Computers and Time
Does a computer save time? As a teacher, I consider the value of my time vs. the value of the product. I’m convinced not everything has to be a computer generated product.
Letters to parents: Which can you produce faster–handwritten or typed? My daughter’s fourth grade teacher hand wrote a letter for parents every Friday. Endearing. The mom in me loved the handwritten letters, but the teacher in me can type faster.
Class Lists: Class lists are a necessity and thank-you to computers for making this task neat, quick and useful . Type student’s names; keep a fresh stack handy for yourself, for substitutes and for specialists who appreciate the organization.
Worksheets: Try creating a worksheet by hand first. Then, if the activity proves effective, convert it on the computer.
Lesson Plans: I’ve tried it both ways–hand written in a plan book and computer generated sheets. It’s a draw: creating computer lesson plans is all-consuming at first, but later saves time.
LESSON: UTILIZE COMPUTERS TO SUPPORT YOUR WORKLOAD, NOT INCREASE IT.
Question: How do you effectively manage computers and time? Please share a comment.