A decade ago, only a handful of schools had the privilege of using digital devices for teaching. Educators didn’t receive undergraduate training to equip them with skills to effectively implement a 1 to 1 classroom. Only recently are teachers being trained to address the challenge. Follow the 10 tips below for a successful 1 to 1 classroom
1. Have a Purpose for Your 1:1 Sessions
1:1 programs are not only about devices but also educating students. Every school principal will agree that every school should integrate technology into their classrooms. Your 1:1 sessions must have a goal, a purpose. By focusing on that purpose, you’ll reach your teaching objective, and your students will benefit.
2. Pay Attention to Logistics
Typically, teachers often stand around the whiteboard. However, in a technology session, a more personal teaching style is required. Sit at a round table with the students and work on the devices with them.
3. Choose a Common Language
In a 1:1 classroom, teachers often use a unique vocabulary to tell students how and when to use their device. The purpose is to quickly and efficiently transition the class to the next learning opportunity. For instance, “Apples Down” means the iPad screen should face down. Make sure every child is aware of that.
4. Create a Classroom Website
A class website is a universe. Post relevant information about the class including the day’s notes, videos, and directions. Immediately upon entering the classroom, students log in to see the class activities for the day. To avoid distractions and be safe on the internet, all websites the students visit should be linked to your site.
5. Have a Professional Learning Network
Find an online forum to interact with other educators and discuss the challenges of 1:1 teaching and brainstorm on the viable solutions. Use resources like Region 8 to take your 1to1 teaching ability to the next level. Take advice from other teachers who have identified tech-tools to enhance learning further.
6. Teach Them How to Use the Device
Once you’ve learned how to use the device, take time and teach the students how to use it for the best results. Children learn fast, and a will be used to using devices and pick up quickly. Give them a chance to train their peers. Besides, they learn best from their friends.
7. Use Technology to Help
Proximity teaching is possible by using the appropriate tech tools. The desktop software Reflector will reflect a teacher’s screen onto the students’ screens. That gives them the space to teach from the front of the class or walk around while remotely controlling what appears on the learner’s’ devices.
8. Encourage Creativity and Innovation
Don’t limit yourself to pre-created content, content creation can be educational also. Identify the programs your students love, and challenge them to create original content with the same format. It could be a video or audio.
9. Try Collaboration
Collaborative tasks encourage active learning. For instance, a writing session where every student writes in the same document, but corrections and editing are done collectively, to support each other. Google docs are brilliant for this.
10. Test Your Students
Organize survey-type questions about the lesson at the end of every lesson. Let the children give you feedback, so you modify the teaching routine to suit their needs.
With technological devices in class, it’s critical always to update your tech-skills and keep up with new technology. Besides, having the most effective strategies and methods, your 1:1 class sessions will benefit you and your students.