While you may have tried and true procedures for things like sharpening pencils and lining up for lunch, chances are you’re still figuring out classroom rules around technology. Should you allow students free Internet time when they are done with their work? Should students be able to sign up for tablet time or are you the unofficial Queen of the iPad?
We asked our Facebook fans for the technology policies that worked best in their classrooms this year, and here’s what they had to say:
- “If you don’t finish today’s classwork on the computer, tomorrow you’re using paper.” The opportunity to use technology can be a great motivator and keep students on task, says teacher Drew Blazo.
- “Students cross their name off a class list when they have visited our computer center,” says Nikki Henry. “They know they can’t go back to that center during the same week.”
- “I use a large red sign to indicate that all personal devices (such as cell phones) should be put away,” writes Rick Whitmore. “I turn it over to the green side when they are permitted.”
- “In my 1:1 tablet classroom, I say ‘home, sleep, center,’ when I want students to put the tablets away,” explains Katie Villien. “Students press the home button first, then the sleep button, and then put the tablets in a basket at the center of their table.”
- “Making QR codes for the sites you want students to visit prevents a lot of wasted or inappropriate search time,” recommends Tami Polenz.
- “I write each of my students’ names on a paper cup and put the stack of cups on top of the computer,” says Mitch Jacobson. “When students see their name, they know it is their turn for computer time. When they are done, they put their cup at the bottom of the stack.”
- “I purchased an inexpensive shoe rack and numbered the slots. I ask students to store their cell phones and personal devices in one of the slots each day when they come into class,” says Scharla Taylor.
- “I hand out iPad bucks as rewards,” says Erica Neumann. “Kids can cash them in for ten minutes of game time at recess.”
- “Know how to use the guided access feature on iPads or iPod touches,” recommends Linda Wendlowsky. “It allows students to use only one app at a time.”
- “Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes,” suggests Mindy Felicity. “When the timer goes off, it’s the next student’s turn.”
How do you keep students focused and on task when using technology? Please share in the comments!