Thursday, October 8, 2015

How to minimize distractions in the 1:1 classroom

Monitoring a classroom full of students with electronic devices can be a daunting task. What can you do to keep students focused?

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  1. Set rules and expectations. Set boundaries for when it is appropriate to be on the computer or tablet and when not. For example, if you are explaining something, you can say “lids down” and students should follow your instructions.
  2. Set consequences. I’ve integrated technology into my behavior management strategies. I use Class Dojo for participation points. Students that are not following instructions, lose points.
  3. Reduce the number of tabs. Students don’t need 20 tabs open at once. Not to mention that it slows down the internet. Tell them to only have the tab for your class open. This will keep them from switching between tabs to their games when you aren’t looking.
  4. Teach appropriate use of the device. Just because they can do almost anything with their camera or video, doesn’t mean that they should.
  5. Set the seats so that you can stand in the back of the room and see all devices at once.
  6. Try the Chrome extension Stay Focused. It limits the amount of time you are spending on websites that waste your time.

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