Despite the computer becoming a virtual necessity in our personal, academic, and business lives, the advent of the iPad in 2010 was the turning point for the rise of of tablet computer adoption. Many school budgets and grants financed these devices in an effort to enhance the the educational environment and teachers were excited about the idea of a new era of technological advances in the classroom. However, the reality of academic learning has compelled many schools to reexamine their learning infrastructure and return to traditional laptop computers.
There are many reasons for the decision to downgrade but the biggest issue is how students perceive these devices. Tablets are considered more for entertainment, to use for gaming and connecting on social media. Students were excited to use these devices (despite being told they’re for educational projects) but still had the perception the devices were for recreation.
Managing your class when they’re in the computer lab can definitely be a challenge. There is no shortage of stimuli that can cause students to become distracted and slack off from their work. Here are a few tips to help mitigate distractions and boost productivity:
Set Clear Classroom & Assignment Objectives
It’s a good idea to brief your students the day before computer lab day and make sure they understand lab rules, school workstation use regulations, classroom etiquette, and assignment objectives. You can spell it out on the whiteboard, overhead projector, and/or remind them it’s on the course syllabus for reference. In addition, notify your students which program(s) and website(s) they will be visiting that day and what exactly they will be doing for that assignment.
To be a teacher is to be busy. Apart from the business of communicating information to students, teachers must also plan lessons, grade assignments, assess learning, contact parents, plan and execute field trips, communicate with administration, manage the classroom, and often oversee extracurricular activities.
Along the way, teachers must deal with paper. So. Much. Paper.
Not all paper that a teacher deals with is standard size, either. Apart from having to sift through student homework, semester term papers, and written exams, they also see their fair share of posters, presentation boards, flyers, decorations, maps, and cutouts. Continue reading