ALEX Lesson Plan


Taking Care of Classroom Computers

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Author:Dawn Cox
System: Baldwin County
School: Baldwin County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 7303


Taking Care of Classroom Computers


This lesson will orient students as to the proper procedures for use of computers, equimment, and media. Students will be given a list of procedures to follow and the teacher will demonstrate the proper procedures.
 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (3-5)
1. Use input and output devices of technology systems.
Examples: input—recording devices, keyboards, touchscreens
  • Demonstrating ergonomics relative to technology systems
  • Demonstrating correct keyboarding techniques
  • Demonstrating safe removal of storage media
  • TC2 (3-5)
    3. Identify common hardware and software problems.
  • Determining basic troubleshooting strategies to correct hardware and software problems
  • TC2 (3-5)
    4. Identify various operating systems of technology devices.
    TC2 (3-5)
    5. Practice safe use of technology systems and applications.
    Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will demonstrate proper care of computers, equipment, and media.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    31 to 60 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Procedures/rules for proper care of equipment and media handout for each student

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computers, printer, CDs, floppy disks, handout (see above) in a word processing file on each computer


    This lesson is designed to be taught in the computer lab, but can be adapted to teach in the classroom as well. Duplicate handouts and open the rules/procedures file on the students' desktops before they come to the computer lab.
    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.


    Assessment Strategies

    This lesson will be assessed by orally quizzing students on proper procedures for taking care of computers, equipment, and media, and observation of students during daily use of the computer.





    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.