Ipad Classroom Management Tips
The following classroom management tips may be used to help embrace the iPad technology in your classroom (Teaching and Learning 1to1, n.d.) .
- Make sure kids know and understand instructional expectations before iPads are permitted to be used.
- Arrange your classroom so that you're able to see all iPad screens easily.
- Set limits for which resources or apps students are permitted to access during specific lessons and communicate this to students before the activity begins.
- Have clear procedures in place for what to do when something isn't working.
- Assess your students formally or informally to get to know their tech skills. This will help you to find the students who need more reinforcement on the proper use and functionality of the iPad.
- Time students as they take out and set up their iPads and let them know you're doing it. Consider incentives for the class when they meet the goals for quick set-up and tear down.
- If you're planning to use a new app with kids, give them 1-2 days' warning to make sure they have time to master the app functionality.
- Hook up the iPad to a projector to show students step-by-step on how to use each and every new app implemented in the class.
- Work through your lesson to determine which tech skills are necessary for successful lesson completion.
- After you try something new, take note of what went well and what didn't. It is great to have specific notes to better design and redesign each lesson.
- Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate. Your peers may have great ideas to offer about classroom management techniques/strategies to use in the classroom.
The following video will provide a few quick tips and tricks on how to balance teaching and retaining student's attention in an iPad classroom.