Digital Learning News Brief

September 29, 2015

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Shannon High School Tweets!

How many can say that 100% of their campus staff is using Twitter for professional learning and communication with students and parents? Congratulations to Greg Farr and the Shannon High School staff for accomplishing this feat!

Follow Shannon High School @ShannonBISD and look at the great things that are happening at SHS!

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There is No Finish Line!

Every day we all face some sort of change. Some changes are easy and others are more challenging. One way we are being asked to change is to transform to 21st century, future-ready, digital learning environments. As we all change our mindsets and move toward this change, it is important to consider that there is no final destination. In the words of Nike, "There is No Finish Line!"

Join us tonight on Twitter as we talk about the change process and challenges we all face when it comes to change.

@birdville_dl #bisddlp

Tonight's Twitter Chat Questions

Q1: How can we help our peers embrace the change to a more “digital” classroom?

Q2: Share specific ways you are implementing a digital classroom.

Q3: How do you model being a positive change agent?

Q4: How can the digital learning team support you?

Resources for Being Courageous Change Leaders

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Details and Registration Opens TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH!

Detailed session schedule and descriptions for the October 17th fall Digital Learning conference will be published in next week's news brief. Registration will also open that day in Eduphoria Workshop.

October is Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month is a world-wide event featuring several themes to appeal to the interests of many. If you are interested in participating, visit the Connected Ed website to learn more!

If you are not quite ready to participate in the world-wide movement, you and your students can benefit by joining the Birdville Digital Learning team in connecting and collaborating this month. Here are some of the ways you can connect:

  • Tuesday Twitter Chats: 8 PM each Tuesday evening; follow @birdville_dl #bisddlp
  • Digital Learning Fall Conference & EdCamp: Oct. 17, 2015, 8 AM - 1 PM

During the month of October every BISD teacher who shares how they are facilitating a connected and collaborative learning environment on the Digital Learning Lounge blog will be entered into a drawing to win classroom technology!


Richland High School's Tana Taylor and Lori Scott's Class at Porter Elementary

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Digital Learning Lounge!

Teachers and administrators,

Please remember to share the good technology uses that are happening on your campus on the Digital Learning Lounge blog

Anyone can send an email to to submit a post. The subject of the email is the title of the post. Anything in the body of the email is included in the post, including any automatic signatures so that might need to be edited before clicking send. Images that attached to the email are embedded in the post.

This can easily be done from a smart phone in a classroom, so remember to take the time to share your digital learning successes with your BISD colleagues through the Digital Learning Lounge!

Secondary Digital Learning Team Update!

Student Tool of the Week: Animoto!

Animoto is a great creation tool for students to create quick videos with music, video clips, and still images. The interface is easy for students to use, and the products are visually interesting due to style templates they can choose.

Teacher Tool of the Week: Zoom!

Zoom is a free video-conferencing tool that teachers and administrators can use to connect via web-cams. Videos can also be pre-recorded and archived for homework help, flipped faculty meetings, or professional development. Zoom accounts are offered through Region XI, so contact your digital learning specialist for more information about setting up a Zoom account.
Digital Learning web-site

Resources, links, and information abounds on our Digital Learning district web-page.

Secondary Digital Learning Team!

Rashel Larson

Birdville HS~BCTAL~North Richland MS~Smithfield MS

Michael Hanson

Haltom HS~Haltom MS~Richland MS~North Ridge MS

Tosh McGaughy

Richland HS~Shannon HS~North Oaks MS~Watauga MS

ELEMENTARY Digital Learning

Click here to view the ELEMENTARY DIGITAL LEARNING BLOG for the teaching and learning tip of the week.