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Digital Learning Activities for New Hires

6 Activities for Digital Learning Success!

Welcome new hires!

We are so excited to help you begin your BISD Digital Learning journey! We have designed the following activities/tasks to help you get started.

In each activity below, you will read about an important part of Digital Learning in BISD. Each activity includes a task for you to complete.

If at any time you need help completing a task, please email your Digital Learning Specialist (see Activity 1, below). We would be happy to help you!

When you have completed all 6 tasks, you will receive a BISD New Hire Digital Learning Certificate.

Activity 1: Meet the Team!

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What does the Digital Learning Team do?

  • meet and plan together with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), teacher teams, and individuals
  • co-teach lessons with teachers
  • provide face-to-face professional learning sessions to large and small groups
  • individual coaching
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Who is your Digital Learning Specialist?

Kelli Montgomery @KelliM11 kelli.montgomery@birdvilleschools.net

Director of Digital Learning

Cheryl McKnight @cherylmck cheryl.mcknight@birdvilleschools.net

Coordinator of Digital Learning

Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab jennifer.r.miller@birdvilleschools.net

Learning Resources Specialist


Jennifer Canizares @canny72 jennifer.canizares@birdvilleschools.net

Birdville, WT Francisco, Binion, Mullendore, Snow Heights, Porter, Foster Village

Toni Hylander @technologytoni toni.hylander@birdvilleschools.net

Smithfield, Cheney, Stowe, Watauga, North Ridge, Green Valley, Walker Creek

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson jeff.samuelson@birdvilleschools.net

David E Smith, Richland, West Birdville, Holiday Heights, Hardeman, ACFT, Spicer


Michael Hanson @Hansonits michael.hanson@birdvilleschools.net

Haltom HS, Shannon HS, Richland MS, Haltom MS

Rashel Larson @rashellarson rashel.larson@birdvilleschools.net

BCTAL, North Richland MS, North Oaks MS, Central Admin, Richland HS

Taylor Williams @TaylorHWilliams taylor.williams@birdvilleschools.net

Birdville HS, Smithfield MS, North Ridge MS, Watauga MS

Task 1

  1. Look at the list above to identify your Digital Learning Specialist (DLS).
  2. Send an email to your Digital Learning Specialist. Be sure to include your campus, grade level, & content area!

Note: If you have any trouble with the tasks in this Smore, please email your DLS for help.

Activity 2: Get Going with Google

Birdville ISD is a Google Suite for Education (gSuite) district. All staff and students grades 3-12 have Google accounts in the Birdville Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

To log in to Google Drive go to http://drive.google.com.

Your BISD Google login is firstname.lastname@g.birdvilleschools.net

Your password will be the same as your BISD computer password.

If you are unable to log in, email your DLS (Digital Learning Specialist) for help.

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Task 2

  1. Go to http://drive.google.com
  2. Log in with your @g.birdvilleschools.net account.
  3. Accept the Terms of Use (if prompted).
  4. Click the blue "New" button.
  5. Choose "Google Docs".
  6. Click in the "Untitled Document" area and give your new document the title: New Hire Notes/Questions.
  7. Use your new document in all of your new hire sessions to take notes or keep track of questions.

Activity 3: Connect with Us on Social Media

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Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, etc) is a growing and respected platform for creating a Professional Learning Network (PLN). We encourage all staff to use social media accounts to connect with other educators for just-in-time proffessional learning. Please watch this short video to learn more about Professional Learning Networks.
What is a PLN - Marc-André Lalande's take
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Some Birdville Hashtags and When to Use Them

#BirdvilleLearns: Use this hashtag to share your own professional learning, learning happening in your classroom, and any resources you would like to share with other Birdville ISD stakeholders.

#BISDShines: Use this when you want to share something great in Birdville.

#wearebirdvilleisd: Use this when you share photos of yourself or another BISD staff member.

Can I use more than one hashtag in a Tweet? Absolutely, but you don't want to #spam #with #too #many #hashtags. Best practices recommend using no more than 3 hashtags in a post.

Click here to learn more about hashtags (#) and use them to find people to follow to grow your PLN.

Task 3

  1. Use your Twitter or Facebook account to connect with us on Social media using the links above.
  2. Share a new hire selfie with #WeAreBirdvilleISD on Twitter or Facebook!

Activity 4: Digital Learning Resources

The Digital Learning Team has created some very useful resources to help you learn more about digital learning!
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The Birdville Digital Learning Platform converges with the BISD Learning Platform to simply 'put it all together' - best practices for holistic high-quality teaching and learning environments. The shift from traditional to digital learning is non-negotiable for future-ready students.

Click here to visit the Digital Learning Platform.

Task 4

  1. Visit the Digital Learning Blog- http://bisddlp.blogspot.com/
  2. Explore the posts.
  3. Find a post that describes something you would like to try in your classroom.
  4. Leave a comment on the post.

Activity 5: Project Innovate

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Project Innovate is a BOND 2014 funded project that provides iPad Mini devices to BISD staff. This technology will enable teachers to:

  • participate in personalized professional learning with anytime/anywhere access to information, experts, resources, and more
  • access productivity, communication, collaboration, and creation tools/resources
  • model the use of technology as a tool for learning
  • learn more about how to incorporate the student use of mobile devices/technology in in meaningful and engaging learning activities

The Digital Learning Team offers training opportunities a few times per year. Training dates and times are always announced first in the weekly Digital Learning News. To attend training, you must have confirmed enrollment status in Eduphoria Workshop.

Prior to the training you will be sent directions to complete a few tasks before attending the session. Please be sure to check your email for these directions.

Please note: Project Innovate iPads are not intended to be used as a student device.

iPad cases are a personal preference therefore, BISD does not provide cases for Project Innovate iPads.

Task 5

  1. Go to edugateway.birdvilleschools.net.
  2. Sign in with your BISD username and password.
  3. Register for a Project Innovate session if any are available. If none are available, continue to task 6.

Note: If no sessions are available at this time, you will want to watch the weekly Digital Learning News sent out on Tuesdays by Mark Thomas for session announcements.

Activity 6: Earn your BISD New Hire Digital Learning Certificate

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Thank you for taking the time to dive in to Digital Learning with us!

To earn your BISD New Hire Digital Learning Certificate, you just have one more task!

Task 6

  1. Click here to fill out our New Hire Digital Learning Activity/Task Completion form.
  2. Submit the form.
  3. You will receive your certificate by email!