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.
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.