Digital Learning News

May 2016

Classroom Highlight!

Flipping the classroom

Brian Parker and Austin Cagwin are using videos to teach and reteach their Math 11 Curriculum. Take a look at one of their lessons. They are using the smartboard record feature to do these lessons. Way to go Panthers! You too can do this -

Unit 6 Day 6 Rational Equations Pt 1 Flipped Lecture

What might a Student Centered Classroom look like?

  • collaborative spacing for students
  • variety of learning spaces for students
  • marker walls or spaces
  • may look like chaos

Are you interested in rearranging your classroom? Let's talk! Take a risk!

Did you know?

OCS Summer Conference "Achieving Our Personal Best" is coming up soon! Amazing booths, incredible sessions, round table discussions, captivating keynote, oh and did we mention raffles?!? Tons of gift cards, prizes, chances to win innovative classroom furniture...and even a $2,000 classroom makeover! Nope, that is not a typo...$2,000 classroom makeover with innovative flexible learning furniture!

In a great show of support for our teachers, the Board of Education proposed and approved a one-time allocation of funds from our reserves to offer each participant a $50 stipend for each day of attendance. Also, in partnership with Sportsplex FREE childcare for children of attendees in grades K-5 will be provided. Sportsplex is building an awesome schedule just for the children of OCS teachers on June 14-15 and lunch is included!

This form will help us prepare for your attendance and to make it the best conference ever. Please click INTENT FORM and tell us if you are planning to attend and if you'll need childcare. A formal registration form will be sent later in May.

Here are just a few of the 60 incredible proposals so far!

  • Getting rid of the front of the classroom

  • #BestTeacherEver: How to make your lesson go viral?

  • Using Literacy Strategies in the Math Classroom

  • They are all "Our Children" -Team Teaching-

  • Classroom Teachers, DLCs and Media Specialists Unite!

  • Boosting Classroom Engagement with Edpuzzle

  • Thriving Your First Three Years

  • Integrating Global Awareness in Education

  • Creative to the Core

  • Activating Student Voice: Achieving Our Personal Best with Student Feedback

  • letterboxing and geocaching K-5

  • Become a Connected Educator

  • The Kids Have Chromebooks. How Does This Change Things?

  • EdTech for Students with Learning Needs

  • Literacy Across Content

  • Demystifying the ACT, the K-12 Test

Collaborative Tool Highlight!

Padlet is the easy way to create and collaborate with others.

Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.

Think of it like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki.

Example of a padlet - Ms. Penley's Class discussion on the Crucible

Another Cool Tool

  • is powerful, free, online software that improves reading, learning, and teaching. This site can:

    • Intelligently simplify difficult english, for faster comprehension

    • Effectively teach words, for building a better vocabulary

    • Help teachers save time and produce engaging lessons

    • Help improve learning outcomes

What can the Digital Learning Coach do for me?

  • Attend Collaborative Team Meetings
  • Research digital lessons to enhance your curriculum
  • Support the use of digital tools within your classroom
  • Help students and staff with ncedcloud and powerschool
  • Co-teach digital lessons
  • Assist staff with creating lessons and assessments using Schoolnet