Classroom Management

Using MY NASA DATA in the Classroom
Not all classrooms are equipped with a computer for each student.  Here are some suggestions on teaching with only a few or even no computers in the classroom.
Suggestions on teaching without the use of a computer for any of the students in the classroom:
  • Pass out the material for students to use as if they were receiving a worksheet-based lab.
  • Make class sets of the instructions, illustrations and graphs that are generated for future use.
  • If your school’s library has enough computers with Internet access, have the students complete the lesson there.
  • Assign the lesson as a group project to cut down on material. Have students work on individual sections at home, and finish the lesson as a group in the classroom.
  • Integrate the lesson into your normal teaching routine and complete the lesson as a class for understanding.
Earth science classroom with limited student computers
Earth science classroom with limited student computers
Suggestions when using a few computers:
  • Student groups could take parts of the lesson and, when finished, come together as a class and report the findings to the rest of the class for comprehension.
  • Using a video projector, the students could provide the teacher with instructions for the activity. This allows the students to see the steps as the teacher completes them from start to finish, just as if they had their own computers.
  • Students could take turns coming up to the computer and doing several parts of the lesson. Then all could see the end result (graph, chart, etc.), and could complete the questions at the end of the lesson.
  • Have group members take turns at the computers, completing individual steps while the rest of the group begin to make connections and answer the questions.
  • Create handouts from the procedure questions and have students generate only the illustrations part of the lesson to use in answering the assigned questions.
If you have additional suggestions, please contact us!