Digital Learning News 3-29-16
from your Digital Learning Team
Principal Spotlight: AP George Garcia at David E. Smith ES!
Mr. Garcia, campus principal Jessica Sandoval, and the David E. Smith Leaders of Learners team also plans to post video clips that exemplify great examples of Tier 1 priorities in teaching and learning. The campus recently purchased three Swivls that will be used to record classroom instruction. The videos will not only allow teachers to evaluate their personal instruction practices, but also be utilized to coach staff members at each grade level. Awesome use of Google Classoom from an administrative perspective, Mr. Garcia!
how-to videos and teacher resources for using Google Classroom
Digital Learning Twitter Chat- TONIGHT from 8:00 - 8:30pm
Let's Lighten up and Share Some Memes!
Standardized testing occurred today for many teachers and students in our district. Search for your favorite testing and education-related memes or motivational quotes to share with everyone tonight during your introduction to the chat. After that, we will delve deeper into the topic of the importance of creativity skills in the classroom.
Just search #bisddlp on Twitter beginning at 8:00pm this evening to view and participate in tonight's Digital Learning Chat.
Here are tonight's questions:
Introduce your self and share your favorite appropriate testing-related meme.
Q1: What are your favorite digital tools to encourage students' creativity?
Q2: How can creativity support personalized learning for both teachers and students?
Q3: How can leaders support teachers/students in fostering an environment that encourages creativity?
National Poetry Month!
Want to participate in the fun? Try NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month- 30 poems in 30 days with support and sharing on their site.)
Poets.org provides a variety of lesson plans, posters, and resources for teachers
HuffPost articles about easy ways to appreciate poetry this month.
Scholastic.com spotlights lessons and resources related to NPM.
Click here to read a post from a 9th grade English teacher who starts class daily with a poem.
Digital Learning Blog Teacher Spotlights
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!
McGraw Hill Education Blog
Entrepreneurship: A Mindset, Not a Business Model
Grow Your Mind: Learning Opportunities for YOU!
Now's the Time to Get Your Project Innovate iPad!
Approximately one week prior to training you will receive an email with a flipped learning experience that gives you prior learning and tasks that will be required before training.
Texas ASCD Ignite
Texas Google Summit
Resources for Learning
Elementary Tip of the Week: Movenote- Google Chrome Extension
Elementary App of the Week: Movenote
Teacher Technology Tool of the Week: Perfect365!
Quizizz is a free application that allows students to participate or host quiz games. Quizizz is accessible from any device and serves as a great application to assist with formative assessment. Educators can create their own activities or utilize activities already created by other educators. Quizizz does not require a username or password. Unlike Kahoot which displays a multiple choice question on a large screen to the entire class, Quizizz displays multiple choice questions randomly displayed on a participant's individual device. Questions are player-paced and educators have access to real time results.
123D Make is a free application that provides the ability to convert a 3D model into a real world object. 123D Make produces a 2D blueprint with animated assembly instructions. Students can access 123D Make from an iOS or Windows device. Blueprints can be exported as a PDF or EPS file. Students can build with any flat material that they can cut and can submit project to a gallery.
Minecraft is a “sandbox” video game that can be leveraged in a variety of ways to support design thinking and enrich curriculum via game-based learning. Users create explore, discover and share within a virtual world. Educators are integrating Minecraft into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content areas. Recent upgrades to Minecraft have incorporated a virtual reality (VR) component via Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Oculus Rift.
Email Spam Virus: Be Vigilant!
There have been reports of email viruses affecting a neighboring school district, so be sure to follow the "spam protocol" when you find something a little "off" in an email subject line. It is very important to not open any emails that you think look a little strange, even if they are coming from someone that you know.
Click here to access the Technology department article about the steps to take in the event that you receive a suspicious email.
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:
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