How Do You Manage? Strategies And Supports To Manage Technology And Student Learning

3 10 2011

Teachers are great. I love the teachers that think “outside the box” when it comes to managing equipment. In terms of technology, there are many ways that classroom teachers can manage their equipment. In going around the district over the past couple of weeks, I have seen many great ways that teachers are managing equipment and teaching students how to properly use equipment.

This is a great example of how to use inexpensive storage baskets for netbooks. Contained within each basket is the charger, mouse pad, and wireless mouse. In a classroom, it’s imperative to have everything in once place.

This solution also allows for portability. Students can work in places that they are most comfortable – which in any type of learning environment is very important.  Students just have to make sure they return the bin with all of the necessary pieces.

An adaptation could be to just use the laptop if the charger and mouse is not necessary, which would limit the number of items that would need to be returned.

These bins could also be great to store iPads, iPad chargers, cables, wireless mice, or other extraneous devices.

Another solution in managing equipment centers around how the equipment is used. One of our SLP’s noticed in working with students with Autism that there may be a tendency to perseverate on one app, or want to play the “reward” app before the activity or group app. This is the prime occasion where visual supports come into play. She made a very large visual to emphasize the point:

Strategies such as First/Then are helpful in showing students with Autism what the expectations are in that moment, and can set students up to be successful in a variety of settings.

Another great way to manage instruction is through the use of technology. One way is using SMARTBoards with students. What is so powerful to see is the students using the board and not the teacher.

By allowing students to use the board, they are able to  interact with content, contribute to the content, and collaborate with others on content. They are able to show what they know in a way that makes sense for them.

I have seen student engagement and motivation increase with the use of such tools. When those barriers to learning are taken down, amazing things happen.

It’s not the content that’s changing- it’s the method of delivery, and the tools to deliver the content are changing. Teachers work hard on a daily basis to ensure that students are learning. With some different ways to manage learning and equipment, it simply becomes part of the everyday routine.

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