Integrating technology into the classroom is a great thing. Technology allows teachers to give their students more resources than ever before. Simply put, technology improves the educational experience for students.
When you add devices to the classroom you have to figure out how to manage these devices so they can be used to their full potential. A lot of schools have figured out how to manage their students’ devices when they are in the physical classroom. Rules have been put into place to make the experience easier for both parties.
Now that the educational landscape has changed because of COVID-19, educators have to figure out how to manage their students’ devices during distance learning. Let’s take a look at a few things teachers and admins should keep in mind when figuring out how to manage student devices.
More devices are being given out to students now that students are having to learn from home. Keeping track of what devices went where can be a little tricky, so it is extremely important to keep a detailed log of where each device is at.
Establish Ground Rules
Just like teachers and admins establish ground rules about device usage at school, educators also need to establish ground rules for the school provided devices that are being used at home. Whatever your school deems as appropriate use for the devices needs to be communicated to all of your students and all of your staff.
Manage the Devices During Class Time
Making sure that your students are on track during class time is extremely important. Distance learning can make it difficult because you can’t physically see your students and you don’t know what they are up to. When you add classroom management software to your students’ devices, you can monitor and manage your students’ devices in real-time. Classroom management software allows you to keep your students focused on the lesson at hand. With Vision, you can:
- View Student Screens – See everything your students see on their computers. At a glance, see who is on task and who needs assistance.
- Share Teacher’s Screens – Facilitate learning by sharing your screen on every student device. No need for projectors and handouts – give everyone a front-row view.
- Showcase Student – Students can display their screens directly on the other student computers, practicing their presentation skills, and enhancing collaboration.
- Blank Screens – Refocus student attention with the push of a button, locking screens, and keyboards.
- Web Filter – You decide which websites are available or off-limits
- Send a message – Redirect a student when they are off task or need a little extra help.
We all know that technology breaks. During distance learning it is extremely important to check in with your students regularly to make sure that their devices are still working. Without these devices, they won’t be able to connect and learn during class time. Staying on top of technology mishaps will make it easier to keep track of the devices in the long run.
To learn more about distance learning check out, Secrets From Online Educators and 5 Tools That Are Helpful For Distance Learning.