Sunday, March 16, 2014

iAm " APPy " About Classroom Management Opportunities With The iPad!

If you haven't had an opportunity to explore the apps Too Noisy or Group Maker you might might be missing out on some great management tools!
I use both in my classroom and the kids LOVE them!!
They add "hAPPy"  and fun opportunities for classroom management!

The Too Noisy app is great way for monitoring noise levels in a classroom.  A free and paid version are available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad.  This app can be projected on the iPad 2 and newer iPad models.  Both the free and paid versions of this app have cute backgrounds that work well for elementary age kids.  As the noise level in your classroom increases, the picture on the screen changes from a happy face, to a sad face,  and then to a crying face that is plugging his ears.  In the paid version (Too Noisy Pro) the screen cracks and makes a loud noise to get the attention of the children.  Also in the paid version the teacher can control the level of noise that is permitted for each activity.  Since classroom activities vary (from silent reading, to group work, to whole group and so forth) this paid app version  easily allows the teacher to change the noise level meter to match the acceptable levels of student activity.  The paid version also has a counter where kids can earn stars for working together within acceptable limits.  If they operate out of the limits the alarm will go off.  Having a student teacher this semester, it was a great way of helping her to set classroom working parameters and expectations.  I used my personal iPad to load the paid version of this app which allowed me to use the district iPad for instruction.
If you have some time, give it a look!


Group Maker is another wonderful app that was shared with me that I have embraced using in the classroom as well!  It is the best app for quickly creating diverse groups not to mention that it is also free!  My second graders love it when group maker chooses who gets to answer the question and they all know that anyone can randomly be picked by the app at any time. Sometimes the app will pick the same student twice in a row just to keep them focused and accountable!  I do have a "pass" if a student does not wish to answer.  I do suggest you allow one pass per session.   I have found that the "pass" has not be used at this point yet and all want to be able to share their answers.  The kids really like it when we use this app to pick who is going to reflect their work up onto the "big screen" (with the help of reflector) its a great opportunity to share what they know!  Group Maker is easy to use and takes little time to set up!!  I have chosen to use their photos for the app rather than the icons that the app provides to make it more personal. Give it a look too!

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