Teacherstack

Technology for the classroom

Quick Start

Summary

Teacherstack is a website composed of many apps for making teaching in the classroom fun and easy. Students are organized into classrooms which are then accessible by the apps to help you with daily classroom activities. Follow this guide for help setting up and using Teacherstack apps.

Getting Started

Classrooms

When you first register, you will see your default classroom. If you have more than one class, click on the plus sign to create a new class. Whichever classroom is currently selected is the one that gets used by the apps. Click 'Go to classroom' to add students to the current classroom.

Classrooms

Adding Students

Once in your classroom, you will be able to add students and rename or delete your class. If you choose to add student birthdays, messages will appear throughout Teacherstack on the students' birthdays. Random Student Picker and Morning Work are two apps where messages will appear.

Adding Students

Using Apps

Now that students are added to your classroom, you are ready to use the apps. Click on one of the apps on the main page to start the app.

Apps

Station Rotations

Station rotations allows you to configure students into groups, create stations, assign groups/stations, and configure timing and music options. Simply click run and watch the station rotations run themselves. If selected, the music will play during the transition periods. A bell will ring to indicate when a rotation starts or finishes.


Running Station Rotations Station Rotations Running

Station Rotation terms:

  • Subject: subject you are using the station rotations for (Ex. Math)
  • Group: group of students
  • Station: center that is visited by one or more groups (Ex. Meet the Teacher, Technology)
  • Schedule: defines a set of stations and music/time options (Ex. Monday). Schedules let you create different sets of stations while using the same student groups. For example, your Monday and Tuesday schedules might have the same groups but different stations.
  • Rotation Type: determined when schedule is created. Choose "stations" if you want stations to be the header of the table. Choose "groups" if you want groups to be the header of the table. Whichever one is not the header is the option for each rotation. See images below for examples.

Rotation Type: Stations Station Rotations Stations

Rotation Type: Groups
Station Rotations Groups

Click on the settings button (top right - ) to adjust the size of the table to fit your screen.

Steps to setup station rotations:

  1. Click Add Subject (ex. Literacy).
  2. Click Add Group for each group you want to create. You can assign a color to each group by clicking the color box.
  3. Click Assign Students to Groups. This will show you a pop-up page that allows you to drag your students to the groups you just created.
  4. Click Add Schedule. Enter the schedule name and rotation type: stations or groups.
  5. Click Add Station for each station you want to create (ex. Buddy reading, Writing, Technology).
  6. Click Assign Groups / Stations. This will show you a pop-up page that allows you to choose when each group goes to each station.
  7. Choose your music and timing settings. Transition time is the amount of time students have to move between stations. Session time is the amount of time students spend at each station.

Setting up Station Rotations Station Rotations Main

You can edit and delete stations and groups after you have created them.

Morning Work

This app has two functions for morning activities. Morning Work instructions are displayed while also allowing students to make their lunch choice. Add the lunch choices for the day before students get to school. As students arrive, they can tap their name from a list and then tap their lunch choice.

Birthdays can be displayed in Morning Work as shown below.


Click on the edit button to edit the Morning Work text.
Click on the settings button to adjust Morning Work text size.

Morning Work

After all students have made their choice, a count for each lunch choice will be displayed. Click reset to erase the lunch choices when you are done.

Morning Work (done)

Random Student Picker

This app lets you pick a student at random. By default, it is possible for a student to be picked twice before another student gets picked once.


Click on the settings button (top right - ) and unselect 'With Replacement' so that all students get picked exactly once.

Random Student Picker

Timer

Use a timer or stopwatch to record time.


Timer

Goals

The goals app is a simple behavioral management system for the class as a whole. Set a number of points as the goal and then add or remove points as necessary.


Goals

To-Do's

To-do's lets you present a list of tasks to the students.


Click on the settings button (top right - ) to increase or decrease the font size.

To-do's

Seating Arrangement

Set your seating format and generate a random seating assignment. Click Randomize Students to switch students around. You may choose pods, rows, or custom format and can swap students as desired by clicking on the two students you wish to switch. Change the number of columns and size of the pods to fit your classroom.


Pods
Seating Arrangement Pods

Rows
Seating Arrangement Rows

Custom
Seating Arrangement Custom

Noise Meter

Measure the noise level in your classroom and give the students a visualization.


Noise Meter - Bar Display
Noise Meter Bar

Use the chart display when you want to leave the class for a minute and want to see how noisy the class was while you were gone.

Noise Meter - Chart Displays
Noise Meter Chart