Computer Lab, Procedures, and Expectations

In order for the computer lab to run efficiently, there are a few policies and procedures that need to be in place. Furniture and equipment will be laid out in a manner which will allow all students, teachers, and any persons with special needs to move freely throughout the lab. Procedures and expectations will be made clear through the use of the bulletin boards and student handouts. Students' progress in the keyboarding class will be documented throughout the course using a progress report.

Computer Lab Layout

- Computers will be arranged in rows.
- Each row will contain 2 or 4 computers allowing students to work independently, with a partner or in a group.
- The rows of computers will face the teacher workstation and projection screen.
- Storage is located in the front of the room and in the back.
- Students will have access to the printers which are located on top of the storage units.
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Furniture

- The rows of computers will consist of 2 or 4 individual computer tables which will serve as student work stations.
- The table height is adjustable from 22’’ to 30’’ in 1’’ increments.
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- Each student work center and teacher center will be equipped with a chair.
- The chairs are covered with soft plastic.
- Seat height is adjustable.

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- For more information regarding the furniture visit the PedeX Group Furniture website: PedeX Group Furniture
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Bulletin Boards

Bulletin boards will be located on three of the four walls in the computer lab. They will be located in the front of the room on both sides of the projection screen, along the side wall and on the back wall. The bulletin boards will be decorated with a common “Under the Sea Theme.”

- Board 1 (Front of the room) – This board will contain the student expectations.
- Board 2 (Front of the room) – A detailed list of the procedures will be provided for the students/instructors to refer to.
- Board 3 (Side wall) – This board will contain key computer vocabulary words such as monitor, mouse, keyboard ect.
- Board 4 (Side wall)- This bulletin board will contain an ergonomics poster.
- Board 5 (Back wall) – This is the “Brag Board” and will display student work.
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Ergonomics

- Upper and lower back should be well supported by the chair.
- The chair height should be set so that the chair seat does not compress the back of the knees.
- Feet should be firmly planted on a surface for support.
- The head should be balanced on neck with out leaning too far forward or too far backward.
- Upper arms should be positioned close to body and relaxed.
- Wrists should be at a neutral position, level with forearm (<15 degrees deviation).
- Armrests should not be directly compressing any part of the forearms or elbows.
- The arm and write position should allow one to move the mouse with their forearm and not just their wrist.
- One should be seated so that the:
- Angle formed by the shoulders, hips, and knees is >90 degrees.
- Angle formed by the shoulder, elbow, and wrist is >90 degrees.
- Angle formed by the hips, knees, and feet is >90 degrees.

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- An ergonomics poster will be displayed in the lab and referred to by the teacher when teaching ergonomics
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Student Expectations


Student expectations will be discussed as a class, presented to the students in the form of a student handout (which will be kept in their folder) and posted on a bulletin board located in the lab. Below are the student expectations.

- Students will come into the lab quietly and sit at their assigned computer.
- Students will keep food and drinks out of the computer lab.
- Students will be gentle when using the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
- Students will leave their work area neat and clean.
- Students will only work on their own computer.
- Students will respect themselves, the computer equipment and others.


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Procedures


Prior to beginning the keyboarding course, each class will participate in a discussion on lab procedures. The procedures will be divided into four subgroups: arrival, computer use, help and dismissal. Each will be modeled, provided on a handout and posted on one of the bulletin boards.

Arrival Procedure
- Come in quietly
- Sit at assigned computer
- Log onto the computer
- Wait for the teachers’ instructions

Computer Use Procedure
- Students will only use programs approved by the teacher
- Save work often

HELP Procedure
- Place plastic cup on top of your monitor
- Continue working while waiting for assistance
- Remove the cup when you no longer need help

Dismissal Procedure
- Save work/exit programs
- Hang headphones up
- Straighten keyboard/mouse
- Gather materials/trash
- Push in chair and stand behind it until dismissed

Scheduling


- Grade 5 & 6 – Students will receive 30 minutes of instruction, 3 times a week for the entire school year.
- Grades 7 & 8 – Students will receive instruction on an A/B alternating schedule for ½ the school year .

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Progress Reports

- Every 5 weeks, the parents will be receiving the students progress reports.
- Students will be evaluated throughout the course based on their:
o Attitude
o Technique
o Accuracy
- The reports will indicate where the student demonstrates competency, is improving or needs improving for each of the criteria listed above.

Teacher Survey


In order to prepare our students with the necessary skills to succeed in the computer lab, it is important for the teachers to communicate with one another regarding the activities and skills they have completed with their students.