Tag Archives: BYOD

How Do You Choose Free Education-Friendly Mobile Apps?

@greglawrenceDo you have a mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Come learn from Greg Lawrence how to find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. In this hands-on session, you will explore a multitude of education friendly, content-based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas. Other websites and online resources will also be shown, like app-finder apps, utility apps and apps your students can use in 1:1 environments.

Register online, today, for the EducationPlus workshop on July 10! This is a BYOD session: you must bring your own mobile device, either an Android or Apple product. See you next week!

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Technology Usage Continues to Increase in Higher Education – In and Out of Class

flickr creative commons laptopA new report from market research company re:fuel indicates the number of college students taking at least one online course nearly doubled over the last five years. The 2013 College Explorer report was based on responses from 1,528 current college students taking at least one course on a physical campus.

Students also are bringing more devices onto campus, according to the survey, at an average of 6.9 each; laptops are the most commonly owned device (85 percent) among students who responded, with smartphones in second place at 69 percent. Other findings of the report include:

  • Ownership of tablets and electronic readers is increasing, however, printed textbooks still dominate, making up 59 percent of the textbooks responding students bought
  • Forty-seven percent said they use a laptop regularly for taking notes in class, though pen and paper is still more popular for that task, with 79 percent saying they use those tools more typically
  • Students who responded to the survey reported spending an average of 14.4 hours multitasking across their various devices, with much of that time spent looking for or consuming entertainment

To read the full article on the report, visit campustechnology.com. Other statistics shared include use of social media sites; Google+ was the only social network included in the survey to show a decline in use, while Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter increased.

Teaching + Learning Today with Technology

tech bootThe Learning Division of Cooperating School Districts is excited to invite you to participate in a week long edtech bootcamp! You should register for this summer professional development experience with Meg Ormiston if you want to create a classroom where students are engaged in creating projects aligned to the Common Core State Standards using digital tools. Meg feels teaching and learning today cannot be done without integrating technology and redesigning projects for students. This training is open for any interested K-12 educator.

During the course of the 5-day session, each participant will build, create, and publish project examples that they will have students complete back in the classroom. Participants are encouraged to bring materials they would like to redesign into technology rich projects. They will also learn new Web 2.0 tools to use while designing lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards. All tech camp participants will have access to an online professional development library with 70 titles created by Meg. These 70 items are grouped into the four domains similar to the evaluation frameworks. In addition to walking away with a wealth of resources and ideas, those interested can earn three graduate credits for their participation.

Participants will:
• Design  lessons that align to the Common Core State Standards identified at their grade level.
• Analyze,  select, and organize appropriate on-line resources.
• Synthesize  the various assessment options and apply authentic assessment strategies to technology rich projects.
• Analyze  and reflect on best practice as it applies to literacy and math across the curriculum.
• Become  involved in active, professional research exploring new ways to expand their personal learning network.
• Prepare  students and teachers for the Next Generation Assessments.

Bring your own device! The July sessions are hands-on, fast paced, and relevant to teachers today. Each session is focused on the skills a teacher needs today to actively engage students in a 21st Century classroom.
To enlist in this boot camp, visit CSD’s registration site.

Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices

mobile movieDigital Storytelling with Mobile Devices Summer Workshop
Do you have an iPad or Android tablet?  Are you wondering if creating a digital story is too difficult? Help your students create their own digital stories by experiencing the process yourself.

This workshop teaches the pre-production, production and post-production phases of digital storytelling. You will have an opportunity to use either iMovie for the iPad or various Android apps. Bring a story to share, or select from one of the stories provided.  Walk away with your own 2-3 minute movie and lots of ideas about how to help students create one. This is a BYOD workshop on June 5. Bring your own mobile device.

Workshop runs 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5 at CSD.
Cost: $145 CSD member; $185 non-member | Register online
[1 Grad Credit Available at additional cost]

CSD’s Bring Your Own Device Workshops

This summer in the tele, we have several BYOD (bring your own device – iPad, tablet, laptop, etc.) workshops on the schedule. In June, there are seven workshops: Digital Age Leadership: A New Paradigm for Learning on 6/5;  Getting Organized as a 21st Century Educator with Google Tools on 6/7; Choosing Education-Friendly Apps on 6/11; Lights, Camera, Action: Creating Movies with Green Screens on 6/15; Flipping Your Classroom with Flip Cameras and Screencasting 6/21; and Android Tablet Boot Camp/Educational Apps for Android Tablets on 6/22. (For the workshops on June 21st and 22nd only, we will provide the equipment if you do not own any yourself). In July, we have just one required BYOD session- the three-day workshop entitled Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices, which takes place 7/10, 7/11 and 7/13. Of course, if you are more comfortable working on your own computer, feel free to bring it in for any professional development session we hold!