Digital Learning News

December 1, 2015- by the Digital Learning Team

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


Congratulations to all teachers and students highlighted in the Digital Learning News!

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Elementary Spotlights

  • Tiffany Bingham, 1st grade, ACFT, students use Post It app for learning vocabulary
  • Richard Pence, 5th grade, Birdville EL, students created iMovie trailers to demonstrate learning about Energy
  • Elizabeth Shier, Music, ACFT, Kahoot! used to assess student learning
  • Morgan Martinez, 2nd grade, David E. Smith, through captured video students share ways they are generous during the holiday season
  • Julie Herring, Kindergarten, David E. Smith, Plickers used to assess student learning of sight words
  • Carrie Chandler, 5th grade, David E. Smith, Kahoot! used to assess student learning of science concepts
  • Glenda McComber and Kathy Thomas, 3rd grade, ACFT, Plickers is used to assess student learning of multiplication facts and science concepts
  • Rhonda James, PDS, West Birdville, student learning supported with use of bond technology
  • Dee Dee HIll, 5th grade, Hardeman EL, students explored the solar system on the iPad using Skyview iOS app

Middle School Spotlights


  • Heather Raynsford, ELAR, Watauga MS, SMORE used to organize and link primary text with supporting materials
  • Colleen Zitzman, ELAR, Watauga MS, students use Padlet to interact in word work during workstations
  • Karen Sanchez, Science, North Richland MS, Plickers used to assess student learning; plus other creative projects!
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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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Join Us for our 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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Give the Gift of Student Engagement

What gifts can you give your students, beginning this holiday season? How about the Gift of Student Engagement. Learn what students are saying on this topic:

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

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Project Innovate Information

We are building our second semester schedule for Project Innovate training now. Classes will be announced soon!


If you have attended a previous session of Project Innovate training, you can review all information here, including updates on best practices for using your Project Innovate, teacher iPad.


We recently ask for feedback on how Project Innovate iPads are being used and we did receive several responses. Congratulations Laura Lyons - your name was drawn from those who submitted responses! Contact Cheryl McKnight to claim your $10 of free apps!


Let us know how you are using your Project Innovate iPad by clicking here to submit the Google form.

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Secondary Digital Learning Update!

Teacher Tool of the Week: Chatzky

Chatzky is a free, on-line chat room that teachers and students can set up and participate in. Students can discuss and collaborate in a simple digital environment, and many rooms can be running at once. It functions as a simple backchannel, too.

Student Tool of the Week: Popplet

Popplet is a site and an app that makes idea-mapping visual. It is a great tool for whole group or small group brainstorming. Students can create and connect their ideas with this tool.

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

Technology Tip of the Week: TikaTok

TikaTok is an online publishing studio where students can write and illustrate digital and printed books. The site includes publishing projects, writing prompts, image galleries, and more. Teachers can use the district provided grade level code to create their account and get students set up. Contact you campus Academic Coach or Digital Learning Specialist for setup details.

App of the Week: StoryKit

StoryKit is a multimedia storytelling mobile app. It allows users to create electronic storybooks and share them with others. StoryKit is a practical tool for teachers. They can use it to create their own storytelling books and share them with their students. It is all free and anyone can use it easily. StoryKit is compatible with iPod touch, iPhone touch, and iPad.

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

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We Want to Know!

The entire Digital Learning Team is here to support teaching and learning throughout the district. Please let us know how we are doing. Click here to complete a 1 minute survey.
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