BYOT programs present wonderful opportunities for learning environments. Guiding learners in responsibly using their personal devices for self-directed learning, collaboration and productivity is an important foundation in realizing the NETS for students. Furthermore, cloud based computing and applications accessed via web browser (i.e. Google Apps), not only enable more robust collaboration, but also eliminate the need to have a standardized computing platform with specific software installed on every student computer.

How can you leverage BYOT to make thinking visible in your classroom?

New Canaan Public Schools BYOT

BYOT Resources

What are the opportunities and challenges when learners are able to bring their own devices? How can I leverage these devices in my classroom? Below is a growing list of resources and reflections on BYOD programs.

PBL with Mobile Devices!
Resources for teachers and schools from Digital Learning Day
How Would I Prepare to Teach a BYOD Class? Slideshow Here
The Time for Mobile is Now - 7 Ways to Make it Happen
What Do Kids Say is the Biggest Obstacle to Technology at School?
7 Questions for Bringing Your Own Device to School
Tips for BYOD K12 Programs

Centennial A.I.R. - About Our "Public" Wireless with thanks to Hanover Public School District for their inspiration.

The Studio Classroom Model

The Studio Classroom is a model for how to structure collaborative, project based learning in ways that are distinguished from simply grouping students together to complete a task. Studio classrooms emphasize individual learning and responsibility as a product of interactive engagement through manipulating information. Case-based learning, Jigsaws, and Role-Play are all examples of active learning models that can emphasizes personal intellectual development as well as content learning. The emergence and proliferation of web-based collaborative tools has tremendous potential in supporting this pedagogical model

How Do I Implement Studio Teaching - A brief overview

A Guide to Structuring Cooperative Learning Groups - Effective Cooperative Groups include 5 Key Elements: Positive Interdependence / Individual Accountability / Face-to-Face (Promotive) Interaction / Interpersonal and Small Group Social Skills / **Group Processing**:

Making Thinking Visible

Instructional technologies have tremendous potential for supporting collaboration, differentiation, ongoing assessment, purposeful engagement, and reflection. These tools also can help to "Make Thinking Visible" increasing peer reliance and the sense of authentic audience.

Below is the inspiration for our 21st Century Learning Lab

Here is a clip from our 21st Century Learning Lab in action:

Avoid the Laptop Huddle! - Using Tidebreak to support digital collaboration in Your Classroom