Last year, I decided to spruce it up. We don't have a computer teacher, so no one had taken ownership over the space. I started out by actually making a schedule for when teachers used the lab. Everyone had just used the same time year after year and no one knew when the lab was available. It was a little strange to me. I then removed all the weird staples in the walls, took down the gross paper, and put up bulletin borders. I also put up my PC Shortcuts.
There is a Mac version, as well.
Recently, I decided to do a little more around the lab. I asked one of the kindergarten teachers with really cute handwriting to write all the websites we use on the chalkboard with chalk markers.
She forgot the www. on many of them. Oops!
I used some labels in Schoolgirl Style's Chalkboard Rainbow set to make directions to label the different walls in the lab. I decided to label them with islands and how far away they are for us. Now, when I dismiss kids from their computers to line up and go back to the classroom, I say the direction or the island.
The middle row of the lab, I labeled with our island.
I also decided to number the computers. I just used little dot stickers I already had. When my kids type stories, they have to use the same computer each time and save their work to the desktop. Numbering the computers help them remember which one they used.
The last thing I did was create a Home row bulletin board. We do Typing Web to help teach correct typing skills, but the kids do forget where to rest their fingers.
For the title, I ran out of o's in those cute cut-out letters, so I turned two 9's into o's. It's not perfect, but it works.
You can check out my Home Row posters on TpT. Included are posters with the home row highlighted in yellow, in gray for black and white printing, or in blackline for printing on colored paper. My school only has black and white printers, so I printed mine on white cardstock. Also included are 3 different sizes of keyboards for display. I chose to print and display the biggest keyboard, since the board I put the display on was so large.
How is your computer lab? Do you have a media teacher or do teachers take care of the lab, like at my school?