Our school is piloting a Bring Your Own Technology program this fall.
I am very excited about this and have made a list of ideas for this fall. However, in my position, I am not sure what to expect in terms of my students and the devices they will have available to them.
Students are not required to bring their own technology and teachers are not required to use it. For those without personal devices, we still have 2.5 computer labs available and a cart of 20 laptops that have been vandalized. (We are hoping that students will take better care of their own technology???)
And at this time, I still do not know what I am teaching this fall. School starts in less than a month (no official countdown at this time) and I don’t have a schedule. I don’t know which teachers, which subjects, or which grade levels I will be working with. (This has been the hardest part of my summer…not knowing.)
Despite this, I have created a survey for whatever class I may end up in. I plan to share this with my co-teachers and other staff members as I am also on the technology committee.
This BYOT First Day Survey will help us get a better feel for what we can do in our classrooms with BYOT.Afterthought: Thinking about this today during professional development, I think I need to add a question texting/data packages. If they do not have unlimited texting or unlimited data, we would need to keep that in mind.
- Intro to the First Week of BYOT (byotnetwork.com)
- Building BYOT (mossfreestone.com)
- Getting Teachers and Parents Comfortable with BYOT (insidetheclassroomoutsidethebox.wordpress.com)
- Top 10 requirements for great mobile BYOT/BYOD (clouducation.wordpress.com)
- 5 Best Practices for BYOT in the Classroom (insidetheclassroomoutsidethebox.wordpress.com)
- First 5 Lessons Learned In Our First Year Of BYOT (myweb4ed.net)
Before you can reach your learners you need to know how they learn best. Some students are visual learners. Others are auditory learners. The remaining are tactile-kinesthetic learners.
You can find dozens of learning style inventories online. There are some that are web-based and many printable versions. Which you choose to use depends on the age level of your students, the depth you want to go, and the technology available. Your Talented and Gifted (TAG) coordinator may have some materials as well.
Below I describe just three different options that informally identify students as Visual, Auditory, or Tactile-Kinesthetic learners.
#1 Discover Your Own Learning Style has 18 questions for students to answer. The results will identify a student as Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic (V-A-K). There are many links with additional information. The survey is probably best geared towards upper elementary school. This site has three options:
- Take the inventory online (Students tally their own responses by color.)
- Print a webpage version (Looks just like the online version, students circle letters.)
- Print a PDF file. (This would be the most difficult version for a student to grade.)
#2 Learning Style Inventory – This printable PDF file would be best suited for 7th-12th grade. It has two options: a Learning Style Inventory and a Learning Style Assessment. After that, and best of all, there are 4 pages full of hints, strategies, and suggestions for each type of learner. These are practical, useful, real life ideas that will benefit students in all subject areas.
#3 This link will take you to an pdf file of an English Language Learners Inventory. It has some cartoon-like graphics with each prompt. (FYI, the actual inventory starts on pg. 57) Check out the entire PDF. It includes a variety of surveys, tools, and ideas to use with ELL students. I think that this could be modified and used with very young children as well.
As I already knew, I am a visual learner. My results were consistent with all of the surveys and inventories I took.
What is your learning style?
Do you have a favorite tool you use with your students?
- Find out What Type of Learner you are (educatorstechnology.com)
- The Relationship between Learning Styles and Academic Performance (brighthub.com)