Digital Classroom Management

Effective 21st century teachers not only transfer their knowledge and skills, but prepare students for life beyond the classroom as digital citizens. From iSafe In the Classroom- Managing the Digital Classroom


Adding computer devices to the classroom has opened new doors for teaching and learning, but at the same time has caused new classroom management issues. Teachers have experienced challenges with managing students who use technology as part of the learning process. Moving to a digital classroom does not mean, however, that teachers should forget everything they know about best practices in classroom management. This Thing will help you learn how technology tools can enhance tried and true strategies.

Reinforcing Positive Behavior

When students have access to devices throughout the school day, it creates a new platform for teachers to recognize students’ accomplishments and reinforce positive behavior. 

Check out the resources linked in the table below and select one to implement with your students.

Resource Name Age Level  Description

Class Dojo

Class dojo

K-12 ClassDojo is a simple, safe classroom management app that helps teachers encourage students in class, and easily communicate with parents. Teachers can sign up for free and invite students and parents anytime. For more information, watch this overview video and view this one-page getting started guide.

Open Badges


K-12 Open Badges and Badgr are tools that allow teachers to award badges to students for accomplishments or academic mastery. Through your teachers account, you can award badges customized for your classroom or school.

Process and Procedures

  1. Device Management

    Processes and procedures for device management have to be created and implemented into the classroom in order to have a constructive classroom.

    The 21 Things team has interviewed several teachers who have implemented 1:1 devices into their classroom. Watch this interview  with Brendan Howard from Gull Lake Community Schools. We asked them a series of questions on how they manage the devices as well as the impact on their classroom. Here is the document  with the questions and answers from these teachers to assist others to manage devices in the classroom.

    Common Sense Education has some amazing tips and resources to manage digital distractions in the classroom.
  2. BYOD
    School districts are implementing Bring Your Own Device policies as so many students have their own. One popular idea is to have red, yellow, and green zones indicating where portable mobile devices (PMD's) are allowed to be used. Visit Mindshift  to access many thought provoking BYOD ideas for managing devices brought into the classroom.

    Watch this video about a teacher implementing BYOD in his classroom in Michigan. Direct link to the video.

    4 steps for BYOD:

    1. Embrace and promote BYOD
    2. Implement Acceptable Use Policies
    3. Build a secure, scalable infrastructure
    4. Focus on user experience
  3. Communication

    There are digital tools to help with communication between the teacher, the parents and the students. These are instant and easy to use to quickly communicate important information, delivered just in time!
Resource Name Age Level Description



K-12 Remind provides an easy way to instantly reach students and parents where they are through text messages or email, without the need for the teacher to share their personal cell phone number. It also offers options for two-way communication.  It is the end of unread printouts! Watch this overview video for more information.



K-12 Trello is a digital workspace that allows teachers or students to collaborate and communicate on projects, assign tasks, and track progress. Trello is a community board you set up where you can put notes, questions, and to-do lists for others to read and to respond. It is available for web application, an iPad and iPhone app, and an Android app. Many of the features are outlined on this tutorial Trello board. *You also saw this in "Collaboration Tools"