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The Best Computer Lab I've Ever Seen


How I Set up My Computer Lab

How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

My first year teaching technology to grades K-5 I didn't even put up vocabulary words! I know, I can't believe it either. I've grown so much as a teacher and I'm constantly inspired by the styles and layouts of grade level classrooms, so I made myself adorable, stylish, and functional classroom decor. 



First, this is what a computer station looks like in my classroom: 


How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

I have a velcro name tag on top of the monitor. Students use a dry erase marker to write their name. I have them do this while their computer is logging in. I have a laminated "hand" that they put up if they have a question. My thought process here is that they can still work on their computer with both hands while they wait for me to come to them. 


Next, I made I Can Statements for the technology standards 

because my principal loves seeing them and my students benefit from knowing the goal for the day/lesson. I made a set that I put on a ring at each computer station, and full-page posters for the front of the classroom. I give directions on the carpet by my interactive whiteboard before I send students to the computers, so I need my essential questions, I Can statements, and vocabulary words up there. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

As you can expect, I have another board for grades 3-5 in another section of the classroom. I LOVE the clip art on these, from Whimsy Clips that I custom ordered. It makes these posters so much more inviting than a black and white version. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
These vocabulary posters have been instrumental in my students taking responsibility for using the correct terminology in the lab. We focus on one or two words each week and I add them to this display. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
These 2 pictures are my Daily Messages. I display them through the projector so my students can see them, but also create a common board with everything for that weeks' lessons for each grade level.
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn

 I love my shortcut posters and refer to them often. Students can refer to bulletin board instead of asking over and over again how to do a shortcut.
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 The ABC display is colorful and teaches students about new types of technology. The kindergarten students particularly love them. 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 A display for the lab expectations is a must! 
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 Organizing my lesson plans and I can statements in binders has been a huge time saver. I just grab what I need and go. Heading to the 3rd grade PLC meeting? Grab the 3rd grade binder so we can talk about cross-curricular activities!
How I set up my computer lab Brittany Washburn
 I was trying to figure out what to do with the space below the board. This "I am a digital age learner" set is perfect!


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  1. HI ! I am going to be the Computer Science (STEAM) teacher for two elementary schools next year. I already got your Tech teacher organization bundle on TPT! Very helpful! I wondered if you have any tips to share for scheduling etc. I am having a hard time imagining how to schedule every single class. Playing with the idea of focus on certain grade levels each quarter. TIA!

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