Tag Archives: behavior management

Class Charts Whole School is Free for Teachers

17 Apr

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Earlier this year I shared Class Charts, the behavior management tool for creating seating charts in your classroom.  They have recently launched Class Charts Whole School which uses student behavior profiles to create seating charts.  This happens automatically thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that monitors behavior trends and identifies which students are in need of interventions.  Now teachers using this free program can manage behavior in real time and synchronize their class’ data with the whole school.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 7.22.28 AMClass Charts Whole School gives your school community the opportunity to reward good behavior for students in every grade.  Not only could this lead to the development of a school rewards store, but this program can be part of a school-wide effort to promote good decision making.  Class Charts lets teachers have a visual of student performance and data ready to share with parents, service providers, and administrators.  Check out their website to learn more!

19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management

20 Feb

If anyone tells you that an iPad is just for playing Angry Birds, this list of teacher tools is sure to change their mind.  Check out these tips, tricks and apps for classroom management!

  1. Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.41.46 PMRead Alouds and Short Text Recorder (manage test prep)
  2. Siri Speaks to Me (manage conference notes)
  3. WordPress (manage a class blog)
  4. Test Prep Aids for the Teacher – Pacing (manage test prep)
  5. Make Your Own Buttons (manage student iPad screens)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (manage student work)
  7. I Can’t Live Without… Dropbox (manage resources)
  8. Management Tools on the iPad (manage time and volume )
  9. Pick a Student (manage participation)
  10. Dragon Dictation (manage conference notes)
  11. Hourglass iPad Timer (manage time)
  12. Organize Your iPad Cart (manage resources)
  13. Picture Perfect Behavior (manage behavior)
  14. iPad Name Tags: What’s my number? (manage devices)
  15. Dropbox: Fill it up! (manage resources)
  16. Use Too Noisy for Volume Control (manage volume)
  17. iPad Reference Charts (manage devices)
  18. Random Name Selector (manage participation)
  19. Siri in the Classroom: Homework (manage homework)

Check out my Udemy course for more ways to “Teach With Your iPad” (50% off)

11 Free Assessment Tools for iPads

13 Feb

The iPad is a great tool for accessing and creating content.  Teachers can also use this device to collect and organize student work.  Here are a few ways you can turn your iPad into an assessment tool:

  1. Assessment Spotlight: The Answer Pad (bubble sheet)Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 2.27.50 PM
  2. Score Rubrics on iPads (grade student work)
  3. Show and Explain Your Work (document student understanding)
  4. Class Charts (gather behavior data)
  5. Screenshots (capture student work)
  6. Gmail to Organize Student Work (organize student work)
  7. Behavior Watch: ClassDojo (gather behavior data)
  8. Simple Grading Tools (determine student grades)
  9. Common Core Activities with Frolyc (gather student work)
  10. Edit Student Work on iPads (annotate student work)
  11. Nearpod for 1 to 1 Classrooms (formative assessment)

 

Class Charts to Track Behavior

28 Jan

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Class Charts is a behavior tracking technology tool that makes it easy for teachers to collect data in their classroom.  This tool can be used to create seating charts for a class that provides a visual overview of student needs.  Class Charts gives teachers the ability to track and share data on student behavior to promote collaboration with colleagues.any_device

Class Charts will automatically create seating charts for students that can be edited to fit different classroom layouts.  These seating plans highlight key data for teachers that can be printed as reports to share with parents. Teachers can even add student photographs to their virtual seating chart to help learn names and keep classroom visitors informed about student needs.  Class Charts can be accessed from a laptop, desktop or tablet’s Internet browser and it is completely free!  Visit Class Chart’s website to learn more about this product – and watch their video too!

25 MORE Ways to Become a Tech-Savvy Teacher

23 Jan

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It’s here! Check out my brand new collection of blog posts:

25 MORE Ways to Become a Tech-Savvy Teacher

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Promote Student Engagement with a Virtual Whiteboard

25 Oct

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One of the most memorable parts of my experience at the Apple Distinguished Educator Institute in Austin this past July was using virtual whiteboard apps to find people with similar interests.  We wrote out a topic of interest on our favorite whiteboard app and silently walked around a room to see whose screen looked like ours.

In the classroom, a virtual whiteboard has lots of uses and a similar strategy can be used to promote student engagement.  If you’re doing test prep in a whole class environment, have students hold up their iPad to show whether they chose A, B, C, or D for their answer.  If you’re looking for students to give a quick response, have them write their answer and turn to show it to a partner.  Just like wipe and clean dry erase boards and markers you might have used in the past, try this activity with a whole class or small group of students using iPads,

image (32)Try this activity during the discussion portions of one of my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!

iOS 7 Spotlight: Timer

21 Oct

image (30)There are great timer apps for the iPad that help students practice their stamina and pacing while reading, and can help teachers manage a classroom.  With the iOS 7 update, the iPad clock has a timer with a great visual that shows how much time has progressed (similar to the Hourglass Timer).  You can even change the sounds to one of the new I iPhone ringtones!

Try using a timer to keep students on track during one of my Common Core aligned QR code scavenger hunt – great for any mobile device!

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