I began working with computers back in the 1970s as a computer operator on huge DEC mainframe machines and Basic4 mini computers (which were a lot bigger than today’s computers and a lot less powerful). I taught myself to program and spent years writing accounting, property management, & construction software. After my youngest daughter was born I became a stay at home mom and started creating web sites – first just for me and then I began creating sites for other people that I knew. This was definitely more for fun than for profit. I still have some web sites that I maintain on an on-going basis.
In the summer of 2007, the computer teacher at my youngest daughter’s school left and I agreed to take over the computer class – at least until December. Well it’s now years later and I’m still there even though my daughter has moved on from the school. Creating and continually updating a curriculum for Kindergarten through 8th grade has been a fun and sometimes frustrating journey. I’ve learned a lot and hopefully my students have, too.
This blog is my attempt to reflect on the things that work – and don’t work – in the lab. I know when I first took the job as the computer teacher, I spent hours searching for information on teaching technology to Kindergarten through 8th Grade. My hope is that my experiences might help someone else who’s just starting out as a computer teacher in an elementary and/or middle school environment.
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