Classroom management resources and apps

This is a selection of the tools for classroom management that I find useful:

Classroom management: https://www.classroomscreen.com/

Online tool (free). It can be used from any classroom computer or device. It allows you to:

  • measure the noise level of the classroom, as long as there’s a microphone
  • create QR codes to be scanned by students, so they can visit the website needed
  • show symbols to remind them whether they should be silent, or whispering, or working in pairs or groups
  • show a traffic light to indicate whether their behaviour is OK or not, or whether the noise level is acceptable (especially useful if you don’t have a microphone installed)
  • display a timer, and a clock.

It also allows you to create exit polls on the spot, so you can ask your students anonymously what they thought of the session, did they like the task / project, …

Online noise meters:

Classcraft-Volume-Meter

Apps:

In my experience, noise meters worked like a charm: with them, I never had to tell my students that they were being a bit too loud when working in groups: there were always  students that realised the noise level was getting dangerously close to red, and they shushed everyone else.

Class Dojo (free, online and mobile): a more complete learning management system. If you only want to use it for class management in a similar way to the resources above, that’s totally fine. Open the toolkit on your classroom computer or mobile device, and choose from a set of tools:

I especially like:

  • Random: if you have included the list of your students, Class Dojo can pick students at random, so they can’t complain it’s always them, or it’s never them.
  • Group Maker: Let Class Dojo make groups for you, even telling it what students shouldn’t be together.

  • Noise Meter (needs a microphone)
  • Directions: type the instruction you’ve given your students on the screen, so they can remain on task.
  • Think Pair Share: display a question for students to discuss.

However, if you want to take full advantage of Class Dojo, you should register your students, and maybe parents as well. More info here: https://www.classdojo.com/about/

I did use Class Dojo awarding my students mostly positive points, and only occasionally negative points (or just 0-points warnings). These “points” can be seen by parents, and by students (if parents grant them permission) through Class Dojo’s app. Class Dojo comes with a set of reasons to give positive or negative points, but more can be added:

Another thing I liked was to share projects and activities we did with parents through Class Dojo:

As of this school year, Class Dojo is introducing student portfolios. It might be worth exploring these as well.

Student random pickers: https://natalialzam.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/random-pickers-pick-a-student-at-random/ 

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