Differentiation of Product!
When assigning projects, be sure to allow for student differentiation. For example, if you want students to complete a presentation, does it HAVE to be PowerPoint, or could it be a Prezi, Keynote, or Google Presentation? Focus on the content, not the tool! This will allow students who bring their own device the flexibility to use the tools available to them.
Look for "Device Agnostic" tools
Web tools usually can be accessed and edited on multiple devices. Wevideo is a video editing site that allows you to edit clips just like Premier Elements or Garage band, with the added benefit that students can collaborate! Pixlr is a Web tool that works similarly to Photoshop, for free! Students can actually turn in online text assignments and participate in forum discussions on Moodle using an iPod touch! Google Docs can be edited on multiple devices.
Several Web 2.0 tools now have Apps that work just as well as the online equivalent! Prezi, Animoto, and Voicethread to name a few. These tools work really well in a BYOD environment.
When looking for ways to integrate technology into your curriculum successfully, look for ways to get students analyzing and creating rather than just consuming information. (Click on the image for more info.)
Assign Roles in the classroom
Here are some ideas for jobs for students bringing laptops or when you have access to carts in the room from Alan November via the book, Curriculum 21.:
- Tutorial Designer-Have students use Screencastomatic.com to create a tutorial for solving problems or completing processes.
- Designate student note-takers/Scribes on a Google Doc (Scribe of the day!) Then have them share with you to post on Moodle or your Google Site.
- Researchers-When questions come up during the period, designate a researcher of the day to look it up. You can also do this with classroom computers. (Sometimes referred to as "Google Jockeys!" Here are some additional tips on managing that in your BYOD classroom!)
- Collaboration Coordinators to connect with others around the world studying the same topic, or with experts.
- Curriculum Review Podcast-Students could use Aviary in Edina Apps to record short podcasts as study guides on a topic
- Organize an exit card: Students could create questions for the class on a Google form that then can be used as an exit card for students to complete before they leave, or when they are at home.
- Here is an example of roles for when you are Skyping with another class. Click on the image to view the original.
Take a Picture!
If there is an important reminder on the screen/board invite students to take a picture of it and send it to themselves as a reminder!
Additional ResourcesBYOT/BYOD Lesson Plans-You can also follow #BYOTchat on Twitter, 8-9 pm on Thursdays!How To Pedagogy Sheets
Cell Phones in the Classroom (Exerpt)Cell Phones in the Classroom Podcast with author Liz Kolb
Integrating with Classroom Instruction that Works
Google for Educators Curriculum Ideas
Digital Storytelling Ideas
Science and Leadership Academy Curriculum Ideas
Subject Area Interactive Lessons On-line
Ed Tech For Science Blog
Gary Stager-"What Makes a Great Project"
Thinkfinity: Lesson Plans and Interactives
Big 6 Information & Technology Skills for Student Achievement
Web 2.0 Integration Example
TED Talks-How might you use these in the classroom?
Project Based Learning-Designing Your Project
The Place and Memory Project-Have students research one of the stories.