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3. Have a student helper (or helpers) for cart management & tech support. Students can be a great help in the classroom. A student whose responsibilities include unplugging & handing out machines and storing/plugging them back in helps manage the distribution and collection of technology while minimizing chaos in front of the cart. Using a tech tool with your class? Some teachers use "Ask 3, then me" to help manage the tech questions during class. Have your class "tech-sperts" be the go-to for questions about the tool so you are free to work with students on the more important aspects, like the content.
4. Establish verbal (or other) cues for putting technology "on hold." It might be flashing the lights in the room or using a specific phrase, but be sure to let your students know how you will communicate when devices need to be "sleeping" or inactive. Some teachers have the "45 degree rule" for laptops, some call for Technology Time-outs, and others have "face (down) time." Sharing your cues with parents can also help them manage technology at home -- the more consistent we can be between school and home, the better. (A side benefit to sleeping machines is battery life -- having nap time for devices will likely increase how long they can be used before charging.)
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Most of the tips listed above are good for any learning environment (structured activities, consistent routines and procedures, positive reinforcement, etc.). Technology may elicit some additional management considerations, but thoughtful approaches to how that looks and works in your classroom will go a long way.