We are fortunate enough to be starting a 1:1 iPad program in our grade 4 classes this fall. As teacher we knew it would be key to have clear expectations and rules for students in their work with this new technology. After scouring the internet for ideas, and thinking about the Lower School rule – Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible, we came up with these 5 rules for our iPad use this year. These rules will be introduced to students before using the iPads for the first time.
Disclosure – the design of the rules poster was influenced by this teacher from Canada (thanks!):
Our five rules for using iPads in our classrooms are:
Keep it Safe & Clean
Be gentle when using and sharing the iPad. Carry it carefully and treat it with respect. Keep food and drinks away. Wipe your screen to keep it clean.
Use the apps you’ve been given permission to use. Stay on task until you achieve your learning goal.
Teachers Change Settings
Teachers are responsible for changing settings and installing apps. Don’t change any settings unless your teacher has asked you to.
Put it to Sleep
Put the iPad to sleep when a teacher is giving directions or a classmate is sharing.
Use it for Learning
Use your iPad as a learning tool. Find new and better ways to learn with your iPad. Share your discoveries with others.