Computer Traffic Jams?


An organized classroom computer station is essential for creating a productive and stress-free learning environment. With technology playing a significant role in education today, having a well-organized computer station can greatly enhance the teaching and learning experience. Not only does it improve productivity, but it also reduces stress for both teachers and students.

A clutter-free computer station allows teachers to easily access resources and materials, saving valuable time during lessons. It also helps students stay focused and engaged, as they can quickly find the tools they need to complete their assignments. Additionally, an organized computer station promotes a sense of order and professionalism in the classroom, setting a positive example for students.

Tips for a Functional Classroom Computer Station

I want to show you how I solved my Computer Traffic Jam problem in my classroom. If you are like me, I only have 3 computers and 26 kiddos who want to use them for various reasons.  

At our school we do Accelerated Reader, Math Facts in a Flash and Dreambox.  So, the kiddos need computer time!  

We do have a regular computer lab time once a week for 45 min.  but this isn’t always enough.  So, our classroom computers are always busy.

Our classroom computers are always busy. Here is how we solved the problem of kiddos just standing around waiting their turn.

Here is how we solved the problem of kiddos just standing around waiting their turn.  

I have done it a 2 different ways, so I plan to show you both!

Our classroom computers are always busy. Here is how we solved the problem of kiddos just standing around waiting their turn.

First, I make each kiddo in my class a tag with their classroom number.  I use classroom numbers for a variety of things, so they know their number well.  

I used stickers.  I put a number on each sticker, laminated it with my personal laminator (the lamination is a bit thicker and holds up better).  

Then, I attached a piece of velcro to the back of each tag.  

Here is a picture of how I store their tags.  All it is is a small pocket chart that I cut to size and attached to the wall next to the computer station.

Our classroom computers are always busy. Here is how we solved the problem of kiddos just standing around waiting their turn.

Then, I made simple number grids to put on each computer with 1,2, and 3.  

When there is someone on the computer, they simply put their tag on one of the velcro spots next to the next available number.

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When the first kiddo is done on the computer, they go and get the person who’s tag is next to the #1.  

When that child is done, they take their tag off, move the others down and then they go and get the next kiddo in line.

Our classroom computers are always busy. Here is how we solved the problem of kiddos just standing around waiting their turn.

Another way that I have tried is to put a long piece of velcro next to the computers and have the kiddos put their tags in a line from the top.  

Then, when anyone is done with their computer, they just go and get the next kiddo in line from the top.

This works well if the kiddos are doing activities that are of different time lengths.  That way they don’t have to wait for a specific computer.

It does take a lot of modeling and practicing, but it is worthwhile because I don’t have long lines of kiddos just waiting for a turn.  

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!

Assessing Your Classroom Computer Station: Identifying Problem Areas

Before you can begin organizing your classroom computer station, it’s important to assess the current state of the area. Take a moment to evaluate the space and identify any problem areas that need attention. Use a checklist to ensure you cover all aspects of the computer station.

Common problem areas include tangled wires, cluttered desks, and lack of storage. Tangled wires not only create an eyesore but can also be a safety hazard. Cluttered desks make it difficult to find necessary items quickly, leading to frustration and wasted time. Lack of storage can result in a messy workspace, with items scattered around haphazardly.

Decluttering Your Classroom Computer Station: Getting Rid of Unnecessary Items

Once you have identified the problem areas in your classroom computer station, it’s time to declutter. Start by removing any unnecessary items that are taking up space and causing clutter. Be ruthless in your decluttering process and only keep items that are essential for teaching and learning.

To declutter effectively, sort items into categories such as “keep,” “donate,” or “discard.” Consider whether each item is truly necessary for the computer station or if it can be stored elsewhere. By getting rid of unnecessary items, you create a more functional space that is easier to navigate and maintain.

Creating a System for Cables and Wires: Tackling the Tangled Mess

One of the biggest challenges in maintaining an organized computer station is dealing with tangled cables and wires. To tackle this issue, it’s important to create a system for managing and organizing them. Start by labeling each cable or wire with its corresponding device or purpose. This will make it easier to identify and locate specific cables when needed.

Invest in cable management solutions such as cable clips, cable ties, or cable sleeves to keep cables neatly organized and prevent them from tangling. Consider using color-coded labels or tags to further differentiate cables and make it easier to identify them at a glance. By implementing a system for cables and wires, you can eliminate the frustration of untangling cords and create a more streamlined computer station.

Organizing Computer Accessories: Finding a Place for Keyboards, Mice, and Headphones

In addition to managing cables and wires, organizing computer accessories is crucial for an efficient computer station. Keyboards, mice, headphones, and other accessories should have designated places to prevent clutter and ensure easy access.

Consider using storage containers or drawer dividers to keep accessories neatly organized. Label each container or section with the corresponding accessory to make it easy for both teachers and students to find what they need. Encourage students to return accessories to their designated places after use to maintain an organized computer station.

Encouraging Student Responsibility: Teaching Students to Keep the Computer Station Organized

Teaching students to take responsibility for keeping the computer station organized is an important life skill that goes beyond the classroom. By involving students in the organization process and emphasizing the importance of maintaining an orderly workspace, you empower them to become more independent and self-disciplined.

Create a set of guidelines or expectations for students regarding the use and organization of the computer station. Clearly communicate these guidelines and reinforce them regularly. Provide positive reinforcement and recognition for students who consistently demonstrate responsibility in keeping the space organized. By teaching students to keep the computer station organized, you create a more harmonious and efficient learning environment.

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