Top Tips and Apps for getting organised in the classroom
Coming back to the classroom after any holiday period can be difficult. The thoughts of organising for a new school semester are daunting not to mention motivating your students who are definitely still in holiday mode and thinking more about their bed than your lesson plan.
To help throw yourself back into the rhythm of teaching and motivate both your students and you, our Wriggle expert educators have come up with some top
For many of our teachers, OneNote is the holy grail of organisational tools. Located in your Office 365 apps, OneNote gives you access to virtual notebooks that you can fill with lesson plans for each class, attach files of students work and create to-do lists. Use the 'Tag' button at the top of you OneNote to get those organisational skills flowing, here's a video to set that up. Look at all the options that are available to you!
Check out this amazing planner too, created by a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) in Germany for a bit of inspiration.
2. Virtual Sticky Notes:
We've yet to meet a teacher who is not a fan of sticky notes and why not? They're great ways of reminding yourself of tasks that need to get done. However, on your desk, they are easily lost if pulled off or if a book is placed over it accidentally. Did you know though that you can create virtual sticky notes on your device?
For Microsoft devices, there's a Sticky Note app available on the device and for iPad, you can download Sticky.
3. Apple Classroom:
If you're teaching in a school that is 1:1 iPad, Apple Classroom is your new best friend. It can take a bit of time to set up in the school but that's what Wriggle and your ICT Co-ordinator are here for!
Once set it will help guide your teaching with features like Screen View, which allows to check in on student's devices to see how they're progressing with an assignment or test. Launch and lock apps on one or all student device at the press of a button with Remote Control. Meaning you know students are staying focused and on-task. You can even reset forgotten student passwords from your iPad, allowing them to get back to work straight away and keeping you on track with your lesson plan. Watch this video on how to get started.
Top Tip: Another great feature available on iPad's iOS 11 is Split View and Slide Over. Which gives you the ability to multitask further from your iPad. Learn how to set it up here.
There is some great educational content on YouTube. Create a profile today and start curating playlists for your lesson plan. We suggest following Ted-Ed, Crash Course, Asap SCIENCE, It's Okay To Be Smart and Epipheo to get started. You can even create your own educational videos with a shareable link for your students for revision material.
5. Cloud Storage
It’s a lot easier to get work done in the classroom when you know where it all is. Start the year off right and move all your work to OneDrive if you're an Office 365 user or to iCloud if you're an iPad user. This way you have a backup of all your files and an organised system.
Top Tip: Create folders before adding files to define where everything is going and save time while organising.
Need help with setting up any of these tips or just interested in seeing how you can bring 21st century learning into your classroom?