Five years ago, Clayton Christensen’s Disrupting Class (2008) predicted that by 2019 50% of high school courses will be delivered online in various forms. Today, the Claton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation believes that 90% of that online learning will be in the form of blended learning. Blended Learning is defined as a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home (Horn & Staker, 2012). With many tools having synchronous and asynchronous attributes, learning exploration continues in multiple environments, including outside of the school building.
On Thursday, June 13 at 9 PM EDT, #BYOTchat will discuss blended learning.
The importance of blended learning
The advantages and disadvantages of blended learning
How to start a blended learning program
Different models of blended learning
How to efficiently manage both classroom teaching and blended learning
Over the past sixteen months that #BYOTchat has been in existence, one the coolest things that has happened is that the chat has evolved to more education-centric than tool-centric. This week, we open our umbrellas even further and encourage all educators to join us to discuss developing your personal branding as an educator.
What is personal branding?
Do teachers need to be concerned about their brand?
What is the difference between brand and reputation?
What does your brand stand for?
Steps to take in establishing your personal brand.
Please join us on Thursday, May 9 at 9 pm EDT to discuss personal branding among educators.
A person doesn’t have to search long to find plenty of opinions regarding 1:1 and BYOT classrooms. There are many educators firmly lodged in both camps, with no intentions of ever stepping foot into the other side. But, in the end, the true goal of both strategies is to create an ubiquitous learning environment – an environment where students are able to be engaged learners at any time, at any place.
Please join us on Thursday, April 18 at 9pm EDT, as #BYOTchat will discuss 1:1 computing in comparison to BYOT. The pros and cons of each approach will be explored along with the compatibility of the two initiatives.
How we use technology outside of school has a huge impact on how we use technology inside the classroom. There has been a lot of discussion on the adoption / integration of technology into the classroom, but very little discussion on how we as educators use technology outside of the classroom.
Jon Bergmann @jonbergmann (http://flipped-learning.com/) is an excellent example of an educator who uses technology outside the classroom. Here is a video of Jon explaining Boyle’s Law while bicycling up Mt. Evans – the highest paved road in North America! This video demonstrates how a very engaging educator uses technology outside the classroom for the betterment of his students.
How do you use technology in your life?
On Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 9 pm EDT, #BYOTchat will discuss BYOT outside the classroom.
#BYOTchat is thrilled and honored to announce that award-winning educator, author, and internationally known speaker Tony Vincent will be #BYOTchat’s guest moderator on Thursday, February 28. The topic will be Project-Based Learning. To learn more about Tony and amazing things that he is doing check out his website – Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent
#BYOTchat is excited to welcome Instructional Technology Specialist Jenny Grabiec (@techgirljenny) as guest moderator to lead a discussion on misconceptions of BYOT.
“Misconceptions about BYOT” by Jenny Grabiec
With any BYOT initiative in K-12 education, there are advocates and there are those that think it’s a ‘terrible, horrible, no good very bad idea.’
I often read articles in online newspapers about schools who have initiated BYOT programs for staff members and students at K-12 public schools. The comments at the end of these articles include a barrage of misconceptions about BYOT and many of these posts come from misinformed parents. Many simply do not understand the importance and the need for allowing teachers and students to use their own devices within an educational environment. Many of the questions/comments are as follows:
#BYOTchat will celebrate its first year anniversary on Thursday, January 31 by recapping lessons learned about BYOT. We want you to share your BYOT successes and failures, what you have leaned, and what you want to learn.
#BYOTchat is in a constant state of beta – always changing, always trying to improve. We want your feedback! Tell us what topics workd and didnt work, tell us what information you need. Tell us how we can improve #BYOTchat.
Join us on Twitter at 9 pm EST on Thursday, January 31.
Thank you, for being a valuable member of the #BYOTchat PLN!