On BYOD – tools and hacks

As I mentioned in a previous post,  the academic divide between students with low socio-economic backgrounds and students with average or advanced socio-economic backgrounds is much smaller when the schools have similar resources available (Connors and McMorrow, 2015). Unfortunately, an estimated sixty percent of Australia’s most disadvantaged students attend under resourced schools in low socio-economic areas (Nous Group, 2011). This has implications both for learning outcomes and technology use in schools – to quote Gibson (in Bigum, 2012), “the future is here, it is just not evenly distributed yet”. BYOD is not a silver bullet but implemented well, it can level the playing field to a certain extent. Below is a catalogue of BYOD tools and hacks that I use to create materials and activities that work on a wide range of devices, both online and offline. The catalogue is organised as follows:

  1. Get creative with BYOD (flip your classroom, tap into VR, prepare BYOD materials and make your own smartboard)
  2. BYOD collaborative writing
  3. BYOD project-based learning
  4. BYOD assessment and evaluation
  5. Hack your workflow (batch create QR codes, automate feedback forms, certificates, emails and lesson plans and sync the various platforms you use for yourself and with your students into one to do list)

Feel free to make a copy of the catalogue and add it to your Google Drive.  All feedback is welcome!


Bigum, C. (2012). Chapter 2 Schools and Computers: Tales of a Digital Romance. in Published in ‘Transformative Approaches to New Technologies and Student Diversity in Futures Oriented Classrooms’. L. Rowan and C. Bigum, Springer Netherlands.

Connors, L., & McMorrow, J. (2015). Imperatives in School Funding: Equity sustainability and achievement, Australian Education Review No 60. Melbourne: ACER. Retrieved from: http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1024&context=aer

Nous Group. (2011). Schooling challenges and opportunities: a report for the Review of Funding for Schooling panel. ISBN: 978-0- 9871847-0- 2 Retrieved from: http://apo.org.au/node/26252

  • Ellen McIntyre
    January 19, 2017

    Hi Benita,
    Thanks for the great list of resources. I particularly liked the In-class Activities with BYOD. I have downloaded the Cardboard viewer specifications and will learn how to do it in a quieter moment. It will make a great classroom project, with such promise being held out when it’s completed. The other resources also look good. I have enjoyed my brief foray into the Kahoot world.

    • Benita Rowe
      January 19, 2017

      Thanks Ellen! It would be great to hear how it goes with Cardboard. Have fun with it! 🙂 Cheers, Benita

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