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!
Non-teacher friend:“So, what do you do in the summer?”
Me:“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
Students have been making materials in class for many years. The tools we use to create have moved from installed on a particular device to web-based that allows browser-based devices to create. These tools allow students to create video to slideshows to whatever they can think of. Join us tonight at 9 EST for #byotchat.
On Thursday, July 24, #BYOTchat is thrilled to have Nicholas Provenzano as our guest moderator. Our topic for discussion will be the paperless classroom. Please join us at 9PM ET.
Nick is a popular keynote speaker, blogger, author, and professional development consultant. His popular blog entitle The Nerdy Teacher (www.thenerdyteacher.com/) offers a great of useful information for all educators. He is the author of “The Beginner’s Guide to Using Evernote On the iPad” (available in iTunes) and “The Complete Guide to Evernote in Education” (available in Amazon). If you’re not already, you should follow Nick on Twitter at @thenerdyteacher.
On Thursday, July 17 #BYOTchat will discuss best practices of BYOT by grade level. We will divide our one-hour session into 15-minute sections to cover the best practices in using BYOT in the following grade levels.
In using BYOT, each grade level has their own idiosyncrasies and challenges. Join us at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 17 to discuss best practices of BYOT by grade level.