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The Drivers of a Successful BYOD Initiative

A Principal's Reflections

As devices have become more affordable over the years, parents have bestowed a variety of mobile technologies upon their children. The potential is there for schools and educators to empower students to take more ownership of their learning. This has resulted in a growing trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives being adopted. However, many schools and districts that have adopted BYOD have done so without proper planning and support.

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Asking the Right Questions About Mobile Learning

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been engaged in a great amount of work either assisting districts and schools as they begin to implement mobile learning ( 1:1, BYOD ) or helping them get their programs on track. The success of mobile learning relies on proper planning, reflection, and evaluation to improve. Below are some questions to help you ascertain where you are, but more importantly, where you want to be with either 1:1 or BYOD. What will be done to educate parents?

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Implementing Mobile Devices With a Focus on Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Mobile learning provides enhanced collaboration among learners, access to information, and a deeper contextualization of learning. Hypothetically, effective mobile learning can empower learners by enabling them to better assess and select relevant information, redefine their goals, and reconsider their understanding of concepts within a shifting and growing frame of reference (the information context).” — Marguerite L. Academic achievement in BYOD classrooms.

A Practical Way to Increase Access to Mobile Technology Regardless of Age

A Principal's Reflections

With a pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate, approach to instructional design, educators can begin to support and enhance lessons with an array of tools. Sites like Common Sense Education and edshelf make it easy to find the right alignment to the right instructional strategy. However, if a well-designed assessment is in place, then the natural course of action is to allow learners to select the best tool for the task.

Assessing the evidence for edtech

Ed Tech Now

The widespread criticisms of the recent LSE and OECD reports are poorly founded and do nothing but undermine the argument for serious edtech Continue reading → Academic research BYOD edtech education technology Louis-Philippe Beland LSE mobile phones in schools PISA Richard Murphy

Mobile learning: The good and the bad

Neo LMS

Everywhere we go, here and there, people always seem to have a mobile device in their hands, be it a smartphone or a tablet. It’s almost a sin not to own a mobile device. Our mobile devices are online 24/7. Mobile learning of course. Mobile learning is now a movement and it’s not just about picking up a tablet and off you go. Mobile learning is about transforming how everyone can access shared knowledge and resources.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. Using everyday digital content, the COR paper and online assessments directly connect to the questions posed in SHEG’s study and engage learners in credibility decision-making around three COR Competencies: Who’s behind the information? Beyond the Bubble History Assessments.

Video communication apps and mobile learning

Nik Peachey

One of the great things about mobile devices such as tablets, iPads and phones is that most modern devices have good quality cameras and microphones built in. Mailvu also provides mobile apps for iOS, Android an Blackberry. This kind of cross platform compatibility is really important if you are working in a BYOD environment where students could be coming to class with a wide range of devices. Keek for video journals Keek mixes web with mobile in the form of video journals.

Leaders Rank Mobile Learning the Top School Tech Priority for 2017

Leadership Lounge

For the first time, mobile learning is ranked the top priority by school IT leaders, according to findings released by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in its 2017 K-12 Leadership Survey Report. Mobile learning is defined as the idea of 24/7 access, according to Paula Maylahn of Paula Maylahn Consulting and author of the survey. “Mobile learning doesn’t always mean 1:1, but we are seeing schools move away from the computer lab,” she said.

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Getting to Know Celly

A Principal's Reflections

tool is particularly interesting for educators because it allows for communication with students and parents via text messaging. I am a huge fan of using mobile learning devices (i.e. student cell phones) in class as part of an anticipatory set, to review prior learning, to check for understanding and/or assess, or as a form of closure. BYOD BYOT Celly educational technology mobile learning

Power Up Your Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

Over the years we have seen more embracement of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and 1:1 device rollouts. The USDOE’s Office of Educational Technology places emphasis on students and educators having access to a robust and comprehensive infrastructure when and where they need it for learning. Access to mobile devices that connect learners and educators to the vast resources of the Internet and facilitate communication and collaboration.

The Seeds of Innovation

A Principal's Reflections

Then, I met with two other math teachers who showed me how they use smartphones to increase class participation and to assess their students learning. Asking their students to answer questions consistently during class affords the teacher the opportunity to receive real-time feedback and to formatively assess if their students understand the concepts being covered in class. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Queens College, CUNY.

