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BYOD: ELA BYOD: ELA Presentation Transcript

  • Rigor and Relevance: Preparing for Readiness
  • Upgrading Curriculum
  • Montgomery, K. (2010). Mobile phones for learning [Web log message]. Retrieved from
  • What got my gears turning
  • Students
    and their
    Device Stats
    Pew Internet and American Life Project
    Speak Up: We Want BYOD
  • My big sister took my advice…
    Lesson details
    That was actually one of the best days I have ever had as a teacher!
    All of the 7th grade teachers gave the same assessment. All of my kids got As…and well, all of their kids did not. You were right. It worked!
  • BISD Student HandbookElectronic Communication Devices (AUP)
    Students may utilize electronic communication devices at school and at school activities. Students may utilize their devices in the classroom when the teacher deems appropriate for educational purposes.
    These devices include but are not to be limited to the following: cell phones, smart phones, iPhones, iPods and mp3 players.
    The district encourages students and staff to use electronic communication devices for educational purposes during the school day.
    BISD Secondary Handbook, p. 30
    BISD Elementary Handbook, p. 26
  • Design for Success: Pre-Planning
    Poll students to find out what types of devices/text and data plans are present in the classroom
    Design to work with what you’ve got
    Plan to be flexible: this is never a 100% predictable environment
    Consider permission slips
  • Design for Success: Classroom Management
    Release the need to be 100% in control
    Hands-on learning = Hands-on management
    Positive Effects:
    Brings devices out of hiding
    Puts devices to use of teacher’s design
    Student buy-in and appreciation
  • Grouping Strategies
    One-device classroom
    Informal device sharing
    Collaborative grouping with role of mobile gatekeeper
    Appoint jobs (Fact finders, Word searchers, Communicators, etc.)
  • Visit the BYOD Blog for More
  • Lesson Redesign Requires Decision-making
    As each teacher evaluates a lesson for 21st Century redesign, he will have to ask questions and make decisions.
    • What is the objective for this lesson?
    • What deep learning needs to result from this learning opportunity?
    • Where should a 21st century tool or skill be inserted within the lesson cycle?
    • Delivery / Investigation
    • Student Practice
    • Student Demonstration of Mastery?
    • Where will a substitution make the learning richer and more meaningful for students?
    Start with
  • ELA Readiness StandardInference and Textual EvidenceAll Grade Levels
    (Figure 19) Reading/Comprehension Skills. Students use a flexible range of metacognitive reading skills in both assigned and independent reading to understand an author’s message. The student is expected to:
    (B) make complex inferences about text and use textual evidence to support understanding. Readiness Standard (Fiction) / Supporting Standard (Literary Nonfiction, Poetry, Drama)
  • BYOD + Standard = Rigor
    Scenario One: Classroom with multiple Smart Phones
    Premise: Students have read a passage and are given 3 Open-Ended response questions
    GoogleDoc Collaboration: Passage loaded into Google Docs.
    Students in groups. Each group types their answer (inference) in a sentence.
    Then each group highlights the textual evidence they would use in a different color.
    Now groups trade and write out full responses to another group’s inference using the highlighted evidence.
    Class works together to view, analyze and revise the responses written by each group
    Google Doc containing all of this work will remain available to students for further extension.
    Teacher can have Google Doc up on projector throughout activity to see the live action taking place.
  • BYOD + Standard = Rigor
    Scenario Two: Several cell phones with unlimited texting
    Premise: Class working to compose a high-quality response to Open-Ended Question
    Create Wiffiti page –
    Round 1: Text your inference or answer to the question
    Round 2: Text one quote you could use to support that inference
    Round 3: Switch to transcript view to see all texts and begin to collaboratively compose the response
    Cell phones as learning tools? Text your opinions here.
    Also check out
  • BYOD: ELA Exchange
    What ideas do you have for capitalizing on BYOD in the next few weeks?
    Send a video, picture and/or or text e-mail response to:
  • Let’s Try It!Subject line = Blog HeadlineBody = Blog Post
    Option One: Video
    Record video
    Choose to e-mail it
    Option Two: Text and Image
    Take a picture or search for a picture and save it
    Choose to e-mail it
    Add text to the body of the e-mail
    Option Three: Text only
    Send a basic e-mail
  • BYOD Task Force – May 2011
    E-mail if you are interested in joining to: research, try out, assess and continuously improve the implementation of student-owned devices as learning tools in BISD classrooms.
    You may also await more information that will come to you in the next weeks from your principal and/or ITS.