PART ONE: 1:1 and BYOD (BYOT) 12:00-1:00
A nice article to read before putting too much thought into 1:1 and BYOD:
Students First, Not Stuff.
Most school systems in Georgia are on their way to becoming 1:1 or BYOD (BYOT). The days of computer labs are long gone. I’ve found that 1:1 is more prevalent in small school systems and BYOD is what you’ll find in larger systems – like Forsyth and Gwinnett. Some school systems supplement BYOD with carts of mobile devices for students without their own.
I believe it is important for our teacher candidates to be able to plan instruction with “device neutrality.” As it is never about the tool and always about the instruction – good instruction should happen regardless of whether a device is a tablet, a laptop, a smartphone and the operating system must be irrelevant. One solution to this is the idea of Universal Design for Learning – multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and engagement. For example – if a group of sixth graders is learning how to organize a group project – let them choose the tool. A piece of paper will work great for one group, a shared google doc for another, and Evernote for a third. If the goal is to learn how to organize a collaborative project, the device/website/app doesn’t matter.
I’ve been working with an elementary and middle grades Local School Technology Coordinator (LSTC) in Gwinnett County to develop BYOD professional development and we’ve created a shared Pinterest board with BYOD resources.
Part Two: Mystery Skype 1:15-2:15
Skype has so many obvious (and not so obvious) benefits in K12 and higher education classrooms. There’s a website full of ideas and ways to connect students across the globe in every single subject area. Mystery Skype is just one way to connect. Mystery Skype is simply a game where two classrooms – connected via Skype – must ask and answer a series of questions to guess the others’ location. We’re going to try it today with a classroom of 8th graders located in . . . well, if I told you it wouldn’t be Mystery Skype?
Oh – and how did I find a group with which to Skype?Twitter and the #mysteryskype hashtag, of course.
It took less than an hour to get a response. View more tweets that include #mysteryskype. By the way, you don’t have to have a Twitter account to view various hashtags. Tagboard is an easy search tool to use.
PART THREE: What’s Left? 2:15-3:00
We’ve talked about many different topics this semester – here’s a short list:
- ISTE standards
- LMS and school system expectations for new teachers with Ryan Vamplew from GCPS
- teacher tools
- planning for instruction with simple and complex learner tools
- maker spaces (pdf)
- flipped classrooms (pdf)
- genius hour
- Mystery Skype
- and all of the technology resources to support this list of topics
One of the best places to continue learning about technology in K12 classrooms is at an Edcamp. Edcamps are free “unconferences” put on by K12 teachers to share practical knowledge and experience about innovative teaching and learning. Here’s a schedule of upcoming edcamps. I would love to put on a UGA Edcamp this fall, if anyone is interested in helping to plan it. I think it would be a wonderful experience for faculty, teacher candidates, and area K12 teachers.
What’s left for you to learn before you try out more in your classrooms? How can the ITT group and OIT support your goals. What do you envision sharing at the Innovation in Teaching and Technology conference this October?