The 21st Century Classroom: Design, Management and Tech Integration


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A presentation I gave to at the American School of Guatemala in August 2011 about the nexus between lesson design, classroom management and technology integration.

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  • So … I want you to think a little bit about the big picture. Imagine to yourself what your classroom
  • Students should have the ability to help themselves. Parents should have the ability help their students. Especially if you empower them.
  • Teachers have been UBD’d to death, and in many schools spend a lot of time and energy worrying about whether their long range plans and lesson plans and daily planners fit the exact correct format. This is understandable … blah, blah, blah BUT sometimes I think the brilliant, simple, obvious unassailable logic of UBD.
  • Also personal goals for yourself – use it to iron out what you perceive as rough spots in your own program. Whatever it is, there is probably an app for that.
  • Accessing great resources also means teaching kids to access them, and going through the process of sharing them.
  • Remember: this doesn’t just apply to the students.
  • The 21st Century Classroom: Design, Management and Tech Integration

    1. 1. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    2. 2. KEY PRINCIPLES<br />“Any teacher who can be replaced by a computer deserves to be.”<br />-David ThornbergFuturist & Technology Educator<br />Created by M.Peters from stock photos.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    3. 3. KEY PRINCIPLES<br />“Technology in education must be like oxygen: ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible.”<br />-Chris LehmanEducator, Administrator, Technology Leader<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    4. 4. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />the challenge<br />By David Hay Jones Science Photo Library<br />Bringing together best practices in classroom management, technology integration and instructional design.<br />
    5. 5. Instructional design facilitates classroom management because students are active and engaged.<br />Technology integration supports instructional design by facilitating rich, collaborative & authentic tasks.<br />Classroom management facilitates instructional design by creating an effective learning environment.<br />the sweet spot<br />Instructional design facilitates technology integration by providing clear learning goals and rich activities which use technology to its fullest.<br />Technology integration supports classroom management with communication tools and quick access to a wealth of resources for added support or enrichment. <br />Classroom management supports technology integration by ensuring that technology resources are used effectively.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    6. 6. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />today<br />Classroom Management Traditional principles for a digital classroom.<br />Instructional designOverview of best practices, and why it matters in your 21st Century Classroom<br />Getting it together:A quick checklist<br />
    7. 7. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />Classroom Management<br />Traditional principles for a digital classroom.<br />
    8. 8. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />Photo: patrick1952,<br />Managing student behavior is a challenge as old as teaching.<br />
    9. 9. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />Of all the possible variables, classroom management has the largest impact on student achievement.<br />- Robert J. Marzano<br />Photographer unknown:<br />
    10. 10. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Classroom Management<br />Setting the tone<br />Clear and consistent rules, procedures and consequences<br />Progressive discipline, with documentation.<br />Persistence!<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    11. 11. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Classroom Management<br />Setting the tone.<br /><ul><li>Emphasize the classroom as a learning environment – all decisions – including when to use (or not to use) technology should be seen and explained through that lens.
    12. 12. Cultivate an environment where students are held accountable for their actions.
    13. 13. Model appropriate conduct – teachers need to do a better job managing their own use of technology.</li></ul>MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    14. 14. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Classroom Management<br />2. Clear and consistent rules, procedures <br />and consequences.<br /><ul><li>Spend class time discussing and/or developing rules and procedures. Keep them as brief and simple as possible.
    15. 15. Procedures can included structured timing, daily responsibilities, and expectations for behavior while input or discussion is happening.
    16. 16. They should be posted in the classroom and made available to parents, online or otherwise.</li></ul>MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    17. 17. Common SenseSchoolRules For DevicesIn the Classroom<br />Laptops, including tablets, are permitted in classrooms for basic educational purposes. Other devices, such as Blackberries, iPods and other smart phones may be permitted for specific activities.<br />Devices must be used in the classroom ONLY for specific, educational purposes as specified by the teacher.<br />Personal communications (Facebook, email, chat) or digital entertainment (such as games or movies) are NEVER permitted inside the classroom, unless for specific educational activities authorized by the teacher.<br />Teachers should develop routines and procedures defining when and how computers should be used in their classroom. It is the responsibility of the teacher to clearly establish and communicate these expectations.