10+ steps to getting started with a digital classroom
Is this your scenario:
• Longing to have devices in the classroom?
• Don’t know where to start?
• Well on your way but just looking for a few
• You have a laptop and a data projector and
that is all? Or just a laptop?
Step 2: Get familiar with a
Social Learning Management
system such as EDMODO or
You would use them to deal with a possible future issue of
managing your students' digital work.
1) Free: They allow an unlimited number of teachers and
students to create accounts and use their system at no cost.
2) Interface: A Facebook-like interface that is clean, appealing to
students and fairly easy to use.
3) No Email Required: Do not require an email account and they
both have a simple student-self-sign-up-system.
4) They include assessment building tools, discussion platforms,
assignment creators, scheduling tools and announcement
boards, badges for good work etc.
5) Google Drive Integration: They allow students and teachers to
connect their Google Drive accounts.
Why use a YouTube channel?
1) Compile and collect video resources (save to your
favourites) for your own personal professional use, or
for classroom or student use.
2) Add your students’ creations.
3) Video clips on relevant topics make them
come alive. Shorten clips with Tube Chop
4) Make your channel as private or visible as
5) Make slideshows with class photos. Add music etc.
6) Add comments and speech bubbles to photos
Step 4: Use behaviour
management software such
as CLASS DOJO or CLASS
Step 5: Get on to Twitter and
start creating a PLN (Personal
• I learn so much from my PLN – people I follow
• Start a classroom Twitter account
• Cathy Cassidy teaches her children to read
• Learned some amazing things via Twitter i.e.
Anthony Peters and other Twitter stories.
• Join in Twitter chats
Step 6: Start collecting
resources with a curating
application like Pinterest or
• I love these three curating sites plus many
more. Teachers love Pinterest. Sets out the
boards so attractively (Warning – you can
spend hours here.)
• Symbaloo is great for collecting weblinks
• Scoop.it is also something I love to use – only
five free ones allowed.
National Geographic e-books for primary school
Science for primary school
• The whole world opened to me when I
started a classroom blog
• Other teachers would comment and
soon you would develop new friends.
• Collaborative story writing, Flat Stanley
project etc. Often when I go overseas
I meet up with a teacher who is a
• Class can email posts to your blog.