Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 6: BYOD and social media

eSchool News counts down the ten most significant developments in educational technology during the past year. No. 6 highlights the importance of BYOD and social media.

BYOD-top10In school systems from coast to coast, tech-savvy educators experimented with augmented reality, educational gaming, and other techniques designed to enhance teaching and learning.

These are only some of the key ed-tech developments affecting K-12 schools in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you.

Here, the editors of eSchool News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant ed-tech stories of 2013.…Read More

Advantages of the BYOT classroom

Implementing a BYOT initiative can yield surprising benefits

BYOT-initiativeStudents from all grade levels in Forsyth County Schools, Ga., are encouraged to bring their own technology tools to school to construct new learning opportunities. When the district first began its Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) initiative several years ago, the primary focus was to engage students with their devices in order to transform traditional instruction. Through consistent innovation and practice, we discovered some hidden advantages when students use their own technology for learning, and these are recognizable hallmarks of the BYOT classroom.

Creativity: Teachers can foster creativity as students design original products with their personal technology tools. These inventions are often constructed as solutions to problems or for students to illustrate what they have learned in imaginative new ways. In this manner, students aspire to become producers of relevant content rather than solely being consumers of static information.

Critical Thinking: As students conduct research with BYOT, they must distinguish between conflicting information and facts. Recognizing propaganda and determining the accuracy of content are other essential critical thinking abilities. The classroom teacher can nurture this decision-making process through modeling, practicing, reflecting, and questioning.…Read More