What Is A Classroom Control System?
Jan 11, 2014 Classroom Materials 2993 Views
If you have ever been in a classroom environment, you will know that there are times when it is a nightmare. The students won't be listening, they will be chatting over you and if you have younger students, then there could even be screaming.
On those days, teachers are more likely to go home and feel like pulling their hair out, rather than having a sense of helping people and achievement. They will probably feel like giving up. If the teacher is new, then this could break them.
The key to reducing days like this is having complete control over the classroom environment. Some more experienced teachers will say that this comes with making the students know that you are in charge and screaming at the students, but there are other ways. There are teachers out there who have complete control and they haven't raised their voice once.
Those teachers will say that the key to their lesson plan is complete engagement. The students are so focused on their lesson, that they don't have time to act up or chat to other students.
If you haven't been in a classroom for many years, you may not recognize a modern classroom today. You will probably have memories of uncomfortable chairs and endless staring at a chalkboard. Nowadays, everything has changed.
Teachers are using technology to teach their lessons. This makes the lesson more engaging for the students and they are more likely to pay attention. If you walked into a classroom today, you would see an interactive whiteboard, the teachers have laptops on their desks and some even have projectors.
The students are still in uncomfortable chairs, but they have tablets or iPads on their desks, they may even have clickers so they can participate in the lesson. Some students, who are more fortunate, will have laptops instead of a pen and paper, to take their notes.
All the technology will be networked, so the teachers can see what is on the student's screen, to make sure they aren't playing a game, or surfing the net. The teachers can also make sure the students are listening by asking them questions and then the student pushes a button on the clicker to give the answer.
The teacher will know exactly what is going on, everywhere in the room. They have full control through the use of technology. You are probably thinking that that classroom would be full of wires and it would be a hazard for the students.
Well, this is 2013, and most things run on Wi-Fi. There will be a classroom network specifically for each class. If you are thinking about charging, well modern classrooms will have charging docks in the middle of each dock and the devices will be fully charged before class begins. Most modern appliances have 8 hours charge on them anyway. The laptops and iPads should be fully charged when the students arrive at class.
With a classroom control system, the class might have screens all over the room, so the students can input from anywhere in the class. These screens may be mounted on walls, or on stands around the room.
The best companies will supply mounts and stands when the schools have bought the system. These systems are not cheap. If you are thinking about adding them to your schools then you will want to make sure that you have the money in your budget. You don't want to be left with a school in debt.
It is important to tell the supply company if you are on a budget, they might have cost effective options for buying a complete system, or they might tell you about cheaper ways to have touch screens.