Ways to Leverage BYOT in the Classroom

Increasingly, BYOT has become a viable option for schools throughout the country. As more districts run pilot programs and teachers start to integrate tablets and other devices into their lesson plans, questions arise about how best to leverage that technology. If every student in a class has a tablet in front of them, how best can it be used to enhance education, not distract from it?

Collaborative Projects

BYOT makes it possible for everyone in a classroom to see the same lesson plan and interact with the same website or app during a lesson. This is immensely valuable because it means that technology can be integrated into lessons more than the one time per week that classes use to spend in computer labs and without students huddling over shared devices.

The apps and web-based tools baked into BYOT software and lesson materials are making it possible for collaborative work as well. Increasing, tools from Classlink make it possible for students to simultaneously contribute to a discussion over their electronic device and interact with the lesson plan materials. Collaborative projects can be started and generated in real time instead of during downtime.

Visual Thinking and Learning

Every student thinks and learns in a different way, yet one of the many challenges faced by the modern curriculum, especially as class size has increased in public schools, is how to ensure every student has the experience they need to learn as effectively as possible.

When the right procedures and models are put in place and the technology is integrated into the lesson plans instead of tacked on to them, tablets and other electronic devices offer a powerful augmentation to existing lesson plans. With interactive apps and games that encourage learning and visual representations of lessons that were previously only available through text or on the white board, students can study as diversely as they learn.

Creativity Is Encouraged

Bring your own technology is built around the concept that having technological devices in the classroom is far more beneficial than any distraction could be bad. Studies are increasingly showing that students generally adhere to the rules presented for management of BYOT in schools and that learning is enhanced in a number of ways.

For all of these reasons, it is an effective tool, one that allows teachers as well as students to be more creative in how they approach particular lessons. It also frees up valuable budget space in a class and puts less of a burden on teachers to find ways to enliven a debate or discussion in a way that will capture the attention of all students.

When the time comes to integrate BYOT into the classroom in your school or school district, consider the number of opportunities and the response that your students are likely to have. Combined with a sound policy and strict guidelines for use of such devices, BYOT can benefit almost everyone involved.

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