The tool we are covering this time is our Classroom Floorplanner, which will help get you organized before school starts! With this resource you can easily plan where all your students will sit and where objects like chairs and filing cabinets will go.
When you open the classroom floorplanner, you’ll be prompted to select students to add to your seating chart. To do this, click “Edit groups.” Then click “Add group” to separate students into groups or classes if you have not already done so. This article will give you an overview of how to add students.
Once you’ve created your group, go to “Edit students” and then “Add students” and input students as desired to begin adding them to the floor chart. Once you’re done adding students, go back to the Floor Planner and get started building your seating chart.
Build Your Virtual Classroom
Once your student list is uploaded to the Floor Planner tool, you’ll get to create a virtual classroom to represent your class with. You can get started by scrolling through furniture on the image gallery on the left side of the screen. The adjustable slider next to it helps you size the images you pull out of the gallery.
Once I’ve created my classroom, I’m ready to start seating my students. To do this, just click to the Students tab in the image gallery where you grabbed your furniture from. You can then start dragging names to the appropriate seat. Pro tip: To help arrange your classroom, pull up a grid by clicking the Templates icon (represented by the lined paper) and choosing Squares.
Once you’ve created your seating chart, be sure to save it so substitute teachers can access it if necessary. To save a lesson, click the blue folder on the bottom right of the screen and hit “Save As.” I named my seating chart Test Seating Chart, but you might consider making and saving separate seating charts for each class or cohort you teach.
Planning Your Seating Chart Has Never Been Easier
The rise of remote learning has made the simple seating chart more important than ever. One advantage of using this tool is it lets you experiment with different classroom layouts without having to actually move furniture.
This is especially important as conditions related to the pandemic remain fluid and students may be in or out of the classroom at different intervals. One way you can do this is to add another page to your seating chart to track the seating on different days if that applies in your school. You could also consider keeping the names of all remote-only students on a separate slide so you can track them as well.
The seating chart can also be used in combination with our Attendance Tool so that managing your classroom is easy and convenient, no matter where it takes place. And once you’ve entered student names into Gynzy, you can use our Group Maker to automatically place students into pairs or groups for activities.