Working out the Worksheet

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

With two weeks until school is back in session and in preparing for my presentation on Edmodo for the upcoming TeachMeetNJ unconference , I''ve been reflecting on past practices and thinking about how I structure the educational process in my class. Practical & free BYOD resources are a must. And how many of these tools can be used with BYOD? Delivery is easy, but assessment via BYOD is more problematic. How can resources be adapted to BYOD?

10 Experts’ Predictions for Education and Technology in 2016

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But that hasn’t stopped us from asking a number of experts in education and technology to gaze into their crystal balls and share their thoughts on one major EdTech trend we can expect to see lighting up learning and one major challenge that education will face in 2016. With an increased presence of BYOD and 1:1 programs in classrooms, schools today are faced with the challenge of transforming traditional learning spaces to seamlessly connect pedagogy, technology, and space.

6 Easy ways to make e-learning fun

Neo LMS

You know like, not expanding the already-existing e-learning concepts and techniques instructors and educators already know. It can be boring if educators just, for example, don't maximize the features of the LMS they’re using such as integration to cloud storage services, or use collaboration tools to increase engagement from students. Mobile devices also have WiFi which makes for an on-demand access to school resources.

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5 Reasons Students Want Technology in the Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

Conversations about technology in education always seem to be focused on the reasons why students need this or that technology. Implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD ) policy that allows students to use mobile devices for lessons and collaborative group work. Ask yourself why students want technology in the classroom, rather than why they need it, to discover exactly why technology holds such an important spot in educating students today.

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Devices Need to Support Learning

A Principal's Reflections

It really puts into perspective why we make many of the decisions that we do at New Milford High School as to why we decided to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and don''t mandate the use of one specific tool to support learning. When it comes to educational technology I often get the feeling that the learning is often secondary. Our motto is pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate when integrating mobile learning devices.

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4 wireless network goals for schools

eSchool News

Although wireless access technology has been in schools for several years, earlier-generation solutions have not been robust enough to keep pace with growing mobility requirements. Today’s more advanced managed Wi-Fi technologies now provide the functionality, scalability and bandwidth to support an ambitious set of classroom mobility requirements. This trend has influenced schools around the world to consider BYOD as a way to leverage technology for enhanced teaching and learning.

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6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at OECD, warns that this analysis “should not be used as an ‘excuse’ not to use technology, but as a spur to finding a more effective approach”. Gary Spracklen and his colleagues at IPACA stand by the effectivity of technology in learning and in response have created the Educational Digital Maturity Index (EDMI) –a 6-prong guide to achieve a great technologically-integrated learning environment.

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How teachers address cell phones in class

Ask a Tech Teacher

I teach online grad school classes in how to integrate tech into education. Protocols for these mobile devices have little in common today with how they were addressed a decade ago. In 2009, a National Center for Education Statistics survey showed that about 90% of schools prohibited cell phones during school hours. Because mobile devices are faster, it satisfies student curiosity and builds their passion to be lifelong learners. I hope you can educate me!

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What Education Technology Could Look Like Over the Next Five Years

MindShift

In a fast-moving field like education technology, it’s worth taking a moment to take stock of new developments, persistent trends and the challenges to effective tech implementation in real classrooms. The NMC Horizon 2015 K-12 report offers a snapshot of where ed tech stands now and where it is likely to go in the next five years, according to 56 education and technology experts from 22 countries.

Smartphone Learning

IT Bill

For the past several years the Horizon Report has listed mobile learning, in one form or another, as an emerging educational technology (e.g. mobile computing, mobile apps, social media, BYOD, mobile learning). Mobile technologies have changed over the years: from the early PDAs, Blackberrys and feature phones with texting capability and cameras, to tablets and eReaders to the ubiquitous smartphones of today. affordances of mobile Web 2.0.

Encouraging Authenticity In Learning

The Web20Classroom

Either 1:1 or BYOD or some combination of both is giving students the opportunity to discover learning or create new information in a variety of ways. But through a pilot program we discovered that the focus of our professional development around BYOD needed to not be on technology. Now, there are so many ways educators are making the shift, improving their pedagogy and providing innovative ways for students to engage in learning.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017

Securly

In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. Will more schools embrace student-centric mobile devices? “There will be more momentum for mobile devices in classrooms with an eye toward affordable alternatives to traditional 1:1 rollouts.” Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010.

