5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices


Indiana Jen

This is reblogged from the original post at Edudemic and is the premise of presentation I will be leading in November at Miami Device.

When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management. I am often asked if there is a way to “lock down an iPad screen” or “ensure students cannot go to inappropriate websites” (e.g. Social Media). In other words, how do we keep students on task and ensure that they are not distracted by the novelty of gadgets or communicating with friends via texting or social media? Often, teachers will take up devices (such as mobile phones) to avoid the issue of students texting or checking Facebook on their phones (eliminating access to a powerful, pocket computer in the process).

Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis…

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The First Paperless Classroom


TIME

Back-to-school night this year in Mr. G’s sixth-grade classroom felt a bit like an inquisition. Teacher Matthew Gudenius, a boyish, 36-year-old computer whiz who runs his class like a preteen tech startup, had prepared 26 PowerPoint slides filled with facts and footnotes to deflect the concerns of parents. But time was short, the worries were many, and it didn’t take long for the venting to begin.

“I like a paper book. I don’t like an e-book,” one father told him, as about 30 adults squeezed into a room for 22 students. Another dad said he could no longer help his son with homework because all the assignments were online. “I’m now kind of taken out of the routine,” he complained. Rushing to finish, Gudenius passed a slide about the debate over teaching cursive, mumbling, “We don’t care about handwriting.” In a flash, a mother objected: “Yeah, we do.”

At issue…

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6 Rules to Simplify Work and Organizations

Simples rules to simplify work, office and organizations

Welcome to my 1st post on my first WordPress Blog, because sharing on Facebook simply isn’t enough to spread relevant content and ideas.

As for my first post, I wanna start BIG. ebe6dc533509fb045e77d0668a35ab8082375b5b 1600x12I’m starting with a TED Talk that I’ve watched today (one of my favorite intellectual/knowledge based inspiration and activity) with the title “As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify“, from the consultant Yves Morieux, researching how corporations can adapt to a modern and complex business landscape.

Yves here asks why do people feel so miserable and disengaged at work, discussing how today’s businesses are increasingly and dizzyingly complex, arguing that traditional pillars of management and HR are obsolete, adding that it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. Yves also offers six excellency rules for “smart simplicity”, at the same time he unravels corporations interplay, mobilizing rules from game theory and organizational sociology.

“Blame is not for failure, it is for failing to help or ask for help.”Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, The Leo Group CEO
You stop drawing boxes, dotted lines, full lines; you look at their interplay. It has a lot of implications on financial policies that we use. On human resource management practices. When you do that, you can manage complexity, the new complexity of business, without getting complicated.

You create more value with lower cost. You simultaneously improve performance and satisfaction at work because you have removed the common root cause that hinders both. Complicatedness: This is your battle, business leaders. The real battle is not against competitors. This is rubbish, very abstract. (…)
The real battle is against ourselves, against our bureaucracy, our complicatedness.”
Yves Morieux

Thanks for reading, I hope you’ve liked it and found it interesting.

Best regards,
Pedro Calado