Digital Learning News
by the Digital Learning Team 12.15.2015
Digital Learning Principal Spotlight of the Week - Jessica Sandoval
David E Smith principal Jessica Sandoval is leading her campus as they embrace and utilize the new digital resources provided by the Bond. Amazing teaching and learning are happening there at DES, and it is a positive and exciting place to work and learn.
After the staff received their Project Innovate training from the Digital Learning team, Jessica began creating authentic activities to help her staff become familiar with the iPad and see how it can be used to enhance learning. Teachers are now designing powerful student learning experiences that utilize the iPads.
DES Collaboration Communication with BISD Google
With the help of Digital Learning Specialist Jeff Samuelson, Mrs. Sandoval provided Google training for all staff members so they could begin sharing and collaborating together in the BISD Google domain. Jessica and Assistant Principal George Garcia immediately began modeling sharing and collaborative processes for the staff by creating some very targeted experiences. This created a positive and non-threatening environment whereby the staff could learn and practice BISD Google in relevant ways.
Jessica began creating and publishing her staff newsletter and other communications in Google Docs. Teachers access these with their Google login. All of the campus communications are housed in one place that can be accessed 24/7 by any device.
Mr. Garcia created a Google Classroom for the DES teachers. One section of the classroom houses student-created morning announcements videos. This allows teachers to play the announcements at their convenience. Another section of the DES Google Classroom houses campus professional learning information, discussions, videos, and resources. Mr. Garcia also gathers teachers’ feedback and responses to questions posed. Now, as a result of their authentic collaboration and learning through the use of Google Apps and Classroom, DES teachers are creating Google Classrooms to use with their students.
Jessica and George are also modeling the use of Twitter as a professional learning tool and a way to communicate and tell the story about the wonderful things happening in DES classrooms. Many teachers are now posting student learning and work and receiving lots of positive feedback. You can check out all of the great things going on at DES by searching their hashtag #deslearning.
Campus Spotlights - click on the spotlight title to read more
Hour of Code at RHS: Angi Magana, Richland HS, Librarian
Student Voice and Choice in Action: Robin Massey-Davis, North Ridge MS, Spanish
Create a "Read"box with QR Code: Lindsay Griffis, Birdville EL, 5th grade
Weather Predictions Using Vidra: Mark Ivie, West Birdville EL, 5th grade
GATE Students Utilize Padlet: Stefanie Woodard, Mullendore and ACFT, Gifted & Talented
GV TV Weather Report: Green Valley EL
Re-Envisioning Your Classroom
Steelcase is offering the Active Learning Center grant for innovative educators who want to use their physical classroom space to advance learning in new ways.
In the 2016 grant period, each Active Learning Center grant covers the furniture, integrated technology, design, installation, and post-occupancy measurement tool for one of four classroom types designed for 24-32 students. The types available include individual Node seating, stadium-style tiered Verb tables, blended classroom furniture, and hands-on problem-solving furniture. Eligible academic institutions are ones that focus primarily on formal, instructor-led learning in a designated classroom in the United States and Canada, serving grades 6 – 12 or within a college or university. The grants are valued at $62,000 each, plus all of the innovation and inspiration born of active learning.
The enrollment period is open from now until February 12. All of the information and forms needed are available on this website. Up to 15 grants will be awarded. Good luck!
Teaching and Learning Tips
Teacher Tech Tool of the Week: Scavify!
Student Tech Tool of the Week: Photo Editor by Aviary (Meme Generator)
Just For Elementary - ReadWriteThink Interactives and Apps
ReadWriteThink.org Student Interactives are wonderful free tools for students to create a variety of digital products using a computer or laptop.
Here are just a few of the many interactives you can choose from:
Click here to read about these and the ReadWriteThink apps that are available for your student iPads.
Elementary Team Members
Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72 firstname.lastname@example.org
Birdville~WT Francisco~Binion, Mullendore, Snow Heights, Porter, Spicer
Smithfield, Cheney, Stowe, Watauga, Foster Village, North Ridge, Walker Creek
David E Smith, Richland, West Birdville, Holiday Heights, Hardeman, ACFT, Green Valley
Secondary Team Members
Haltom HS, Haltom MS, Richland MS, North Ridge MS
Birdville HS, BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS
Richland HS, Shannon HS, North Oaks MS, Watauga MS
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Warmest wishes to BISD from the Digital Learning Team!
Project Innovate - Seats Still Available!
Begin by registering for a face-to-face training at which time you will receive an iPad. A week before your training you will receive an email with flipped online learning. This flipped learning must be completed prior to training and includes information you will need for training.
The following sessions have available seats:
Wednesday, February 10 - 4:00-5:30 PM
Tuesday, February 16 - 4:30-6:00 PM
Thursday, February 25 - 4:30-6:00 PM
Please check Eduphoria Workshop to signup for a session date and time that fits your schedule. Please be mindful of the varied start times, designed to accommodate staggered dismissal times across the district. Attendees must arrive before class begins and stay for the entire 1.5 hour session in order to receive an iPad.
The Digital Learning website offers more detail about the Project Innovate initiative.