Digital Learning Tips and Tricks
Lessons Learned from 1:1 Teachers
Top tools, Resources, and Lessons Used
What Tips Do You Have For New 1:1 Teachers for Classroom Management with the iPads?
Establish Clear Expectations for Routines and Procedures
Extra time spent teaching routines and apps in the beginning pays off in the end.
Establish common language to be used throughout the building.
- Apples Up language or Stop, Freeze, Focus, Hands Up, Screens Off, etc.
- Parking spot for device when not in use
- Routines for getting devices out, putting them away, handling them and caring for them.
Teach digital citizenship.
Establish procedures for downloading apps and expectations for what is downloaded. The device is a tool for LEARNING.
Establish Care and Management Routines
- Include a fiber mitt to clean
- 2-3 charging stations for when iPads come to school not charged
Help students organize their iPad: apps in folders, folders in Google Drive, etc.
- Consistent routine and opportunities for organizing and naming files in Google Drive, photos, emails, etc.
- Determine most used apps to live on the Dock: Google Drive, Notability, Settings, etc.
Start each day with students using the Do Not Disturb setting to quiet and mute messages and sounds.
What advice would you give about organization, distribution, and collection of student work via the iPad?
Consistent Use and Frequent Communication
- Use Google Classroom
- Use SeeSaw App: allows you to collect and share student work with parents.
- Have students take screenshots of products and turn in via Google Classroom.
- Use Google Drive: create a shared folder with each student and have them drop their work into the folder.
- Be thoughtful about what you need to collect and ways for determining completion, mastery, and learning.
What Advice would you give about lesson planning and lesson activities with the iPad?
Start with the Standards when Planning a Lesson.
Focus on curriculum and standards. Use it as a tool that may or may not be the most effective based on what students need to do and learn.
- What do we want students to learn?
- How will they learn it?
- How will we know when they've got it?
Use the tool to be more efficient and effective to differentiate, personalize, and deepen the learning.
Be Willing to Step Back and Let Kids Guide and Teach Others
Use Student Tech Teams And/Or Buddies
- Identify experts in your classroom.
- Use the experts to help answer questions.
- Teach the experts first and have them help teach the rest of the class.
Assign apps for students to "figure" out and have students share their discoveries.
Assign "come back and teach me the features of this app" homework. i.e. iMovie, Explain Everything, Keynote.