Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 Tips for Managing Your 1:1 Classroom

I wrote this post for Fractus Learning this month (which was my first guest blog post ever!). I don't want to be accused of recycling posts--which I guess I am doing--so instead of 4 tips, you, dear blog readers, get 5 tips.

How do you manage a classroom where every student has a mobile device?
When my high school Spanish students first got their iPads, they were paying more attention to them than to each other, and it seemed like every time I tried to integrate a new app or strategy into a lesson, it would fail spectacularly. A year later, my 1:1 classroom usually works like clockwork. Here are four lessons I learned the hard way.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Social reading

Classroom #1: After reviewing key vocabulary in a pre-reading activity, students read sections of a story independently and fill out a graphic organizer as they go along. When they finish with a section, the teacher checks their understanding of the text by assessing what they wrote and drew on the organizer, and then gives them the go-ahead to move on to the next section if they have comprehended the gist of the story. Near the end of the class period, students move into small groups to discuss comprehension questions, and then they reflect on the day's learning on an exit slip.

Classroom #2: Students read a story on their iPads. They respond to questions and polls posed by their teacher within the text; after they've answered the question, they can view their classmates' responses. The teacher views responses in real time and intervenes when individual students have misconceptions or trouble with comprehension. Students look up unknown words with the tap of a finger. Small-group discussions and exit slips are also a feature of this classroom.

Which one is better?