Computer Lab



It is 1972 and I am busy turning the crank on the mimeograph machine,

making copies when the phone rings. I know the secretary is out, so I hastily grab

my papers and the bluish-purple ink gets all over my hands. I answer the phone.

It is for the 7th and 8th-grade teacher, and he is downstairs. We only have one

phone, no hold or transfer button. When I look down at my copies, I realize I

made a spelling error while typing. I once again notice my blue hands, and I am

quite aware it is going to be one of those days. Back then we had five teachers

and nine grades. There was no spell check, no delete button, no intercom system,

and, of course, there were no computers. Presently, our school is celebrating its

60th year anniversary. We now have twenty teachers, eleven grades, and two

campuses. We have classes for Pre-K through 8th grade at our Bloomington

campus and Pre-K through 4th grade at our Shakopee location. Our Principal just

celebrated his 40th year of teaching at Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran School.

So many things have changed. One thing that always seems constant (and is a

huge struggle for my husband, the principal) is enough money in the budget for

technology, i.e. computers.

Our school has grown and so have the creative minds and ambitions of the

students. When assigned to design a logo for art, they want to get on the

computers and use graphic designs to make something that represents them and

identifies who they are. In language arts, there are book reports and essays. In

history, they write Civil War and World War I and ll reports, term papers, and

reports on investors, patriots, and presidents. Even in math…for a treat… the kids

use enrichment games to sharpen their skills. In science, if anyone thinks lab rats

have it tough, they ought to try being a Bloomington Lutheran Eagle (our mascot)!

The students put together a science fair project that entails the experiment,

charts, graphs, a research paper, and a presentation to judges. These young

scholars from grades 5 through 8 are using technology on a daily basis.

Our lower grades (through 4th grade) also use the computer lab regularly.

At this level, it is primarily used for typing skills, alphabet recognition, spelling

practice, and educational games. However, as these children grow and mature,