Steven Anderson: Thinking BYOD
This week I’m thinking about BYOD resources. More and more districts are realizing the teaching and learning power of Bring Your Own Devices. With BYOD, students get the opportunity to use familiar technology, and are exposed the technology being used by their peers. While students are embracing BYOD, educators are taking a step back and thinking about the impact BYOD has on their teaching.
I recently worked with teachers on a BYOD initiative, and their first questions centered around how they were going to utilize all the different devices at the same time, how they would see what was on each screen, and how their teaching needed to change when every student had a device. These were challenging questions to answer, and we spent a great deal of time working through solutions. The teachers I worked with discovered they needed more resources.
At Edudemic there’s a solid list of sites and apps to use in the BYOD classroom. These are great because all the tools listed work on any number of devices (which is important in BYOD) and they almost all are collaborative. So, if you have students working on a PC, iPad, or Windows Phone they can all still work well together.
BYOD isn’t all about great tools or apps; it’s also about the structures in place too. At TeachThought, there’s a 9-point checklist of things to consider when embarking on the BYOD journey. Things included for consideration are looking at successful BYOD initiatives, researching policy changes, and forming informational groups. This is a great document for those starting out, but also for keeping BYOD programs on the right track.
I hope some of that helps, and will keep you thinking BYOD, too.
About the author: Steven Anderson is @Web20Classroom on Twitter. Steven has been a teacher, an instructional technology integrator, speaker/presenter, and education leader. Today, he is an education evangelist at Promethean. Steven is a regular contributor to Connect Learning Today.