BYOD Series 4: Staying Mobile

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

While this post does not focus on student-owned technology, it is concerned with keeping a mobile and cost-effective classroom.

Interactive whiteboards (SMART boards, Promethean boards) have long been a sought-after and worthwhile addition to many classrooms, but cost has often been a prohibitive factor. However, recent years have seen the rise of “interactive projectors,” or digital projectors that retain much of the same functionality of an interactive whiteboard. These projectors are able to turn any surface into an interactive display, be it a wall or a chalkboard! Better yet, they often cost a third of a traditional interactive whiteboard. This price, paired with the mobility of a projector, makes for an appealing solution for a program’s needs. Popular brands include InFocus and Mimio, and even traditional projector brands like Epson are now offering interactive models.

BYOD Series 3: Their Device, Their Classroom!

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

One benefit of the BYOD model is that students will often become more engaged when using their own technology and digital literacy skills, increasing their ownership of the classroom environment. This ownership can also offer some cost-saving alternatives for building a sense of community and even providing formative assessment!

Using student-owned devices in the classroom can save a lot of money when it comes to student interaction! Student response remotes (“clickers”) have long been used as a means to engage learners with a lesson and assess group progress. These systems tend to be pricey, but now there are plenty of budget alternatives—free websites such as allow even basic cell phones to be used as a response tool. In addition, simple devices such as Chromecast and Apple TV allow students to share video, photos, and other documents with any television or computer display, using just their smartphone or tablet!

BYOD Series 2: Responsive Design

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Since your students will be using a variety of devices with the BYOD model, it can be a challenge to make sure they have a similar learning experience. Let’s try and make this process a bit easier with a look at responsive design!

With all of the great resources available to teachers, it can be hard to discern the ones that will deliver the best student experiences. Many online services, through the use of HTML5 websites or customized apps, are implementing what is called “responsive design.” This means that the resource (products such as Google services, Edmodo, and KET’s own Fast Forward) will look and function the same for each student, no matter if it is on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone! Looking for these responsive resources is a great way to use the everyday technology students have on-hand in the classroom.

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