Classroom management is crucial with, or without technology. Evernote makes it easy to create and share notebooks with others. This can lead to some less desirable communication among students. There is nothing to prevent students from sharing notebooks with one another. This can lead to a host of problems. One problem is cheating. Another is the spreading of malicious information through gossip. One way to manage this problem is to have in place a set of guidelines and consequences. What are the expectations of students when using Evernote? What are the consequences when these expectations are broken? These expectations are just like other expectations. What do we do when lining up for lunch? What are the consequences when there is pushing and loud noise? Like traditional rules, any rules applied to technology in a classroom must be met with the same diligence. The best defense is a great offense. Engage with students constantly. Walk around and monitor their activities. Students on task are students on task. When an expectation is broken, act quickly and decisively. Have in place a process where you randomly review a student’s Evernote account. Yes, it should go without saying. You must have access to all their account log-in information. Log into their accounts and monitor their use. In essence, monitoring the use of technology is not very different from monitoring a traditional classroom. Teachers that have good traditional classroom management skills can use those same skills no matter the degree of technology integration.
This entry is short because I want to make sure teachers understand that there is no special skill set required for managing a class with technology. The tried and true works just fine.
Next week I take a look at the final component for integrating Evernote.