Teachers are always on the lookout for innovative ways to maximize instructional minutes. From behavior tools to brain breaks, below are coordinating websites and apps to utilize for an efficient 21st Century classroom.

Behavior: Teachers that use a point system to track behaviors in class will be eager to check out the following tools.

  • ClassDojo is a free web-based tool designed to help teachers improve student conduct. Instantly reinforcing good behavior, ClassDojo allows teachers to easily award feedback points for targeted behaviors with the click of a smartphone, interactive whiteboard, or computer. Reports monitoring a student’s behavior can be shared privately with parents and administrators. Learn more watching this Class DoJo introductory video to the right.
  • Similar to ClassDojo, The Great Behavior Game follows several of the same principles with one exception. Students are managed in teams and compete for points. Students enjoy the aspect of combining game play with behavior management.

Noise-Level Monitors: Check out these visual tools to manage the noise-level during literacy stations, transitions, small-group discussions, etc.

  • Challenge your class to see if they can keep the noise-induced Bouncy Balls from bouncing.
  • Chrome offers a free app, Zero Noise Classroom, that allows a teacher to set a timer that keeps track of the percentage of noise during any activity time in the classroom.

Brain Breaks: Research studies reveal the connection between fitness levels and academic achievement, student attendance, and discipline actions. There is a powerful need for students to have brain breaks throughout the day, and Lesson Paths offers an excellent set of options.

For more technology tools and resources follow Nadine Gilkison (Smekens Education Digital Resource Designer) on www.fttechtips.com or @nadinegilkison on Twitter.

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