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● ● ● AT A GLANCE Classroom Tips to Help Support a BYOT Initiative Some students have a good “digital compass,” while others struggle to make good decisions when online. Below are some links to great interactives and sites that will help you build your lessons addressing digital citizenship and Internet safety. Surf Swell Island surfswellisland/ Play adventures with Mickey Mouse and his friends while learning about online safety. NetSmartzKids Learn how to be safer on and offline with these age-appropriate resources. That’s Not So Cool Where do you draw your digital line? These resources will help you identify where that line should be drawn. NSTeens This resource provides middle and high school users a series of games, videos and lessons for teaching and learning about digital citizenship. This resource is also available in Spanish. A Thin Line MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign was developed to empower students to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse. There are some videos in this section that you may find questionable, so be sure to prescreen all videos prior to use. Issue Three 2012 >> techedge A • • • • • s budgets get tighter and schools search for alternate solutions, bring your own technology (BYOT) has become increasingly popular. If BYOT is coming to your campus, TCEA Professional Development has some great tips and tricks to support your BYOT classroom environment. One of the concerns in a BYOT environment is managing the variety of student devices and knowing if those devices are capable of accessing the content presented. A simple technology survey can help answer these uncertainties. Here are some questions teachers may consider including in the survey. Does the student device have a built-in camera? Does the student device have access to the Internet? What type of data plan does the device carry? Does the device have texting capabilities? What type of calling/texting plan does the student have? Even though there is a district-wide Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in place, teachers should create their own classroom technology guidelines or rules to outline expectations for students both when online and when using technology. Below are a few ideas to help you get started on your specific classroom rules. • Indicate where the devices should be, both when in and out of use. • Address the basics of maintaining devices: conducting updates, fully charging the battery, and bringing the charger and any other needed peripherals to class. • Require students to keep virtual comments and posts relevant to the course. • Create safety guidelines for downloading content from the Internet. • Indicate whether students should utilize the school’s network or their own when online. 5

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tech Edge - August 2012

AT A GLANCE: Classroom Tips to Help Support a BYOT Initiative
TECA Professional Development
Resources for a BYOT
LEADING WITH TECHNOLOGY: It's Not All About the Robot
BYOT: From Potential Distraction to Real Integration
CREATING CLOUDS: From Sharing to Storing, Clouds, Help Clear the Way for BYOT
BYOT TO THE LIBRARY: Student's Learning Options Continue to Expand
TECH SMART: Tips to Promote Responsible and Ethical Digital Citzens
MOBILE LEARNING: Paving the Way for BYOT and Responsible Uses Policies
IN THE CLASSROOM: Think, Are You UP for This Robotics Challenge?
ADVOCACY UPDATE: Connecting in the Community

Tech Edge - August 2012