Effective Apps And Web Tools For BYOD Classrooms

Your school probably doesn’t have enough money to give each student an iPad. There. I said it. I hate to be the bad guy in this situation but it’s news that you should know. So what’s a tech-savvy teacher to do? How about try out a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom setup? It allows you to have devices that students are comfortable with and already able to use. Plus the price is right.

The only issue is managing the plethora of devices and figuring out how to do certain activities on different platforms. For example, let’s say you want to create a digital story but you have iOS devices, Android devices, and laptops. So you need a tool that works on all of these.

Thanks to a fabulous chart from MakeLearn, it’s easy to see how you can do it all no matter what platform your students are using. For the example of digital storytelling, you can use iMovie (paid, but there are free competitor apps), Movie Studio for Android, and Animoto as a web tool.

Pretty slick, eh?

The following visual details just 5 key BYOD activities but there are, of course, plenty of other projects you can take on. I’d recommend using this chart as a jumping off point to new adventures in learning in BYOD classrooms and beyond!

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1 Comment

  1. Casey Smith

    October 25, 2013 at 2:01 pm


    My name is Casey Smith and I am a graduate student at the University of Michigan in a secondary education program. This chart is incredibly helpful, and really addresses a necessary component that many others don’t take into consideration with BYOD policies. There are three different platforms for smartphones these days (Android, iOS, and Windows), and the availability of apps on each certainly does vary. I think, at least according to my very limited experiences thus far, you address the most popular question when it comes to cellphones in the classroom, “What can I do with them?” I see this chart (and more specifically BYOD policies) being useful for just about any discipline and making a positive impact if used appropriately. One question that I continue to pose to proponents of BYOD policies is, what do you do about data plans? Having restrictions on the school internet can be very effective with tablets, laptops and the like; but what do you do about students who have their own, unrestricted data plan? I’m curious to hear your answer if you would be willing to share. Some of the responses that I’ve gotten so far are: close monitoring of devices, respect for teacher decreasing occurrences, and cell phones remaining face up on tables. What might you suggest? I enjoyed reading your post and, if at all possible, I look forward to hearing back from you.