DCSD Tech Tidbits - 01.15.16

January 15, 2016

Principal Spotlight: Dr. Greg Harrison, Darlington High School

Dr. Harrison has embraced the DCSD Digital Transformation initiative!

He does his weekly newsletters on a blog and frequently holds flipped faculty meetings where he sends a video and his teachers have to answer a question on Edmodo for credit. In addition, he teaches a class and uses Edmodo with the students.


According to a few of his teachers: "He’s really on board with technology and it’s awesome."

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Want to submit your principal for the "Digital Principal Spotlight" Section? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us

Teacher Spotlights!

Awesome JOB!

Hanna Hanlin (PES) - Her students are blogging and using QR Codes to display their work.


Jordan Jefferson (SMS) - His drama students are creating movies using iMovie.


DHS English II team (Josh Bastean, Ms. Kimrey, Ms. Gavins, and Ms. Harrison) - Their students have been studying satire. For the final project, students created satirical videos to demonstrate their understanding in a creative, authentic way.

Want to submit a teacher you know for "Teacher Spotlight"? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us

It's Twitterific!

Thanks to all of the teachers who participated in the #dcsdtransforms 15 Day Challenge!


Kristi Austin

Kaywanna Bradley

Cole Davis

Heather Dyar

C. Matthew Ferguson

Pam Frick

Tina Gainey

Tony Gainey

Suzie Goodwin

Hanna Hanlin

Kim Hayes

Beth McWatty Heim

Rhett Hughes

Jill Knight

Nicole Lester

Michelle McCall

Chuck Miller

Susan Tomlinson

Diane Rivers

Julie Weigand

Kathryn White

Rich Wideman

Jimmy Wright

Kate Wright

Diane Sigmon

Carla Jefferson

WMBF


And a HUGE Shout Out to our winners - Julie Weigand and Rich Wideman who were the Challenge Winners!

#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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Apple Foundations Trainings

The Apple Foundations Courses are designed to allow educators to participate in extended professional development. Each 3 hour course is designed to assist you in learning more about your devices and the applications that are an integral part of Apple products.


January 20th - iPad - iOS 8 - Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching

4:00 - 7:00 (Darlington - Administrative Building Training Room)

In this PD course, participants will identify and explore the fundamentals and features of your iPad and learn how to personalize iPad settings and use built-in apps for learning and teaching.


January 27th - MacBook Pro - OS X Yosemite - Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching

4:00 - 7:00 (Hartsville - Hartsville Middle School)

This PD session will help you get the most out of using your MacBook Pro as a powerful instructional tool. Identify and explore the fundamentals and powerful features of your Mac. Learn how to personalize Mac settings and use built­-in apps for learning and teaching.


January 29th - Authoring Dynamic Documents with Pages

8:30 - 11:30 (Darlington - Administrative Building Training Room)

In this PD course, identify the unique strengths of Pages for learning and teaching, create visually engaging, clearly organized, and personally expressive documents, develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning.


Creating Compelling Presentations with Keynote

12:30 - 1:30 (Darlington - Administrative Building Training Room)

In this PD session, participants will identify the unique strengths of Keynote for learning and teaching, create visually engaging, clearly organized, and personally expressive presentations, develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning.

SC Midlands Summit

June 8-9, 2016 - The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education, research tools, digital tools, and technology integration in the classroom. Over 130 unique sessions will be offered! Visit Visit the SC Midlands Summit website for more information and registration.

Upstate Technology Conference (UTC)

Join fellow educators for the eleventh annual Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th. The conference features 250 expert and peer-led sessions that will inspire innovative teaching for classroom and school success. The technology conference is free to all registered attendees. Visit the UTC website for more information and registration.

Website of the Week: Canva

Want to know how I create those slick images like the #dcsdtransforms Slow Chat image above? It's Canva! Canva is an online graphic design platform. It offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options, as well as premium options for paying customers.

App of The Week: Adobe Post

Adobe Post is yet another easy and visual option from our friends at Adobe. This app allows users to "create stunning graphics in seconds." Students can use them to make quick posters, memes, brochures, or social media posts. The possibilities are endless.

#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast - 01.14.16

Join us this week for a fabulous episode that includes ZipGrade, iBooks Author, shout outs to Hanna Hanlin of Pate Elementary and Jordan Jefferson of Spaulding Middle, and stay tuned after our show as Dr. Ingram will be sharing his thoughts on his vision for our district moving forward. On top of all of that, we have a major milestone this week as the #dcsdtransforms podcast reaches its 10th episode! This is a jam packed episode with lots of good info for you!

Darlington County School District

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator