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”tsto 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
Investigations, mapping skills with Google Earth
OR Codes integration
Collecting/Monitoring Data with Edmodo polls or Socrative
Audiobooks, Storia by Scholastic, Storyline, podcasts
Content-specific reinforcement activities
Enrichment with edu-games
Virtual Field Trips, Tours, NASA app
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):
4.Nintendo DS and DSiare 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.
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.
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: