Classroom Management Tips

  • Ensure the same students use the same iPads every time the devices are used.
    • If something inappropriate occurs with an iPad, this will help with tracking down who was responsible.
    • Keep a list of which student uses which iPad in each class.
    • Make students aware of which number iPad they use according to the number on the back,  Please do not add any further decorations to the iPads covers or allow students to decorate them.
    • Let students know they will be held accountable for the condition of their assigned iPad.
    • Briefly inspect the iPads at the end of each use to check for damage. Look at which apps are open to see if students were staying on task.
  • Set a routine for how students should get iPads at the start of class and put them away at the end of class.
    • Part of routine should be making sure all iPads are returned and inspected by the teacher at the end of class
  • Face Down
    • Use this instruction to get student attention away from the iPads and on you during instructional time.
  • iPad on the Desk/Table in flat or slightly elevated position when being used.
    • This allows you to see what the students are doing on the iPad at all times
    • Do not let students use the iPad in their lap where the desk/table can hide what they are doing.
  • Sharing iPads
    • Place the iPad between two people or in the center of the group when sharing.
    • Only one student pilots at a time or take turns. Two students should not be trying to touch the screen at the same time.
    • Assign jobs (or ask students to work out jobs) when sharing the iPad. For example, one student might input text and another might take pictures or video.
  • Mute
    • Teach students how to mute the iPad unless sound is needed for a lesson.
    • Keep iPad muted at all times or keep earphones plugged in at all times.
  • Headphones
    • Obtain headphones for each iPad or ask students to bring their own headphones.
    • Headphone splitters can also be used for sharing the iPad.
    • Do not share earbuds due to germs.
  • Volume
    • Tell students how many sound bars are appropriate for use with headphones and for listening "out loud".

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Created on 3/6/2013 - Last updated on 3/6/2013