Being able to create items in class is a staple of BYOT. In past years, large programs with libraries of files had to be installed on a computer. Today, we have several applications that are web-based or free to download. The addition of being able to program Lego robots , block program with Scratch, or being able to create to create an android app using the appinventor page from MIT. Programming increases basic math skills that are needed as we are pushing for students with deeper knowledge. Several sites have been developed to help teachers with setting up programming in the classroom. An example of this type of site would be Codeacademy. Here is a video on video on why we should be featuring programming from code.org.
Summer is a great time for professional development, so join us on Twitter, this Thursday at 9PM EST, and learn how teachers are implementing programming in their classrooms.
The participants of #BYOTchat on Thursday, May 16, discussed their BYOT Reflections of the 2012-2013 school year, and during the course of the chat, it became apparent that there may be some general stages of use of Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) in the classroom. Some educators have already suggested some stages of the implementation of BYOT. Sean Robinson @sr_tutor mentioned that he had been following the SAMR Model (Substitution – Augmentation – Modification – Redefinition) of technology integration developed by Ruben R. Puentedura. Joe Tita @JoeTweeta suggested the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) produced by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.
In #BYOTchat on Thursday, May 23, at 9PM EST in Twitter, we will explore possible Stages of BYOT implementation based on our experiences in the classroom and/or the models of technology integration that our own schools and districts are using. Join the discussion, and share your ideas with our BYOT learning community!
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.
When students bring their technology tools to school, the possibilities for creating new ways to show learning are magnified through multimedia! In BYOTchat this Thursday, May 2, from 9:00-10:00 EST, discuss how to incorporate multimedia applications and strategies to encourage the skills of digital age creativity and critical thinking. Anything from slideshows, video, animations, and programmed games are included under this topic. Come prepared to develop and share new ideas for multimedia in the BYOT classroom and see examples of student-generated products. The archives of chat will be a great resource for the teacher and students in a BYOT classroom!
On April 25 (9pm EST), #BYOTchat will follow what #ukedchat calls a “TeachTweet” format. I know you all have been anticipating a Jesuit educational experience… here it is!! A shared experience via video presentations created by BYOT educators and time in reflection on what we see and hear in our shared space.
But I need some videos to act as the experience! (Keep ‘em short people – no more than 4 minutes). Submit yours here. Chosen creators will be contacted by Monday, April 20th of their inclusion in the #TeachTweet so they can (hopefully) be present in the chat on Thursday.
We are our own best models!
How the evening will work… 1. Collection of videos and creators will be publicized by Tuesday, April 21 2. Links to video content will we sent out via #BYOTchat during the regular 9pm EST time 3. Let the chatting/reflecting begin!
I’ll be moderating should a little prompting be needed… which I highly doubt as seeing and hearing each other in action is bound to generate some GREAT conversation!
Questions or comments can be sent my way… Jen LaMaster Director of Faculty Development Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School @40ishoracle email@example.com
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.
For many reasons, the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative is continuing to be adopted by many schools and districts. In fact, this past weekend, Pulitzer Prize-winner and best-selling author Matt Richtel (@mrichtel) had an article about BYOT in The New York Times entitled Digitally Aided Education, Using the Students’ Own Electronic Gear. Interestingly, although we view BYOT as an instructional initiative, the article was in the business section of the paper.
Since we have had many new participants join #BYOTchat, we thought that this week we would discuss the best strategies for beginning to implement BYOT. We also have participants from a variety of experiences, so then we will explore how BYOT can be sustained within a school so that it continues to benefit teaching and learning.
Join the discussion of the Best Practices for Beginning and Sustaining BYOT in #BYOTchat in Twitter at 9:00 PM EST on Thursday, March 28, 2013!
Join the discussion of BYOT from the perspectives of high school students in #BYOTchat in Twitter at 9 PM EST on Thursday, March 21, 2013! We are excited to have high school students attend the #BYOTchat to share their experiences with Bring Your Own Technology. Read the posts from the students from Lambert High School in Georgia and Roanoke-Benson High School in Illinois below and come prepared with your questions. We also welcome additional HS students and teachers to drop in to the chat to share and learn together!
As a Lambert High School student I am constantly surrounded by the hum of laptops, the clicking of keyboards, and the vibration of cell phones. Any other student in any other county would be amazed by the amount of technology that surrounds me every day. So many people have tried to build a wall between education and technology, but Forsyth County has taken giant leaps forward in embracing technology. First, look at ANGEL Learning System. Every teacher in the county uses this amazing system to its fullest extent. Secondly, how many schools allow a student keep a cell phone on their person at all times? Now, I know the moment you read that, you had a little freak-out. It’s understandable. Teenagers always having their phones? What are they thinking? What they’re thinking is that we are going to college where professors don’t care if you have your cell phone out or even if you show up for class. I felt very well prepared for the responsibilities that I was given, and teachers are always willing to share ideas about how to improve upon your habits. So far in my education, teachers have been really supportive of technology use. Any time that I wanted to use a new thing they had never seen before, they not only allowed me to, but also were also involved in the project so that they could see if they wanted to use it later. I absolutely love the support I get from my teachers and the new things that BYOT allow me to do. I truly cannot imagine school without my laptop and phone.
