Classtech Management is a teacher’s classroom management skills combined with technology used in the classroom. You must have basic classroom management skills before your integrate technology in your classroom. Without rules and procedures your students will quickly destroy that shiny new piece of tech. With the start of the school year you need to make sure you have all your ducks in a row. Here’s a checklist to get you started:
- Create an inventory system. Know who has your devices and frequently check your devices for damage.
- Students and parents should understand the consequences for damaging a device. I have my students and parents sign a “You Break It, You Buy It” agreement the first week of school.
- Prominently post your tech rules and procedures in your classroom. For example, “Turn off the iPad when the teacher talks” or “Keep food and drinks away from the iPad” are good rules for keeping an iPad safe.
- Keep tech use fun! If we can teach students to use the latest and greatest for discovery learning, then we can give them a better chance at using their personal devices for learning.
- Drill your rules and procedures into them the first week.
- Over time teach the students how to manage the devices. It will save you from wasting your time on repetitive tasks.
This is nothing new to veteran teachers. In the educational technology world it is essential to maintaining your devices. Most schools hesitate new purchases or high-end devices because they fear immediate damage. With good class tech management you can begin to convince administrators that your devices will be put to use for a long, long time.