Thanks for brining your own device for our workshop. If you are bringing and iPad or Android tablet, please install the free apps listed below.

iPad Apps to Install for Middle & High School

Android Apps to Install for Middle & High School


Workshop Notes & Links

5 Strategies

  • Contribute Responses
  • Access Content
  • Support Creativity
  • Encourage Collaboration
  • Collect Learning Artifacts

Use Socrative to collect responses from students. Questions can be multiple choice, true/false, and short answer. When creating a quiz, you indicate a correct answer (if there is one). Students can access your room by first going to and entering your room code. You can deliver questions in a teacher-paced mode so that you can go through the questions as a class. Or, you can deliver questions in student-paced mode where it's more like a quiz.

Use Poll Everywhere to conduct instant surveys. The teacher shows her screen on a projector so the class can see the results. Results can be visualized as a bar graph, text, or word cloud. The free version limits each poll to 40 responses, but you can create as many polls as you'd like. If you'd like to identify students and keep data, try Socrative.

QR codes are great for providing explanations (among many other things).  Use the i-nigma app (iOS, Android, Fire) or (Mac, Windows) or ScanQR (Chromebooks & Chrome Web Browser on Mac and Windows) to scan codes and to create them. Read lots more about QR codes and watch Tony's video. The printer he uses to make stickers with QR codes is available on Amazon.

Record audio using Vocaroo. It uses Flash, so it only works on Mac, Windows, and Chrome. Vocaroo stores the audio online and provides a QR code. Beware: Vocaroo recordings only remain online for a few months.

As an alternative to Vocaroo, you can record audio online at (this is also available as a Chrome app). It uses Flash, so it only works on Mac, Windows, and Chrome. saves the audio as an MP3 file. You can add this MP3 file to your Google Drive and share it (beginning with Step 7 below).

Record audio on an iPad using an app like Recorder HQ that can save audio to your Google Drive.

Record video on Chrome, Mac, or Windows using It uses Flash, so it only works on Mac, Windows, and Chrome. saves the video as an MP4 file. You can add this MP4 file to your Google Drive and share it (beginning with Step 7 below).

Steps for Making Any Photo of Video in iOS or Android Your Photo Library into a QR Code with Google Drive:

  1. Open the Google Drive iOS or Android app and sign in.
  2. Click the + button at the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Click Upload Photos or Videos
  4. Click to select your video.
  5. Click the blue check button.
  6. Wait for the upload to complete.
  7. Go to on your laptop.
  8. Find your uploaded video in the list and click to select it.
  9. Click the Get Link icon in the toolbar near the top left of the page.
  10. Click Sharing Settings.
  11. Click Advanced.
  12. Click Change next to "Anyone at Troup County who has the link can view."
  13. Change to "Anyone with the link."
  14. Click Save.
  15. Copy the link that is displayed in the Sharing settings.
  16. Open your web browser and go to
  17. Click the URL tab and paste into the box.
  18. Now you have a QR code you can display or download and save!

It's probably better to share the Google Drive video file on your desktop or laptop computer so that you can print the QR code. Go to and click the check box next to your video. Click the More button and choose Share and Share again. Change the visibility options so that anyone with the link can view the video without logging in. Copy the link and paste into

Bitlinks are shortened URLs. Paste a long web address into Click customize to make the bitlink easier to say aloud and type. is the place to play and create matching and labeling games. Here's the BYOD Platform Logo game.

Screenshots are a photograph of exactly what's on your device's screen. Each platform has a different method for saving a screenshot. Go to for directions for each playform.

There are different models of collaboration in a BYOD classroom. Groups may work on one device (which isn't a bad thing, according to this article in TIME magazine), group members may each work on their own device, or maybe students are grouped by interest or ability and they utilize whatever devices they happen to have access to.

Movenote is a free app and website for creating narrated slideshows. You have the option of recording audio and video as you speak while your click through images or slides. The saved video is available online (and can be pasted into a QR code or bitlink). Read more about Movenote and see examples.

Shadow Puppet Edu is a free iOS app for creating narrated slideshows. The final format is a movie file that can be saved to the Camera Roll or uploaded to their website (which has a link you can copy and paste into a QR code or bitlink).

Padlet is a free website where you can create a wall. You can open the wall up for others to post. Posts can have text and allow for uploads and links. On an iPad you can only upload photos and videos. Watch Tony's video for lots more about Padlet.

Suggested Padlet Wall Settings:

  • Log into
  • Click the Modify Wall button.
  • Under profile, give your wall a title and description.
  • Under Layout, change from Freeform to Stream or Grid.
  • Under Privacy, checkmark Moderate posts.
  • Under Address, give your wall an easy to type web address.
  • See the QR code under the Share menu.

Quick Tip: Tony gets those black and white icons from The Noun Project. Read more and learn how to recolor them.

Start a Google Slides document and share it with students. Assign each student or group a slide number (skip Slide #1 so you can use that as a title slide).

BYOD Tools Slideshows:

Google Classroom is a great way to distribute Google Docs and collect and grade student assignments.

Keep learning on Twitter! Search for the hashtags #BYOTchat, #ipaded, #edtechchat, and #1to1techat. You might like entering these Twitter search terms into Flipboard (you have to use the mobile app to do this).

Find apps and resources at They have a great search function!

Play class games using Kahoot or Quizizz!