Emerson Buck (@ibuckus) – Lambert High School – Georgia
I use BYOT at school on my laptop and phone for most schoolwork. I have even seen many activities in the class setting that utilize common BYOT type applications, such as Evernote. Evernote is a great program for group projects because everyone posts their own information to one account. They can then send the portfolio they have built to the teacher. I also believe that a program called WebAssign is a great way to use technology and teach students. It usually is used in science courses, but I think it would be helpful if implemented into the other courses, such as Calculus. WebAssign gives the student problems or questions based on the Unit they are currently on and the student is given a grade based on their accuracy. It’s basically a less stressful quiz, which also allows the student to think out the problems better. Another method of BYOT I have seen that has been successful is QR code scavenger hunts. Teachers make the scannable codes have questions in them. The students then answer the questions and have to search for the next code. The teacher can make one of these easily. All they need to do is search QR code hunt maker and then type in the information. Another popular program is Prezi. Prezi is basically a powerpoint that the student can be way more creative with. A Prezi is always more exciting to watch than a powerpoint.
I think that teachers and instructors could use more BYOT easily. I have noticed that I do much better in the classes that have a teacher that informs us about the review websites that we can use for extra help. Websites include studyspanish.com for spanish and khanacademy.comfor chemistry, calculus, and much more. Giving the links to these websites is actually a huge help for most students.
Woo Kwon – Lambert High School – Georgia
I use my laptop or Smartphone usually to browse for information about what the teacher is talking about in class, or some complicated word that I have no idea what it means. BYOT policy in our school lets me study and answer my own question so that both my time and class’s time is saved. Also, I use them to work on certain assignments during or for a class. Since there are so many ways I can present my ideas or thoughts to my classmates, I feel so powerful designing or polishing my presentation that might spark interest in my fellow students’ minds. Having the opportunity and the responsibility to use my technologies during school gives me so many options to bring new knowledge into myself and also share it with the whole school.
Cameron Anderson (@tiedyegeek) – Roanoke-Benson High School – Illinois
BYOT is supported in my school, but not excessively pushed. Some students, like myself, carry their devices on them at all times and use them all the time for homework and notes, but the majority of students don’t use these devices for more than writing what homework we have for today. The only teacher I have that pushes the use of BYOT is Mr. Steve Hayes. He is my band teacher and used a Study Bluefor us to use in preparation for our final exam.
Every day at school, I have my MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. Some people may think this is excessive, but I use them each for their own purpose. I take hand written notes on my iPad using Penultimate. I usually have some paper I should be writing, and I do that on my MacBook with Pages. I like using iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) because I store all my documents on iCloud and they sync between my devices. So if I want to make a correction to my paper from another device, I can easily do so.
Some classes implement technology very well, but it is not BYOT. Calculus is half taught via Khan Academy, and we use Accelerated Math worksheets/tests to have variable paced learning. The way Accelerated Math works is that the teacher inputs the types of problems he wants us to learn for the next test. Depending on how well we do on the worksheets, the computer will decide what to give us for the next day. We enter the answers to our worksheets into a remote and then our grade is immediately printed out. We know what we need to work on immediately, rather than having to wait a week for it to be graded. My astronomy class uses computer based labs most the time, allowing us to see interactive drawings rather than black and white printouts.
Overall, my school uses technology really well, but the teachers don’t know how to embrace it.
Samantha Hayes (@Hayes_Sam) – Roanoke-Benson High School – Illinois
At Roanoke-Benson High School, I am allowed to use my technology devices during school. I use Evernote on my Ipad to record classes so I can review the lectures later on. Note-taking has been easier because I can simply type my notes. Often, I will use the camera on my iPad to take pictures of teacher’s notes.
Social networking is not blocked at our school and can be accessed at anytime. This is important for us to be able to work with other students. Teachers need to learn to relax and trust us.
With the opportunity of being BYOT, it will make it less of a shock in college and allow me to manage time better. I am always surprised to hear how restricted some schools are. There are have so many opportunities to use electronics in education and they get wasted away. Schools have to move with the times or else they will get left behind and become outdated.
What does Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) look like in the elementary grades? On Thursday, January 24, 2013, BYOTchat is going to get a snapshot of BYOT from an elementary school in Georgia from Forsyth County Schools. In fact, the district is in its fifth year of the FCS BYOT Initiative, and BYOT is now being implemented at all 36 of its schools!
This chat will occur in two parts! First, we will have a live video stream in the morning from Shiloh Point Elementary School at approximately 9:20-10:00 AM EST. That video stream will be broadcast via ustream at this channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/byotnetwork. During that time, you can tweet your questions about BYOT to a panel of administrators, teachers, and students from the school. If you are unable to watch the live stream, you can view it any time throughout the day. By the way, many of the teachers of Shiloh Point Elementary School are regular #byotchat participants, and their Instructional Technology Specialist, Alena Zink (@ZinkEd_u), provides leadership and resources for BYOT at the school. She will also be a member of that panel.
The second part of the chat will occur during our regular BYOTchat time later that evening (of 1/24/13) at 9:00 PM EST in Twitter using the #byotchat hashtag. If you’ve never been in a Twitter chat before, it would be awesome if you could join us! Simply search for #byotchat in a column-friendly twitter app like Tweetdeck or go to tweetchat.com and type in the hashtag you want to follow. During that chat, we will discuss what we learned from Shiloh Point Elementary and share our ideas and experiences about implementing BYOT, especially at the elementary school level.
The principal, teachers, and students of Shiloh Point Elementary also hosted a BYOT Tour for 120 attendees on September 28, 2012! BYOTchat regular, Jenny Grabiec (@techgirljenny), from Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools in North Carolina visited the school on that day and produced this video of the event, which also included Piney Grove Middle School and Lambert High School:
This is a new way for us to moderate the chat, and we hope to follow it up at a later date with middle school and high school participants!