DTL e-Digest

Technology Tips & Strategies

November/December 2019

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Learning in Our Heads, Hands, and Hearts

When we talk about the future of work and our aspirations for learners, we often use a framework that considers what learners need in their hands, heads and hearts to be successful in an unknown future. So, what does that mean?


What do learners need in their hands? Skills. The skills that learners need today are much different than the skills previous generations learned in school. Today’s learners require “real world learning” — how to ask the right questions, be curious about their surroundings, resolve questions, and critically think about real world issues. They need social-emotional and leadership skills that will prepare them for our quick-changing, technology-driven world and prepare them for more remote, yet collaborative, workplace ecosystems.


What do learners need in their heads? Understandings. Information is more readily available and accessible than ever before. Learners today can Google anything, anytime and find answers to questions. What is not as readily available are the tools needed to comprehend and make sense of the information at hand; strategies for how to determine the credibility and reliability of information. By applying these tools, learners develop and demonstrate their understanding.


What do learners need in their hearts? Experiences. Learners need experiences that provide a context and relevance for learning. They need to feel connected, have purpose beyond themselves, and engage in community in order to cultivate a sense of belonging and motivation to work through challenges.

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Maggie Hughes, English Teacher, West Iredell High School

Teacher Spotlight | Maggie Hughes | Nov-December 2019
Nominate an Innovative Teacher

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Clever PDF


Ever have a PDF that you wish you could edit? With CleverPDF, you can change it into a format that you can. Just look at all of the options that you have and you can do it without having to register or input your email.

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Our 3 Apple Vanguard Cohorts started recently with an engaging day of learning for our participants. They are learning how to use iPads in their classroom so that students can demonstrate their learning in create tools using the apps available.


Remember the Apple Teacher program is free and always available to anyone with an Apple ID. You can choose the Mac, iPad, or Swift Playgrounds path! We even have an iQuest Course for the Apple Teacher for Mac to help guide you through the program.


Apple Coaching Cycles - Please contact Jackie Parker or Susan Pope if your school would be interested in participating in a coaching cycle where we plan - co-teach - reflect together! Recent teacher and classes that have participated have created some amazing products.

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Launch Your Learning Journey with iQuest

Full courses and Micro-credentials are available.
IQuest OPL Opportunities

Other Learning & Growing Opportunties

  1. D.I.G into Schoolnet: The Digital Implement Guide for Schoolnet is a Canvas course created by the Homebase group at NCDPI. You can self-enroll in this course by click on link and use it build your Schoolnet capacity to leverage learning with your students.

  2. Friday Institute MOOCeds: Massive Open Online Courses are offered by the Friday Institute. These free courses allow educators to learn on a variety of topics. These courses are self-paced and will award contact and participation hours for CEUs. There are ten courses to choose from.

  3. Microcredentials with the Digital Promise: Get started exploring and learning. There are a variety of Microcredentials to choose from. Learn. Grow. Share with Digital Promise.

  4. Canvas.Net: Canvas.Net is a catalog of professional learning covering a wide range of topics (content and curriculum, blended learning, to languages). Teachers and Administrators can search the entire catalog.

  5. NCCAT Online Professional Learning Catalog: NCCAT offers a range of free online professional learning for teachers. Check out the Catalog and choose the learning experience based on need.
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The Canvas of Things

Read about the latest updates, new releases, tips, and strategies related to Canvas.

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Coming December 2019: #GoOpenNC & OER

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Have you heard about the NC open educational resources initiative? Open educational resources (OER) are resources for students and teachers that are licensed to permit users to reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the content. Imagine a space where a community of North Carolina educators can come together to curate, create, and share OER! That’s what GoOpenNC is all about!


GoOpenNC is the name of the OER initiative here in North Carolina, and it’s also the name of the platform where NC educators can become part of this OER community of practice as they find, develop, and share instructional materials. The platform will be available for all teachers in late December / early January, but you have an opportunity to join the community now!

Must Have Chrome Extensions for Teachers

Are there Chrome extensions to which you want students to have access?

Chrome extensions are such powerful tools to leverage student learning. Currently, students do not have the ability to add Extensions. If there are extensions you would like to use for instructional purposes, submit the following request form.
Request Chrome Extensions for Students

Submit a student Chrome extension request using this form.

Digital Citizenship

Common Sense Media has launched NEW Digital Citizenship Curriculum. And it is Free to use with students and parents. The curriculum covers six competencies: Media & Balance, Privacy & Security, Digital Footprint & Identity, Relationships & Communication, Cyberbullying, Digital Drama, & Hate Speech, and News & Media Literacy.


Explore! Discuss! Create! Model!

Free Subject Specific Websites

Free Websites to Find Great Lesson Plans

Be conscious of copyright

20 Youtube Channels for Educators

Podcast by Subject Area

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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson delivered what would become the most popular TED Talk of all time – a plea to reverse the standardization and rigid compliance that has drained creativity out of our schools. Unfortunately, more than a decade later, Robinson’s diagnosis remains relevant today.

Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson
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