We are planning to launch a bring your own device scheme at school. I work at an independent school so I suppose it s easier to insist on students brining a tablet to lessons.
I can foresee issues where students will not bring their device if we are not encouraging them to use them. But how?
1) If they get the kindle reader they will be able to annotate PDFs. This means I can ask key stage 4 students to download the specification and make notes on each section as to what they understand and things they will need to recap when they revise.
2) Socrative - if all students have devices then it should be simple to use them to complete quizzes using socrative. What I like about this is that an app isn't necessary.
3) Padlet - I like the idea of working collaboratively. Padlet will allow students to give answers/comments on the wall and see those of others.
4) Evernote is a free app, allowing notebooks to be shared and it works cross platform. It is a possible way to share my presentations with students and also a way for them to collate their work on their tablet.
5) Calendars and reminders - I would hope that most tablets come with these applications and they are a good replacement for the paper planners students carry.
6) Social bookmarking - again to help students stay organised. Through bit.ly, delicious and pinterest.
I hope that these ideas are simple enough to be accessible to all students and possible to use regularly.
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