Before you Start Teaching
- Keep learning goals ahead of the technology
- Rearrange your classroom desks into learning stations or rotating groups so the student can easily collaborate
- Collaborate with students on a list of Class Rules for Chromebook use. Start with a list of what you consider the bare essentials and then through thoughtful discussion, work with your students to create a set of rules expressed in their language.You will find example rules on the list below to use as a starting point. These rules can be adapted and expanded to meet the needs of your class and grade level.
- Be Responsible
- I will bring my Chromebook to school every day.
- I am in charge of charging my Chromebook and I will make a plan for where and when I will charge it.
- I will carry the Chromebook by the case either by the handle or strap on shoulder.
- Be Safe
- I will not eat or drink around the Chromebook.
- I will always sit down while using the Chromebook.
- I will always carry the Chromebook with the lid closed and case zipped.
- I will not leave the Chromebook unattended or in a hot or cold car.
- Be Respectful
- I will only visit approved websites. I will not surf the Internet during free time unless asked by a teacher.
- I will wait for instructions before using my Chromebook.
- Remember our students are the best teachers!
Strategies for "Hands off the Keyboard"
- Management is management, don’t underestimate the power of the old-fashioned management tricks that you learned in your first years of teaching.
- Facilitate learning and promote attentiveness through proximity, move around the learning area and use distance to influence behavior.
- Be consistent!
- Use the One Click Timer Extension to help students stay focused and on task. Time limitations and expectations help keep students on pace.
- Create back channels for students to stay engaged during classroom discussions (Today's Meet)
- Choose technology that is engaging and relevant to keep students on task.
- Teach a weekly digital citizenship lesson to foster a learning community that thrives on collaborative work.
- Have a list of go to Apps or websites that the students can use when they finish early.
- Anytime you are using headphones, you are only allowed to have one ear bud in so that you can still hear other directions.
- Teach Students to use Technology to Teach Themselves
- As they are reading, when they encounter a word with an unclear meaning, your students can simply search for that word's definition. (Google Dictionary Extension) This would require some initial modeling, so you'll want to show them how to do these sorts of things by demonstrating them in practice during read-aloud or shared writing times
- Lids to 45 degrees when you want to give verbal instructions.
- Close your lid when you really want to make an important point!
- Have students turn "knees towards me" when you are giving instruction.
- Hands on your head.
- The Technology Tool Time Out! Set expectations for hands-on hands off time for learning tools. If the teacher closes the student computer only the teacher may reopen it.
- Identify student tech leaders who can assist other students with technology use.
- Establish classroom procedures to deal with Chromebook technical issues when they occur.
- shut it down
- ask a tech leader
- Teach Students to use Technology to Teach Themselves, for example when they encounter a word with an unclear meaning, your students can simply search for that word's definition using the (Google Dictionary Extension) This would require some initial modeling, so you'll want to show them how to do these sorts of things by demonstrating them in practice during read-aloud or shared writing times
Ask 3 Before Me
Technology Teaching Tips
- If you have a question on directions for an assignment Ask 3 before me
- Introduce the Chromebook to your students at the beginning of the school year to make sure your students are comfortable with the Chromebook;
- Teach students Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts and post a list of shortcuts somewhere in your room.
- Get to know your Google Drive, it is the basis for much of the work that your students will do on the Chromebook.
- understand how to organize your Drive
- the difference between My Drive and the Shared Drive
- how to create, share folders and docs
- learn how to create and edit a doc, comment etc.
- Practice, practice, practice! Take time with technology. Go through the project or technology lesson before you teach it. Create a quality example for your students to see.
- Before you teach a lesson, verify that the links you will be using in class are working properly, also have a student test them out on their Chromebook.
- Have a back up plan for technology breakdowns.
- Have students bookmarks sites that they will be using during the lesson so they can get back to them easily and won't loose their place.
- Create a classroom Google Site and have your students bookmark it to their Chromebook. This is an easy way to navigate your students to where you want them to go during a lesson.
- Slow Down! Give students time to locate a site you are using for your lesson. To make sure they are all where they need to be, ask them to flip their Chromebook Screen toward you. This is a quick way to check to see that they are on task.
- When you are introducing a new technology tool, allow sandbox time! This is time to play with the new tech tool and get used to it, otherwise the technology may interfere with the learning.
- Sign up for Google Classroom Google Classroom allows teachers to easily share documents and websites, create and grade assignments and to post questions and allow students to comment.
- Join Twitter! Twitter is a great way to connect and learn from other educators globally. (Cheat sheet Twitter for Educators).
- Create a You Tube Channel and link your channel to your Google Site or share it in your Google Classroom. This is the easiest way for teachers to;
- upload, download and share video
- create a playlist
- Flip a lesson
- If you find an appealing App, test it, when possible create a dummy student account along with a teacher account so that you can see what the app looks like from both perspectives. If you have trouble with it your kids will too! Think about how you can integrate the app slowly into your classroom routine.