Lynne Hoffman

BYOT in Action

Posted by Lynne Hoffman Aug 29, 2013

Could the technology devices that students hide in their pockets at school to keep them from being seen by teachers and administrators be a source of learning?  What if those hidden devices came out of students' pockets and teachers had ways to use them for instruction?


That's the idea behind "BYOT: The hidden messages" by Shelly Sanchez Terrell (April 3, 2013) that tells about her opportunity to see students from various backgrounds in different countries use BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) to help them gain knowledge and use their creativity.  She suggests many activities teachers can use in a BYOT program that do not require a "class" Internet access.  Sanchez also refutes the argument that schools have to provide all students with equal technology.


Have you considered adopting a BYOT plan for your school?  How would BYOT benefit your students?

How do you justify using BYOT when colleagues may argue that not all students have equal technology devices?

For additional ideas on the subject, check out Has your school implemented a BYOD program? and What tools do you use to create a BYOD environment?  Keep in mind BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the same program as BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology).


Please share your ideas in the blog comments!



Field trips are a time consuming endeavor.  It takes time to plan, make curriculum connections, tend to individual student needs (medications), collect money and permission slips and more.  I’d much rather enjoy a virtual field trip. The internet makes it possible to ‘travel’ to new places with a click of the mouse.


I’ve used Google Earth to show students the location of their school.  When speaking about a part of the country or world, Google Earth literally brings the world within reach to the kids.  Students truly see the world as it is.  Jerome Burg is the founder of Google Lit Trips and brings a whole new understanding to literature through these downloadable lessons.


Using Skype last year for an author talk was a wonderful experience.  Students read the book, The Bystander by James Preller, and a Skype conference call was arranged where selected students interacted with Mr. Preller while the conference was broadcast for the entire school. Exploring Oceans is the feature for the month of November 2013.




The National Parks electronic field trip program allows students to visit various parks that they might never travel to.  Lesson plans are available to educators.


What virtual field trips have you taken?