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. 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. The overall goal of any BYOD initiative should be to support and enhance student learning.

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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.


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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

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. Even though the cost of mobile devices has gone down, considerable purchasing challenges persist. Regardless of your position, think about reaching out to your family and friends to acquire mobile devices before they are ready to upgrade. For more mobile learning resources check out this Pinterest board.

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


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.

Activators and Summarizers with Mobile Devices

Kathy Schrock

Since many classrooms now have at least part time access to 1:1 mobile devices, whether on a cart, a BYOD environment, or a true 1:1 program, I thought I would showcase how some of these can easily be used with mobile devices. Written in 1993, the structures are sound and can easily be adapted for use with mobile devices. How can students use mobile devices for these activities? To move this structure to the mobile device, first introduce the topic.

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


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? The free assessments include Google Docs assessments to copy and digital rubrics to download. These assessments might be used to engage learners in discussion before an inquiry. 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.


Getting to Know Celly

A Principal's Reflections

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 As we continue to move further to enhance our Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative at New Milford High School we are continuing to look for cost-effective resources to support this endeavor.

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. BYOD BYOT educational leadership educational technology mobile learning devices

Good Apps vs Very Good Apps

Education with Technology

Good mobile learning practice apps facilitate and transform learning. Mobile learning activities can increase students’ time on task. In doing a mobile learning app, the students concentrate each second as they do the activity. Mobile learning can offer differentiation. A good mobile learning app can differentiate. A mobile learning practice app can provide realistic and contextual learning. What does your mobile app do?

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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. Access to mobile devices that connect learners and educators to the vast resources of the Internet and facilitate communication and collaboration. Replace standard outlets with multi-functional USB combos – When assessing power needs through an audit, count the number of outlets in classrooms, hallways, and common spaces. Times are a changing in case you haven’t noticed.

Working out the Worksheet

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Now that the digital revolution is in full swing, I am trying to devise means for moving to a paperless and digital classroom while facing the following challenges: Availability of technology: there is a reason why I''m focused on BYOD with this blog; I do not teach in a 1:1 district. 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.

5 Reasons Students Want Technology in the Classroom

Gaggle Speaks

Implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD ) policy that allows students to use mobile devices for lessons and collaborative group work. Blended Learning Ebook: Integrating Multiple Technologies for Customized Instruction and Assessment. Access Now>> Mobile Learning Safe Learning ManagementPosted on August 24, 2015 by Jessica Sanders. Conversations about technology in education always seem to be focused on the reasons why students need this or that technology.

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6 Easy ways to make e-learning fun


There are of some things that everyone needs to know, teachers especially, in order to upgrade your e-learning: Mobilize your learning It would be an understatement to say that mobile devices are everywhere. There are lots of collaboration apps available on major app stores and existing mobile devices can start replacing cumbersome and often heavy resources such as textbooks and visual aids. And it’s not just students who can BYOD, but teachers as well.

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Answer Pad

Technology Tidbits

It is browser based for teachers, and works on any device (BYOD), browser or on free apps for iOS or Android for students. Live Monitor - watch live as students work through an assessment More resources Overview presentation Interactive step by step guide I highly recommend checking out Answer Pad by clicking here !!!! assessment differentiated instruction mobile learning student response system


Answer Pad

Technology Tidbits

It is browser based for teachers, and works on any device (BYOD), browser or on free apps for iOS or Android for students. Live Monitor - watch live as students work through an assessment More resources Overview presentation Interactive step by step guide I highly recommend checking out Answer Pad by clicking here !!!! assessment differentiate instruction mobile learning student response system


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.


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


Ask questions that assess how a leader integrates and dictates technology into his/her projects and to those he/she leads. In addition, taking polls or mini quizzes using mobile devices before or after a lesson is a good way to assess student knowledge and retention rates. . This parallels robust and well designed infrastructure – make sure learning spaces are able to handle the introduction of mobile devices.

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May this Gobstopper (Now Called Curriculet) be Ever Lasting!

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

While I''ve written quite a bit about assessing writing (ad nauseum) via digital means, reading instruction and assessment have remained a primarily paper-based enterprise in my class. While students can create projects, take quizzes, write responses digitally via BYOD and 1:1 using Google forms and docs, I''ve been missing a digital method for close reading of texts in my bag of instructional tricks. Gobstopper is MOBILE!

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. From frameworks to assessments and more, you will find a lot of great content here. Many of our teachers were trained knowing they would gradually ease into BYOD.

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How teachers address cell phones in class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Protocols for these mobile devices have little in common today with how they were addressed a decade ago. Because mobile devices are faster, it satisfies student curiosity and builds their passion to be lifelong learners. Mobile phones can do pretty much everything a computer can via apps and Internet access. Schools with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs find a noticeable percentage of students bring mobile phones as their device.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


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.” Given that many children were acquiring iPads for personal use, some schools adopted a Bring Your Own Device ( BYOD) Policy. “More tech-based monitoring and assessment tools will be incorporated into to the instructional mix.”

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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. Our motto is pedagogy first, technology second if appropriate when integrating mobile learning devices. The assessment and feedback pieces are also critical.

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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.


The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment

TeachThought - Learn better.

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 The Changing Role Of The Teacher In Personalized Learning Environment. by Amy Moynihan , Ph.D.

How to (Not) Fill a Blank White Page

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Self evaluation and reflection is also an important piece of the assessment process. While we have computer labs, media centers, and now a solid wi-fi infrastructure for BYOD in my district, we are not as far along with integrating technology on a daily basis in the classroom as compared to a 1:1 district. We have 6 computer and mobile labs for 2000+ students right now and students'' home access is inconsistent. Working with Ms.


The 3 Things Digital Classrooms Really Need

The Web20Classroom

With 1:1 and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs taking hold across the country (and the world) students have access to just about all known knowledge at their fingertips. Understanding How Learning Works (Or Doesn't) -With the proliferation of tablets, mobile devices and laptops, students can be more connected to their learning than ever before. Formative assessments were a large part of my classroom. Embracing formative assessments helped me do that.

Transforming the classroom with augmented learning


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.

15 Tools for Self Paced Learning

Technology Tidbits

Finally, Self-paced learning is becoming more and more prevalent in schools w/ the integration of BYOD (bring your own device) or mobile learning. Also, Education Galaxy is great for assessing student's needs and to help integrate Self Paced Learning.

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

eSchool News

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. The base has a universal device slot that fits almost any iOS device, including iPad Pro 12.9”, making it convenient for BYOD classrooms. Teachers can also map learning objectives to assessments and activities to ensure lessons are focused.


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.