ISTE Standards


  • 1.  Distractions

    Posted 12-08-2017 23:47
    Students seem to be very distracted on computers and wander away from the task at hand.  With 1:1 technology now in the classroom, how can we effectively add technology integrated lessons without losing the students frequently to distractions?

    I would appreciate your thoughts on this!

    Becky Frazier
    2019 ISTE Board Nominations - Open until September 2

  • 2.  RE: Distractions

    Posted 12-11-2017 08:02
    This is a great question and one that some of our teachers still wrestle with. We've worked very intently to address this issue and it really comes down to a few things for us:
    1. What are the lessons you are designing for your students? Is technology embedded with purpose? Make the lesson meaningful and relevant to the learning outcomes.
    2. You are still the teacher in your classroom and should implement all of the strategies that worked prior to 1:1 implementation!
    3. (At our district) Student voice groups and teachers created 1:1 Expectations that includes language on self-monitoring for students. Ownership + Accountability
    4. The support has to be system wide so that, when the distractibility becomes too much for a student, protocols are put into place to support that student's redirect for learning.
    5. I am not a salesperson but our district uses DyKnow to support both the teacher and the student. On the surface it may appear to be just a monitoring/policing tool but in reality it gives students the support they need during a learning task to stay focused on their responsibilities for learning. Teachers can apply blocking plans for either Allow Only or Block Only. For example, students are given an online quiz and the teacher wants to prevent students from wandering to other parts of the web. In this case the teacher would apply a blocking plan for Allow Only...until the the quiz is completed.  I tell my teachers all of the time that, even if they choose not to monitor what their students are doing during class they should at least engage/enforce monitoring so that they can gather analytics about what their students are doing during class.
    I've included some screenshots of DyKnow in action. We have used this since our 1:1 rollout in early 2012. Some teachers use it, others do not. However, if there is an issue with classroom management I suggest a teacher try engaging DyKnow as a redirect for student distraction.

    Janna Elfrink
    Director of Instruction
    Reeds Spring R-IV School District
    Reeds Spring MO

    2019 ISTE Board Nominations - Open until September 2

  • 3.  RE: Distractions

    Posted 12-11-2017 12:45
    Thanks, Janna!  That sounds like a great tool!!

    Becky Frazier

    2019 ISTE Board Nominations - Open until September 2

  • 4.  RE: Distractions

    Community Champion
    Posted 12-11-2017 09:13
    We invested in software called DyKnow to help focus our students and eliminate distractions.  I highly recommend it!

    Janet Coe, M.Ed.
     Apple Teacher
    Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation
    The Woodlands Christian Academy
    The Woodlands, Texas

    2019 ISTE Board Nominations - Open until September 2

  • 5.  RE: Distractions

    Posted 12-11-2017 18:30

    I am reading Learning First, Technology Second by Liz Kolb.She has an interesting take on engagement. I purchased it through ISTE and it is available as a hard copy and an e-publication.
    You might like to take a look at some resources we have developed in South Australia, in particular, the Transforming Task workshop and resources. Free and open. Just attribute, non-commercial.

    Transforming Tasks Link

    Hope this is useful.

    I am a recent fan of the TIM integration model too.

    Integrating Technology link


    Paul Clapton-Caputo
    Program Lead Digital Learning & Communications
    DECD Learning Improvement

    2019 ISTE Board Nominations - Open until September 2