Digital Classroom Management : Survival Tips and Tricks

Classrooms that are rich in digital resources such as laptops, iPads, iPods and Interactive Whiteboards enable students to work on individual and group projects. The projects can involve video, audio and text based digital inputs, a wide variety of applications and tools and will progress at different rates.
This vibrant individualised working environment can be a challenge for teachers who are more comfortable in a controlled teacher centric classroom.
Here are a few tricks to give you time to breathe in and relax in such a ‘vibrant’ environment.
Ask 3 Before Me   (Develop a strong learning community)
Often there are other students who know the answer to many student questions and can assist you. Encourage them to ask others and only come to you if the collective knowledge of the class cannot solve the problem. This will reduce the flow of questions and promote shared learning practices
Consult A Wizard  (Students as experts)
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Ask students to nominate themselves for applications in which they would consider themselves an expert and make a visible reference chart. eg Photoshop Wizard, Book Creator Wizard, iMovie Wizard. This works so well on many levels – students receive kudos from peers for their area of expertise and have opportunities to develop mentor skills, it takes the pressure off you as a teacher to know each Web 2.0 Tool or application and most importantly often the new wizards are students who are your ‘invisible leaders’ whose talents have not yet been discovered and they have a chance to shine.
 
Teach The Teacher Sessions  (Shift the power base)

Run short sessions where students can ‘Teach the Teacher’ new technology tips. It shifts the power base to students and give you an opportunity to get an update on the latest tips and tricks in school time. Any students who can teach you a new trick can add their name to an honour board with a brief description of the trick for students ( and you) to refer to in the future.

Hmmm… I don’t know…   (Shift the answer base)
Try saying Try saying “I don’t know” more often and assume Rodin The Thinker pose – you might be surprised at what happens next!