Our world is changing in a very fast manner. Every sphere has been impacted by technological progress at a certain degree. Education is one of them.
In recent year’s education has changed drastically. The traditional classroom management tactics are no longer effective for millennial classroom management. However, today there is a big variety of tools for teachers, to help with millennial classroom management. In this article, we have collected the best millennial classroom management tools. In order to address each aspect of classroom management such as student participation, track and manage behavior, noise level, keeping students on task, collaboration, and workflow, we have picked tools that have different features and can be used separately or at the same time. Our list of the tool will help instructors to maximize efficiency and effectiveness during the studying process.
This tool has many features but is better suited for boosting participation. It has behavior management features. With this feature, teachers can reward accomplishments and good behavior in just a couple of clicks. That will help to save time in the classroom. It also providers instant behavior reports, which highlights trends and the students, who are at risk.
This app is driven by an artificial intelligence engine. It learns about how students influence each other in the classroom. Based on that it suggests seating plans that can optimize the behavior of students. In addition, teachers can use Intelligence Events to notify specific staff or parents when particular incidents occur.
This app has features for parents as well. Teachers can send reports about the child’s behavior and progress to the parent’s email address.
2. Stick Pick
This app suggests a question for students to starting in class discussions. You can set different levels of difficulty. It can also record how well students respond during discussions. You can pick a student on a random base, through their phone by tapping the screen. In case a student is consistently scoring near the top or bottom, you can simply change the level. That will prevent students to become bored or frustrated. Stick Pick has unique links to question stems from the cognitive or linguistic needs of each individual student.
Stick Pick is a handy tool to help teachers to improve their millennial classroom management. It can assist the teacher to lead classroom discussions. You can mark sticks to avoid calling on the same students or repeatedly asking students the same questions.
Students can also use Stick Pick during small group work. They can ask questions to each other. That will make group work more productive. Stick Pick be recorded and automatically emails students’ performance to parents.
2.1 How it works
Teachers have multiple soup cans that represent classes, filled with sticks that embody students. During setup, teachers choose a category of questions that they want to focus on for each student. Questions can be based on Bloom’s Taxonomy, English as second language skills.
3. Swift Polling by ExciteM for Millennial Classroom Management
Swift Polling is one of the tools that can be used for different purposes. It is a polling tool; however, it can be used for effective millennial classroom management. With this tool, you can participate in a real-time poll through both web and SMS. There is no need for the students to download an additional app into their smartphones; they can take part in a poll with a regular cell phone.
Here are some ways, in which Swift Polling helps with millennial classroom management.
First, let start with the attendance check. Usually, it is done by calling each student or by circulating the attendance sheet. Both ways are time-consuming and the second one is not reliable. A poll can solve this problem in the following way. A techier will prepare a poll in advance and at the begging of the class, each student will tick next to his/her name. This method will help the teacher to save time and it is more relabel as a teacher can restrict poll with password and time. Also, each student will have only one opportunity to vote.
Another way in which polls can be utilized in class is to conduct short in-class quizzes. The recent studies have shown that the human brain attention span is approximately 20 minutes. After that period, the human brain can be easily distracted, and productivity will decrease. This exactly what is happening to students in the classroom. They might focus on the lesson for 20 minutes, but after that, they will take their phones, start talking to a friend or just will not pay attention to the class. However, there is a way to refresh the student’s attention. After those 20 minutes, a teacher can conduct a small, fun quiz, which students can answer via their phones. This way students will participate in class, as well as their attention, will be refreshed.
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The third way, polls can be used for Q&A in class. It is important to ask questions during the class, but some students are too shy, or they do not like to raise their questions. To solve this problem teachers can organize a Q&A via a poll so that students can type their questions without any uncomfortable feelings.
The last way is to provide teachers with anonymous feedback. Students might also have some suggestions for efficient millennial classroom management. They can actually be very useful. However, they might feel pressure as they might think that by doing so they are questioning the instructors teaching style. That fear will prevent them from sharing their ideas, for that teachers or school management can organize a poll, which will give students a chance to participate anonymously. This way, students will not feel pressure and will gladly share their opinion with the school or teacher.
ClassDojo is a platform that connects students, teachers, and parents to support and develop student skills. Students can customize avatars, see classes and see individual progress. The teacher can invite parents can so that they can access to see the progress of their child and the information shared by the teachers. Teachers can reward students with positive feedback in real time when they show good exertion in a task or activity in class. Teachers are also able to communicate directly with parents through the platform.
SilentLight was created by teachers for teachers. This app uses the microphone on the iOS device to detect background noise. It rewards children when they are quiet for a certain amount of time. The app allows the instructor to select a target noise level that is compatible with an activity, so that level can be appropriate for in-class tests and for group discussions. The app rewards children with points for being quiet for a certain time.
Silent Light works similar to traffic light; it uses color to indicate a level of noise. Red is too loud, orange is getting loud and green is within the limit. A timing meter counts off the minutes and changes color to give kids real-time, feedback about their level of noise. Warnings are visual only. There is no alert or another audible signal to show the noise level is too loud.
TooNoisy app is similar to the previous application. It also helps teachers keep control of noise levels in a classroom using a visual stimulus. As the noise level in a classroom increases beyond an acceptable level, the noise level meter dynamically indicates the level of noise, and the background graphics within the app reflects the noise levels.
Teachers are able to control the sensitivity of the app by using the sensitivity slider within the app itself so the app can be used for all types of lessons.
The app can work on Apple devices and can be displayed on the classroom multi-touch panel/interactive whiteboard by using the screen mirroring functionality.
GroupMaker is the best app to quick divide students into groups. Depending on the teacher needs, the app can create groups randomly or on specific bases. GroupMaker is a tool to help teachers organize their classes into diverse heterogeneous groups without spending a lot of time. There are other features such as Face Detection for a fast class member, attendance mode: to do a quick attendance check.
Moodle is the tool that has been around for a long time. It was created in 2002, at first was a website but now it was mobile application, plugins, and themes. It is mainly created to facilities virtual learning, but it can also be used for millennial classroom management. With Moodle, teachers can upload materials such as textbooks, lecture notes, and links. It can also be used for creating assignments for students. They can upload into Moodle and the teacher can check the assignments form Moodle directly, provide comments as well as great them.
9. Google Classroom
Google classroom is similar to Moodle. But it is not a separate website, it combines all its existing features such as Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Gmail and Google Calendar. Teachers can assign home works, share class materials, grade the assignments set events via Google Classroom. Each class created with Google Classroom creates a separate folder in the respective user’s Google Drive. It is very essay to keep everything organized. There is also a mobile app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.
Google classroom assignments allow the teacher and the student or student and student to collaborate. There is no need to share documents; they can work on a file that the teacher provided and then submitted for grading. Teachers may upload a template file so that every student can edit their own copy. Students can also attach additional files from their Drive.
Teachers can also do the grading via Google Classroom. They have an opportunity to monitor the progress of each student on the assignment, as well as make comments and edit. Then educators can return the assignments with their comments to allow the student to revise the assignment and turn back in. Once graded, assignments can only be edited by the teacher unless the teacher turns the assignment back in.
In terms of communication, teachers have many options to communicate with students by posting announcements to the class stream or using other types of media such as YouTube videos and Google Drive and Gmail.