Mindra Wise Technology FacilitatorWest Mecklenburg High School
BYOT Goals What are your expectations from BYOT? Foster Creativity Engage Students Improve Access Integrate Technology Promote Higher-Level Thinking Encourage Collaboration Raise Student Achievement
Survey Students What Gadgets Do the Students Have? iPods, iPhones, iPad have many uses, but don’t run Flash Nintendo DSi connects to the internet, Nintendo DS does not Tablets, Smart Phones Laptops, Netbooks, eReaders
Communicate with Parents Do you have the support of your parents? Is your school community receptive to sending technology to school? Send home BYOT procedures and documents for parental permission Host an information session with parents Make sure parents understand that the students are responsible for the devices – Not the School!
Classroom Strategies How will you take care of the technology? Develop rules and procedures for how the devices will be used in the classroom Is it alright is students use each other’s gadgets? How will student know when it is time to “power down” their devices? Always lock the classroom when leaving devices inside
Practice Day Be sure to have students bring devices and test the connectivity and the functionality of apps and other programs before the actual lesson Have students explore the possibilities of their gadgets
Transforming Instruction Literacy Tasks – First, you may have to focus on the digital literacy level of your students while they learn the technology Adapting Tasks – Next, you might be just adapting what you are already doing in your class to incorporate student technology Transforming Tasks – Move to developing high-level, challenging activities that would be impossible without the use of technology!
Turn up the H.E.A.T.Higher-Order ThinkingEngagementAuthenticityTechnology Uses
Final Thoughts It’s all about the pedagogy, not the technology.Technology should always be at the service of pedagogy.The power of integrating technology into the classroom is the power it has to redefine the relationships in the classroom and reorient them toward a more student-centered approach to learning.