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@byod4l the journey continues

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for joining us this week. It was really exciting to learn with and from you. We are impressed with how you opened-up, engaged and shared practices but also played and experimented with new ideas.

If you were capturing your learning in a portfolio, feel free to add the link to our padlet if you haven’t done this already. Please remember that you could claim one or more of the BYOD4L badges. All work is peer reviewed. Have a look on our #byod4l badges page and get in touch if you have any questions, ok?

The journey continues, where will it take us? image source: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7265/7715571798_8df1569bc3_z.jpg

We will be evaluating a number of aspects of this BYOD4L iteration and refine our approach for what will be offered in the next academic year. If your institution would like to join, please have a look here and get in touch.

We have some ideas already but would really value your input and thoughts on this as well. If you would like to help us, please complete the short final survey and let us know if you would also be available to participate in a focus group via Google hangout.

A massive thank you to all our collaborators and participants. None of this would have been possible without you. We hope this journey has been of value for you and triggered some new ideas, thinking and is leading to actions too. All resources and community spaces will remain open and available to all. This is just the beginning.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay in touch, ok? 

Chrissi and Sue

@chrissinerantzi and @suebecks

#BYOD4L Topic 5: Creating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

So far we have all been on a high from the beginning of this week. We have plenty of evidence that learning in the open can be exciting, stimulating and engaging. Learning with others is possible if we make it personal and find bridges to connect with others in meaningful ways. When we show interest and also reach out and help others. Last night’s tweetchat was another fast rollercoaster and helped us all to discuss and debate collaboration but also cooperate and collaborate. Julie, David H and Sam organised an excellent tweetchat that brought us all together, one more time.

If you just discovered BYOD4L or Bring Your Own Device For Learning this is a short introduction to it. BYOD4L is an  open bite-size facilitated learning event offered over 5 days. Today is our last day but still plenty of time to join in! Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic you should go to the topic page.

Today’s topic is CREATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three plus one suggested activities to engage with. You will find the plus one or bonus activity under 4 😉 We are very very excited as we will be joining up with Sheila MacNeill and friends today who are currently offering the open learning event CGU Games on linked to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. We are bringing participants from both events together to share creations via Twitter in the spirit of the Games. This activity is open throughout the day. For further details about this and the other activities, please check out the Creating Topics page.

Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

What is the added bonus when making stuff together? Something to think about in the context of this topic.
image source: cc Chrissi Nerantzi at http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/9621516887_1d6c1328db_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter. There will be a pre-tweetchat activity so please check out Twitter about an hour before the very last Tweetchat.

We look forward to learning together.

The BYOD4L team

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#BYOD4L Topic 4: Collaborating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

What an amazing day… on Twitter, Google + and Facebook. Our last tweetchat was another speedy and rich exchange and took many of us to new places. Thank you so much Neil, Nick and Jim.

More news! Yes, we had our first On Air Google Hangout with Sam Illingworth and BYOD4L friends. Watch the recording here. This was truly amazing and a good example of experiential learning in action. Thank you so so much Sam for taking on this challenge! You did an excellent job and created new and exciting opportunities for discussions which definitely made a difference to those who participated. We hope that others might want to lead on further hangouts in the next 2 days. Only 2 days left now? This is hard to believe… we have been so busy all of us and have lost track of time, which can be a good thing as we are probably immersed in the process of learning. It is also amazing how some of the connections are getting stronger and there are discussions about collaborations. This actually fits perfectly with our next topic 😉

If you just arrived here, please note, this is the Bring Your Own Device For Learning! This open bite-size learning event which is offered this week. This is Day 4. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic you should go to the topic page.

Today’s topic is COLLABORATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. As this topic is about collaboration, we hope that you will use this opportunity and collaborate with others on a mini project. Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

We can achieve great things together? How can we make them happen? Something to think about in the context of this topic image by cc Chrissi Nerantzi http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/7181149916_e38bfbbbc5_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter.

We look forward learning together.

The BYOD4L team

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#BYOD4L Topic 3: Curating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

Already Day 3? We really enjoy learning with you all and have started making some interesting discoveries together. Many of you are becoming more confident in experimenting and sharing openly half-baked ideas and thoughts. The tweetchats seems to be popular and there are conversations happening in the social spaces as well and in the portfolios too.

