Teaching with Software in the Rotation Model

[Note: Many of you reading this blog already know about my work with software and the Rotation Model for Sunday School, but I’ve discovered that some do not!  Therefore, this brief introduction….]

I originally started experimenting with software in my Sunday School back in 1990 when my church created what has become known as The Workshop Rotation Model for Sunday School.  (www.rotation.org)

Pictured: two of my students in my original Sunday School computer lab
circa 1992 with the 386 computer :
)

Computers were brand new to education back then and there was very little Christian software in existence, –but we couldn’t ignore the dramatic increase in ATTENTION our kids were experiencing in our early computer lab. Begun with two donated 386 IBM PCs, we used some simple quiz programs, Bible trivia games and some of the early software Bibles on floppy discs!

The Workshop Rotation Model (WoRM) is a natural for incorporating computers into Sunday School. Why? Because in the WoRM, the kids go to a different workshop each week for four to five weeks –while the teachers stay put. And all the grades are working on the same story in each workshop each week for four or five weeks in a row. This means your computer  lab teacher sees a different grade group each week. (Workshops include: art, drama, bible games, computer, a-v, music. Each teaches the Bible story through their unique medium).

 “Rotating” your students is something you should do with your computer lab whether you’re using the Rotation model or a more traditional model.

The benefits of rotating different kids each week into your computer lab (or other workshop) include:

  1. You don’t have to have new software each week, rather, you can keep using the same program each week for a while because the kids change each week.
  2. You can reuse software because each grade only comes in every month or so and don’t get bored with going back to familiar software.
  3. After the first week of a “rotation” the computer lab teacher really knows the software and is already improving their lesson plan.
  4. As the kids rotate through different workshops, their story proficiency grows — making the reflection and quiz content in the software more valuable and productive.
  5. As kids rotate, they don’t get bored with any one teacher or medium. They come to you “fresh” each week.
  6. They anticipate coming into the computer lab with great excitement.

Read more of my articles about the Rotation Model at:

http://sundaysoftware.com/rotation/articles4rotation.htm

You can also order the Workshop Rotation Book at www.sundaysoftware.com/order.htm

Look for it at the end of the online order form.

Neil MacQueen

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