Systems of Support Supporting Educator Excellence through Technology and Strategy

Engaging Learners through Organizing

A few weeks ago I shared how I categorize my apps for use with learnersAs a behavior interventionist, I have seen over and over that when students are engaged in learning, they are not engaged in misbehavior. That is why apps that Engage is one of the four categories I use for learning environments.  One of the “must do” interventions for engaging learners is helping them have a system for all of the material and information that is entailed in being a student. For years, I would teach learners to organize their materials in a binder with the following:

  • pencil pouch filled with all necessary items (pens, pencils, erasers,…)
  • assignment sheet for the day
  • pocket folder dividers for each subject
    • on the front pocket I would write “to turn in”
    • on the back pocket I would write “to complete”
  • notebook paper between each pocket tab for note-taking

Though I still recommend this method of organization (you can find the assignment sheet in the resources section), technology has provided us tools that are phenomenal for our learners. One app that I recommend for your learners in middle, high, and post-secondary settings is InClass. InClass is an app that allows a student to do everything I suggested above in their organization system plus many more options that are not possible without technology. Specifically, this app allows you to create digital folders for each class that includes your schedule, notes, video and audio recordings, and images. It also allows you to input your assignments, set up priorities and reminders, and to share your notes with others. It takes the best of organization and combines it with reminder and sharing tools.

Currently this app is free. So I encourage you to download it and give it a try. You can visit their website here to learn more about this tool. Let me know what you think!

About Jason Gibson

Jason Gibson is a learning and behavioral consultant working with schools and treatment facilities across the US supporting children and adolescents with cognitive, social, emotional and behavioral issues. His focus is on practical implementation of research informed practices to increase outcomes for learners with and without disabilities. With degrees in psychology, social work, and education, Jason’s peer-reviewed research has been published in journals such as “Topics in Early Childhood Special Education”, “Closing the Gap”, and “Education and Treatment of Children with Developmental Disabilities”. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky writing his dissertation on the Efficacy of Online Professional Development to Increase Implementation of Stimulus Preference Assessments. In addition to his consulting work, Jason is the director of the BabbCenter and provides guidance to one of the leading counseling centers that operates from a faith-based perspective. Jason grew up in Titusville, FL and prior to moving to the Nashville area, made central Kentucky his home for 8 years.

Leave a Reply

Post Navigation