The #BYOTchat PLN will be and spending Thanksgiving with their families. Our next scheduled chat will be on Thursday, December 4th with special guest moderator Heather Theijsmeijer @HTheijsmeijer from Manitoulin Island, Canada. Heather is a long time participant in #BYOTchat and we are thrilled that she will be leading us! Her blog is BYOD, ASAP.
Tell an unsuccessful teacher to use technology, and you’ll end up with an unsuccessful teacher using technology. Technology will not turn a bad teacher into a good teacher.
But why do some successful teachers fail at employing BYOT within their classroom? This week, #BYOTchat will discuss traits of successful BYOT teachers and the steps that teachers need to take to become successful BYOT teachers.
Bring a friend and join the #BYOTchat PLN at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, November 20, 2014 to discuss “Traits of Successful BYOT Educators.”
Sometimes, we just shoot ourselves in the foot by creating unrealistic rules and expectations regarding the use of technology in school. In 2012, a middle school made national news by banning Ugg boots in an attempt to stop students from carrying their phones. Other schools go to great lengths to ban the use of social media. Past participants in #BYOTchat have tweeted about their schools banning cloud storage services such as Google Drive, or Dropbox.
Join #BYOTchat at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 23 discuss school technology rules and and expectations.
The success of any technology initiative directly corresponds to the amount of planning and preparation done prior to the roll out of the program. Successful BYOT programs are the direct result of planning and follow through. Unsuccessful BYOT programs are often the result of allowing the devices and hoping for the best.
Join #BYOTchat at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 16, 2014 to discuss “Aspects of Successful BYOT Programs.”
From my experiences, teaching the “how-to” part of using technology does very little in changing a teacher’s perception on how he or she teaches. It’s the act of redesigning of how a lesson is taught and how assessments are made that represents the biggest hurdle in integrating technology. So I ask you this, “What should a 21st century education look like?”
ISTE Standards (formerly the NETS) for Students (ISTE Standards•S) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge students need to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly global and digital world. (link)
ISTE Standards (formerly the NETS) for Teachers (ISTE Standards•T) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge educators need to teach, work and learn in an increasingly connected global and digital society. (link)
ISTE Standards (formerly the NETS) for Administrators (ISTE Standards•A) are the standards for evaluating the skills and knowledge school administrators and leaders need to support digital age learning, implement technology and transform the education landscape. (link)
Join #BYOTchat at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, October 2.
Many districts keep making the transformational shift to learning and teaching practices by encouraging the use of Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT). The new implementation of BYOT in schools in New Jersey are highlighted in this article: NJ Schools Go BYOD.
In fact, in a post on eSchool News by Meris Stansbury @eSN_Meris of 20 Education Buzzwords and Phrases, she included BYOD/BYOT in the list. She noted that term is so ubiquitous that they have “considered not reminding readers what the acronym stands for in [their] stories.”
The BYOTchat team wonders if the BYOT is ubiquitous in theory but not really in practice. How are teachers and students successfully and ubiquitously utilizing BYOT in their classrooms? What does it take to return to school with BYOT? How do you blend the use of BYOT, 1:1 initiatives, and school supplied technology resources? What are some strategies for encouraging responsible use and digital citizenship?
We like to revisit this topic at the beginning of each school year as we contemplate how to use students personal technology tools to improve opportunities for learning. Join the BYOTchat team in Twitter this Thursday, August 14, at 9 PM ET to discuss returning to school with BYOT!