The arrival of iPad in the classroom introduced a more engaging and interactive learning experience to meet each student's needs. But helping all teachers—not just early adopters—feel comfortable enough using this transformative tool is key to changing and forever enhancing how teachers teach and students learn. That’s where Casper Focus, a Casper Suite iPad classroom management app, comes in.
Casper Focus puts the power of iPad in the teacher's hands. It lets them focus students on a single app or web page, streamline transitions to save valuable class time, send customized messages to individual, group, or all iPads instantly, help facilitate secure testing, and much more. And they can do it all from their own iPad without help from IT—turning iPad into the ultimate teaching tool.
See for yourself by taking a stroll through the day of a Casper Focus classroom.
Start with this short overview video.
8:00-8:30 a.m. / SETTLING IN
Establish the morning digital routine
Getting class started on the right foot is about expectations and routine, and the first 5-10 minutes of class often sets the tone for the rest of the day.
Casper Focus and iPad help teachers kick each day off right by facilitating homework turn-in and letting them check for understanding. Teachers can also quickly focus individual, some, or all students to a specific app—such as a learning management system (LMS) or quick poll—while they help yesterday's absent student get up to speed, or while they check each student's status in their LMS.
8:30-9:00 a.m. / MORNING WORK
Refocus attention and shorten transitions
As students get in the groove and are encouraged to work independently, teachers still need the ability to get their attention to check for understanding or redirect the activity.
With Casper Focus, teachers can easily pause student engagement on the iPad by sending a custom or preset message to one, some, or all devices—like "Please look up"—saving valuable transition time that can be used for more learning.
9:00-10:00 a.m. / CORE CURRICULUM
Give extra help to students who need it
Casper Focus takes advantage of Apple’s Guided Access feature to help students stay focused on an activity.
Teachers—from across the room and on their own device—can guide a student or a group of students to specific learning resources, without bringing unwanted attention to that group or individual.
Immediate and spontaneous sharing of learning and creation is a wonderful thing to promote and witness, and Apple TVs in the digital classroom make this sharing more prevalent.
With Casper Focus, sharing is now easier than ever to do. From a teacher’s own iPad, and with only a few taps, they can project a student’s iPad to an Apple TV, allowing students to learn from one another and proudly show off their work.
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
We would never forget about lunch and free time.
12:00-1:00 p.m. / CORE CURRICULUM
Conduct multiple lessons at once
Often, teachers will need to have different groups of students working on different activities at the same time, just as they did when bringing absent students up to speed.
This customized approach to learning is made simple with the help of Casper Focus iPad classroom management features. And because it’s intuitive to use, teachers will be less apprehensive trying today’s more personalized teaching approach.
Formative or summative, routine or high-stakes, assessments are integral to learning. By conducting enhanced and dynamic assessments on iPad, students have a better opportunity to experience more personalized and purposeful learning.
Casper Focus gives teachers the power to set the conditions for secure exams on each student device by locking the iPad into a testing app—all without IT assistance.
2:00-3:00 p.m. / END OF DAY
Maximize learning and minimize interruptions
Engaged, collaborative, and student centered learning can appear chaotic, especially at the end of the day. But teachers now have a better means to prepare students for the end of class by quickly gaining their attention to provide instruction.
By either focusing their students' iPads or sending them a customized message, teachers can spend their entire classroom time teaching and not waste valuable time wrapping up the day.