Great classroom management is key to success in any classroom. If you are a teacher, you know how it feels to walk into class on the first day of a new school year and think, "My kids were better than this last year." Then, you remember that you are comparing new students in your room who do not know your ways of doing things with kids you had for a whole school year. This is especially true for the lower grades.
Technology is an absolutely major part of all of our lives now, including students' lives, so what better way to do classroom management than to use technology to assist you? I have compiled a list of apps that are great to use in the day to day management of your classroom. Continue reading for some classroom management tips and apps.
** Please note: Some of these apps have in-app purchases, but they can easily be disabled in the settings of your device. There also may be ads and social network links in some of these apps.
Only the app's developer can control when an app is free or not. All prices and free apps are verified at the time of this post. We make no guarantees otherwise.**
Class Dojo by Class Twist Inc: A must-have for behavior in the classroom. You can set up your own positive and negative behaviors. Then, track them for individual students or the whole class with the tap of a button. Parents, students, and teachers can all have accounts to see a child's data. It provides a great graph of behaviors.
Class Act by Acorn Studios: Set up your class by its seating arrangement with easy name entry and drag-and-drop box features. Use this app to track progress of a student by clicking on his name, which changes the color of the name box. The colors can be used in a traffic light system or with colors and levels to match Bloom's Taxonomy. E-mail the completed color-coded seating chart easily to help future planning. Randomly choose students with this app and track student history. This is definitely a needed app for the classroom.
Class Act Lite (free, iPad only, requires iOS 6.1 or higher)
Class Act ($4.99, iPad only, requires iOS 6.1 or higher)
TeacherKit by ITWorx: Set up your class (or classes) easily. You can track attendance, behavior, and grades easily through this app.
Classroom Organizer by Booksource: Do you have a classroom library that kids check out books from? Easily scan all your books into this app and then use it to track student check-outs in your personal classroom library.
Free (iPhone, iPad 2x)
Remind101: Text your students or parents for free without having to give them your cell phone number. Easy way to communicate with parents about homework, classroom reminders, etc.
Stick Pick by Buzz Garwood: Randomly pick students to answer questions with this app. You can even "peek" into the can if you want to choose a certain student. Differentiate instruction by using the question stems provided. Track student understanding and responses through the app and e-mail the results easily.
List Selector by Steve Rhine: Enter lists of students and even topics. Then, have the app randomly set up pairs or groups for you. You can also have it randomly pair a student/group with a project. Fast way to do random groups and pairings in your classroom.
Win A Spin HD by Doodle Smith Ink: A great app for picking prizes or activities. Enter the prizes or activities prior to using with students. Students can spin to reveal a prize or activity.
$0.99 (iPad Only)
Timer+ Touch HD by SixAxis: This visual timer tracks seconds in green, minutes in red, and hours in blue, so kids can see exactly how much time is left in a visual way. Use your finger to move around the clock to start the time. Great for time management.
$1.99 (iPad Only)
Heather S. wants her own avatar in ClassDojo, a Stick in Stick Pick, and to play with Class Act even more, but she should probably just finish her lesson plans first.