I think the biggest challenge ahead of us is deciding first what it is we would like to accomplish in our classrooms and how the increased access to technology can aid our endeavors. The next decision is to choose which of the many available tools work best in the BYOD environment here at Mason.
Let's start with many of the interactive technology applications that we have investigated and implemented over the past few years. Blogging, Shared Documents, Presentations, Shared Websites, Formative and Summative Assessments, Screencasting and Electronic Note Taking are some of those applications. The primary tools are offered through Office 365 (accounts given to students - faculty accounts coming in the fall) and Google (I suggest creating personal accounts). There are several 3rd party apps that we can investigate - and some allow you to create accounts using your Google (or Microsoft) Identity.
Along the way, we will determine the best way for teachers to share their insights and discoveries about these tools and applications. For now, lets use my blog and the comment stream below. As we move forward we can choose more sophisticated methods of sharing. I also believe that much of the work we will do in this pilot will be online - flexing our work time should aid in the efficiency of this project.
Back to the discussion. Please Read the following article and reflect upon the tools that you have already used in your personal life or with your colleagues and students.
The Epic BYOD Toolchest - Vicki Davis
Please start commenting below. The first person to comment will label their post according the particular grouping of Apps (Formative Assessment, Screencasting, Content Sharing, etc). Others wishing to comment within that category should reply to the first persons post.
Thanks for your input!