3 Easy Steps to Using Classroomscreen

Lindsey Merrow
Curriculum Specialist
Blog on November 21 2022

Are you tired of toggling between class management apps, timers, and feedback tabs throughout the day? Classroomscreen has got you covered! Classroomscreen is a free digital tool that has 19 widgets that can help create clear expectations, support using visual cues, foster time management, assist with collecting feedback, and much, much more! Here’s how you can get started using it in your classroom in a few quick and easy steps.

Step 1: Launch your screen

You can load Classroomscreen on an interactive display or project it onto any whiteboard. You can create a free account, or just launch a “screen” right from the homescreen. By creating an account, you can save customized screens for quick and easy access next time!  If you want to tour the website without an account, simply click the “Launch” button to instantly create a screen. Next, choose one of the stock backgrounds or upload your own image by clicking the background widget on the bottom menu bar, maybe aligned to a class theme or holiday.

 Example of a Classroomscreen page with an image of the Golden Gate Bridge as the background, with a menu bar of widgets across the bottom.
Customize your background image any way you like, whether choosing a stock image from the site or uploading your own photo.

Step 2: Customize the screen

You can customize the screen to suit your class needs and objectives. Choose widgets from the bottom menu bar and customize them for your class. Click a widget to pin it to the screen; you can then resize it with the arrow icon and customize the widget with the gear icon. For example, you could have one screen for your centers/stations that can quickly pop up and be customized each day.

Some of the widgets available on Classroomscreen including: background, poll, random name, QR code, sound level, image, text, draw, work symbols, traffic light, timer, and more.
Some of the many widgets available on Classroomscreen that will allow you to customize based on your class and their needs!
Close up of the widget menu showing all available widgets. The “more widgets” option is expanded to show the widgets: calendar, dice, embed, group maker, stopwatch, webcam, and video.
All of the widgets available in the “more widgets” tab that are easily accessible to you.

Step 3: Start your lesson! 

You can easily adjust the settings and widgets for students on the fly. Some popular widgets include:

  • Timer – By using the timer, you can let your students know how much time is left for working on their task. This gives them a visual reminder. 
  • Drawing Tool – Make drawings or notes. You can use it in full screen mode or in a small window, and choose from lined paper, graph paper, or an image background.
  • Traffic Light – There are so many options for this. You can use it as a class management tool to let students know when they can conference with a teacher, students can use it on their devices as a progress tool, or you can use it as a noise level monitor.
  • “Work symbols” – These are visual cues you can choose from to engage and keep students on task. Work symbols include silence, whisper, ask a neighbor, and work together.
Work symbol widget with “silence” symbol selected.
The “work symbols” widget can help you keep your students focused. As shown above, the “silence” symbol encourages students to keep quiet.

There are so many useful widgets with this tool and they all have their own settings and customization options! Other customizable options include polling, random name generators, QR code generators, sound level monitors, uploading an image, drawing tools, and a clock. Also, in the drop down arrow, there is a calendar, dice, the ability to embed objects, a random group chooser, a stopwatch, a built in webcam, and a video player. 

Classroomscreen is a great, one-stop shop tool for your classroom! You can even save the screens for future use and quick access.  For more tools that make it easy to engage students and keep them on par, check out the Classroom Management courses on OTIS for educators.

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