Broken or Unattended Devices? Password or Account Sharing? It’s Time to Teach Responsible Use of iPads in Your Classroom
BEHIND THE SCENES IPAD TRAINING PREP
Organize Your Apps
Decide how you want to organize the apps on your iPads and use the same organization system on every iPad. This eliminates instruction time wasted searching for apps. I decided to create folders for each subject area. Any apps that should only be used by the teacher can be filed separately in a folder with your name as the title. This “teacher folder” is where I store apps like Settings, iTunes, AppStore, etc.
Label Your iPads
Assigning specific students to each iPad is an essential management move. You will inevitably teach a student who likes living dangerously and gets a thrill out of making poor choices when it comes to iPad use. Pinpointing this culprit becomes a whole lot easier when you know exactly who uses each iPad.
Set up A Station
Your students will take iPad care more seriously if they see these tech tools displayed carefully in the classroom. Use a special tray or holder to store your iPads keeps them organized, easy to access, and safe from harm. The tray we use in our classroom spaces the iPads in a way that helps us quickly identify if an iPad has been misplaced. You can grab the Poppin aqua base and white dividers at The Container Store.
Create A Contract Binder
If you want to take your iPad management to the next level, have your students sign contracts that outline proper iPad use and etiquette (outlined below). Rather than filing these contracts out of sight, put them on display in a binder next to your iPads as a visual reminder of the commitment students make to using these valuable tools respectfully.
Give each student a list of routines needed to demonstrate mastery of before using the iPads independently. Work through interactive modeling sessions for each of these routines and answer questions until everyone feels comfortable and confident about their ability to responsibly use the iPads.
Create a contract that lists all routines covered during your interactive modeling sessions. Also include the resulting consequences if these routines are neglected. Read through the contract in class and send it home with students so they can sign the contract along with their parents.
Make It Official
Think of a way to recognize students who complete training and return their signed contracts. Perhaps you will hang a sign next to the iPad station with a list of students who are “Officially Trained”, share brag tags with trained students, give them a certificate, or an official iPad license. In my class, we each sport a neon yellow Technology License. These little beauties were a great motivator as we completed our training and are an additional visual reminder of the commitment to responsible and respectful iPad use.
Assuming tech savvy students will naturally train themselves to use the iPads is an assumption I will never make again. Our scary green screen was fixed and we haven’t seen it since thanks to my students’ newfound enthusiasm and care for these valuable learning tools.
Laura Santos [Core Inspiration by Laura Santos], is an elementary teacher in California. During her 7 years as an educator, she has taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. She enjoys creating resources that help teachers incorporate project-based learning and enrichment activities into their classroom. Another passion is creating organized classroom spaces that promote productivity. To take a look at her classroom and instructional approach, visit her blog, Core Inspiration. You can also find her resources at her TpT store, Core Inspiration by Laura Santos. Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.