If you just arrived here for the very first time, please note that this is the Bring Your Own Device For Learning event! An open bite-size learning adventure offered with the help of our lovely volunteer facilitators. It is now Day 3 out of 5 in total. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic, please go to the topic page and pick ‘n’ mix activities you think would be of value to you.

Today’s topic is CURATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

So much out there? How can we focus? What do we collect and why? Some things to think about in the context of this topic image source cc Chrissi Nerantzi http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6202/6059913514_01bc247d03_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Sam Illingworth will be organising a Google hangout around 2pm (UK time) so keep an eye on Twitter for an announcement regarding this but also in the Google + community and in Facebook.

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter.

We look forward learning together.

The BYOD4L team @byod4l

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#BYOD4L Topic 2: Communicating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

Wow! Day 1 is now (almost) over and we are getting ready for Day 2. It is so so lovely to see so many of you engaging already, sharing experiences via Twitter and our other social spaces. Many of you have set-up a brand new portfolio and have started reflecting on the experience. This is so wonderful and we really hope that this journey will lead to new and exciting discoveries.

Our first tweetchat on Monday (storify here, thank you Sue for putting this together!) with Anne, Kay and Peter but also all of you who participated was a success and brought many different voices together. It enabled us to make some new connections and strengthen some of the existing ones. For many it was the first time on Twitter or participating in a Tweetchat. Loads of sharing happened and we felt part of the extended BYOD4L family. We hope this reflects your experience too and you will be back for more. It might be useful to ‘warn’ your followers that you are participating in a tweetchat if you intend to come back for more. Thank you for this suggestion Julie.

If you just discovered BYOD4L and are wondering what this is all about, here is a quick reminder. BYOD4L or Bring Your Own Device For Learning is an open bite-size learning event offered over five days to help us use the smart devices we have for learning, teaching and/or personal/professional development. Tuesday is our second day. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic you should go to the topic page.

Today’s topic is COMMUNICATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

The power of communication, something to think about in the context of this topic image source: cc Chrissi Nerantzi, http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8297/8004040989_436308f0d4_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Remember that your reflections will become richer when you share them and engage in a conversation around them. Comment on what others say and invite others to comment on your reflections too.

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter. This is a great opportunity to connect synchronously with colleagues from around the world.

We look forward learning together.

 

The BYOD4L team @byod4l

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Warm welcome to #BYOD4L & Topic 1: Connecting | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

A warm welcome to Bring Your Own Device For Learning! We are very excited to offer BYOD4L for the second time this year.

This open bite-size 5-day learning event is offered over the next five days. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you and pick ‘n’ mix depending on what you would like to learn. To access each topic go to the specific page and put your own learning menu together.

Today’s (Monday, the 14th of July 2014) topic is CONNECTING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. Feel free to add further scenarios you would like to explore and share these with the BYOD4L community.

The need to connect. Something to think about.
Image source: cc Chrissi Nerantzi http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7988133137_4a9e07e835_z.jpg

But before you dive into BYOD4L, let’s get to know each other first 😉

Start by introducing yourself on Twitter, in our FB group or in our Google + community. No need to be everywhere. Pick a space and see what works for you. Connect with others. Learning together is more fun and more rewarding. If you need help, start here. Remember we facilitators are here to support you. Use the hashtag #byod4lHELP and help others too if you are able to.

Five institutions have joined us this time (Manchester Metropolitan University, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Ulster, the University of Sussex and London Metropolitan University). There are many opportunities to connect with individuals from different institutions. If you are from any of these 5 institutions, please also check the institutional pages with information about planned local events during the week. You are still welcome to join any of these events if you live locally and would like to join any of these events.

Remember also that you can work towards badges or institutional recognition if this has been enabled where you are.

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create and consider following @byod4l.

Join our daily TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter for an hour of fun, sharing and learning, described as “fantastically chaotic”.

To receive updates during the week, follow BYOD4L here on WordPress. Daily messages will be released.

We really look forward to learning with you. Are you ready for the ride?

The BYOD4L team

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