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'Ready for a new year with BYOT' by guest blogger Amie Weldy

Ahhhh, I am finally home from my journey this summer! 
Now that I am home and getting everything back in order, I cannot wait to get back to school! I am already plotting my bulletin board and 1st day activities! :) I have been reading a wiki for one of my master's classes and have been gaining some awesome information about flipping the classroom, and I'm not going to lie, I am thinking on some great ideas now! That's what I love about research in education- it is so inspiring to read about other's stories and adventures, it can inspire us to make changes in our learning and teaching styles! LOVE IT!

I am going to post what I shared about BYOT on our class wiki here, in case anyone has been thinking about trying it out themselves! I have encouraged students to Bring their own technology the past 4 years I have been an educator and the results are amazing! I have never seen students so engaged and ready to change the world!

Technology use has become one of the biggest frontiers in education to date. There are many ways teachers and districts have embraced the use of technology in the classroom. Some districts have purchased smart boards, some have even purchased iPads for every student in the building. Have you ever thought about letting your students use their own technology at school?

In our district, we have adopted the use of BYOT. Bring your own technology is a program where students bring their own devices to use in the classroom setting to learn. What is BYOT and what are the benefits?

Ashley Wainwright hits the nail on the head in her description of benefits! When students are allowed to learn with their own personal technology, the product is a child who is work force ready, engaged in personal learning, and it is realistically more affordable for the school to incorporate. See the article here!

Let's not forget the ringing questions all educators who are new to BYOT. Yes, the students will know more than you about how to use the device- and that's okay! Have the policy of "Ask 3 before me" to help alleviate some pressure for always know the answer. Also, be sure to have a firm classroom management plan for technology use (and all daily procedures). Here are some tips for classroom management:

1. Walk around while students are using the technology.

2. Only allow students to have it out if it is being used for the lesson.

3. Have a backup plan on case things do not go as planned.

4. Communicate responsible use with technology.

5. Set up the room to match the activity or project

6. Tell your students this is a learning process for everyone.

Here are some great resources to get your journey started using BYOT in your classroom!





Enjoy! Amie

Amie Weldy is an elementary Instructional Technology Specialist, former middle school math and science teacher, avid tech user, and believer in positive energy. 

For more of Amie's great blog posts, visit https://edtechadvocate.blogspot.no/

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