It was after reading a post by fellow course member Vivien Clark about using different ICTs with different year groups that prompted me to reflect on the different ICTs that I used during prac. Before attending prac I thought I would be one of the lucky ones who’s students had access to a variety of ICTs including chromebooks. Boy was this to come back and bite me.
Day 1 of prac: While watching from the rear of my classroom the teacher sat the students down and instructed them to engage in silent reading. Interestingly he told them they can use their chromebooks for online reading. To my absolute horror not one person actually did any authentic reading during that session. A group of boys down the back spent their reading time googling images for their desktop home screen. Girls were watching One Direction on youtube, many others were trolling through online catalogues deciding on which book to read while most engaged on online chat between other students in the class.
The online environment offered too much selection and the boundaries weren’t clear enough, let alone being able to exercise the code of conduct that they all agreed to and signed when they received their chromebooks.
Definitely in my classroom there won’t be any antics like this and I’ll make the boundaries explicit. A dashboard on the teachers computer would stop this behaviour pretty quick.
If someone would have said to me “have you tried integrating ICT into teaching as a behaviour management tool?” the pre edc3100 me would have said sure, plonk a computer or tablet in front of students and viola instant behaviour management. However, the ICT savvy part of me has delved deeper after hearing about a program called Class Dojo. According to classdojo.com, ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
Teachers can manage class dojo via a computer, iphone, ipad or other tablet via an app or by logging into a class account. Points are allocated for each positive behaviour and points are deducted for negative behaviours. At the end of the day a percentage is given showing students of their behaviour performance for the day. The following is a youtube clip of a teacher implementing class dojo.
Usually after watching videos of a new ICT tool I am instantly hooked, however after watching this video I think that for me personally carrying around my ipad or iphone constantly around the classroom would be distracting for me. The focus of my teaching would be taken away from giving appropriate feedback and observing formative assessments for my own reflections on teaching and replaced with a toy. I can see however how students would like to create their own monster avatar.
For students on an IEP or behaviour contract I can see this as a positive tool for them. Parents would be able to log into the students account at home and receive feedback from the teacher about the day or week at school.