Implementing BYOD in Your Classroom

BYOD Activities that Work!

Rita Ayers, i21Zone Specialist, STI

First Things First: Get a Great QR Code Reader!

QR Codes are everywhere these days - in classrooms, stores, magazines, products - even t-shirts! If you don't already have a QR Code reader, try i-Nigma. It's fast and reliable and free!

The sky's the limit when it comes to using QR Codes in the classroom. Have your students download i-Nigma using the QR code at right. It's good for four different platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows devices. You can right-click to save it, then print it as needed. Or, just pull this page up and let them scan from your projector.

Make your codes at, then use any of the following ideas:

1) Put a code outside your door each day giving the bellringer assignment.

2) Put codes around the room for a scavenger hunt activity.

3) Use codes to jump to websites or app download pages.

4) Make flashcards with QR Code answers on the back to reveal the correct answer.

Jump to the link below to see many more great activities that use QR Codes.

Give Students Choices

We don't give students a set of watercolors and tell them to color everything blue. Yet, we frequently limit their options when it comes to showing us what they have learned.

BYOD and 1:1 classrooms can provide teachers the flexibility to allow their students choices when assigning projects. Every student may not have the same apps as their classmates, so instead of requiring the students to use a particular app or website, why not give them a choice? You will find that student engagement and creativity will increase when students are given the freedom to use different tools to deliver content.

Here are three examples of a project about President John F. Kennedy. The examples contain the same content, however, the information is presented in a different format in each project.

A fourth option would be to let them create a website using Smore, which is what you are viewing now. Here are tutorials for all four of these, but usually students don't even need these.

Examples of other assignments that give students choices:


Get Moving with GoNoodle!

Everyone needs a brain break once in awhile. Get your kids up and moving with GoNoodle! There are also relaxation and calming exercises to bring those rowdy kids back to a manageable place. You can either let everyone choose their own thing (with headphones) or use your classroom projector for a Zumba-like class!

You can find the website at

Use Web-Based Resources for Review

Find Vocabulary Words in a Bingo Game

BingoBaker is a free website, but if you want to pay $9.99 for a lifetime membership, you won't have to remember what all the web addresses are for the Bingos you create.

Let's try this one:

Use the Camera on their Device as a Scanner

Instead of waiting for a slow scanner to scan in page after page of a document, just snap pictures and create a multi-page PDF with any of a number of free apps. One good one is Genius Scan.

Here's a link to a huge list of ideas for how to use Genius Scan (or any other device "scanner" for that matter.)

Save Money with Free and Reduced Apps

19 Mind-Blowing Tips to Outshine the Kids

Ok, my mind wasn't blown, but I did learn some cool tricks!

21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

Some of these are the same as the earlier 19 tips - but there are some fun new ones in there too!

Have Questions Later?

Rita Ayers

i21Zone Specialist