1:1 Classroom Management

Suggestions for Classroom Management in a 1:1 Environment

Choose some "commands" for classroom management and practice them with your kids. Some ideas for laptops that could be adapted for iPads:
  • 45 your screens - students lower their screens to approx 45 degrees so the computers won't overheat or sleep, but students won't be distracted by the screen
  • Lids down, I want to hear 20 clicks, Close 'em - close the computer; all eyes on the teacher
  • Hands on your heads, Reach for the stars...-hands off the computers and someplace where you can see them
  • Shut down, 5 minute warning - Shut down the computer and pack it up.
  • Teacher lowers screen - Student isn't allowed to raise the screen until teacher conference or the teacher raises it (when a student doesn't comply as directed).
  • Nonverbals - music, chimes, light flash, bells, buzzers, timers, etc., can be used effectively to gain student attention during projects
  • Visuals - give students a "flag" (colored index card, post-it, etc.) to put out when they need you for a non-emergency question rather than impatiently raising a hand.

Student-Centered Learning: Creating Centers

"The curriculum for a learner-centered class is likely to be integrated thematically. After planning globally, the teacher discusses specific items to study and ways to learn content with the class before putting into motion lesson plans that form a framework to guide instruction.
The time spent on various subject areas is determined in part by how much enthusiasm is generated in the learning process. A skilled instructor can inspire interest that results in students not wanting to go to recess, lunch, or home at the end of the day. Authentic projects require the large time blocks in elementary school schedules and block scheduling in high school." - http://www.teachervision.fen.com/teaching-methods-and-management/curriculum-planning/4792.html?detoured=1

Advice for Creating Centers with 1:1 Devices
  • Use print outs of QR codes on color paper or folders to individualize instruction for students.
  • Have a wide variety of activities with simple, step-by-step instructions to promote independent learning & to meet varied learning styles.
  • Monitor student work during & after class. Give each student a weekly checklist (made in Numbers using a template) of goals to achieve. Your goals for students should match the activities provided that week in centers. See "File Management" below to explore options for submission of student work.
  • Go paperless. Avoid the use of worksheets in centers. Work to find apps that will help students meet learning objectives.
  • Don't reinvent the wheel. If strategies worked without the use of technology, they will probably work with it. Technology is simply a vehicle for learning. Use it to your advantage. If the technology integration doesn't work the way that you had anticipated the first time, talk to colleagues, tweak it, & try it again.
  • Set clear expectations & procedures for your students. Praise positive behavior as you observe it. Focusing on the positive will improve discipline issues. Be certain that students understand positive & negative consequences while in centers & that you fairly & consistently follow through with said consequences.
  • Try to complete the activities yourself prior to having students do them. Notice the length of time that it takes you, an adult, to complete the task, & allow more time for students to move through the activities. Ensure that all websites/apps work. Many interactive websites are Flash supported, which means that you will be unable to access them on Apple devices. Open the sites/apps on the iPad/MacBook the day before to check. Have a backup plan just in case the technology isn't working properly.


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