I posted last week about my article that recently appeared in TechLearning title What Are You Doing In That Computer Lab?
In it, I discuss guidelines that I use and that I recommend to other teachers for how to effectively work with students in computer labs.
I thought readers might find it helpful for me to quickly summarize them here:
Use computers more to reinforce key concepts, and less to teach them.
Students can be producers of content and not just consumers.
Computers can be used to help student develop and deepen relationships with each other, not just with the computer screen.
Use time in the computer lab to help develop leadership among students, and not just have them be your followers.
Spend less time being the controller and more time helping students develop self control.
I elaborate more on these points in the article.