How Classroom Management Apps can support PBIS Framework

Kymberly Harris, Department of Elementary & Special Education, Georgia Southern University P.O. Box 8134, Statesboro, GA 30460 Savannah Rodriquez, Georgia Southern University, 93 Hawthorne Aps., Statesboro, GA, 30458 Madison Morgan, Georgia Southern University, 405 Red Maple Trail, Statesboro, GA, 30458 Abigail Walker, Georgia Southern University, 17358 Ga Hwy 67 S, Statesboro, GA 30458

As our research proposal, we will study how classroom management apps can support teachers using the PBIS framework by encouraging positive student behavior and aiding in behavioral data organization. The study will be conducted by completing observations and distributing questionnaires to teachers. The research will show beneficial outcomes by the presence of positive feedback after each nine week interval. As society faces a global pandemic, mobile and desktop applications such as Class Dojo and Google Classroom have become essential tools for teachers who are following the parameters of the PBIS framework. These apps support teachers in enforcing Tier 1 of the PBIS framework by being available for all students across all settings. Positive classroom behavior is promoted through a reward system that is available for students and parents to view in a private digital portfolio. This reward system offered by these apps are equivalent to the concept of receiving stickers as a contingent reinforcer in the PBIS model such as candy or food. This can be useful when implementing Tier 2 of the PBIS framework by providing accessible data to use to form a continuum of strategies to support a particular behavior. These programs also support the use of  positive reinforcers in the PBIS framework such as good behavior reports. Parents can view their child’s academic progress in real time, and automatically generated behavior reports can be sent to parents weekly. Having this automated system implemented in the virtual classroom ensures that students are held accountable for their actions and overall behavioral dispositions, which is along the PBIS framework. PBIS framework has been shown to reduce disciplinary issues, and this review of the literature is intended to support the use of apps for ease of implementation. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenters: Savannah Rodriquez, Madison Morgan, Abigail Walker

Institution: Georgia Southern University

Type: Poster

Subject: Education

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 5
Date/Time: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session Number: 4155