Classroom management Classroom management

As teachers you will know that classroom management is already integral to your work. Effective classroom management becomes especially important when introducing netbooks into the classroom, as students have control of what information they search and when to do it. Without effective classroom management the introduction of netbooks into the classroom can bring disruptive and competitive distractions for students. To avoid this, we have provided you with some tips below:

  • Publish a set of rules relating to netbook use (e.g. as a science teacher might normally do for use of equipment in a laboratory)
  • Students must put their screens down when doing non-computer tasks to focus their attention
  • Insist that netbooks must run on batteries during teaching hours, to prevent tangled power cords
  • Provide a plan for students to allow them to prepare for the next lesson
  • When setting an activity with a complex set of steps, post instructions on the pilot's online platform and/or print them for the classroom wall to reduce time spent on repeating instructions
  • Have a ‘no other work in class’ policy so students aren’t catching up on work from other lessons in your class
  • Circulate around the class to monitor students’ screens