Hello! It's Cassie from Funky in Fourth. I am so excited to share some tips for keeping technology present in your classroom, even during the back-to-school craziness!
Tip: Integrate technology into your morning work. If you have 1:1 student devices, using your devices for morning work would be extremely easy. When students come in the classroom, they do their morning "jobs" (you know sharpen a pencil, get their desk/space ready, put away backpack, etc.), then they grab their device and get to work. If you do not have 1:1 devices, set up some kind of a rotation where students take turns using devices that you do have. Keep your rotation on a clipboard so that students can check in to see if it is their day to have a device during morning work.
You might be wondering how I keep my students from choosing all of their "favorite" game-like apps. Simple! I use app cards on my whiteboard to show my students what apps they can be on. This way, they have choice but I still have control over what skills they are working on. Here is a picture of some of my app cards. They have a magnet on the back of them so it is super easy to put them up on the whiteboard and change them out depending up the day.
Tip: Use technology to make your life a little easier! There are so many wonderful apps out there that can ease the amount of work you are doing or at least make it a little bit more manageable. There are also apps that you can use for classroom management or communication with parents. Here are a few of my favorites.
I hope that these tips will help you get rolling with technology, even during the crazy back-to-school rush!