How to avoid distraction from the iPad during class

Turn off sound

Why muting the iPad? Well, that’s pretty self-explanatory. In my class, I don’t want twenty or thirty iPads to make a noise every time students get a notification (it can be a new email from another teacher or a Google Classroom notification when a new assignment has been posted).

Do not disturb

To avoid any distraction during the class, I also ask students to turn Do Not Disturb on. It means that calls and notifications will be silent so they can stay focused.

Automation

Problem is, all of this requires manual activation and students can always forget (or pretend to forget). And how can you blame them for this? One always forgets something. Automation will get rid of this issue. The iPad will never forget. So, we are going to ask the iPad: when I arrive at this location, turn off sound and turn on Silent mode. All of this automatically.

Charge your iPad

If need be, remind your students that they bring a fully charged iPad. We don’t have a socket for each student and, because of the restrictions due to the coronavirus, we don’t want them to move throughout the classroom to find one and be too close from another student. Therefore, they have to charge the battery before coming to school. They have to bring the charger as well! It may be useful if they are near a socket.

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Yann Houry

Yann Houry

Teacher and Director of Academic Research & Innovation @ Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill