Considerations for Personalized Learning

This Thursday, December 18, 2014, #BYOTchat will team up with #EdTherapy to discuss Personalized Learning. This topic is a growing focus in all areas of education, and we know from experience that many students will return to school in January with brand-new personalized technology tools, but they may not know how to learn with them. Teachers are also being asked to provide more personalized learning environments for students, but this can be a radical transformation. Join the combined chat of #BYOTchat and #EdTherapy at 9PM ET on 12/18/14 to grapple with the concept of personalized learning!


Classroom Design with Heather Theijsmeijer as Guest Moderator

#BYOTchat is very happy to welcome Heather Theijsmeijer @HTheijsmeijer as our guest moderator this week. Heather is a well-respected educator from Manitoulin Island, Canada.

Heather will be leading us in a discussion centering the design of BYOT classroom. Please visit Heather’s blog “BYOD, ASAP.”

9:00 PM ET

Happy Thanksgiving to Our #BYOTchat PLN

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.



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.