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Best Practice for Technology Use in the Classroom

Author: Mark Page-Botelho Posted: 2017-03-05

Having worked in education for the last couple of decades, I've observed many different teacher's solutions for managing classroom computer use and I've compiled them here to help other teachers. I consider these tips to be best practice as many teachers do these aspects already as part of their daily routine. Below are the tips that appear to work well for all age levels and environments.

  • Give Clear Instructions: Have established classroom rules about appropriate use. Don’t allow technology use without specific instructions to do so.
  • Check for Understandings: This keeps students on track with learning objectives, random or on scheduled interval is best use, walk around the classroom for 1 on 1 interactions.
  • Don’t rely on Technology “Silver Bullets”: such as remote management software, Students often finds ways to circumvent monitoring software, usually is buggy or has technical glitches, students go off track when teacher is distracted anyway, expensive.
  • Keep individual work to short time frames: you would never show a full movie when you only need to show a clip same is true with technology use. Use it where you will have the most impact then stop and interact with students.
  • Strategically setup classroom layout: for ease of monitoring for students who have a difficult time following computer expectations.
  • Plan digital resources beforehand: to keep students working towards a specific goal, don’t allow them to try and find age level resources on their own, give them starting points and/or keywords and phrase to seed their inquiry.
  • Have lesson extension ready: for those who finish early, typing practice, pre-determined educational games, virtual labs or field trips.
  • Be prepared to have a backup lesson or activity: technology often has problems and can cause a disruption when it doesn’t work. Having a site with online activities that students know how to use can be a life saver.
  • Make sure all resources are leveled correctly: especially the reading level. Help students by giving specific research instructions and seed their searches with sites or resources, teach them how to build on their search inquires to make them better as they progress through their projects.
Please feel free to add a comment with your suggestions to help teachers manage their classrooms. :)