This might start with a discussion on how the classroom, as a community, now has an online extension. Students and teachers can work and communicate outside of class, and learning is continually possible. The always-there nature of technology can be a forum for examples of technology benefits and distractions (topic of future post.) Another topic is the device – how to carry it, store it, ensure it doesn’t fall, prevent tripping over the cord, and where to place it on the desk. (Previously, the setup of your classroom and furniture, having room for you to circulate while students are working, is good to review.)
Techniques for getting whole class attention can be discussed. It could be a signal – “hands up”, “lids down” (if this applies), a sound you play for attention, or perhaps another method. Many teachers already have a signal to bring back students from collaborative work. Here is a possible list of topics for your expectations list:
Creating a list like this in a whole classroom could favor extroverts but less so the introverts or unconfident. Try extending the learning with an assignment to take a survey you have developed with the list – and with the chance to add new ideas. You might use the creation of the Google survey as a teachable moment. During the discussion, project the survey from your own computer and model the steps of creating the questions. Here’s an example you may copy yourself for customizing:
Drawing students into the expectations helps them buy into your new 1:1 classroom learning community. Please share your ideas as well.