ipad Classroom Management

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Best practices for iPads classroom management

A 1:1 iPad classroom environment can be a challenge for a teacher; a whole new way of teaching which can leave educators, even experienced ones, struggling to manage.

To help you with this, here are Hexnode's five top tips for iPad classroom management.

Let the student be the teacher

Let the student be the teacher

Many younger students have grown up with technology and sometimes might even know more than you! Let students take the role of educator for a change.

Some ideas for this include:

  • Use popular and common apps such as note taking apps and get students to discuss the best feature.
  • Ask older students to teach younger students using iPads.
  • Get students to talk about their favorite apps.
  • Use Apple TV to get students to show others the best way to do things in apps.
  • Keep a watchful eye

    Keep a watchful eye

    No student pays attention all the time. Even the best teacher probably spent some of the time doodling in the back of their exercise book when they were a pupil. However, it can be easy for students to get distracted when they are using the iPad. Teachers need to learn to stay calm if a student or a group of students aren't using their iPads for learning. Learning the telltale signs of distraction is key.

    Keep paying attention for:

  • Students not looking at their iPads with the device on lap or desk
  • Four finger swipes as you walk up to a student's desk
  • Sounds such as the camera shutter or the iMessage tone
  • Keep getting students to show you their work to check for any alternative apps which could be open.

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    Make sure your class understands your expectations

    Make sure your class understands your expectations

    Being clear with the class is the first step in for iPad classroom management. This can begin even before the students have arrived. Make sure that parents are briefed about what the students can expect - and what is expected of them - for any class where they will have their own iPad. Let them know what the classes will entail and what will happen should a student start to misbehave.

    Age-appropriate conversation should be had with students at the beginning of the lessons for the first few weeks of class to cement your expectations. Help them to understand why they need to follow the rules in class and talk to them about how using iPads will help them learn using the power of technology.

    In your guidelines, you should cover:

  • The devices that students can and cannot use in class
  • If there are any additional items required such as a cover, a charger, or a stylus
  • What the consequences are for misbehaviour
  • Information about what apps will be used and how personal apps will be managed when in the learning environment
  • Don't be too strict

    Don't be too strict

    Students don't want to be told what to do all of them time. Sometimes, when they've completed their work, it's good to be able to kick back and play around with something else instead of just focusing on one thing all the time. In the classroom, there may be moments where you can be more flexible with the iPads. Just make sure that you implement a system which allows you to let the students know when that time is.

    Try a traffic light system:

  • Red - students must pay attention to the teacher - iPads on the desk face down.
  • Yellow - use multiple apps to complete the task assigned. No social media or messaging allowed in this time.
  • Green - Once the task assigned is complete, any app can be used.
  • You can set your own parameters for each colour appropriate to your classroom.

    Know what appropriate redirection is and when to use it

    Know what appropriate redirection is and when to use it

    Even given your best efforts, there will still be students and circumstances where students are not using the iPad in the way you are directing. Make sure that you have some strategies in place to redirect the student's behaviour.

    Some effective strategies include:

  • Speaking with the students after class have finished
  • Speak with the student during class in front of his peers to demonstrate that you won't allow poor behavior
  • Sit the student near you so that you can monitor their behavior
  • Remove the iPad from them for five minutes
  • Remove the iPad and give the student some written work on paper to do
  • Take the iPad away from the student and give it to the student's advisor
  • Ask the student to compose an email to their parent talking about why they behaved the way that they did
  • Set the iPad up to only allow access to a specific app or apps
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