Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tune into Technology-Management and Organization

This describes how I feel after spending four days working on aligning our curriculum to the Common Core. Only one more day...I can do it, right? Those of you that have done this already, do any of you use rubrics to assess the standards? My school is moving toward standards based grading and I'd love to hear what you guys might use!

It is Thursday, and I'm excited to link up with iTeach 1:1 and Learning to the Core for their Tune into Technology linky party. This weeks topic is Technology Management and Organization. Those of you that have followed my blog for a while know that I love using ipads in the classroom. Last year about half way through the year we received a class set of ipads. Before that time (and even after) I allowed my kiddos to bring in their own electronics from home. Many of my kids brought their electronics to use on the bus, and they would leave them in their bags in the cubby area.

After having a conversation with my kiddos about what a privilege it would be for them to use their electronics for activities in school I allowed them to actually "bring" them to class.

At the start of each day students would unpack. When they did they would put their ipads, kindles, ipod touch, nooks etc. on my desk. I had two reasons for storing it on my desk. 1. I would know and be able to control when they could use it. 2. I would be able to keep an eye on them so they wouldn't walk away.

Since the students knew it was such a privilege to use their own electronics (I was the only class that allowed it) they knew if they didn't follow the rules they would loose the priviledge. So what were my rules?
1. They were only allowed to play the assigned/approved apps
2. They were not allowed to play on any other student's personal electronics
3. They were not allowed to download any new apps in school and any updates needed to be done with me. (Didn't want any parents mad about charges they didn't know about!)
4. When I called for electronics to be put away they needed to do it right away.

What are your technology management or organization ideas? Do you allow your kids to use their personal electronics in school? 

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  1. Good idea about not loading any apps at school!!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  2. I also stress that it is a privilege to use the technology in our classroom and try to be very consistent about the rules. Very few of them break them when they know they will lose the privilege. Thanks for linking up and congrats on 400.:)

    iTeach 1:1

  3. We have to give the iPads back to the preschool class at the end of the summer, but we are *hopefully* getting Nexus tablets and I will draft some rules of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Everyone deServes to Learn

  4. I too continually talk about the importance of taking care of our technology and what a privilege it is for us to have in the classroom. Fortunately, I haven't had too many issues. Best of luck as you continue to align to the CCSS! We are in the same's a grueling process!
    Short and Sassy Teacher