The majority of the resources I have collected and feel are the most beneficial and informative have come from teacher blogs, administrator blogs, school websites/articles, Twitter (including #edchat discussions and more), Facebook, and from other notable education sites such as Connected Learning, Edutopia, and others.
As I have watched this "conversation" unfold and develop, what is most encouraging and validating to the hard work eMINTS teachers continue to do is the majority of the resources and ideas referenced are topics explored in eMINTS training from the first session in Year 1 to the last sessions of Year 2. What seems to be at the core of successful BYOD programs is planning high-quality, authentic instructional experiences that make the most of the technology available. Setting norms and policies but trusting students and empowering them by teaching them about digital citizenship, information literacy, media literacy, learning in the 21st Century, etc, etc, etc. It's The eMINTS Instructional Model in action!
- A Principal's Reflections - BYOD begins with Trust and Respect You must check out Principal Eric Sheninger's website and follow him on Twitter NMHS_Principal.
- BYOD ASAP (entire blog started this year about a teachers experiences with BYOD in her Science/Math classroom)
- Make it in the Middle: a blog dedicated to Middle School Teachers - Beginning with BYOD
- Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte - 5 Tips For Starting BYOD In Your District and My Thoughts on Cell Phones in Schools
- BYOD YouTube Screencast - BYOD info for Students (12 min)
- TeachThought - 12 Pros and Cons to BYOD in Education [an infographic]
- Lisa Nielson The Innovative Educator - Bring Your Own Device #BYOD: 5 Lessons for Success (guest post bye Craig Crittendon - network engineer @ Anderson School District,SC)
- A series of webinars was recently hosted by Connected Learning http://connectedlearning.tv/ . The sessions focused on mobile learning and invited different professionals to share their experiences so that others could learn from them and not make their same mistakes. While the webinars are not about BYOD directly, many of the presenters are implementing successful BYOD programs. Each webinar linked below is recorded in Google Hangout and lasts 60 min.
- Planning For Effective Teaching & Learning with Mobile Devices
- Getting Going with Mobile Devices: Workflow, Organization, and Fundamentals
- Preparing Parents for Mobile Learning
- How Great Teachers Reinvent Their Classroom
I hope you find the links beneficial and informative. Please share additional resources you have found so that we may all benefit from the work of others. I offer some questions in closing to continue to support our thinking and life-long learning.
As you think about the end goal to prepare students for life, the ever-changing school environment, the functionality of the devices available today, and the tools and resources available to everyone…how might we best prepare them to use technology to be effective life-long learners and set them up for success in the future?
As trained eMINTS teachers, what knowledge and expertise might you pass along to your leaders, your colleagues, your peers so that a BYOD program in your district will be as successful as eMINTS has been in your classroom?