Lighten Your Load: Students as IT Managers
by Maggie Summers
| 5/28/2014 8:06:45 AM
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As you wrap up the school year, and begin to look ahead to next year, it’s a good time to consider how you can improve daily classroom procedures. Mobile devices have only added to routine management tasks: how do you get a fleet of devices into a charging cart without complete chaos? Luckily, there’s an easy way to alleviate that stress: assign student roles.
At the beginning of the year (or whenever you can’t stand the “put your devices away” mayhem anymore), ask for volunteers to serve as the classroom’s IT Management Team. The volunteers would be responsible for managing the class’s devices on a daily basis, i.e. put them back in the cart where they belong, or help guide students to the right bay number, etc.
An added responsibility for the IT Management Team could be helping other students troubleshoot their devices. It’s a great way to encourage and nurture a student’s affinity for technology, and an easy way to lighten your load at the same time.
Indeed, you can easily take this idea a step further by assigning other student roles, like Sustainability Specialist or Green Team, who would be responsible for managing recycling and resource use, like turning off lights or conserving paper. (Teams may be best for larger classroom sizes, so more students can be involved.)
Alleviate the pain of managing your classroom’s mobile devices by assigning student roles, like IT Manager or IT Management Team. Students gain valuable experience by having more responsibility, and your classroom remains harmonious; a win-win all around. Give it a try!
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