Digital Learning News

by the BISD Digital Learning Team 1.5.16

Principal Spotlight: Shannon Houston, Watauga Middle School

Watauga Middle School principal, Shannon Houston, writes and distributes an informative campus newsletter using the on-line newsletter site, Smore. Her informative weekly Smore spotlights teachers and students, and it also keeps the staff informed of dates and events. Shannon also includes links to pertinent sites and blogs for teachers/PLCs. Campus-wide expectations are highlighted in the Smore as another way for the administration team to reinforce instructional best practices, including photos from actual WMS classrooms.

Click here to check out an example of the Watauga Weekly from December.

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Campus 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!

Congratulations to all teachers and students highlighted in the Digital Learning News!

Academy of Carrie F. Thomas, Elizabeth Shier: QR codes

North Oaks MS, Pam Starnes & Karen Bland: Info-graphics

Foster Village ES, 1st grade GATE: PowerPoint

Watauga MS, campus-wide: Kahoot

Spicer ES, Chad Morrisey: Class Dojo

North Richland MS, Julie Pursley: Symbaloo

Smithfield MS, Beth Muirheid: Makerspace

DAEP, campus-wide: Compass Learning

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Happy New Year!

The Digital Learning department strives for continuous improvement in everything we do so that we can best support impactful, digital learning in all BISD classrooms. In that spirit and in the spirit of the new year, we are debuting “new and improved” district Twitter chats!

The wonderful 15-Day Holiday Twitter Challenge brought many new BISD faces into the Twitter conversation, and we hope that these new changes will encourage even more new faces to join our tweeting PLN. If you have any questions, please contact your friendly digital learning specialist via e-mail or in person. We would love to answer any Twitter questions that you may have.

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New and Improved Twitter Chats for 2016!

Tuesday Night Live Twitter Chats 8:00 - 8:30

New features coming throughout the Spring 2016 twitter chats: monthly special guest hosts, questions now previewed one week in advance, monthly themes, special "meet-and-tweet with the Digital Learning Team" evenings (watch for announcement of dates and locations)


Every Friday Slow-Chats - #BISDShines - Let's show the world how BISD students and staff are shining!

Every Friday, all day, the same question:

What was amazing this week? Share a shining moment from your campus/classroom that occurred this week. Include a photo, if possible.

Sneak a Peek: Twitter Questions for January 12, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE! Texas ASCD Ignite Conference in Irving!

Learn how to transform curriculum with technology in Irving, Texas June 13-15. This event is a tremendous opportunity to acquire numerous continuing education credits--pertinent to your interests--in an exciting, fast-paced format! Grow your Professional Learning Community in a welcoming environment and know that you will be inspired with innovative ideas, and leave with solid implementation ideas, tangible take-away resources and an end product in mind.

Visit the TxASCD Ignite16 Conference website for more information and registration.

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Just For Elementary: App of the Week

Seesaw empowers students of any age to independently document what they are learning at school. Students capture learning with photos and videos of physical work, or by adding digital creations. Everything is uploaded and kept organized for teachers. Teachers can invite families to Seesaw so parents get an immediate, personalized window into their child's learning.

Student Tool of the Week: Adobe Post!

Adobe Post is yet another easy and visual option from our friends at Adobe. This app allows users to "create stunning graphics in seconds." Students can use them to make quick posters, memes, brochures, or social media posts. The possibilities are endless.

Teacher Tool of the Week: Scavr!

Scavr is another scavenger hunt app that teachers can use to give sets of directions to students to access in teams. At least one student per group needs a smartphone to record the group's "finds."

Digital Learning Team

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


Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72

Birdville, WT Francisco, Binion, Mullendore, Snow Heights, Porter, Spicer

Toni Dowdy @technologytoni

Smithfield, Cheney, Stowe, Watauga, Foster Village, North Ridge, Walker Creek

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson

David E Smith, Richland, West Birdville, Holiday Heights, Hardeman, ACFT, Green Valley


Michael Hanson @Hansonits

Haltom HS, Haltom MS, Richland MS, North Ridge MS

Rashel Larson @rashellarson

Birdville HS, BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy

Richland HS, Shannon HS, North Oaks MS, Watauga MS