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January 22, 2015

Digital Organization Tips and Tricks

By Kriscia Cabral
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Using digital sites and apps to support learning is great! Not being able to remember passwords for every student is not. Here are a few management tips for your classroom of digital learners.

     

    A Collection of Websites

    At the beginning of the school year I quickly became aware of how tricky it was for little second and third grade hands to type the URL for sites we needed to visit. I needed a faster more efficient way — a shortcut to get them where they needed to go. Insert Symbaloo. Symbaloo is a digital personal startup page that can save all of your bookmarks in the Cloud. Once your bookmarks are saved, you can access them from any device. 

    I created a Symbaloo page for our second and third grade students. We then had each student bookmark our Symbaloo page on their device. Now, when we need students to go to certain websites, they can easily find them by clicking on the image on our Symbaloo home screen. The best part about Symbaloo is that the links that are saved on our second/third grade homeroom page can be changed when needed. Students get an updated page with any new links that are added.

     

    A Place for Passwords

    We were able to create a page that students could access. Our next feat was remembering the many passwords that went with each site. To do this, my incredibly organized colleague created this password template for every student. We printed one copy for each student and then placed it inside a sheet protector. Students have this password “cheat sheet” with them every day. A digital copy is also saved to every student’s personal file. The cheat sheet is helpful for forgetful students, and also helpful for the many teachers that work with each student throughout the school day.

     

     

    Designated Charging Stations

    There will come a day that one student forgets to bring his device charged and ready to go. Be prepared for this inevitability with a few simple steps:

    • At the start of the year, send home a letter to parents asking for old chargers to be donated.

    • Designate an area in the room where students can work on their device while it is charging.

    • Make sure that an adult plugs in the charger for the student.

    • Remind students about the importance of being safe in a charging zone because of chords and electricity. 

     

    Tech-Sperts

    If there is one thing I know for sure, it's that I don't have all of the answers. Technology moves much faster than my brain can process and there is always something new to learn. When students are in need of support, they are invited to meet with a "tech-spert." A tech-spert is a student that confidently knows how to support another student with a techy-need. The tech-spert can change from time to time and situation to situation. I love that it is never a given who the tech-spert will be because every student knows a little something about their device, an app, or a website. It is empowering to watch them help each other and at times, help me. Tech-sperts add value to digital organization in that they take a responsibility off the teacher and add value to student learning and collaboration in problem solving.

    The organization tips listed above are a result of incidents that have occurred during my time in a one-to-one device classroom this year. I have found that the more organized I am, the easier the situation becomes. A few reminders and shortcuts save a lot of learning time.

    Do you have other ideas for digital organization in the classroom? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave your idea in the comment section below.

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

    Using digital sites and apps to support learning is great! Not being able to remember passwords for every student is not. Here are a few management tips for your classroom of digital learners.

     

    A Collection of Websites

    At the beginning of the school year I quickly became aware of how tricky it was for little second and third grade hands to type the URL for sites we needed to visit. I needed a faster more efficient way — a shortcut to get them where they needed to go. Insert Symbaloo. Symbaloo is a digital personal startup page that can save all of your bookmarks in the Cloud. Once your bookmarks are saved, you can access them from any device. 

    I created a Symbaloo page for our second and third grade students. We then had each student bookmark our Symbaloo page on their device. Now, when we need students to go to certain websites, they can easily find them by clicking on the image on our Symbaloo home screen. The best part about Symbaloo is that the links that are saved on our second/third grade homeroom page can be changed when needed. Students get an updated page with any new links that are added.

     

    A Place for Passwords

    We were able to create a page that students could access. Our next feat was remembering the many passwords that went with each site. To do this, my incredibly organized colleague created this password template for every student. We printed one copy for each student and then placed it inside a sheet protector. Students have this password “cheat sheet” with them every day. A digital copy is also saved to every student’s personal file. The cheat sheet is helpful for forgetful students, and also helpful for the many teachers that work with each student throughout the school day.

     

     

    Designated Charging Stations

    There will come a day that one student forgets to bring his device charged and ready to go. Be prepared for this inevitability with a few simple steps:

    • At the start of the year, send home a letter to parents asking for old chargers to be donated.

    • Designate an area in the room where students can work on their device while it is charging.

    • Make sure that an adult plugs in the charger for the student.

    • Remind students about the importance of being safe in a charging zone because of chords and electricity. 

     

    Tech-Sperts

    If there is one thing I know for sure, it's that I don't have all of the answers. Technology moves much faster than my brain can process and there is always something new to learn. When students are in need of support, they are invited to meet with a "tech-spert." A tech-spert is a student that confidently knows how to support another student with a techy-need. The tech-spert can change from time to time and situation to situation. I love that it is never a given who the tech-spert will be because every student knows a little something about their device, an app, or a website. It is empowering to watch them help each other and at times, help me. Tech-sperts add value to digital organization in that they take a responsibility off the teacher and add value to student learning and collaboration in problem solving.

    The organization tips listed above are a result of incidents that have occurred during my time in a one-to-one device classroom this year. I have found that the more organized I am, the easier the situation becomes. A few reminders and shortcuts save a lot of learning time.

    Do you have other ideas for digital organization in the classroom? I’d love to hear from you. Please leave your idea in the comment section below.

    Thank you for reading.

    Smiles,

    Kriscia

     

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