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.

Making with BYOT

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.

The Paperless Classroom with Special Guest Nicholas Provenzano

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 ( 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.

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Best Practices of BYOT in Elementary School Through Higher Education

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.

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Higher Education

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.

Share what you learned at ISTE2014

Educational Twitter chats are all about sharing, and this week we invite you to share with us what you learned at ISTE2014.  If you didn’t get the opportunity to attend, join us anyway and learn from those who attended.

A special invite to all my colleagues who participated in #noatiste14 on Twitter.  Please join us and share with us what you learned by following #ISTE2014 and #notatiste14.

Join #BYOTchat at 9PM ET on Thursday, July 10 for our #ISTE2014 / #notatiste14 sharefest!

Happy 4th of July!

#BYOTchat will taking a mini vacation this week.  Our next chat will be on Thursday, July 10.  We have some terrific chats lined up.

  • Nicholas Provenzano @thenerdyteacher will join us on Thursday, July 24 to discuss the paperless classroom.
  • Tricia Fuglestad @fuglefun will join us on Thursday, August 7th to discuss putting #STEAM into #STEM
  • Daniel Pink @DanielPink will join us to discuss his book “A Whole New Mind” [Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future]

As always, please continue to use #BYOTchat to share information, ask/answer questions, and to make connections. Thank you for making #BYOTchat an engaging learning experience!

Tips & Tricks on How to Give a Great Presentation to a Connected Audience

small__10318257005This week, #BYOTchat will discuss presentations. Regardless if it’s a student giving a presentation in front of a class, or professional speaker giving presentations at a conference, the art of giving a great presentation has dramatically changed within the last 10 years.


  • What makes or break a presentation?
  • How do you (or your students) prepare for giving a presentation?
  • How can a presenter (classroom or conference) use mobile technology to connect with their audience?
  • What are your presentation tips and tricks?
  • Presentation tool smack-down – What tools to use?

Please join the #BYOTchat PLN at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, June 26 to share with us your tips and tricks in giving great presentations.

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Make it Real: Creating Relevant Lessons

“When will I need to know this in real life?”

Teachers have been asked that question for generations Recently, addressing relevance in education has become more often debated topic. How do our schools prepare students for jobs, that have yet to be created, and keep their curriculum relevant? Can schools become overly concerned about making education relevant? How can teachers make their lessons more relevant?

Join #BYOTchat at 9:00 PM ET on Thursday, June 19 to discuss “Make it Real: Creating Relevant Lessons.”