Sunday, March 22, 2015

7 Must-Haves for Teaching + Learning with #BYOD #BYOT

Are you allowing students to bring their own devices to learn where you work? If so, you'll want to become familiar with these seven digital resources.  Each resource is followed by a link to more information and advice for use in the classroom. What’s great about all of these tools is they can be used in environments even if students have a regular phone without browser or app capabilities.  

  1. - is primarily a free group texting service. Group texting saves time, improves communication, provides documentation of texts, and sets the stage for easily using many other cell phone tools. The Cells referred to in are instant mobile networks. With, you can have open group chat, one-way alerting, or a hybrid where curators can approve messages.
  2. iPadio - iPadio lets you create phonecasts right from your phone without the equipment or setup required with podcasting.  
  3. Poll Everywhere - Poll Everywhere provides students with a simple method to share their ideas, via a poll or free response, right from their phones.
  4. Text Engine - Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities. 
    1. Ideas for the classroom at this link.  
  5. Twitter - Twitter is a wonderful tool for learning. It can be set up to send or receive Tweets using Texting.  
  6. Flickr - Flickr provides a free, easy and efficient way to share pictures or video taken on your cell phone. With Flickr you get an email that you (or anyone you share the email with) can use to send all your pictures or photos to and Flickr makes it very easy to sort and group pictures using tags or drag and drop features. You can make picture or video albums with student work that is photographed or filmed.  
  7. Tagboard - Tagboard uses hashtags to search for and collect public social media within seconds of being posted to networks like Twitter and Flickr. Tagboard allows you to take the #hashtagged information and feature it on websites and large displays.  

So, what do you think? Which of these tools could be put into place where you work? Are there challenges or concerns that are in the way of you using these tools? What are your top BYOD tools?

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