A short story....
The potential for trouble
While these students were not up to anything inappropriate, they were off task. This continues to be a strong argument for those against technology integration in the classroom. The potential for distraction and a serious lack of productivity still remains. The bottom line, however, is student safety and teacher accountability.
I remain an advocate for teaching kids to use technology safely and do not believe the way to do this is to set them up in locked down environments, but in saying this, I do believe in a gradual release of responsibility. Sometimes we expect too much of our learners. They are still children after all.
Once you are in the app, triple tap the home button. Guided access is now enabled. Triple tap again to view the options. You will be prompted for the passcode. From the options menu (pictured below), you can set the timer, decide which buttons can be used and even disable certain parts of the screen. To do this you can draw a circle around the sections of the screen you want to be dead. This can be handy for stopping students leaving set activities or the app in other ways. From this screen you can also end Guided Access.
Not the only solution
What are some of the strategies you use to monitor student device use and keep students on task in the classroom? Share in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!