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Interested in #BYOD? Become a #ConnectedEducator! #CE13

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October 17, 2013 By: Lisa Nielsen

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This article originally appeared at Partners in Learning - 1:1 Hot Topics.

So, you’re interested in supporting bring your own device (BYOD) where you work Congratulations! You are not alone, but you will need support. There is no better way to support your students for real-world learning than providing settings they encounter in the real world. One of the best ways to get started and keep going is by developing your professional learning network of others who are also involved in this work.  

Here are some resources to do just that.  

Learning Community
Join a vibrant connected educators learning community for those interested in discovering what it means when we empower students to BYOD that meets all year long in a variety of platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Google). Those interested, can even earn 18 contact hours. Find out more here.

  • Chat
    Online Twitter chat every Thursday from 9:00-10:00 PM (EST)
  • Popular hashtags
    #BYOD #BYOT #BYOTchat
  • People BYODList
    A list of educators who discuss BYOD / BYOT
  • K-12 BYOD A forum for EDU professionals to share their experience with safely and easily on-boarding student and teacher devices to school networks. This group is managed and moderated by Bradford Networks, a leading security software company that provides educational institutions with a foundation for enabling secure bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives.
  • BYOD or BYOT @ School
    Resources & links relating to 'Bring Your Own Device/Technology' policies in schools

  • BYOD on Pinterest
    Collection of resources and links from the New Tech Network which works to develop innovative public high schools that promote deeper learning, project-based learning and 1:1 technology
  • The BYOT Network
    Through networking with technology tools we experience new ideas, form communities, and collaborate to design solutions to problems. This blog addresses issues related to learning in a connected network that is facilitated by the tools of our digital culture – our personal technology devices.  Author Tim Clark offers advice and support to professionals interested in learning more about how to help students use their own technology to support their learning.

Wiki Collection Guide
  • Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know Getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future. This guide can help you better understand how mobile gadgets -- cell phones, tablets, and smartphones -- can engage students and change their learning environment.
  • Teaching Generation Text  
    From policy to parent permission, from discipline to classroom management this book provides a wealth of useful resources including lesson plans and research-based teaching strategies.
These are just some places you can go to get connected to other BYOD educators. Which of these places do you think you may visit to get connected? Do you have some other places, not listed here?

Lisa Nielsen writes for and speaks to audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views on “Passion (not data) Driven Learning,” "Thinking Outside the Ban" to harness the power of technology for learning, and using the power of social media to provide a voice to educators and students. Ms. Nielsen has worked for more than a decade in various capacities to support learning in real and innovative ways that will prepare students for success. In addition to her award-winning blog, The Innovative Educator, Ms. Nielsen’s writing is featured in places such as Huffington Post, Tech & Learning, ISTE Connects, ASCD Wholechild, MindShift, Leading & Learning, The Unplugged Mom, and is the author the book Teaching Generation Text.


Disclaimer: The information shared here is strictly that of the author and does not reflect the opinions or endorsement of her employer.


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