Do you have students in your classroom that want to build personal computers or PCs? Are they more interested in playing computer games all day long in the classroom? Understandably, you may have some reservations at first. You won’t find a decent teacher that wants their students playing video games all day. And yet, the process of building a personal computer will teach your students important life skills that they may use in their career years into the future. After all, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 37 percent rise External link in hiring for computer systems design positions from 2012 to 2022.
Below, we outline the types of skills that your students will learn when building a personal computer.
Children as young as 10 or 12 years old can learn to assemble and set up a personal computer with the right assistance. Building a personal computer will challenge your students and teach them very valuable life skills.
Keep reading to learn about the top three skills that your students will learn in the classroom by building their own personal computers.
Even students in elementary school will be able to learn technical skills when you teach them to build a personal computer and use computer software, according to the Office of Educational Research and Improvement External link and U.S. Department of Education.
Learning how to use computer tools will teach your students an innate sense of how to use technical equipment. They will gain the ability to more quickly learn about new tools in the future. Your students will be able to learn how to use new software applications when they begin their careers.
Teamwork with Classmates
Increasing the use of technology in the classroom including computer building can enhance teamwork among your students. You will see students work more cooperatively and even tutor their fellow classmates.
By making students work in small groups you will be fostering and supporting the growth of teamwork skills. Since learning how to use new technology often has many tasks, students often need help and tend to collaborate with their peers more.
Those students who are quick learners and have already mastered computer skills make great tutors for any struggling students. You’ll find your students exhibiting excellent teamwork skills by the end of this computer building project.
Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
Teaching students how to build personal computers External link should boost their overall problem solving and critical thinking skills. You will notice your students collaborating more and learning by posing more questions, according to the Kamehameha Schools Research & Evaluation Division External link .
Problem-solving, information handling, and critical thinking will improve for your students when they work on building computers.
Students in your classroom will develop these three important life skills through computer building. Before you know it, your pupils will have great technical and teamwork skills along with newfound traits in problem-solving and critical thinking.
After taking a career sabbatical to become a mother, Jackie now writes full time on topics ranging from IT and software through to business and finance. She has, in the past battled problems with anxiety and panic, and in her spare time she volunteers for a number of local charities that support people with mental health issues.