the shortcut to Drive and Classroom on the Online Resource Center to simplify the login process.
You may also be interested in these guides:
- 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.