For a few years now, our school has had a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) policy, which is located in each school’s handbook. This promotes the use of a student’s individual device for educational purposes during school hours at the discretion of each teacher in their classroom. Many teachers are taking advantage of this opportunity to use a tool that the student already owns. If you aren’t or you are but are not sure about the steps to be taken, here’s a refresher:
On the intranet, read your building’s student handbook with the guidelines.
Students should register their device with the district.
The form that they complete looks like this:
Once the students have completed this step, they are allowed to use their devices during school at the teacher’s discretion. This can include using it for the class itself, as a supplementary material that the student is providing. Here are some examples that teachers are already using this in the district:
- As a calculator
- For reading eBooks (including with the MS ebooks)
- For learning how to code with the MS robots
- For typing and doing research during a project
- To celebrate the positive happenings on Twitter
- To play a review game with Kahoot
- Review with Study Blue and other similar flash card apps
- G Suite available on all devices, including Google Classroom
- Power School app for checking or inputting grades
- Destiny/Follett app for searching the library catalog
- Remind app (for teachers to send student and parent reminders)
- Socrative apps for interactive lessons (teachers and students)
Do you know of other ideas for using the BYOT agreement? Send them my way!