Technology Tools to Support Behavior
There are many ways to use technology to support student behavior in classrooms and schools. Check out some technology tools below that you can use to provide immediate instructional feedback to students, teach students to self-monitor, support behavioral instruction in schools and collect and share data to support decision making in schools.
Using technology tools, such as student response systems, to provide immediate instructional feedback to students is one way to increase student engagement, which we know has a positive impact on maintaining appropriate classroom behavior. Check out a few of these easy to use Apps:
Using technology to teach students to self-monitor their progress toward goals is still quite new. After completing this Iris Module on Self-Monitoring, check out these Progress Monitoring Apps for electronic data collection and electronic devices as well. Keep in mind, there are many additional paper-pencil data tracking tools available at pbis.world.com.
- Productive Habit Tracker App (Apalon Apps)
- Tally Counter App (Pixel Research Labs, Inc.)
- Repeat Timer Lite App (William Artamon)
- MotivAider: Small, electronic device students can wear right in their pocket
- RE-vibe: Vibration Reminder Wristband – Anti-Distraction, Educational Technology Timer Tool
Using technology to support behavioral instruction, especially reteaching schoolwide expectations, in schools can be done through a variety of methods, such as:
- Creating videos of PBIS Expectations
- Voice Thread – Audio recording through a Power Point presentation on PBIS Expectations
- Touch Autism – An app for creating social stories that students can listen to as often as needed
Using technology to collect and share data to support decision making in schools can be done through SWIS (School-Wide Information Systems). This data collection and reporting system gives schools data in easy to read formats that allow them to make decisions and become more proactive and preventative in addressing schoolwide behavior.
The IRIS Center. Vanderbilt Peabody College, https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/. Accessed 03Mar.2018.
Minahan, J. (2013, May 24) Checking In: Helping Students “Catch Themselves.” Retrieved from
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) of Virginia is a Commonwealth of Virginia initiative to support positive academic and behavioral outcomes for all students. This web site is a collection of resources, tools, training opportunities and similar guides for educators and school administrators.
We work closely with public school teachers and administrators throughout Virginia to help them learn about and implement discipline approaches that reduce disruptive behavior in the classroom.
The program is based on extensive research and utilizes a preventative and proactive approach to discipline that reduces the amount of time spent dealing with office referrals, thereby increasing time spent teaching and learning. PBIS ultimately impacts the very culture of the school to shift attention to positive behavior and successful learning systems for children, teachers and administrators.
For more information, visit Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports of Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Education is committed to providing all students the best possible education, in collaboration with the Training and Technical Assistance Center at Old Dominion University, we have developed a series of modules that relate to 25 strategies of proven effectiveness.
Learn more and register to view the modules by visiting the PBIS of Virginia website.