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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If you’re looking for a fun classroom management tool, check out Too Noisy. This app monitors the noise in a room using the microphone on an iPad. The kid-friendly graphics are perfect for keeping students informed on whether or not it is “too noisy” in your classroom!
Use this during one of my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!
I’ve shared one of my favorite classroom management tools, Pick a Student, and here is another option. Random Name Selector let’s users set up multiple classes and the app chooses students randomly from your list. This is a great way to make sure that all students are called on without anyone thinking that you are picking on them. One feature I like is the ability to turn students on/off in case a child is absent from your class when using the app.
Use this app during the share out of one of my favorite Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!
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A great app for getting students moving is Super Stretch Yoga. Also known as The Adventures of Super Stretch, this app is perfect for introducing students to kid-friendly yoga poses. The quick and simple video clips would be perfect for transitions between lessons or used during an after school program!
Here are two Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans for teaching healthy habits: Intro to the Food Plate and Intro to Healthy Eating
I’ve shared some of my favorite iPad apps to practice pacing and stamina. Whether students are performing everyday tasks or in the middle of test prep, you might need a timer to help students self-monitor. The Best Sand Timer is a great free app that’s an alternative to traditional countdown clocks – try it out in your classroom!
Use this app to pace students working on one of my favorite Common Core aligned iPad lesson plans!
Whether you’re teaching probability or just looking to make a quick decision in your classroom, Toss Up is a free app that simulates a coin toss. Try it in math class or as a management tool.
Check out my Common Core aligned iPad lesson plan bundle for teaching math in your classroom!
There are lots of ways to create a classroom culture that rewards positive behavior. I love using the camera on my iPad to record “Picture Perfect” behavior.
When I’m ready to start a lesson I want my students sitting up straight, with a pencil on their desk, and their iPads flipped over to prevent any distractions. Whether my iPad is tethered to my projector or I’m using AirPlay to project without wires, I tell students that I’m looking for a “Picture Perfect” student who I can show off to the class. I’ll scan the room with my camera open and snap a few pictures to show off to the class. This management trick takes less than a minute to execute but ensures that all students are focused and on task for a lesson.
A lot of teachers have asked about the best way to organize their iPad cart. I am lucky to work in a 1:1 school with a cart of iPads that stay in my classroom.
I label student iPads with numbers and names to make access and organization quick and easy. The labels stay on the iPad case and I’m careful not to block the speakers or any other buttons. I cover the paper labels in packaging tape to increase their longevity. When I call students to remove or return their iPads from the cart I’ll often say, “All odd numbers,” “Even numbers only” or something that reinforces math skills at the same time. I also put labels at the bottom of each slot so that the students can tell just by looking down into the cart exactly where each iPad belongs.
Here’s a reference chart I place on my iPad cartto show off the work going on in my classroom!
There are lots of great management tools on the iPad that I use in my classroom (Timers, Quickvoice, Siri).
Here are two more that I love:
Red Light, Green Light - This programmable traffic light can be less intimidating than a timer is you’re working on pacing your students and keeping them on task.
TooLoud? - Watching the decibel level change as volume increases can be a powerful tool to monitor volume in your classroom – the graph can facilitate discussion as well.
Check out this common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
Here’s another common core aligned lesson where management tools will come in handy!
UPDATE 8/8/13: ClassDojo has a new feature called Class Sharing that is definitely worth checking out – it let’s teachers who “share” students with teachers during different parts of the school day to collaborate in order to build positive behaviors! Learn more here.
ClassDojo is a fantastic behavior management tool that monitors students’ positive and negative behavior. It’s free to sign up and their app makes it easy to keep track of everything! One nice feature of ClassDojo is that you can customize the different behaviors it monitors.
Here is a screenshot of their demo to help you get a sense of how easy it is to keep track of student behavior in your classroom.