Effective Tips for Online Classroom Management

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The change to online learning is relatively new to most teachers, and educators around the globe are feeling its challenges. Dojo360 was created with the necessary strategies to solve these challenges in mind. We're Turning, and our e³ philosophy, based on engagement, evidence, and equity, guides the design of Dojo360, making it the perfect learning engagement platform for online learners.

Why Your Old Strategies Won't Work in an Online Classroom

Managing a classroom online is different than managing a class in person. “The look” may work well to quiet down a rowdy class in person, but doesn't have the same effect online. Educators must develop new ways of engaging students' attention that work well online.

These new strategies will necessarily involve technology, but the focus of each classroom management strategy is still human. That's why each impressive aspect of technology available in the Dojo360 learning engagement platform is specifically designed to connect individuals and groups of people to help educators teach and students learn.

Classroom Management Strategies for the New Normal

The first step to managing an online classroom is to keep track of who is supposed to be in the course and who is actually showing up for each class. Dojo360 makes this simple. To assign students to your course, all you need to do is drag and drop their names from a master list, like a list of students in a certain grade level. If you accidentally add a student who doesn't belong in your course, you can just as easily remove them.

Dojo360 also makes taking attendance automatic. When each student signs in, the platform records the time they signed in and out, so you can run a report of each student's attendance or a full class attendance report using whatever parameters you choose.

Now that you're confident your students are present and accounted for, you can meet with them in a live class. There, you can use the many features provided by Dojo360 to keep their attention focused on the class and the subject matter being discussed. In addition to talking with your students via webcam, you also have the option to integrate live video, screen sharing, and a live whiteboard during your classes.

You can embed a PowerPoint presentation to impart information to your students, and then have them meet in small groups in separate breakout rooms to discuss the content or come up with a project involving the information. It's easy to pop in and out of each breakout room to see how things are going. When you're ready, you can call students back together. You can then use the chat feature to have students share what their small groups discussed or came up with, allowing students to learn from each other as well as from the content as presented.

Dojo360 also allows you to present content asynchronously. This means that if you want your students to take a quiz on a topic presented during the day before you meet with them, they can do it on their own time. You simply include the quiz on each student's dashboard. It's also easy to set the parameters, such as how many times students are allowed to try each question and whether or not you want them to see the correct answer after they have entered their answer.

You can review all of the students' answers in one report before class the following day, which gives you a better idea of what material may need to be reinforced. You even have the option of assigning a follow-up lesson to just the students who need it to make sure they pick up the information.

How can I start improving my online classroom management?

Dojo360's responsive classroom management gives you the opportunity to see where each student stands just as easily as if you were walking up and down a row of desks — in fact, maybe even better. If you'd like to dig deeper into how Dojo360 can help you manage your online classroom, book a demo today to experience the features we provide.

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