Digital Classroom Managment

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


Class Dojo

Class Dojo


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. Click here for a 90 second overview video and here for a one-page getting started guide. 

Class Badges

Class Badges


Class Badges is a free online tool where teachers can 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.



One of the future trends pointed out by the Horizon Report is Bring your Own Device (BYOD) With the popularity growing, school districts are implementing Bring Your Own Device policies. 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


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





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 is the end of unread printouts! Click here for a one-minute overview video. 




Celly lets anyone - organizations, groups, and individuals - create "cells". The "cells" are instant, free, and create mobile social networks for group communication. Click here for video tutorials. 

Check out the additional resources for Digital Classroom Management

Learning Objectives

After completing this Thing, the educator will:

  • Know how to use digital classroom management resources

  • Understand how to incorporate multiple tools to support existing classroom management practices

  • Make connections with technology standards and best practice

  • Transfer the learning to professional practice to successfully manage your digital classroom


Assignment 2

1. Select either Class Dojo or Class Badges and set up an account to use the application with your students. Share at least one screenshot of Class Dojo and/or badges you have created. (Make sure that you do not include student identities)

2. In less than 200 words, let your instructor know how you have or are going to implement 1:1 or devices in the classroom. Has it changed the climate of your classroom? Are students more engaged?

3. Create an account at Remind or Celly and send a text message or "cell" to your instructor.

4. Briefly explain how you as a teacher are going to use the Positive Behavior and Communication tools with students and parents. 

5. Take the very short survey giving feedback on this Thing.


Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a;
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c;
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,b,c;


  1. Setting Objectives/Providing Feedback;
  2. Nonlinguistic Representations; Summarizing & Notetaking;