As BYOD4L is about learning and teaching using smart devices. You can go through BYOD4L using a PC or laptop, but we have designed it so you can take part using a smart phone or tablet connected to the internet. It will help to help you understand the topics if you use your smart device(s) as much as possible throughout the course. Download and try out suggested apps (available for Apple and Android devices). Most of them are free or inexpensive.
The tools listed below include:
- sites or social spaces you can use to establish your online presence and connect with other BYOD4L participants and facilitators
- tool to use and consider each day for the given topic
Sites and spaces
The tools listed below will enable you to reach out to other learners. Don’t try to be in all spaces at once or use all of the listed tools. Try to find out what works best for you. You will become more familiar with how best to use the suggested technologies as you observe others and ask questions.
If you are an experienced online learner and familiar with other digital tools and social media platforms, please feel free to use them for your learning and share with others so that we can all learn from each other. Groups might want to set-up their own collaborative learning spaces too. Use what works best for you and your group and let us know if you need any help, ok?
If you have useful discussions with peers in face to face situations please do also share what you have learnt with peers online.
Use this notice board if you are looking for a study buddy or would like to join a study group. Add a date and some contact information.
This BYOD4L course site is built using WordPress. It constructed using pages and postings and it’s free. Think about setting a space up for yourself (see Portfolio below).
Please remember to visit this BYOD4L site frequently to find out more about the course, how it is structured and what comes next. It would be useful to follow this site by clicking on the button Follow #BYOD4L (on the right hand side of the homepage) and receive updates directly in your inbox.
We will use Twitter as the main communication channel. Please create a Twitter account if you don’t have one already and start checking the hashtag #BYOD4L. The course Twitter feed will also be displayed on the the homepage of the BYOD4L site. If you need help, please use the hashtag #byod4lHELP. Peers and facilitators are here to help. And when run run TweetChat activities include the hashtag #byod4lchat.
It is a good idea to create a digital portfolio for your reflections and learning as you progress in the course. If you don’t have a portfolio at the moment, consider using WordPress.com or another platform you are familiar with. Blogger or Google docs are good alternative solutions, but there are many other ways for can easily establish an online portfolio. A portfolio will help you collect and develop the evidence of your learning, especially useful if you will be working towards gaining open badges.
We encourage you to comment on posts contributed by other participants. Remember to add the #byod4l hashtag to your titles and connect your portfolio to your Twitter account (see social media settings in your dashboard) so that when posting something linked to BYOD4L it is shared more widely with others.
Google doc (recommended):
Google docs are useful for completing specific learning tasks, particularly when working with others. You can also use it as a learning portfolio tool.
Google+ community (optional):
We have created a BYOD4L community space for all those who would like to have further, perhaps more extensive discussions than possible via Twitter, especially where you are interested in establishing networks beyond the timeline of the course itself. Anybody is welcome to join this community. Please note the Google+ community discussions are driven by the community itself and can be used by any participant as long as they want to engage. Everybody is welcome to join and participate in the discussions. All you need to do is add yourself to the community. You will also be able to use the Google+ Hangout feature there for synchronous meetings with your group and other learners. Please note, you need a Google account and to create a public Google+ profile to join the community.
If you would like to set up your own Google+ community to work with a specific group of people, you might find the following clip useful.
Facebook group (optional):
You can also join is the BYOD4L Facebook page. Discussion in this space is led by the community itself. This space can be used by anybody and everybody and its life extends beyond the course. Even if you are using BYOD4L with another group locally or globally, you are still very welcome to join this space whenever it useful to do so.
Remember you don’t have to be in all spaces. Use the one that works best for you or the one you would like to find out more about.
Google + Hangout (recommended):
Create a Google + account, if you don’t already have one, so that you can organise and participate in Google + Hangouts for synchronous video meetings with others.
Cred.ly (if claiming badges):
If you intend to work towards gaining open badges on this course you will be need to setup a Credly account at http://cred.ly The email used to set up this accounts needs to be used to claim a badge. Badges are personal to you via this email address and cannot be transferred to a different email address. The badges you gain here will be grouped with other badges you have earned through the Cred.ly website for other activities including CPD.
Tools for each 5C topic
Each day considers a different topic. We have put together an Edshelf list for each of the topics: