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Use tech tools for classroom management

April 24, 2013

Use tech tools for classroom management

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.

Manage student 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.

Monitor classroom noise levels:

Bouncy Balls - Bubbles - Classroom Management Tool

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.

Plan for 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 We Are Teachers offers an excellent set of options.

For more technology tools and resources, follow Nadine Gilkison, District Technology Integration Specialist K-12 Franklin Township Schools, @nadinegilkison on Twitter.

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