The Epic BYOD Toolchest and BYOD Influencers to Follow

Bring Your Own Device Trends and Tips

Bring your Own Device, called BYOD, is a hot topic in education and one that many of us, including me, talk about often. It is challenge to bridge all the devices and teach. But, if you believe the SAMR model, BYOD can redefine your classroom (without killing your budget.)

BYOD Top 10 List from Onalytica
Screenshot of Epic BYOD toolchest from Edutopia

The Epic BYOD Toolchest on my Edutopia Blog includes 51 of the tools I used this past year in my BYOD classroom.

Since I was just named one of the top 10 influencers on Twitter in BYOD by Onalytica. (#3 after Maribel Lopez @MaribelLopez and Tina Barseghian @MindShiftKQED of MindShift), you might find my 51 favorite tools for BYOD list over at Edutopia helpful. You'll find lots of apps to use with students.

Read “The Epic BYOD Toolchest” on my Edutopia Blog


Keeping Up with BYOD

It can be a challenge to keep up with the rapidly changing best practices in Bring Your Own Device. I suggest you look at the Onalytica BYOD Influencer List and follow them on Twitter. Bring Your Own Device  isn't just one person, it is a movement. Even if you have one device of one type you provide, it is likely you are still supporting many devices. You probably have all types of smartphones and devices on your network whether you want to or not. Bring Your Own Device best practices work to connect every type of technology out there.

See the Top 100 BYOD Influencers at Onalytica


Epic BYOD ToolChest with 51 Tools You Can Use Now

Since we're talking BYOD, I put together an Epic BYOD Toolchest for Edutopia of all the apps and tools I use in my classroom to bridge the various devices my students bring to class. I was amazed when I realized that I don't just have one or two sites or apps but 51 I depend upon frequently. Multiplatform tools that are easy to set up and serve a purpose are my favorites. Every single tool on the list I used in my classroom this past school year. Hope it helps!

The Classroom is Reinventing and Writing is Reinvented

My new book Reinventing Writing will help Bring Your Own Device Schools. So much of my work includes writing with students and the nine ways writing has been reinvented.

I've written this book for the modern educator and student for any teacher using or trying cloud documents. You learn how to pick the right tool for teaching, how to set it up quickly, and how to prevent common mistakes. If you're into BYOD, you must work towards becoming as paperless as possible and this book is a must-read.

Order Reinventing Writing Now(This Links to Amazon)


Top 10 BYOD Influencers (See Onalytica for the Top 100)

Rank Twitter Handle Name PageRank (Normalised)
1 @MaribelLopez Maribel Lopez 100
2 @MindShiftKQED Tina Barseghian 75.25
3 @coolcatteacher Vicki Davis 74.97
4 @NMHS_Principal Eric Sheninger 60.83
5 @mssackstein Starr Sackstein 43.17
6 @InnovativeEdu Lisa Nielsen 35.91
7 @RossCoops31 Ross Cooper 28.06
8 @mluhtala Michelle Luhtala 22.63
9 @andycinek Andrew P. Marcinek 21.96
10 @jksuter Jason K. Suter 21.93

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