Independent Student Learning

Computer Support Hand Signals

Computer support hand signals are a way for students to nonverbally communicate a need while on the computers. It may be that they have tech issues or perhaps they need help with a lesson. Students hold two fingers up in the air and they wait for either the computer captain, which is a student role, the teacher, or the blended learning coordinator to offer assistance.

Strategy Resources (2)
Poster
 
 
This document displays the 3 strategies students employ independently (using paper and pencil to show their work and utilizing a couple math strategies) before using the computer support hand signal. This chart/poster is printed out and displayed in front of every child's computer.
 
Poster
 
 
This document displays the 3 strategies students employ independently (using paper and pencil to show their work and utilizing a couple math strategies) before using the computer support hand signal. This chart/poster is printed out and displayed in front of every child's computer.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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