<br />Computers should be treated as basic educational tools. Access should not be denied as a punishment, nor granted as a reward.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    18. 18. Mr.Peters’ClassroomRules for Electronics<br />In our classroom:<br />Laptops or tablets, are encouraged. Smartphones may be used at designated times to update homework or To-Do lists.<br />You must enter this classroom with all devices off, and leave the classroom with all devices off.<br />No games, entertainment, or personal communications in the classroom. EVER.<br />No taking pictures or video of others without their permission.<br />You are accountable for your words and conduct both in class, and online.<br />Computer problems are NEVER an excuse for late or missing work. Save often. Leave yourself extra time. PROBLEM SOLVE.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    19. 19. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Classroom Management<br />Progressive discipline<br /><ul><li>A great system doesn’t mean you’ll never have trouble. Be ready with the next step.
    20. 20. In a progressive discipline model consequences become more severe when behaviors are repeated or become more severe.
    22. 22. PRACTICAL<br />Classroom Management<br />TIPS<br />MBWA – Management by Wandering Around<br />RATS – Read All of The Screen (for students AND teachers!)<br />Learn about window and tab control<br />Protected input and discussion times.<br />“45º your screens!”<br />Adjust the physical layout of the room.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    23. 23. Classroom Management<br />OTHER WAYS TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP<br />Communication with Parents and Students (documented too!)<br />An extended classroom community means shared responsibility<br />Streamline your own management <br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    24. 24. MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />Instructional Design<br />Overview of best practices and why it matters in your 21st Century Classroom<br />
    25. 25. KEY PRINCIPLES<br />“Using technology successfully in the classroom is a mindset, not a skill set.”<br />-Kim CofinoInternational Educator & <br />Technology Coach<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    26. 26. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Instructional Design<br />Backwards Design<br />Constructivist Principles<br />Student-centered learning<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    27. 27. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Instructional Design<br />Backwards Design<br />Backwards designis an instructional design method invented by Wiggins and McTighe and is part of their larger Understanding by Design framework.<br />BASIC PHILOSOPHY: Design with your goals in mind and work backwards to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    28. 28. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Instructional Design<br />Backwards Design Principles & Technology<br />Choose and use technology purposefully – to address the goals you want to achieve.<br />You can set content-driven goals (ie. their knowledge of the subject) and also skill-driven goals (ie. the ability to use computers to collaborate.)<br />Remember to think about the necessary computer skills students will need to be successful – don’t assume.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    29. 29. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Instructional Design<br />2. Contructivist Principles<br />Constructivism was popularized by the writings of Jean Piaget. Learning is viewed as a active process.<br />BASIC PHILOSOPHY: Emphasizes the learner as a unique individual. You don’t teach the students, as such, they must construct their own knowledge. Teachers are cast in the role of facilitators or guides.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    30. 30. BEST PRACTICES IN<br />Instructional Design<br />2. Constructivist Principles & Technology<br />Importance of collaboration and working together. (social constructivism)<br />Accessing great resources.<br />Important skill sets – research, critical thinking<br />BASIC PHILOSOPHY: You don’t teach the students, as such, they must construct their own knowledge. Teachers are cast in the role of facilitators or guides.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    31. 31. The 4 C’s of TechnologyIntegration<br />Communication<br />Collaboration<br />Creativity<br />Community<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    32. 32. GettingTogether … A Day 1 Checklist<br />Communication:<br />YourHomebase: a Class Website, Blog or Wiki<br />Email List, Google Group, TwitterFeed.<br />Lesson Planning:<br />Technology-integratedlessons, resources, homework and specialprojects.<br />Professional Enrichment and Collaboration:<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    33. 33. Successfultechnologyintegrationmeans …<br />Preparation<br />ProblemSolving<br />Persistence<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />
    34. 34. Join an online community..<br />Creditwherecreditis due<br />Kim Cofino( is an international educator and technology facilitator (presently based in Japan). Her writing on blending backwards design principles with technology integration was a major source of inspiration for this presentation.<br />Steve Katz ( is an author, technology facilitator, and former international educator who has prepared several presentations on classroom management in 1:1 and other device heavy environments. The great “Oxygen” analogy and many of the practical management tips come from one of his presentations.<br />MANAGING YOUR<br />21st CENTURY CLASSROOM <br />Powerpoint Template: TemplatesWise.Com, and modified.<br />Except where noted, all images are generic, unattributed clip-art.<br />