Technology Management - Planning for Success

The educator manages student attention and focus in a technology-rich classroom.
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Key Method

The educator creates a set of strategies and determines when and how to use each strategy to manage student attention.

Method Components

Pedagogy – how educators orchestrate learning – is a contributing factor to learning. Not only do educators need to understand pedagogy around facilitating content, they also need technology pedagogical knowledge when utilizing technology to facilitate instruction. A carefully planned management protocol that addresses how to manage student attention in a technology-rich classroom can support instruction by making the routines and procedure flow seamlessly.

Furthermore, classroom management is an ongoing process, and one which must be revisited each time a new learning context is presented. Thus, the introduction of technology and digital media presents an opportunity to devise a classroom management plan which will set students up for success and allow for effective responses to new issues that may arise.

Components of a written plan for managing student attention in a technology-rich classroom:

  • Teacher establishes routines and procedures that do not detract from lessons
    • Example: Teacher establishes location for devices that allow for easy student access, teacher establishes a clear and consistent method for assigning and labeling devices
  • Establishment of keywords to trigger behaviors
    • Example: Teacher says “Screens down, lids down, 5...4...3...2...1...” or “clamshell” to get students’ attention
  • Teacher informs students of plan when students arrive to class
    • Example: Learning plan is displayed on white board so students can clearly see upon entry to classroom and/or color coding is visible to indicate if devices will be used for that session.

Suggested strategies for managing student attention in a technology-rich environment:

  • Teacher gains student attention through eye contact
  • Students minimize noise from audio and media through use of headphones
  • Devices are fully charged upon student arrival and are recharged at dismissal
  • Students have easy access to devices
  • Students are ready when class starts
  • Students locate devices easily, labeling system is used and consistent

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Emmer, Edmund T., and Laura M. Stough. "Classroom Management: A Critical Part of Educational Psychology, With Implications for Teacher Education." Educational Psychologist 36.2 (2001): 109-10. Web. 19 Mar. 2016.


  • RTI Frameworks Offer Classroom Screening, Intervention, and Aha moments - EdSurge

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for Parts 1 and 3, as well as a “Yes” for Part 2.

Part 1. Overview questions

(300-word limit)

  • Briefly describe the student population that you created the management plan for, including the following descriptors: grade level, demographics, number of students in each class, content area, and schedule (block, periods, etc.).
  • Describe the rationale for management strategies established based on your students. How do you know your strategies will be successful with your students? Have you used these strategies in the past and had success with them?

Part 2. Evidence/artifacts

(500-word limit for written plan)

Please submit a written management plan that demonstrates evidence of technology pedagogical knowledge by describing at least three different strategies for managing student behavior in a technology-rich classroom.

Descriptors should address management techniques that are:

  • established prior to device implementation
  • during lesson delivery
  • and during independent work time.

Plan can also include establishment of keywords to trigger behaviors, and plans for addressing off-task behavior. Photographs or video that demonstrate the management techniques established can also accompany description.

Part 3. Reflection

(300-word limit)

Please describe the effectiveness of the management plan you submitted as evidence and at least three positive outcomes of the plan, including:

  • What worked well? How did your management plan help contribute to student learning in a technology-rich classroom?
  • What changes/adjustments/modifications can be made to support your management plan in the future?

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