When you go to any party, you need to be properly equipped for the occasion. In this case, you're attending the party of the year! Our job is to get you as ready as possible to walk in and impress your guests (or your students).
First of all, you need to be prepared for the party. An app that will do this and then some is TeacherKit. With TeacherKit, you have the ability to:
Once you have your party organized, it's time to impress the guests. To do this, we recommend using ShowMe as a way to screencast your lessons for easy review and "flip"-style! The great parts of ShowMe include:
- Have students go to www.todaysmeet.com and you instantly have an online forum for students to report out on given tasks for the day. Users include their name, adding the accountability piece. Also, nothing can be deleted from the feed, so there is even more accountability for students to have a strong understanding of Digital Citizenship
- Set up QR codes around the classroom with various assignments to do for the day. In a math classroom, hand up QR codes with math problems that they can only seen once they scan. In language arts, give the students excerpts from a story in QR code format and have students piece the story together in the appropriate order, analyze sentence structure, and so much more!
- Have students use their devices to take pictures of their work as evidence of mastery for a given standard and have them post their work to Edmodo.
- Create surveys on SurveyMonkey as a way to have students complete a mini-quiz or a short-cycle assessment efficiently and in a paperless format.
- Have students use Google Forms or Google Docs to complete quiz surveys or collaborate around assignments
- Put together tutorial videos of their own to prove their level of mastery with a variety of standards and topics that are engaging and unique
A party isn't complete without a way to wrap things up and send the guests home in style. Using the BYOD network for student engagement and interaction is something that will keep the energy level high and the novelty strong. Have the kids post their reflections from the day's lesson to YouTube and share it with the class. Ask them to use their devices to find a real-life application of what they had learned today or a way that a real-life scenario relates to the day's topic and be ready to present their findings in class the following day. There are so many opportunities to successfully integrate a BYOD network into your classroom without compromising the flow and efficiency of your classroom management or environment.
If you would like any specific ideas on how you can make better use of your BYOD network, please feel free to email us or leave a comment!