PBIS Expectations in the Computer Lab
June 28, 2012|Posted in: Computer Lab
This past year, we had one of the most horrible things happen in our school computer lab. A few students made the choice to vandalize and dismantle a few of the laptops. Now, in our district, we’re known for the amount of use we get out of our computer labs. Within a week there are only about 4 40 minute windows that are not assigned for class usage, and those get snatched up all the time. So, to have a few computers vandalized really impacts a lot of students.
So this past year I worked with the intermediate teachers of our school to figure out how we can try and prevent this. Since our school is very successful with our Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) plan, we developed a set of expectations based on our four school-wide rules. Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Your Best.
We asked one another, what do those school rules look like inside of our computer lab. Next, we did created a small poster and hung it up in the lab…yeah. That didn’t really have the outcomes we were hoping for. Each teacher talked to their class, but by the end of the year, we really ended up with more damage than we had ever seen.
Along with the PBIS rules posted, we also setup a small group of students who we called the Students Working with Advanced Technology or S.W.A.T. team. These students were quickly trained to inspect keyboards and general condition of each laptop in the lab after their class session was done. This was a great idea, but it really didn’t happen consistently, next year we will get it officially in place during the first week of school. The few who were a part of it this year were so diligent, there were a number of times that they found problems before anyone else realized. This is an idea that can be built on next year.
Keys were picked off of the MacBook keyboards, apparently they can be removed and put back a few times before they just simply break off completely. Keys stopped working, nothing like the enter key no longer being functional. The final nail in the coffin was the black dotted screens where students had pressed on the screen so hard that it “popped” the LCD and no longer functioned.
So this upcoming year, we’re going to keep moving forward with additional support for the PBIS plan that we attempted this year. Along with teachers expressing the need to take care of our lab, we will also be including the computer lab as one of our PBIS training centers. I am hoping to “liven up” the poster we made last year, so that it is more visible and acts as a visual reminder. We will also continue to work with our student leaders in the S.W.A.T. team to keep a constant monitor of any vandalism that happens, and addressing the issue quickly.
With such limited technology budgets available, every single computer is precious and we need to do what we can to prolong their tech-life. What are some ways that your schools have prevented technology vandalism?