Schools are increasing the amount of devices they have in the classroom. Monitoring student activities and holding them accountable for safe practices can be challenging when working with a class full of students. Some seasoned teachers are finding it ever more challenging to control student misconduct with the use of technology, to the point that some are choosing to not use the devices in their classrooms. Administrators are tired of the complaints of teachers and look at screen monitoring software options to view the on screen activities of all students at all times. This solution can be costly, as much as $7 per student.
Personally, I am not a fan of this type of software. I trust my students until they give me a reason not to. I believe that the solution should be in the relationship the teacher has with his/her students. Students that respect and value their teachers are less likely to want to cause mischief. Teachers teaching with technology need clear expectations and consequences for their students.
Schools often have filters in place that prohibit students from accessing inappropriate content. Therefore, is it really necessary to add screen monitoring software? Does it really solve the problem or make it worse? What are we saying to the students by monitoring their every on screen action?