Classroom Management in the Digital Age

Heather Dowd and Patrick Green
Classroom Management in the Digital Age

The education landscape is shifting. Information accessibility grows while attention spans shrink. Media is king and yet teachers are expected to effectively harness it for learning while also managing the distractions technology tools bring. Keeping up with the times while keeping time-wasters and senseless screen staring down is new and difficult territory for the most seasoned educator.

Don’t fear the devices! In the willing teacher’s hands, this is a new and welcome age to harness for exponential learning. It is a frontier where technology equipped teachers learn alongside students and utilize current tools to maximize collaboration, creativity, and communication in relevant ways. Classroom Management in the Digital Age guides and supports established and transitioning device-rich classrooms, providing practical strategy to novice and expert educators K-12.

Update your own operating system for the digital age by

  • Getting attention from those device focused faces
  • Establishing procedures for daily class routines that harness the power of technology tools
  • Cultivating a culture of student ownership and responsibility
  • Developing routines that increase on-task behavior and lessen teacher anxiety
  • Communicating with parents on best practices and consistent school to home behaviors
  • Decreasing distraction with simple, helpful tips
  • Letting go of being the expert and taking charge by partnering in learning

Classroom Management in the Digital Age offers teachers competency and confidence. If you have devices in your classroom already or if you’re moving towards implementing tablets, iPads, Chromebooks, or any other device, Classroom Management in the Digital Age will partner with you in creating relevant classrooms where learning rules.

About the Authors

Heather Dowd

Heather Dowd

Heather Dowd is a teacher, education technology coach, science enthusiast, traveler, photographer, and most of all, a learner. She has worked as a physics teacher, instructional designer, and education technology coach in Japan, USA, Mexico, and Singapore. She currently enjoys leading professional learning workshops to help teachers create engaging experiences for students. Teaching English with the JET program in Kumamoto, Japan inspired her to become a teacher and the adventure hasn’t stopped. Heather is a Google for Education Certified Innovator/Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator who believes that students should have access to current technology in order to be creative in ways that weren’t possible when she was in school.

Patrick Green

Patrick Green

Patrick Green is an Education Technology Coordinator and Site Director for the Global Online Academy for the Singapore American School. He dreams of a world where people no longer use the word “technology” and instead talk about and seamlessly integrate “relevant tools” into their learning practice. Patrick thrives in the diverse connections his careers offers. He works enthusiastically with students, parents, teachers, and community stakeholders to help them meaningfully create, collaborate, communicate, and critically think.

Having taught in the Pacific Northwest, the Czech Republic, and now Singapore, Patrick is nearing his 20th year as an educational leader. He continues to find his inspiration first and foremost as a learner. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Principal’s Training Center Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, and a YouTube Star Teacher.

What People are Saying

I have had the pleasure of collaborating and leading with Patrick and Heather on several growth and change initiatives associated with teaching in a digital age; this book represents the thoughtful and practical ideas they use to support professional development of teachers and student learning. In an environment where electronic tools offer incredible opportunity and potential distraction this will prove to be a go-to resource for new and experienced teachers as they seek to harness the power of a digital-rich classroom. —Devin Pratt, Assistant Head of School at Frankfurt International School

Balance is essential. Taking us through the reasons behind our choices to use or set technology aside, Heather and Patrick show both veteran and new teachers a toolkit of tips and tricks that are very easy to add to your routines. My mentor once advised that the best indicator of a successful teaching day is leaving the building with the kids more worn out than you are. If trying to figure out how to manage the devices in your room leaves you frustrated—or if you just need a few new resources to up your game—read this book. —Rebecca R. Clark, Middle School Teacher and Google Certified Innovator

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