- Start out by telling kids that there will probably be glitches and that it is OK. Think of a few plan Bs before even starting. In the past often there are several things that don't work at the same time and I can get caught only troubleshooting. I have also experienced frustration and tears (my own and the kids).
- Start out with some time to play. In the past I get frustrated with kids who are not paying attention when I am giving instructions and kids get in trouble or taken off computers.
- Make the first time using a piece of software a "test" so that it does not require a graded project. The cognitive load of learning a topic and also how to use software can be too much sometimes. This takes lots of pressure off of teacher and student to accomplish a lot the first time.
- Insist on full attention with hands off of the computer (or even having laptops closed or monitors off) when instructions are given, but try to spend as little time as possible with them listening and you talking.
- Fire drills in the middle of the lesson.
- Pressure to hurry to finish something.
- Needing to learn both software and a topic at the same time.
I really think that my attitude as a teacher when doing this type of lesson is central to how it goes. If I am easily stressed and upset or have really high expectations of the kids it will be a difficult time.