November 10, 2015
With the advance of technology and mobile gadgetry there emerged a wide variety of learning trends endemic to 21st century classroom environment. One of these trends is what is conventionally referred to as BYOD/T (Bring Your Own Device/Technology). In a BYOD classroom, students bring their own technology (e.g hand-held devices, laptops..etc) and use them for various learning activities. The pedagogical strength of BYOD is that it is an effective way to personalize learning and allow students easy and quick access to the technology they need to explore and learn collaboratively in a student-centerer environment.
There are now several web tools and mobile apps that support BYOD learning. The collection below features 10 popular recommendations in this regard. And as we have argued elsewhere, the emphasis in BYOD should not be on technology itself but rather on the pedagogical ends to be addressed using that technology.
1- Google Classroom
2- Socrative Teacher and Student
‘Socrative empowers you to engage and assess your students as learning happens. Through the use of real-time questioning, result aggregation, and visualization, you have instant insight into levels of understanding so you can use class time to better collaborate and grow as a community of learners.’’
3- Google Drive
Google Drive suite of productivity tools allows you to easily create, share and store all your files in one single location accessible anywhere with Internet connection and across different devices.
Neared is another indispensable tool for BYOD classroom. It combines ‘presentation, collaboration and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution’.
WeVideo is another good web app to use for editing videos on Chromebooks. With WeVideo you can import media files you have stored on Drive, Dropbox and edit them the way you want. You can trim clips, split long clips into smaller ones, insert text for titles and captions in different languages, record voice-overs, add professional themes to your videos, add music, transitions and many more.
9- The Answer Pad