### Challenge #2

You have attended a number of Technology Workshops and have collected a library of innovative projects that you would like to begin with your students. With a newfound passion for technology, you go to your Technology Coordinator to schedule some time in the computer lab because you only have four computers in your classroom. Coldly, he tells you that the computer lab is completely booked for the remainder of the year and there is no way you can use the lab. How would you address this challenge?

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We recommend having students work in pairs (two). and creating a schedule that will give each group a set day and time to work on their project. Depending on the number of students in the class we might divide the class period or incorporate shifts where students rotate from the computers to non-computer activities during the period. With the help of the teacher, the non-computer groups plan their time to maximize the use of the computers.

Alternatively, it may be possible to work out an alternate schedule for the use of the computers by directly speaking with teachers who have signed out computers but may not be utilizing them.

First, we would consider ways to use the four computers that are in the classroom since the COLD computer teacher has no control over them. We would work out a schedule in which all students would rotate using the computers in the course of a day or two. We would also coordinate our schedule with the librarian who has 6 computers available for use by students. We would also try to get permission to use the lab either after school, with signed consent slips from the students' parents, or on those days when the computer teacher has a COLD and is absent!!

There are 5 groups of 4 students. In each group the 4 students are at 4 the computers working on their project. The other 4 groups are working on work in the classroom. This gives each student the ability to give input as well see first hand how it affects the project that they are working on. The students will learn how to work cooperatively to reach an agreement with their fellow classmates.

Assuming there are 20 students in the class, we can divide the class into 4 groups of 5 students since there are only 4 computers. Each group will be assigned a different project. They will collaborate together and when ready to enter the work in the computer, the group members will rotate typing into the computer. This will ensure that each member will type into the computer at least once per week. When the groups are ready to present their projects to the class, each group member can utilize the computer for his/her presentation.

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