Digital Learning News

November 17, 2015

Congratulations to BISD Teachers in the Spotlight!

BISD students are engaged in a variety of learning opportunities each day. Visit the Digital Learning Lounge blog to learn more about how these teachers are using technology tools and resources for learning that engages students in learning!

Christine Guzman, campus uses Google Forms to organize Thanksgiving Food Drive, North Oaks MS


Mycah Baxter, students captured video on iPads to demonstrate and describe patterns in movement, Snow Heights EL


Sara Rector, students use ChatterPIX iOS App to show what they know, Watauga EL


Dani Webb, students use Padlet.com to reflect on Digital Citizenship, North Oaks MS

Modesta Juarez, grant funds the Amplified Classroom, West Birdville EL

Glenna Harris, accessing Google Classroom made easy with mobile technology, West Birdville EL

Gina Bergman, online group collaboration with TodaysMeet.com and student owned technology, North Richland MS

Megan Hewitt, student reading samples captured using AudioBoom iOS App, David E. Smith EL

Markela Causey, student created virtual word wall using Palet.com, Richland HS

Shannon HS Students, self-directed learning offers articles, games, and other learning via Smore.com, Shannon HS

Shannon HS Students, Maker Movement offers opportunity for student collaboration, Shannon HS

Spotlight Yourself or Someone at Your Campus

How to Post to the Digital Learning Lounge...

1. Start a new email message.

2. Type dl83.digital-learning@blogger.com in the "To" line.

3. Type the Title of your blog post in the "Subject" line of your email.

4. Type what you want to spotlight/share - which will become your actual blog post text - in the body of the email. Note: everything in your email will become part of your post so you may want to edit/delete extra information from your email signature.

5. Attach the images you want to include in your post to your email message.


This can easily be done from a smart phone right in a classroom, so remember to take the time to share digital learning successes with your BISD colleagues through the Digital Learning Lounge!

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Tonight's Twitter Chat: Being Grateful for the Gift of Learning

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Get Ready for the 15 Day Twitter Challenge!

In December we will NOT host our regular Tuesday evening Twitter chats. Instead, we invite all of BISD to participate in a 15-day Twitter Challenge!


Before 8 AM each weekday, November 30-December 18, a new question will be posted on @birdville_dl #bisddlp. For 24-hours, we invite you to tweet your responses, review the responses of others, and comment when you read something that you like or want to know more about. We will post a new question each morning and continue Monday-Friday for 3 weeks.


Please use this opportunity to encourage your co-workers and friends to join all of BISD on Twitter. We are one big learning community and benefit from the collective knowledge of all!


Preview all questions below and get ready for an awesome Tweet-a-thon!

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Project Innovate Followup Survey

For those who have already received your bond-funded Project Innovate iPad, WE WANT TO SPOTLIGHT YOU IN BISD AND AT THE TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE IN FEBRUARY!


Please share with us how you are using it to support the project goals by submitting this form with your name included. Everyone who submits an entry before the Thanksgiving break will be entered into a drawing to receive up to $10 in apps on your Project Innovate iPad. Who knows, we may draw more than one name!


Remember, these are the Project Innovate goals:

  1. participate in personalized professional learning - anytime/anywhere access to information, experts, resources, and more

  2. access productivity, communication, collaboration, and creation tools/resources

  3. model the use of technology as a tool for learning

  4. learn more about how to incorporate the student use of mobile devices/technologies in meaningful and engaged learning activities

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Elementary Team Update!

Elementary iOS App of the Week: YAKiT Kids

YAKiT Kids allows students to take photos and make them talk. It will let you create more than one talking character in each picture and create multiple scenes to tell a story. For Integration ideas, visit the Elementary Digital Learning Blog.

Technology Tip of the Week: Blabberize

Blabberize is an online tool that creates talking images. You can upload an image, draw a mouth, then record your voice to make the image talk. For integration ideas, visit the Elementary Digital Learning Blog.

Elementary Digital Learning Team

Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72 jennifer.canizares@birdvilleschools.net

Birdville~WT Francisco~Binion, Mullendore, Snow Heights, Porter, Spicer

Toni Dowdy @technologytoni toni.dowdy@birdvilleschools.net

Smithfield, Cheney, Stowe, Watauga, Foster Village, North Ridge, Walker Creek

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson jeff.samuelson@birdvilleschools.net

David E Smith, Richland, West Birdville, Holiday Heights, Hardeman, ACFT, Green Valley

Secondary Team Update!

Teacher Tech Tool of the Week: Tackk!

"There are various ways to put content on the internet including blogs, websites, and online documents. These are all great in their own way, but what if you just want to quickly create a single page that looks nice and is simple to make. One way to do that is with Tackk, a user-friendly, cloud-based webpage editor. Tackk even works on mobile devices."

Student Tech Tool of the Week: Magoosh!

Magoosh is a free app that is gamified vocabulary building. Secondary students wanting to improve vocabulary on-the-go to prepare for state tests as well as SATs and ACTs, will benefit from this simple app.

Secondary Digital Learning Team

Michael Hanson @Hansonits michael.hanson@birdvilleschools.net

Haltom HS, Haltom MS, Richland MS, North Ridge MS

Rashel Larson @rashellarson rashel.larson@birdvilleschools.net

Birdville HS, BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy tosh.mcgaughy@birdvilleschools.net

Richland HS, Shannon HS, North Oaks MS, Watauga MS

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Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab, Learning Resources Specialist

Karen Teeters @karenteeters222, Online Learning Specialist

Cheryl McKnight @cherylmck, Coordinator of Digital Learning

Kelli Montgomery @KelliM11, Director of Digital Learning