Two Years of BYOTChat, a Retrospective
Last week’s chat marks #BYOTChat’s second anniversary!
In a fit of nostalgia, I looked back for the original call to action that Steve Hayes @SteveHayes_RB60 sent out. He wrote this blog post and then tweeted about it, looking to others to join him on his exploration of a BYO approach to tech tools in the classroom.
Steve was looking for support, and he was looking to provide guidance as well.
At the time, the #BYOD and #BYOT hashtags were used by educators… ineffectively, and rarely. #BYOTChat would become a place for educators to meet regularly, to exchange ideas, pose challenges, post questions, and yes, at times, even evangelize the BYO philosophy.
Steve created a new hashtag, and we embraced it. Since its inception, #BYOTChat has helped us all.
Interestingly, #BYOTChat has also given a solid name to the BYO concept, clearly making BYOT the unofficial term to describe a BYO practice in education. #BYOTChat has become a movement within the BYO movement.
Tonight at 9 PM ET, #BYOTChat will host a retrospective on the first two years of the conversations on and around #BYOTChat. We will look back on these two years of BYOT in our classrooms and in the Chat. We will reflect on our favorite BYOTChat topics, and remember our favorite guest moderators. We will reveal on our biggest challenges and most memorable failures. Please BYO memories to share!
Thank you Steve.
Thank you Shelly Hugghins ( @hugghinss ) and James DiGioia ( @JamesDiGioia ), two of the original facilitators of #BYOTChat along with Steve and myself ( @MyTakeOnit ).
Thank you Tim Clark ( @BYOTNetwork ) and Nathan Stevens ( @Nathan_Stevens ), who joined the BYOTeam when James and Shelly moved on.
Thank you to our regular participants and our on-again-off-again participants.
Thank you to our guest moderators.
Thank you, from me, from Steve, from the BYOTeam, and from everyone who has ever benefitted from or shared to #BYOTChat.
Thank you, #BYOTChat, and happy birthday!