Our latest newsletter was sent out yesterday, featuring July classes in our technology enhanced learning environment (commonly known as tele). Click on the image below to read the entire newsletter- includes information on our Moodle class, Teacher Timesavers 2: More FREE Online Resources, Creating Technology-Rich Lessons to Increase Student Achievement, and opportunities to earn graduate credit from Lindenwood University.
BYOL is becoming increasingly more popular in K-12 schools- for instructional technology professional development and for classroom use! Bring your own laptop allows you to use great Web 2.0 applications on your own computer- making it even easier to access them at a later date.
THE Journal recently featured an article called The ABCs of BYOL on one Ohio school district’s bring your own laptop effort for students- and the issues that arise from it, like teacher prep, parental buy-in, and equity.
Locally, Lindbergh Schools has a BYOL program. Their program is called Lindbergh Laptop Friendly Schools and has been up and running since January 2011. According to the district, “[s]tarting with the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year, LHS students will be able to access school and Internet resources through the use of their personal computing device such as netbooks, laptops, iPads, tablets, slates, etc. Other schools will follow during the 2011-2012 school year.” As they note on their website, “[t]his is a young deployment and we hope students and parents will find it useful and educational.”
Many of the Virtual Learning Center‘s programs- including the Midwest Education Technology Conference– offer BYOL workshops for educators. This summer, in the tele, participants may bring their own computer rather that use one provided by the VLC’s lab. However, some tele classes are exclusively BYOL, such as the Google workshops and Tech4Learning workshops- allowing us to offer more PD to St. Louis area educators.
So what do you think of BYOL- for schools, for PD?
Preference of presenters will be given to those submitting proposals related to the program theme, Motivate, Engage, Transform, Connect or one of the program strands (see previous blog post). While presentations may address several of these strands, we ask you indicate the primary strand that best describes your proposal. Please also list the appropriate NETS (National Education Technology Standards) for your presentation for Students (S), Teachers (T), and/or Administrators (A).
Why present? Over 1,500 educators attend METC. Attendees include instructional technology specialists, K-12 teachers, library media specialists, building & district administrators, and network specialists from all over the United States, but especially the Midwest. Here are types of presentations at METC:
• Preconference workshops on Monday, February 13th: either Half-Day Workshop (3 hours) or Full-Day Workshop (6 hours). All workshops emphasize hands-on experience for participants.
• Breakout Session (50 minutes) on Tuesday, February 14 & Wednesday the 15th.
• Bring Your Own Laptop/BYOL (1 hour, 50 minutes) on February 14 & 15th.
Preconference presenters will receive one free day of attendance to be used for their choice of either Tuesday or Wednesday. If they elect to attend a second day, the cost is then only $90.
Breakout session presenters on February 14 and 15th receive a reduced registration fee on the day of their presentation of only $50. If the presenter would also like to attend a second day, the fee for that day is only $90.
To learn more about presenting at the 2012 Midwest Education Technology Conference, or to submit your proposal, please visit the conference website: METCconference.org. METC is a program of the Virtual Learning Center of Cooperating School Districts.