hejduk Posted September 19, 2011 Share Posted September 19, 2011 I'm used to teaching in a "normal" classroom (students in chairs with prof at front of class), but now I'm teaching a class in a computer lab. The course is something I haven't taught before, which is a struggle, but also getting used to a new physical setup is tough as well. I'm teaching a course introducing the students to software, and the majority of them are quite new to all the software we cover. The room is a square shape, and the computers run along the wall, facing away from the projector screen. When I teach, I sit literally next to a student, and therefore can't "hide" my notes in my PP if I'm using one. I typically will have the software on the projection screen, and stand beside it with a laser pointer showing the various tools, etc. It's tough getting everyone to pay attention, as the students in the back of the class are sitting at their computer with their backs to me. To get everyones attention, I must literally make them turn around in thier chairs so they can see me. (Seriously, the lab needs to be setup in rows facing the projector screen, but there's not enough room to do so. A really, really bad teaching setup.) The lab meets once a week for an hour and forty minutes. The demonstration of software usually lasts for the first fifteen minutes of class, and the rest of class students work on software related exercises. I spend the rest of class going around and answering questions, showing software shortcuts, etc. For those that teach in a computer lab environment, do you have any tips? Or if you understand the teaching setup I'm facing, any tips on how better to demonstrate software? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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