How Students Can Get MY Attention
I teach large (@35 per) classes in a middle school computer lab. Often, students complain that they were trying to get my attention for the entire class period and I just kept ignoring them. I find this hard to believe because a student who REALLY wants my attention will get it. I wouldn't miss a raised hand if the student had been persistent. I suspect that they say my name inaudibly as I pass by on my way to help a student who is really raising that hand high and leaving it there, then they're going onto an off-task site (Cool Math-not so cool, Agario, Happy Wheels) and getting lost in it, then realizing at the end of class that they're not ready to turn in the assignment and figure they'll make that my fault. So I am looking for a more high-tech solution--a take-a-number/now serving/who's next kind of app that I can teach as a class procedure to use that will project a beacon or ping and will be a record of whether or not they REALLY sought my attention "at the beginning of class."