My official title is "instructional technology specialist." For grades K-6 I work with teachers to find ways to integrate technology into their teaching. We use their curriculum and look at both, revising units they have already taught to see if a technology tool could improve the way students are learning, and we also devise new projects and think of how best to use technology to improve student learning.
And then there is "computer class." I teach 7th and 8th grade computer class. We do a lot of "fun" things and we use a lot of different software tools, but there is no underlying content. This drives me crazy. The students treat the class as a "special" and don't really care about either their work or their behavior.
I'm wondering how other people deal with this issue. Do you teach "computer class?" How do you feel about it? Do you think it is a good idea? What advice or suggestions do you have to make it work?