Managing Technology in the Classroom

Schools are now full of technology. If proper classroom management procedures are not in place your classroom will be in chaos.

Over the past few weeks I have been working with teachers from other neighbouring schools on purposefully integrating more technology into our teaching. It has been a great learning experience for myself and I am excited to share a mix of my ideas and theirs for managing tech in the classroom.

Many of my students bring their cellphones or iPods into the classroom. I have them immediately put them on the top left desk corner during my lesson. Once my lesson is over they can flip over their phones and use them as calculators, music machines or research tools.

As students are working and you need their eyes on the speaker call out "45" as in a 45 degree angle. Students then flip their screens down part way, to focus their attention on you and not their screens. 

If class is over, or you need technology to be closed completely call out "180" as in the 180 degrees in a straight line. Students then close their technology completely, and focus on the speaker. 

Once you are ready for students to resume using their technology, call out "90" as in a 90 degree angle. Student will know from this cue that it is time to start using their technology again.

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  1. This is a great way to reinforce math thinking and vocabulary! Great idea :)


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