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.
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:
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:
Keep getting students to show you their work to check for any alternative apps which could be open.
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:
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:
You can set your own parameters for each colour appropriate to your classroom.
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: