Digital Fluency Academy

Class of 2015

#wearedigitallyfluent

In September, Commerce ISD entered it's 3rd year as a Region 10 Digital Fluency Academy district. We had 7 teachers complete the 30 hour training program this Wednesday, December 9th. They not only learned about web tools, iPad apps, Google tools, and social media, they were required to apply the knowledge in the classroom with a student project. Scroll down to see pictures from the day, read a synopsis of the project, and look at the teacher presentations.

Autumn Deason - 1st Grade

What Autumn says about technology supporting student learning:

"By using technology it will help the students take ownership over their learning. They will be creating their own project to share with each other and well as the world. This makes them have pride in what they are doing."


Mrs. Deason incorporated the PicCollage app into an existing Noun and Verb lesson. Instead of a worksheet, the students created a collage of pics, sorted them into groups, and labeled the noun groups. For verbs, they made a collage of pics that depicted action.




Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/UMjf0g

Flipagram Link: https://flipagram.com/f/gmkSbeJjFP

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AutumnDeason

Mahra Sanders - 2nd Grade

Ms. Sanders used the 30 Hands app with her students on her fairy tale unit. The students wrote and illustrated their personal fairy tales. To digitize the project, the students used the iPad camera to take pictures of the drawings and then record themselves reading their text. It was a perfect mix of paper and technology! Student creation at it's finest!


Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/LR82Xn

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MahraSanders

Sheila DeMidio - 5th Grade Math

Ms. DeMidio had students show what they had learned about adding and subtracting fractions by creating a video and sharing with the class. They discussed each video and what they learned. The student creativity was evident in the student created videos shared!


Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/9GVA7h

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SheilaDeMidio

Jessica Duckworth - 4th Grade Reading

Mrs. Duckworth's students read a nonfiction text about the Titanic. Students chose and researched their Titanic passengers in order to find out information about them. They were asked to find photos of their passenger, their passengers family, any jobs they had, where they lived before and after Titanic and any other interesting facts that they would not have been able to see had they not used the Internet. They took the information they found and enhanced it with image apps such as Pic Collage, in order to add special features and details to pictures, type summaries of their information and create a movie style presentation using the Splice app. They added music and their own voices telling their passengers story.


Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/zr3wqj

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DuckworthMrs

Chris Beard - 8th Grade Reading

Ms. Beard's students learned about procedural texts used iPads to create and Google Classroom for several parts of this unit.

Forms for setting up quizzes that will be automatically graded, saving paper and time.

Slides or other apps for students to create their presentations, providing engaging methods of demonstrating learning.


Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/1IcZaC

Katie Ritchie - High School Visual Arts

Mrs. Ritchie had her visual art students use the app Paper53 to critique peer artwork digitally. Instead of offering suggestions or altering existing artwork, the students uploaded pictures of the artwork and added edits and shading. To present her lesson, she used the web app PowToon.


Presentation Link: https://www.powtoon.com/online-presentation/dzgVb9rMcLS/

Critique Presentation: https://goo.gl/3nRJ5d

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArtyNation

Devan Marrow - High School Math

Mr. Marrow had students formulate and solve systems of linear equations graphically and algebraically based on statistics of basketball players. Students used technology to visually show the different interpretations of solutions to systems of linear equations. They used iPad apps and computer programs such as geometry sketchpad to produce the graphs. Students then presented the findings in presentation tools such as Prezi or Google Slides and submitted them in an Edmodo virtual classroom.


Presentation Link: https://goo.gl/nQjNQa

Student Example: https://goo.gl/xob6fq

Student Example: https://goo.gl/hgZDAE

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarrowDevan

Kasey Bell - Region 10 Digital Learning Consultant

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We are blessed to partner with Region 10 and Kasey Bell on the development of the Commerce ISD Digital Fluency Academy. Ms. Bell provides custom professional development for our district and does a fantastic job! We look forward to Year 4 in the Fall of 2016!