The "buddy system"

Question: Using a “buddy system†with students in the computer lab can be helpful.

The IT Guy says:
IT Guy reader Tammy Woods suggests having students use a “buddy system†in the computer lab to facilitate learning. This can be a great idea, but be sure to make students alternate who gets to “drive†the computer during the class session to ensure both students have an equal opportunity to acquire digital literacy skills.

A great modification on the “buddy system†idea is to use partners from a different grade level. This is modeled in the 14 minute online video, “Technology Integration Done Right: Lewisville ISD†(http://www.educ.ttu.edu/tla/videos/lewisville.html). First-graders are paired with fi8fth-grade mentors for a computer lab activity, with super results for students of all levels.

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