elementary school. When asked for suggestions, I sent her the link for TuxPaint (an open source and free application) as creative way for her to begin using the computers in a lab setting.
As you can see, her first project was a hit. Each resulting picture is an autobiographical story and for some students, the first time they have combined a drawing with typing their name. In turn my friend gets to know these younger students (as she has been teaching higher grades).
First steps are important and are not to be taken lightly. With the complexity of what is expected of older students, it is wise to remember that a firm foundation and consistent exposure to appropriate infusion of technology into curriculum is needed for all students.
My friend is tired after her long days in the lab but joyful at the progress made so far. A kind soul has donated two digital camers and as an accomplished photographer herself, I can't wait to see what tshe and the students produce and learn about next. I have suggested she look at Microsoft's PhotoStory 3 as readiness creating movies from still images.
Please feel free to comment on ideas this teacher can try in her new life as a facilitator. We'd like to see best practices.