Technology can be especially helpful for students but is equally important for the teachers who are searching for new and innovative ways to further elevate teaching. Using an MDM solution helps them achieve this by giving them the freedom to manage their classroom in a way that matches their teaching style.
In this episode of Lessons Learned from the Road, a follow-up series to MDM on the Road, we hear from the Director of Instructional Technology at Decatur Independent School District (ISD) in Texas and a Science Teacher at Ursuline Academy in Louisiana about how technology enhances classroom management.
“Classroom management with or without technology is very important, but you almost have to be a better classroom manager with technology in your hands,” says Stephanie Quarles, Director of Instructional Technology at Decatur ISD.
Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!
The MDM on the Road series tells the stories of teachers and IT professionals that are transforming learning with iPads and our Mobile Device Management (MDM) designed for Education. This MDM on the Road episode was filmed on the iPhone Xs Max and iPad Pro and edited with Final Cut Pro.
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Stephanie Quarles, Director of Instructional Technology at Decatur ISD: classroom management with or without technology is very important, but you almost have to be a better classroom manager with technology in your hands.
Federico Padovan, Chief Inspiration Officer of Mosyle: season 2 of MDM on the Road took us to some incredible schools around the world transforming education with Apple devices. As we reflect back on our time spent on the road, certain themes developed, and we wanted to share with you some of our lessons learned from the road. Today, we look at how Apple devices and MDM provide excellent classroom management opportunities for teachers.
Stephanie Quarles, Director of Instructional Technology at Decatur ISD: the teachers have so much more control, and that’s one of the things that I love about the Manager app too, is that they have so much control. And they’re able to do things on the fly that they weren’t able to do before. So if they want a certain app, they can go to Self-Service and they can get the apps that they want on the fly. So if it’s a lesson that they’re doing later in the afternoon, they can do that and I feel like how we have the iPads set up they have a lot of control and autonomy in the classroom.
Michelle Williamson, Middle School Science Teacher at Ursuline Academy: your classroom management is your style of teaching, it’s your own way of “Okay, we’re going to take the iPads out now.” This is how we do it and the kids know that if I say “lock it and flip it,” they know it means to lock the iPad, flip it over and leave it on your desk. We’re going to have a group discussion, we’re going to talk about it or we’re going to do an activity. It’s managing that the kids know what the expectation is and once that foundation is set, you’re set for the year. We’re able to use Apple Classroom to pace my class, which is also a part of classroom management. You have to give the kids a certain amount of time to make sure that they understand the concepts that you are teaching and use that to also be an effective teacher and making the most of your class period.
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