All-in-one Technology Tools for Classroom Management
Class Dojo http://www.classdojo.com/
Class Dojo is an all-in-one classroom and behavior management system. It allows for student tracking of specific behaviors both positive and negative. It also allows for students and parents to login and track progress.
Class Charts http://www.classcharts.com/
Class Charts is very similar to Class Dojo, but it also includes a seating chart.
Technology Tools for specific classroom needs
Logging data: Telephone logs, tracking student information
Sign-up Sheets: track parent volunteers, conferences, or sign-up for time on a computer
Random Student Selector: randomly select a student in your classroom. Can be used to call on a student for response or to give privileges.
Time Management: Keep students on task with timers
Google Forms or Spreadsheets: Utilize Google Forms to create a database of information that is then sortable or searchable in spreadsheet
SignUp Genius: Based on time, days and number of slots students and parents can sign-up for various events. Also allows for others to see whom has signed up for what.
Random Name Selector from Primary Technology: Easily create a list of students and spin to select a name. Easy to embed on a website to permanently have available.
Random Name Picker from Mini Web Tool: Not as nice as interface as the Random Name Selector, but simple to use.
Online Stop Watch has a stop watch and count down timer available.
Utilize the microphone on your tablet or mobile device to monitor the level of "noise" in your classroom. Customize what constitutes as loud as your classroom and use as a way for students to self-regulate behavior.
All-in-one classroom management system. Only available on iOS or Windows 8 devices, does not have a web interface. Allows for tracking, seating charts, attendance and grading
Track student behaviors and responses in this iOS App. Need paid version to utilize for an entire class.
Managing a Classroom of Student Technology
Computer Stations: Ensure equal access to computers.
Computer Lab Tracking/Question Managment
- Use Popsicle sticks with the student's names and two jars. One jar is labeled "NOT YET" and the other "BEEN THERE" or some other name. As students go to the computers, they move their sticks from one jar to the other.
- Make a poster with “waiting” on one side and “Completed” on the other side. Use a marker and write each students’ name on both sides of a clothespin. Point the clothespins with the name on the waiting side with the first four computers first. When each student finishes, let it be their responsibility to get another student who’s name is next in order on the waiting side. You can rotate the order of the clothespins at the
beginning of a project so students get equal access.
- Snake Rotation: Start with the first four students while the rest of the students are working at their desks. As each user finishes, the student in the next desk will take his/her place. Label each desk with a letter of the alphabet. If student B leaves the computer then student E takes his/her place. If student A finishes, then student F is next. Repeat until each student has had a turn by snaking in this fashion around the room. Next activity can start in the back or middle of room for equity. Depending on the type and length of activity and class size, this rotation strategy can take from two to five class periods, so make sure students remember where they were last.
- Have specific rules, or collaboratively create your lab rules, keep in mind the school's AUP
- Have a seating plan for your lab time. Students should sit at the same computer every time.
- Have work for students to do if they finish early
- Create or Designate Student Technology Specialists
- "3 Before Me" rule
- Post Anchor Charts or tips/tricks for common issues in the lab
Computer Lab Tracking/Question Managment
- Two Cups: Have two cups, one green and one read at each station. The green cup is on top. If a student has an issue the student places the red cup on top. Either a Student Technology Specialist or the teacher will know, without class interruption, that someone needs help. Most of the time, the student can continue to work on something else until help arrives.
- Sticky Notes: Same concept as Two cups, but students place a sticky note at the top of their monitor so you can visually see any issues.
- Use Name Tags, to track when students are finished with a task have the flip the name tags on end so you can see who needs additional time.