Technology Tips For Teachers  

August 09, 2012

The start of the school year is just around the corner, and this is a good time to review classroom expectations. With many schools implementing new 1-to-1 iPad or computer programs, I thought it would be a good time to look at technology guidelines that you might find useful for the upcoming year.

When I taught at Centura, I used six basic rules for student expectations concerning computer use in my room. These guidelines were adapted from my colleague, Mr. Badura, who is now the PK-12 Technology Integration Specialist for Aurora Public Schools.

Computer / iPad Guidelines

1. Leave your laptops / iPad in your bag until I ask you to get them out.

2. The "show hands" rule is in effect at all times.

3. Listen to my directions about which applications to use and what Internet sites you are to access.

4. Keep your hands on YOUR OWN computer / iPad--even when helping someone.

5. NO games unless approved by me for educational purposes.

6. Absolutely NO instant messaging, chat rooms, or personal e-mail unless directed by me as part of the class assignment.

These are simple but effective guidelines. Feel free to use these rules or adapt them to fit your expectations. My only advice is to post the guidelines in your room, go over them the first day, and be consistent.