Arrange the computers in your classroom in a layout that allows you to easily view what all the students are working on.

  • One arrangement is to have tables pressed flush against the wall along the perimeter of the classroom.
    • If possible, leave the wall used for projection and the whiteboard empty.
  • Another arrangement you can use if your class uses laptops is to move the tables around in clusters to create mini-workstations that fit the needs of your class that day.
    • This doesn’t work if your class has desktop computers.
  • If students need additional workspace, maybe their building or testing robots, place tables in an L-shape along the perimeter of the classroom.
    • The part of the L-shape that protrudes into the middle of classroom lets students work on either side of the table together.
  • To give students a central meeting location, place a conference table in the center of the room for students to gather around.
    • Students can gather here to see examples on the board, give demonstrations of their devices, or have meetings with other students.
  • Additionally, use a screen sharing app when giving demos, like Apple’s AirPlay, so you can move throughout the room with the device you’re working off of.
    • This allows you to face your students when giving demos no matter how your classroom is set up that day.

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      Tip-A-Thon with Glenda Guerrero.