|Technology Resources Needed:
Computers, printer, CDs, floppy disks, handout (see above) in a word processing file on each computer
1.)Explain to students that they will sit at the computer assigned to them each time they visit the computer lab.
2.)Display a list of rules and procedures for the computer lab on the board or projector or have the file with procedures listed open on each computer's screen.
3.)Discuss or demonstrate computer lab rules and procedures with the students. Suggested ones might include: keep hands clean, keep work area clean, never eat or drink around computer, never bring magnets near computers, place paper in printer correctly, hold floppy disks and CDs correctly, press gently on keys, avoid touching monitor screen, shut down computers correctly, keep feet and chair/table legs off cables and cords, do not plug or unplug cords or cables while equipment is powered up, do not reveal your password to anyone, do not access the Control Panel, Properties or Settings for any reason, do not download or install anything without permission, do not open or delete files belonging to others, print only when instructed to do so, etc.
4.)Have students suggest reasons why each procedure or rule is necessary. Discuss consequences of failing to adhere to procedures, including logical consequences such as non-availablility of equipment if broken, and personal consequences, such as loss of computer privileges, etc, if applicable. Give each student a handout with the list of rules/procedures and consequences for infractions.
5.)On another day, review by having students list, in three minutes, as many computer lab rules/procedures as they can on a sheet of paper. Give a small prize or reward for the student who correctly names the most.