Tech classroom management strategies

A recent Ed Week article by Liana Heitin shares solutions to common management challenges that arise from using iPads and laptops in the classroom. The strategies below have helped schools across the country deal with these issues.

Wander the Room

There is no replacement for teachers physically walking around the classroom when it comes to keeping students on task. One teacher mentioned that iPads tend to be easier to monitor than laptops, as they lay flat on the desk. Consider using programs such as Hapara, which allows teachers to monitor students’ desktops at once and from afar.

Create a Sense of Value

To keep devices in good condition, building responsibility is key. Explicitly teach students how to open and close the devices, carry them, and turn them to show a partner. Assign a device to a student, so they use the same one every day and are responsible for reporting tech issues.  

Put Students in Charge

Designate one or two students to serve as technology monitors that pass out and collect devices. Establish procedures for running out of battery power, and create a charging station in an area of the room (try to keep cords out of walkways). Find a way to store headphones, such as hanging them on a hook or storing them in a plastic bag labeled with the student’s name.

Teach Tech Terms

Define technical terms, such as “close” and “sign out” to clarify what state the device should be in during a lesson. Find a digital organization system (see this post on Google Drive) to share documents and track student work.

Lastly, try to channel tech-savvy students’ curiosity. One school hired a student over the summer to crack their firewall system, while another teacher has students create videos demonstrating tech tools.

Do you have any management tips for your “wired” classroom?

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