BYOT Support for Teachers

B.Y.O.T. Resources for Teachers

1. Bringing iPods and iPads into the classroom is a great way to give students access to learning tools. However, there are so many things to keep in mind to make the devices work smoothly in the classroom. Check out Dos and Don”ts to make your integration smooth and effective. Also, check out the Forsyth County BYOT page with many great resources.

In addition, I encourage teachers who are implementing BYOT in their classrooms to participate in weekly #BYOTchats on Twitter. The chat takes place every Thursday at 9 :00 PM. Here is the #BYOTchat site with chat archives and other resources to explore.

  Examples of Individual Activities:

  • Student created podcasts/videos
  • Student publishing
  • Journaling/writing
  • Investigations, mapping skills with Google Earth
  • OR Codes integration
  • Collecting/Monitoring Data with Edmodo polls or Socrative
  • Graphing
  • Audiobooks, Storia by Scholastic, Storyline, podcasts
  • Content-specific reinforcement activities
  • Enrichment with edu-games
  • Virtual Field Trips, Tours, NASA app
  • Webquests
  • Personal Information Manager; keeping a personal calendar
  • “Visualizing” rules of BYOT: students interpret them in a creative way and share it in a wiki
  • Sight/Vocabulary Words practice with different apps
Examples of Paired Activities (in conjunction with others):

  • Shared whiteboard space
  • Paired tutorial games
  • Oral fluency practice
Examples of Small-Groups Activities (in conjunction with others):
  • Student-created tutorials (Show Me, Educreations, etc.)
  • Collaborative writing and editing 
  • Downloaded books for students to read and share
 Classroom Management:
  • QR codes for easy/fast website access
Examples of Whole-Group Activities(in conjunction with others:

  • Journaling
  • Writing prompts
  • Whole group formative assessment
  • Surveys/Polls in Socrative or Edmodo
  • Blogging or discussion boards in Edmodo


Examples of Learning Stations(in conjunction with others):

  • Targeted activities around a specific theme
  • Integrated step in a project-based unit

 Taken from iPods and iPads in the classroom 


2.  Below are some suggestion for BYOT activities in different subject areas:

Writing Activities:

  • Collaborative story writing
  • Write/create a podcast
  • Conduct research
  • Take notes
  • Call/video to interview a person
  • Spelling in PictoChat with DSI
  • Digital storytelling to publish writing
  • Dictionary/thesaurus hunt for better vocabulary words
  • Brainstorm writing ideas collaboratively with Socrative, Idea Sketch, Wiki documents, etc.
  • Lino App- posts notes collaboratively for brainstorming ideas
  • Voice Thread as a publishing tool
  • iMovie as a tool for digital storytelling
  • Babblizer app for publishing podcasts


Math Activities:

  • “Chat” problems/answers
  • Create a podcast to explain steps for solving a problem
  • Investigate strategies on the Internet
  • Collaborative math problem solving
  • Publish digital docudramas to explain math concepts
  • Investigate real-world math problem with Google Earth
  • Note taking and math concept journaling

  • Khan Academy to flip the classroom

  • as a review tool

Social Studies and Science Activities:

  • Collaborative discussion with Socrative, wiki documents, etc.
  • Interview an expert using a video and/or audio conferencing
  • Plan and take a virtual field trips
  • Participate in a webquest
  • Research/investigate current issues
  • Video/audio reports of experiments and/or observations
  • Creating docudramas to explain concepts
  • Creating lesson and activities with Google Earth
  • Stargazer app for learning about constellation
  • Live Moon app to teach about Moon
  • Weather apps for weather investigations


3. Tips and Tricks and How-Tos
  • iPad Academy has everything you may want to know about iPads. The site is full of how-to tips and tricks, has may apps recommendations. 
  • This is a great blog post on how to turn your iPad or iTouch into a document camera. THis can be a useful trick to learn when it comes to sharing kids work with a group using multiple devices.
  • A resourceful Live Binder about BYOT and usage of iPads and iTouches. You may find tons of things here, from lesson ideas to app lists.
  • Kennesaw State University has a great collection of resources on how to use iPads in a classroom.
4. Nintendo DS and DSi are the most popular technology tools own by primary grades students. As teachers, we need to understand their values in education. PictoChat, Flip channel, built-in cameras, and web browsing are simple tools that we can integrate in everyday lessons. If students have difficulties connecting to BYOT Wi-FI, follow the Connect DSi to Internet directions to assist them. Tim Clark has described 5 Ways to Learn with a DSi to help teacher understand the possibilities of integrating usage of DSi in everyday classroom activities. Below you will find some lesson ideas in which DS and DSi are used. I would like to say a big thank you to our teachers who shared these ideas. 
Contraction Action                      Train Spelling Game  – View the video of this lesson
Opposite Game                            Verbs Game
I Have a Question                        Skip Counting
5. Blooming Apps from Kathy Schrock is a great resource to look at the app list from the perspective of Bloom’s Taxonomy. Also, teachers at Shiloh have started a suggested app list for students and teachers. Take a look and let us know if you think of any other resources that can be added to our wiki.
6. Using QR Codes in a Classroom
QR Codes are fairly new, and as any novelty, they create a base for curiosity and wonderment which will automatically improve student engagement and make learning fun. There are so many creative ways to implement QR codes. Check out 40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom, QR Codes in Education Live Binder, or The Best of QR Codes Scoop It, and let it spark your own ideas for unique lessons. Kathy Schrock has put together an outstanding resource on QR codes and their usage in classrooms.
QR code generating sites:
Go QR               QR Code Treasure Hunt Creator
7. Evernote in a Classroom
What is Evernote?

Evernote is not just a note taking tool, it is an easy and effective platform to collaborate and develop digital portfolios of student work. It is a free resource that allows to capture information and then access it using any device. It is a digital notebook that allows students to take text notes, clip web pages, upload images and files, and much more. Evernote has an impressive collections of video tutorials and ways to implement it in education:

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