Moving to using mobile devices for learning

imageTransitioning into an era of mobile learning – a blogpost by Ontario educator Christina Moore setting out the case for, and the benefits to be gained by, having pupils using their own mobile devices used to support learning in the classroom. The blogpost suggests different ways in which mobile devices can be used in the classroom and also provides links to additional sources of information expanding on these ideas.

9 Tips for a Successful School BYOD Implementation

9-stepBYOD9 Steps to a successful school BYOD implementation – a blogpost by Sarah Cornelius which provides advice for schools moving to have pupils use their own devices to support their learning in the classroom. This sets out 9 steps which include ensuring that everyone understands what is hoped to be achieved and all the positive benefits which incorporating multiple types of device can bring to learning – but also recognising the challenge this poses, with suggestions as to how these challenges can best be resolved. It explains the need for everyone to have an understanding of device-neutral applications with a focus on the task to be accomplished, and users choosing the app or webtool which best meets the need specific to the user’s device. Also how helpful it is having a cloud-based platform which is common to all users – Scottish schools all have access to the range of tools and resources via Glow, providing every learner and member of staff with that cloud-based platform.

European Schoolnet Guide to BYOD for School Leaders

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Guide for School Leaders EUSchoolnetBYIDguide – a new publication by the European Schoolnet’s Interactive Classroom Working Group (ICWG).

“The guide is designed to provide school leaders, local education authorities and other decision makers with information on BYOD trends, options and examples from schools in European countries and in other parts of the world. The guide is intended to be a continuing source of information and further case studies will be added to keep on track with latest developments.”

An introduction to BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology – for parents

Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Technology or Use Your Own Device

BYOTforParentsBYOT for Parents – an explanatory video about Bring Your Own Technology by US educator Amy Mayer, aimed at parents/carers, describing different ways in which mobile technology might be used in a classroom situation to support learning and teaching. It gives examples of situations and specific tools and how they could be used in an educational context. The examples are specific to a particular school district in the USA at a particular moment in time, however the principles (feedback, researching, collaborating, communicating, note-taking, creating, demonstrating understanding and more) can generally be applied elsewhere with different tools.

BYODPKCBYOD for Parents pkc – an explanatory video by Perth and Kinross Council explaining the introduction of Bring Your Own Device and what that means for learners in a classroom context.

BYOD in the 21st Century – an short video by Canadian educator Marc-André Lalande presenting some of the advantages and limitations of this concept for education.



Connected Learning – the Preston Lodge High School example

Do you wonder how other schools are using mobile devices to support learning and teaching? Well, East Lothian Secondary Schools now offer wireless learning for all young people. This means that young people can use school or personal devices to access a very wide range of learning materials online. This new opportunity creates important new responsibilities for young people.

At Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian they’ve put together a guide and animated video explaining to pupils how they manage the use of the mobile devices brought by pupils. Some tools and resources they use may be specific to their school but the general principals and guidance may be found to be helpful to other schools to consider. You can see a description at the link below:

You can also watch the Preston Lodge High School Connected Learning animated video below (or click on this link):



Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L) is an online, free, non-registration week-long course provided by several higher education institutions as a way of providing a platform for anyone (whether learner or teacher) to engage in reflection, practical activity, and collaboration on the theme of Bring Your Own Device for Learning.

This online resource is designed for a specific week (from 14 July 2014) with collaborative activity of participants encouraged and supported from anywhere during this period. However the online resources, links to tools, apps and research put together by the organisers and made available online, as well as the shared dialogue and feedback from participants during this week linked from this site, make this a resource which will have usefulness well beyond the week itself and will be of benefit to learners and teachers whether or not they were able to make use of the resource during that specific time period.