I had the opportunity to tour three BYOT schools in Forsyth County last week. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to participate in this amazing experience. As a former third grade teacher, walking into Shiloh Point Elementary and observing most, if not ALL, classes using project based learning strategies with their own tech, was like a dream! I can say, without a doubt, that this school is the perfect example of what a tech infused, PBL school should look like. Every class I visited was full of students using their own or school-purchased device/computer. Not only that, but students were USING the technology to create projects while working in small groups throughout the classrooms. I observed similar instruction and learning at Piney Grove Middle School and Lambert High. In all three schools I witnessed students creating books, illustrating slides for a presentation with paint tools, writing blog posts, building stop motion sets with Legos, demonstrating how to check out e-Books from the school library, and so much more. I kept telling my co-worker that the climate at these schools was a perfect fit for ME! As a child I would have been so engaged in these classes because the learning was authentic and engaging!
They are doing BYOT right in Forsyth County and I am truly inspired about rolling out this concept in Charlotte. It is necessary and long overdue! Of course I had such a great time documenting my experience on the BYOT tour that I had to put together a documentary! Please feel free to post your comments below. If you are interested in participating in the BYOT tour in Forsyth County, please visit Tim Clark’s amazing blog at http://byotnetwork.com/