Organizing and storing technology in the classroom can be hard to manage. When you add students to the mix, it becomes even more challenging.
Brittany, from Washburn’s Room struggled with this too. To make things easier, she put together a system to organize her classroom tech – and she’s seen wonderful results. If you finding your tech organization process going haywire, this post is for you.
Take it away, Brittany:
Technology in the classroom can be a hard thing to manage, not only the storage and organization of the devices themselves, but also managing student use.
When I first started teaching, I tried to do too much. I would log each kindergarten student into a computer and open the web page so that he/she could just get right to work.
This was effective until someone accidentally closed the web browser and then I had to hurry over to fix it so they could get back to work. If more than one student at a time needed my help, it was impossible.
After about six months of this controlled chaos, I decided I’d had enough. From then on I required my students to not only log themselves in, but to get to the class website and access the lessons independently.
No, it didn’t happen overnight. It took several sessions before students could log themselves in and get to the lesson independently. These sessions were difficult.
Once they learned, though, it was smooth sailing! If someone accidentally closes the web browser now, they don’t need my help to get back to the lesson because they know how to do it themselves! I finally have time to work with small groups, take notes, and breathe!
How did I manage this?
- Log in Cards—each student gets an index card with the username and password to the computer.
- Desktop Shortcut—each computer has a shortcut to the class website.
- Numbered Lessons—students are told which numbered lesson to find.
- Lesson Format—every computer lesson follows the same format so students know what to do first, next, and last.
- Assigned Computers—each student knows which computer he/she may use and is responsible for leaving the computer station the way it was found (or better).
- Preparation—the lesson is decided and completed before the students come to class. More work ahead of time for me, but that means I can spend more class time actually working with small groups or individual students.
It is absolutely worth the effort to hold students to the highest standards when it comes to technology use. They can do a lot more than we realize. For some of my lowest students I needed to make visual instructions, but even they caught on in time!
Thanks so much, Brittany! As you can probably tell Brittany has a talent for organizing the classroom. Her shop Washburn’s Room has a wide variety of resources that can help keep your classroom tidy. Be sure to check out the popular Super Bundle of Classroom Organization Tools for Math and Literacy Workstations here.