Digital Learning News 1-12-2016

from your Digital Learning Team

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Birdville ISD was announced as one of the top ten finalists for one of five Raise Your Hand Texas Blended Learning grants! A dedicated team of district and campus stakeholders will be attending a workshop for the next phase of the grant process in early February in Austin. For more information about blended learning and what it means for students, please click here.
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What is Blended Learning

What is Blended Learning? (short)
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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!


Haltom HS: Josh Reed & Mike Wilson, Google Classroom

North Oaks MS: Karen Bland, BYOT

Watauga MS: Heather Levingston, Weebly

Watauga MS: Josh Huff, Vernier probes

Watauga MS: Stephanie Roe, social media

Richland HS: Josh Graham, Plickers

Hardeman ES: Merritt Dobecka, Sphero

Walker Creek ES: Kelsey Wolf, mobile video production system

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Making the Digital Learning Platform Come to Life

Feedback Based On Student Performance - Read about it below.

Gathering Student Feedback Digitally

Research shows that the involvement in and ownership of their work increases students' motivation to learn. Additionally, descriptive feedback (formative assessment) is related to highest achievement gains. Check out this blog post by Bevin Reinen (@TeachTrainLove) and get seven tools with a video tutorial of each.
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And more resources from our team...

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Please Join Us for Our District Live-Chat Tonight!

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And/or Join Us for Our Slow-Chat all day Friday!

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And a Preview of Next Week's Questions...

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Just For Elementary Tip of the Week: Digital Manipulatives

Clarity Innovations (The Math Learning Center) has created a suite of apps and web applications that students could use to demonstrate and explain their knowledge of math concepts. Teachers could use these apps for small group and whole group modeling.

Teacher Tool of the Week: Zipgrade!

Zipgrade is a free app for phone or iPad that allows teachers to grade multiple choice assessments on-the-spot in the classroom with their camera as the scanner. Many teachers love the versatility of this tool, not only for immediacy of feedback for both student and teacher, but also for the time-saving that occurs when not having to scan docs into AWARE.

Student Tool of the Week: eMaze!

eMaze is a fabulous on-line presentation option that allows the user to create visual presentations with animations and transitions like Powerpoint or Google Slides, but it stores them on the internet so they can be accessed easily anywhere. Students can easily turn in their presentation through e-mail or Google Classroom. The design templates are visually appealing and easy to use, too.
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Kelli Montgomery @KelliM11, Director of Digital Learning

Cheryl McKnight @cherylmck, Coordinator of Digital Learning

Karen Teeters @karenteeters222, Online Learning Specialist

Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab, Learning Resources Specialist


ELEMENTARY TEAM MEMBERS:


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


SECONDARY TEAM MEMBERS:


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