Classroom management in a one-to-one environment
- Do your best not to blame technology for student behaviors. iPads and Chromebooks don't force students to be off task any more than a good comic book. Think about how you will handle situations when students are off task playing a game or visiting a site they shouldn't be on. Taking the device away is not the best approach, instead teach students to be responsible.
- What routines should be in place? When you want your class' undivided attention, what will you say to them? One common phrase is "screens down," which means iPads are set with screens down and eyes on the teacher. If you have ideas for other routines, please post in the comments!
Content and learning management
Symbaloo is a great option for teachers looking to organize links and resources for students, especially if their class uses iPads. Students can create shortcuts on their home screens to their teacher's symbaloo. Some teachers create a separate Symbaloo for each subject and color code resources. One of the best features is that Symbaloo offers a Chrome Extension which makes it easy for teachers to bookmark websites and add them to their class Symbaloo.
2. Google Classroom
I will be writing many posts about the different ways to use Google Classroom, but I highly recommend using Google Classroom, especially in intermediate grades. Google Classroom is very helpful when sending information to students including announcements, resources and assignments. It is also very helpful in collecting and organizing student work.