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Technology-Based Classroom Management Resources

Instructor: Esther Bouchillon

Esther has taught middle school and has a master's degree in gifted education.

In this lesson, we'll look at several types of technology-based classroom management resources, such as digital gradebooks and classroom behavior trackers. We'll also explore tips for using these resources as well as reasons why they're helpful.

Why Should You Use Technology-Based Classroom Management Resources?

Your fellow teachers were talking after a faculty meeting about how the school was making an effort to use less paper.

Mrs. News complained that she didn't know how she could keep parents informed of class activities without her weekly class newspaper.

Mrs. Report stated that if she didn't send daily behavior reports home, her classroom management system would fall apart.

In another room a new teacher, Mr. Lowtech, was meeting with his mentor teacher. He shared that he was having trouble keeping all his students interested and engaged.

What do all of these teacher concerns have in common? All of these issues can be solved using some form of technology-based classroom management resource!

What is a Technology-Based Classroom Management Resource?

A technology-based classroom management resource is any digital tool that helps solve a classroom management problem. There are numerous kinds of resources available on many different digital platforms. Many are free, though some have a cost. Below are a few types of technology-based resources.

Gradebooks

There are many types of tech-based gradebooks available. While most schools have adopted some sort of district-wide digital gradebook, there are websites and apps that allow teachers to link grades to specific standards. This allows the teacher to quickly tell the areas in which students are most in need of remediation.

Learning Management Systems

A learning management system is a type of program that allows the teacher to communicate with students, distribute learning resources to students, and assess student understanding. A well-known learning management system is Blackboard. While this platform charges a subscription fee for use, many free learning management systems are available.

This type of resource can help teachers communicate with parents and students to keep them informed of what is going on in the classroom. It also provides a convenient location for teachers to upload course materials and for students to access learning content, such as documents, presentations, and links to websites. A learning management system would solve Mrs. News' problem of how to keep parents updated without wasting paper.

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