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After attending a workshop for the Southwestern Pennsylvania's Principals Academy this month, I had the opportunity to speak with an administrator from a nearby district.  The high school in this district became BYOT in the 2010 school year.  It was a very rough start because student guidelines and expectations were not given, teachers were not prepared, and discipline issues not discussed.  Eventhough this was not well supported, the middle school started BYOT in the 2011 school year and was successful.  The key to success was pre-planning, professional development, and high student expectations.  Each grade level was given separate expectations while adiministrators stated the guidelines and consequences. 

 

Just with any "new" program, administrator support and planning allows for an easy transition.

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Comment by Lenni D. Nedley on October 9, 2012 at 4:49pm

Continuing the discussion regarding BYOT, the ASCD Smartbrief (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/10/05/3578876/cms-launches-br...), NC Superintendent Heath Morrison stated “Expanding the use of technology to enhance learning for our students is exciting.”

How refreshing!

Comment by Lenni D. Nedley on October 6, 2012 at 8:18pm
Easy to watch simple explanation of BYOT for educators who are apprehensive or nervous about this concept:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SSXyfX8ABhA
Comment by Lenni D. Nedley on October 6, 2012 at 8:16pm
Tech Insight Online offers the following http://www.techinsightonline.com archived webcast.

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