Digital Learning News Brief
April 21, 2015
Digital Learning Spotlight - Authentic Student Tasks and Products
Students at Jack C. Binion Elementary are creating and producing learning resources for others using iPads. To show evidence of their reading, Inia Umpierre’s fifth grade students used iMovie to create book trailers that summarize books for others. Students worked with a partner to design a storyboard and collect images and videos to support their projects. In the iMovie app, students selected a theme and were guided through the process of creating their trailers. Completed projects were saved to the iPad camera roll and then uploaded to a class Dropbox. A QR code was created for each movie and then printed and displayed on the class "Readbox" board, with book covers designed by students.
The book trailer project was rigorous but fun for the students and kept them engaged throughout the process. They want to continue building their “Readbox” for the remainder of the six weeks and writing reviews for their library books.
Two student examples (just close the Dropbox window pop-up and then click the play button to watch the trailers):
Skelton Creek by: Patrick Carman
Wonder by: R. J. Palacio
Binion Bobcats Collaborating on Book Trailer Project
"Readbox" Bulletin Board Display with Book Cover Designs and QR Code Shortcuts to Trailers
"Alvin Ho" Book Cover with QR Code by Alexis and Jovany
Digital Learning Spring Conference
In addition to learning with your BISD colleagues, you will have an opportunity to win vendor door prizes such as luggage, iTunes gift cards, and baskets with an assortment of prizes. The Digital Learning team will be giving away class sets of iPads! You must be present to win!
We hope to see you on Saturday!
1. Share some examples of one or more things your students have created and/or produced in the past week.
2. How are you encouraging your colleagues to move their students to become creators and producers?
3. What are you doing to become a creator and producer?
The Best Never Rest! MINDSET OF LIFELONG LEARNING
"Lifelong learning is an essential challenge for inventing the future of our societies; it is a necessity rather than a luxury to be considered … It is a mindset and a habit for people to acquire. It creates the challenge to understand, explore, and support new essential dimensions of learning such as: (1) self-directed learning, (2) learning on demand, (3) informal learning, and (4) collaborative and organizational learning.” Gerhard Fischer explains that lifelong learning “requires progress and an integration of new theories, innovative systems, practices, and assessment. For teachers, putting in this kind of lifelong work will help better amplify their capabilities, collaborate with colleagues, and transform in turn the way their students navigate the world." - Gerhard Fischer
Some opportunities to exercise a Mindset of Lifelong Learning:
- self-directed reading, internet research, online learning classes
- face-to-face classes
- mentoring and coaching
- collaborative learning, PLCs
This Week's Digital Learning's MINDSET OF LIFELONG LEARNER Resources
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