10 places to find great BYOD lesson plans

There’s a growing concern amongst schools and educators that though “bring your own device” (BYOD) and mobile learning initiatives are in place, teachers and school leaders still have much to learn when it comes to using these initiatives effectively in the classroom.

That’s why eSchool News has rounded up some helpful online resources for BYOD mobile learning in the classroom.

From device-agnostic projects to iPad apps that can help teach Advanced Placement Chemistry, mobile learning is the future of classroom learning—and these online repositories are helping to make teaching easier for educators.

Do you have a good suggestion for a BYOD lesson plan? Know of any resources we may have missed? Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments section below.

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[Listed in alphabetical order]

1. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Explore some simple iPad apps and tools that allow students to author iBooks, study with their peers, work on classroom projects and research papers, take notes, manage assignments, and more.

2. Edudemic

Thank to Tom Barrett, senior consultant at NoTosh Limited and his collaborative Google Docs, educators have a great resource for innovative ways to use iPads in the classroom. Barrett and dozens of other educators are working on a comprehensive Google Doc that details ways to use the iPad in school. Educators can also add to the Google Doc.

3. Edutopia

Bonnie Bracey Sutton, a teacher “agent of change” who has taught in many different types of schools, discusses STEM learning with mobile technology and provides examples of apps and projects teachers can implement on mobile devices. For instance, she discusses WhyPower—an interactive learning game designed to show eighth graders how to build a sustainable, green energy community.

4. Getting Smart

In these 10 Unique Lesson Ideas for BYOD and BYOT, educators can understand how some of the basic functions of mobile devices can be used for learning in the classroom; for example, asking poll questions through text and answering Google questions.

5. Learning in Hand

Tony Vincent, an independent education consultant,  discusses iOS tips, a list of iPad apps by Objective, and project-based learning with iPad and iPod. Vincent also provides multimedia examples of mobile projects he’s designed for schools, including “What makes a good vice president?”

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6. Mind/Shift

In this best practice, Mind/Shift researches how two innovative schools use mobile devices to teach Advanced Placement Chemistry and history.

7. Peters Township High School

As part of a BYOD Pilot Group, PTHS teachers are participating in a their own Professional Learning Community (PLC) in order to better understand how BYOD can impact teaching and learning. These educators have created this website, chock full of BYOD lesson plans and tips to be able to understand processes, develop skills, solve problems, and share ideas and best practices.

8. Scholastic

Get specific lesson plans for STEM and history classes. Examples include a mobile scavenger hunt for history and geometry digital blogging books.

9. TheConsultants-E

This online training and development consultancy lists mLearning lesson plans created by educators, such as “Creating mobile audio tours,” “Meeting the Flatmates” (exposing students to podcast listening and critical review), and “Movie Your Body” (a STEM activity).

10. User Generated Education

As part of an “Integrating Technology Into the Classroom” course for the Boise State Universities EdTech graduate program, students are given a choice menu of options for integrating technology into their respective content areas. One of these choices is to develop a Mobile Learning Lesson Plan, and these lesson plans have been posted to User Generated Education.

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