BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) is gaining popularity as schools face budget shortages. What can you do to encourage students to use technology if there is no Internet access? In a recent Tech & Learning blog by Shelly Terrell--BYOT: No Internet Access, No Problem (April 7, 2013)--she lists many activities to use in a classroom where students have no Internet access.
To quote part of her blog: "One problem with integrating most technology is that schools and teachers rely too much on Internet access. We forget that even without the Internet, laptops and mobile devices are very powerful learning tools. Simple cell phones come with the ability to create videos, take photos, record audio, and take notes. Students carry these powerful learning tools in their pockets and don’t realize the learning potential, because we do not open their eyes to it. We can get our students to do so much with these tools while they are riding the bus, walking home, visiting their favorite places, etc."
Are you faced with using technology with students in a school without Internet access?
What ideas have you incorporated in your teaching to take advantage of technology minus the Internet?
How have you used BYOT to benefit your students' learning?