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Top 11 Apps and Websites for Student Portfolios

Graphite Blog

Portfolios are a time-tested and teacher-trusted method for assessing student learning. These tools also give teachers the ability to create assignments, easily browse student work, add comments, and remotely assess from their mobile device or desktop. For classrooms specifically with BYOD or 1-to-1 initiatives in place, Evernote can fill many needs -- from a simple notebook or assignment tracker to an all-encompassing digital timeline of students' work.

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The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

TeachThought - Learn better.

Candidatein Higher Education at The University of Virginia, Curry School of Education. Our recent study found that 81% of college students use mobile devices (such as smartphones and tablets) to study, the second most popular device category behind laptops and up 40 percent in usage since 2013. Further, research validates the use of mobile technology in education. The use of technological innovations such as cloud computing, mobile learning, bring?your?own?device

15 Tools for Self Paced Learning

Technology Tidbits

This type of instruction is becoming increasingly popular as the education world shifts from the classroom to the internet ( Wikipedia )." Self-paced learning is an excellent way for students or educators to learn material at their own pace.

Transforming the classroom with augmented learning

Neo LMS

In essence AR amplifies the user’s senses and unlocks yet another layer of digital information all with the power of mobile devices. Here is a possible scenario in augmented classroom learning: Location-enhanced learning - teachers can construct assessments which require location-based answers. Using the app, student can create interactive learning content using their mobile devices and share it to anyone.

How to (Not) Fill a Blank White Page

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Additional participants could be found via networking on Twitter with other educators-- just pop into a #flipclass chat on Monday nights-- or via posting a request to one of the communities on Edmodo. Self evaluation and reflection is also an important piece of the assessment process. We have 6 computer and mobile labs for 2000+ students right now and students'' home access is inconsistent. Working with Ms.

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Top 15 Sites and Apps for Flipped Learning

Technology Tidbits

With Mobile Learning and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) becoming more mainstream, "Flipped Classroom" models are happening more and more, leading me to create my list of favorite tools for "flipping a classroom". Top 15 Sites and Apps for a Flipped Learning Answer Pad - The ultimate assessment tool for teachers to use w/ their mobile devices or browser to gauge student's learning. Also, they have an excellent free mobile app for kids, Khan Academy Kids.

#7: More than 40 new things we saw at ISTE 2018

eSchool News

It was nearly impossible to see and attend everything the conference had to offer, and many educators who couldn’t attend followed keynotes with the #ISTE18 hashtag (they also threw in a #NotAtISTE tag for good measure). Mobile, free, and device-agnostic apps captured the attention of a number of ISTE attendees, who packed into a crowded room for an “app smackdown” in which five presenters shared 2-minute run-downs of their favorite classroom apps.

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Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

edWeb.net

A key element in any remote or hybrid scenario is equitable access to technology, and Dr. Domenech cited an estimate that as many as 14 million students still don’t have the equipment they need to receive an equitable education in areas where schools may be closed. By Robert Low.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Purpose: Improving our chance for a common language in discussing existing and emerging learning trends, model, and technology in hopes of innovation in classrooms, and collectively, education at large. Audience: K-12 & higher ed educators, researchers, institutions, and organizations globally. ” BYOD programs allow students to use their own technology (usually smartphone or tablet) in a classroom. Google Apps for Education. Mobile Learning.

Learning Revolution - Education Films - Why Hitting 50K G+ Comunity Members Is Sad - New Public Calendars - Occupy Your Brain

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

These events bring together educators, learners, leaders, and others to rethink and reinvent education. Updates Partner Spotlight Partner Announcements Calendar of Events Deadlines Highlighted Recordings Conversations Submit a Video or Quote Updates Educational Films Compilation. We''re collecting what we''re hoping will be an all-inclusive list of films about education, some of which we''re going to show at our Deep Dive event at Black Mountain in May.

Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The 2011 Global Education Conference is also fast approaching: November 14 - 18. In it''s second year, this amazing five-day, 24-hour-a-day event helps educators and students connect with each other and with global education programs all over the world. EVENTS This Thursday, as part of the Future of Education interview series , my guest will be Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation. This includes video games, mobile games and the like.