DCSD Tech Tidbits 02.12.16

February 12, 2016

Principal Spotlight - Charlie Burry, Hartsville High School

Dr. Burry is embracing the Digital Transformation initiative! He has instituted monthly 45 minute technology sessions after school at HHS. These are breakout sessions where teachers can learn more about different technology from other teachers who are already using it in their classrooms.

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

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Awesome JOB!

Kimberly Hamilton (HMS) is doing a modified flip that includes student choice!! Mrs. Hamilton allows her students to decide if they'd like to experience the lesson in a flipped or traditional format. She shared that more and more of her students are choosing the flipped model because they "have more control over their own learning"!

Kim McLellan (DMS). Resource teacher EdPuzzle videos, Write About postings by students, Read Theory.org individual reading practice with immediate feedback for students, Edmodo management of classroom assignments and oral accommodation files for all classes.

Lisa King (NHE) and her second grade team held a successful "iPad Show and Tell" during their PTO parent workshop. They allowed parents to use the iPads to explore some of the learning apps they use in the classrooms.

Amber McCoy (BDE) has started "Monday Flip Days!" Each week students get their notes for the week by viewing a video on Edpuzzle so they can spend the rest of the week doing labs using the information they learned Monday!

Lashaunda Pegues (JLC) is starting to use QR codes in literacy workstations for students. Students are making books, recording themselves reading their books and sending the audio to parents with the books their child made.

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

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What Is Digital Learning Day?

Digital Learning Day was started in 2012 as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.

What can you do for Digital Learning Day? Here are some ideas from 2014:

  • Learn how to use 3D printers
  • Share student work with mobile QR Codes
  • Engage in a research project
  • Have students use YakIt Kids, ChatterPix, Tellagami, iMovie to create a mini project
  • Participate in a Mystery Skype or Google Hangout!
  • Participate in a Kahoot Challenge with another classroom
  • Have students blog about an experience

....and so much more!

If you're interested in participating visit Digital Learning Day for more information.

Looking for a class to connect with? Complete this Google Form and we'll work on finding a class for you!

Click here to access ideas from teachers in our district!

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#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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Website of the Week: PBS Learning Media

PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. PBS LearningMedia was developed in partnership with the WGBH Educational Foundation and is offered locally by 155 PBS licensees, representing 356 stations in 55 U.S. states and territories.

Click here for more information.

App of The Week: TeleStory

Write, direct and star in your own TV show with TeleStory! TeleStory takes you behind the scenes to create and broadcast your own TV show! Record a music video, teleport to an alien planet, film a high-speed chase, or perform on a reality TV show.

Click here for more information

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Win an iTunes Giftcard!

Click here to be entered into a giveaway for the chance to win an iTunes Gift Card!

#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast - 02.12.16

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We're a GAFE district!

We've Gone Google!

DCSD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. All staff and students have Google accounts in the DCSD Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

Although Google Drive and other Google tools are accessible, teachers will continue to use MS Outlook for their email.

If you've never accessed it before, your Google login is firstname.lastname@darlington.k12.sc.us. Your temporary password is Password1 and then you will be prompted to change your password.

If you're having trouble logging into your Google account, please see your school wizard or a member of the DCSD Digital Transformation Academy.

Have A Personal Google Account? Learn How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts

You're Doing it Wrong! Managing/Toggling Between Multiple Google Accounts

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.

February 17th - Hartsville

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

4:00 - 7:00

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.

February 23rd - Darlington

Amplifying Learning with GarageBand

8:30 - 11:30

In this course, participants will identify the unique strengths of GarageBand for learning and teaching, create, edit, and share audio and music recordings, and develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning

Making Data Meaningful with Numbers

12:30 - 3:30

In this course, participants will identify the unique strengths of Numbers for learning and teaching, create visually engaging, clearly organized, and data rich spreadsheets and 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.

Darlington County School District - Technology Department

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator