#1 You are the teacher in the classroom!
- Set clear expectations of WHEN students will be using devices in your classroom, and when they wont!
- Laptop Lids to 45 degrees or tablets turned over when ever you want to give verbal instructions
- Close your lid when you really want to make an important point!
- Have students turn "knees towards me" when you are giving instruction.
- Devices are used only at teacher discretion
#2 Ask three before me.
Students should ask three other students how to do something before asking the teacher. Especially w/ BYOD, students can assist each other.
#3 What is the analog equivalent?
How do you handle students off task behaviors without technology? Often, the solution for students misusing the
technology will be similar.
#4 Bring it out when they need it, put it away when they don't!
#5 You do not need to know how to use every device/tool. But you should know what they can do.
Students will know how their device works and the teacher will not have to be responsible for understanding how each device works.
#6 Walk Around!
By walking around your room, students are more likely to be on task and ask questions, than if you are sitting
behind your desk.
#7 Always have a "Plan B"
Some days, things will not work for both tech and non-tech infused lessons. When that happens, it's important to be
flexible and have an alternative lesson at hand.
#8 Communicate what will you allow the kids to do when they are done with classwork. Here is a good list!
- Consider assigning roles to students in class.
Here are some ideas for jobs for students bringing laptops or when you have access to carts in the room from Alan November via the book, Curriculum 21.:
- Tutorial Designer-Have students use Screencastomatic.com to create a tutorial for solving problems or completing processes.
- Designate student note-takers/Scribes on a Google Doc (Scribe of the day!) Then have them share with you to post on Moodle or your Google Site.
- Researchers-When questions come up during the period, designate a researcher of the day to look it up. You can also do this with classroom computers. (Sometimes referred to as "Google Jockeys!" Here are some additional tips on managing that in your BYOD classroom!)
- Collaboration Coordinators to connect with others around the world studying the same topic, or with experts.
- Curriculum Review Podcast-Students could record short podcasts as study guides on a topic
- Organize an exit card: Students could create questions for the class on a Google form that then can be used as an exit card for students to complete before they leave, or when they are at home.
- Here is an example of roles for when you are Skyping with another class. Click on the image to view the original.