Stations in YOUR Lab
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    What?

    Stations are separate activities in areas around the room desgined for individuals and small group collaboration. In a computer lab setting, stations can be just as effective as in a regular classroom, perhaps even more so as it allows for fewer students to share a particular device at one time. This makes the time it takes for every student to get hands-on experience with a special device seem to go much quicker since they are not waiting and waiting for their turn. Students will be actively involved with one project or another while the rotation completes it cycle giving everyone a turn to experience everything!

    Starting station rotations in your lab can be intimidating if you have not had experience with it before. But, the rewards are great!

    How?

    • Station rotations may be organized around groups or pairs.
    • Groups/pairs may be teacher assigned or student selected. You decide what works best for your situation. Group work is one of the most effective ways to help students learn. It can increase student motivation and it is an important life skill.  
    • Make some type of sign noting the students in each group and how the rotation will progress.
    • At first, stations can be set up for those who finish early. As everyone gets comfortable with the procedures, a station rotation may be the norm for you entire class period for a particular unit of study. You decide!
    • Only a few devices will be needed for this model. Consider that you may borrow a Code-a-pillar from a classroom or a Dot&Dash from the library, etc. Some stations might involve a few iPads and an app - such as a Stop Motion project, or an interactive website, or project on a few computer workstations.
    • Decide on and design the activities for each station. Print out a sign for instructions and expectations for each station. Save your station signs and other documents in a Google Folder so that you don't have to recreate the wheel each time you use stations!

    What to do:

    • Make a list of all of the activities you would like to see happening in your lab. For example,
      • Stop Motion with iPads
      • Code.org on desktops
      • Challenges with Coding Toys/Devices
      • Unplugged Coding with cards or cups
      • Specific Interactive Websites
      • Hyperdoc Project
      • Digital Puzzle or Breakout
      • Specific products with specific software such as Google Slides, Wixie, etc.
    • If starting stations with students who finish early. Create a poster for your room with options: 

               I'm Finished

    • When the station rotations become your entire class period, consider making table top signs for each station so that students always have the directions at hand.
    • Having successful station rotations does not just happen. Consider practicing and reviewing expectations for several class periods to get it right!

    Photos of Stations