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Session 51: Leveraging BYOD

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Gilbert Schools BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) Pilot

"The 'BYOT' pilot schools will be Campo Verde High, Gilbert High, Gilbert Classical Academy, Greenfield Junior High, Highland Junior High, Carol Rae Ranch Elementary and Sonoma Ranch Elementary." The 2012-13 academic year is the pilot period, and then the program will be broadened to include other Gilbert schools.  Click here for another article from the GPS website, or click here to learn about other Valley Schools using BYOT.


In the Gilbert pilot schools, students can:

  • bring any wi-fi enabled device (laptop, tablet, smartphone).
  • use the "Guest" network. This does not allow access to the shared drive or to printers, but does allow (filtered) internet access.
  • use their devices in the manner approved by each individual instructor.


In the Gilbert pilot schools, teachers can:

  • decide how much/little usage to allow in their classroom.
  • devise assignments/projects appropriate to their own courses.


Mobile learning ("mlearning") is here. Are you ready?

Students coming out of our feeder schools will now be expecting BYOT (more commonly called BYOD - Bring Your Own Device) in their classes. Are you ready to connect with these students?


Chandler-Gilbert students can get their wireless devices (PC or Mac laptops, ipad/iPhone/iPod, or Android devices

-- including Kindle Fire or other Android tablets/smartphones) set up by following the instructions at CGCC Student Tech Central.



Going BYOD

OnlineColleges.net put together an infographic as a graphical overview of BYOD and the consideration to address such as: Why go BYOD? Who has gone BYOD? Pros and Cons?


There are endless ways to leverage the power of mobile devices, but here are three general approaches:

  • Mobile delivery of content, with students as the "consumers" of information.
  • Students as active participants in creation of mobile content, using mobile devices -- outside of traditional class time.
  • Students as active participants in creation of mobile content, using mobile devices -- during traditional class time.


NOTE: The list of uses for mobile devices entailed in this table is by no means exhaustive -- there are literally hundreds of thousands of mobile applications out there. Use a game like "Angry Birds" to teach Math & Physics, or use "Diner Dash" or "Sally's Spa" for Restaurant & Hotel Management courses. Twitter can be a discussion board, or a research tool. Be willing to explore, and to think outside the box!


Take a look at the following table (this table is identical to your worksheet handout). Which type(s) of activity are you interested in for you and your students?

Your job is to select AT LEAST ONE type of activity, then answer these two questions:

  1. WHY would you want to use this -- i.e., what learning objective(s) is met?
  2. HOW would you want to use this -- i.e., what would the assignment look like?







Polling/Classroom Response System



Students use cell phones as “clickers” to respond to class polls - data updates live as students vote.

IDEAS: icebreakers, discussion, opinion polls.



  •  Any device that can send a text message can be used (the only charge to the student is the cost of sending a text message).
  • Instructor needs Polleverywhere account.


Audio Recording



Students use cell phone or other mobile device as audio recorder.

IDEA: Create/publish basic podcast, audio tours, etc.



  • Basic recording works with any phone that can make a call (using a tool like iPadio) Sample 'phlog'
  • There are also specialized apps, like Woices (create location-based audio tours)




Students create notes on-the-go, using voice-to-text notes via cell phone or other mobile device.

IDEA: Field trip notes, webclips for research.



  • Works with any phone that can make a call, and can send/receive texts (using a tool like GoogleVoice).
  • Evernote is also useful for notes; you can create webclips, but is not a tool you can use with a basic cell phone





Students take photos, send to others’ phones/emails, or upload photos to a photo website via mobile device.

IDEA: Keep a photo journal.



  • Works with any mobile with a built-in camera and cellular/wi-fi connection. 
  • Flickr, Photobucket etc.; accounts required in order to upload content




Students create video, send video to other students’ phones or emails, or upload video to a video site.

IDEA: Peer or “man-on-the-street” interviews, concept demos.



  • Works with any device that has video camera and cellular/wi-fi connection
  • YouTube, etc. accounts required in order to upload content.




Students create a mobile blog and upload content (text, image, and video) via mobile device.

IDEA: “[Your Discipline] in Action” blog, science lab blog, research blog.




  • Works with any device that can send a text message.
  • There are many other blogging tools, but Blogger is easy for beginners. Account required.  Sample Blog




Students participate in mobile conference on cell phone or other mobile device.

IDEA: Study groups, tutoring, virtual office hours.



  • Video conferencing or screensharing requires smartphone with data package, or tablet device with wi-fi
  • Screensharing: Join.me
  • Video conferencing: Skype mobile, FaceTime (iPhone/Pod/Pad, wi-fi), Google+Hangouts (video conferencing; Android/iPad/iPhone, wi-fi), Tango (3G/Wi-fi)

QR Codes



Instructor creates QR (Quick response) codes that contain information (Audio, video, website, contact info, etc.) that can be scanned with a mobile device.

IDEA: Scavenger hunt, guided research.



  • Instructor uses code generator site, such as QRstuff.
  • Student needs a device with an internet connection and a QR code reader app to scan the codes.




Students create presentations (slideshows, videos) that can be delivered to the web, or to others’ mobile devices.

IDEA: Museum slideshow, research presentation. 



  • Animoto for iPhone/iPad allows user to create videos.
  • Prezi “read” app for iPad allows viewing of existing Prezis.
  • Other options: Powerpoint, Open Office, GoogleDocs





Students create graphic organizers of course concepts, or of their own writing or projects.

IDEA: Outline a group project, concept explanation. 



Video Sharing



Students can broadcast their video as they are recording (live streaming).

IDEA: Have a student report “live on location” to the classroom from an outside site. 



  • Qik (works with most smartphones and many tablet devices)

File Sharing



Access content anytime, anywhere, from any device. Share access with others.



  • Many “cloud storage” tools (such as Dropbox and GoogleDrive) are now available that will not only work with a computer, but also with various smartphones/tablet devices.


CLICK HERE to download this table as a PDF                    *CLICK HERE to watch a YouTube video that I recorded on my phone.


= works with basic cell phone (text/photo/video capable)

= works with Android

= works with iPhone

= works with iPad (wi-fi)




Participants will work with partners or in small groups based on category of the chosen task (photos? videos? blogging? etc.)

Based on the learning outcome you hope to accomplish, and the chosen task to accomplish that objective, what will you need to learn about mobile learning and/or your device? Work together and learn from each other.



  • Is this activity for in-class, or out-of-class?
  • Logistics - will you and your students need to register for accounts?
  • Documentation/support for students?
  • Evaluation/assessment of mobile activity/assignment/project?


PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS to help you with some of these tools:







Resources for finding iPad apps:



Click here to complete the evaluation survey!





). Many mobile devices now come with a recording feature already installed.

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