Monday, October 14, 2013

21st Century Classroom Management

Classroom management strategies rank high in educators’ professional interests. Promise to show how to engage the disengaged, and a book is published. Make classroom management the topic of a Twitter chat, and you are trending. Pin a blog post on digital distractions, and brace yourself for the number of repins. Even the DIY pumpkin spice latte syrup recipes don’t measure up to teachers’ thirst for this area of expertise.

The pinners for Connected Educator Month have developed a board on the classroom management theme that covers many diverse aspects of the topic. You can visit it here It prompted us to evaluate our boards and decide which ones best share resources and ideas that promote a positive, productive classroom environment. Here’s what we came up with:
Digital Responsibilities
This collection has a wide range of pins. Scan the board for everything from resources on learning about digital citizenship to tools that enable users to put digital responsibilities to work. You will also find current news stories highlighting the topic.

Raising Digital Citizens
Some things never change. The power of partnering with students’ parents is one of those things.  Both parents and educators are learning what it means to make good choices when connected so that we can pass those lessons on to our children. We encourage schools that pin for their community to create a board similar to this and share it with their school families. Perhaps you have parents who are strong advocates in this area. Consider enlisting them to pin to a group board.
Coaching/Embedded PD
This collection is still quite small, but it includes pins from supporting educators with digital tools to designing ways to engage learners in communication and collaboration in the connected classroom. Most importantly, it includes ISTE’s NETS for coaches.  We believe you will find standards one and three particularly valuable to classroom management.
AUP board
For more than a year, we’ve been encouraging discussion about moving beyond the standard, traditional Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for schools that have opened their networks to bring your own devices or have a one-to-one program. Rather than providing students a list of technical forbidden actions, we believe you can use the policy for instruction on what you can and should be doing with a digital device and global connections. As Dr. Scott McLeod says, “
We need more AUPs that emphasize YES! Instead of NO!” And yes, we pinned that.

We are very interested in sharing examples of responsible use policies that others have developed. If you have one to share, please leave us a comment with a link.

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