Lesson One: Computer Lab Safety
Computer Lab Safety
Grade Level: 12 (Unit
may be adapted to any class using computer lab online activities.)
Subject Areas: Business and Language Arts
Learner Outcomes: The students will acquire knowledge of
and identify safety procedures in a computer lab when dealing with items
that may include:
1. Electrical Equipment
2. Emergency Procedures
Time Frame: One 45 minute class period
Materials: Building Diagram of Exit Procedure Handout (to
be obtained from individual schools), Computer
Lab Safety PowerPoint Presentation, Computer
Lab Safety Rules and Procedures handout, and Acceptable
Use for Computer Networks and Telecommunications Policy form (a
copy of Logan County Schools' Acceptable Computer Use Policy is given as
Technology Tools/Courseware: Computer Projector Device,
Microsoft PowerPoint Software, and an Internet Capable Computer Lab
The introduction to this lesson will take place in the computer lab and
continue for the duration of Lessons 2-5 at which time the language arts
teacher will work collaboratively with the business education teacher in
completion of the state-mandated senior research project and/or electronic
An Acceptable Computer Use Policy may need to be written before beginning
this lesson or be obtained from the county board of education if possible.
A copy of Logan County Schools' Acceptable Use for Computer Networks and
Telecommunications Policy has been included to be used as an example.
At the end of Lesson 3 (E-Mail Safety) an acknowledgment signature form
must be signed by the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian as well
as the sponsoring teacher to verify that he/she received handouts and instruction
on computer lab safety and has agreed to comply with proper computer lab
The student will begin the unit "Safety First/Research Techniques" by viewing
the Computer Lab Safety PowerPointPresentation
for detailed examples of the proper use of the computer lab.
During discussion of computer lab safety, the teacher will model "do's
and don'ts" of proper use of general electrical equipment, microcomputer,
monitor, printer, and computer diskettes and CD's. The students will
receive a copy of the Computer Lab Safety Rules
and Procedures handout (to be signed after completion of Lesson
The teacher will assign certain duties to specific students to complete
during emergency exit situations.
The student will "walk through" emergency exit procedures.
The student will be required to read, sign, and have parent(s) or guardian
sign the Acceptable Use Policy for Computer
Networks and Telecommunications before working in the computer lab.
The sponsoring teacher will also be required to sign this form in recognition
of the student's agreement for responsible computer usage.
Enrichment Activities: Computer
Lab Safety Rules and Procedures PowerPoint Presentation
The teacher should determine the need for student assistance based on inclusion
and request that a special education teacher and/or aide be present during
lesson instruction and activities.
Teachers are encouraged to use peer tutoring, cooperative learning, and/or
small group activities.
Lab Safety Rules and Procedures
, and Acceptable
Use Policy for Computer Networks and Telecommunications form
Evaluation/Assessment: Class Participation, Teacher Observation,
and completion of Acceptable Use Policy for Computer Networks and Telecommunications
form for usage of the computer in the school system.
State IGO's and Other Standards
West Virginia Instructional Goals and Objectives:
Language Arts: 12.38
PW.35, PW.36, PW.37, PW.38, PW.43
For Further Information:
Virginia State Dept. of Education
Century 21 Accounting. Cincinnati,
OH: South Western Publishing Company, publication date unknown (prior
H. Burgess | Natalie
Cook | Mary Ruth
Hale | Man High School
Attachments: Computer Lab Safety
Rules and Procedures PowerPoint Presentation, Computer
Lab Safety Rules and Procedures, and Acceptable
Use Policy for Computer Networks and Telecommunications for Logan County
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