Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Executive Function Tip 2: Keeping Track of Assignments

"Technology makes it possible for people to gain control over everything, except over technology." ~John Tudor

Keeping track of homework and assignments that are due for multiple classes can sometimes be really difficult for students. Last year, for a few who struggled, I started using "reminders" on the iPad to help them remember what they need to accomplish and when it is due.

The students set up a reminder list for each of their classes. Each class needs to be a different color. If they have a test or project due, we set alarms for two days before so that they know it's crunch time!

I was surprised at how well this system worked for my 7th graders. The only issue we had (after learning how to use the reminders and set alarms) was when students didn't charge their iPads fully the night before so by the end of the school day they were out of juice.  Using the Reminders feature is a simple built in way to keep track of homework/assignments and eliminates the need for a paper planner...which even though I love, is one more thing that students seem to misplace or not utilize.

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