Traits of Successful BYOT Educators

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.”

Mike Paul @mikepaul Discusses Why Educators Should Blog

On Thursday, November 6, #BYOTchat will welcome Mike Paul (@mikepaul) to lead us in a discussion of why educators should blog.  November is “National Blog Posting Month,” and Mike is promoting #NaBloPoMo by participating in their 30-day challenge. You can read more about the 30-Day Challenge in his blog ( post, “What is NaBloPoMo And Why Should Teachers Care?

Join #byotchat on Thursday, November 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET to discuss the benefits of blogging.

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Kelly Walsh @EmergingEdTech Guest Moderates #BYOTchat – Oct. 30

#BYOTchat is very excited to welcome Kelly Walsh @EmergingEdTech as a guest moderator for our October 30th chat.  Kelly is the founder of Emerging Ed Tech  He serves as the CIO and as adjunct faculty at The College of Westchester  He is an author, musician (, and a Dad to three great kids!

The October 30th chat will center around Kelly’s article entitled “7 Essential Techniques to Increase Engagement and Enhance Online Learning Outcomes.”  In this article, Kelly explains the, “Many Elements That can be Fine-Tuned to Bring out the Best in Online and Hybrid Teaching and Learning.”

Please join Kelly and the #BYOTchat PLN at 9:00 p.m. ET on October 30 for a great discussion and learning experience!

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot; Unrealistic Tech Rules & Expectations

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.

Aspects of Successful BYOT Programs

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 6.41.54 PMThe 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.”


What Should a 21st Century Education Look Like?

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?”

Educational Origami (written by Andrew Churches @achurches) has a great chart entitled “Comparing 20th and 21st Century Education paradigms.”  This chart will serve as the basis for our discussion topic this week.

Join #BYOTchat at 9:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 9 to discuss ”What should a 21st century education look like?”

#BYOTchat Discusses the ISTE Standards

#BYOTchat is excited to be back from our month vacation, and to continue our discussions on the effective uses of technology in education. This week we will be discussing the standards “for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age“ as established by International Society for Technology in Education.

  • ISTE Standards for Students (pdf)

    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 for Teachers

    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 for Administrators

    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.

Sabbatical Time for #BYOTchat

#BYOTchat is taking a sabbatical until the beginning of October.  We encourage everyone to continue with sharing information using the hashtag #BYOTchat.

Back to School with BYOT in 2014

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!


“Implementing Your Professional Growth”

Non-teacher friend:  “So, what do you do in the summer?”

 “I study different pedagogical techniques to better myself as a teacher. I try to connect with other teachers both face to face and online. I basically spend most of summer learning as much as a I can.”


(pause, followed by a look of confusion by non-teacher friend)

Non-teacher friend:
 “Oh, I was just wondering if you got a job over the summer.”

Not all of our non-teacher friends understand the desire most teachers have for professional growth, and how many of us use our summer vacations to learn new techniques and skills.  We spend our summers taking graduate classes, attending conferences, meeting face-to-face with colleagues, collaborating online, reading professional literature, etc ….  and most of the time without compensation.

On Thursday, August 7th #BYOTchat will discuss “Implementing Your Professional Growth.”  Join us and share what you have learned this summer and how you plan on implementing it in your classroom this upcoming school year.  It will a fun chat full of valuable ideas for all of us.

“Implementing Your Professional Growth”
9:00 PM ET
Thursday, August 7th

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Michelango Portrait by Volterra” by Daniele da Volterra[1]. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.