Digital Learning News 5-3-2016
from the BISD Digital Learning Team
FAQ's of the Week: What are hashtags and how do I use them?
A hashtag is a type of label or metadata tag used on social network and microblogging services (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) which makes it easier for users to find messages with a specific theme or content. Users create and use hashtags by placing a # in front of a word or unspaced phrase, either in the main text of a message or at the end.
Why use hashtags? When you include a hashtag in a tweet, you're basically categorizing that post. And if you click on or Search for a specific hashtag, you'll see all other posts that have used it. This is an easy way to see what's happening on Twitter and follow along with popular topics. When tweeting about your school or department be sure to use your hashtag.
Some Birdville Hashtags and When to Use Them
#bisdleads: Use the BISD Leaders hashtag when tweeting anything about great Birdville leaders or things that leaders would be interested in
#BISDShines: Use the BISD Shines hashtag when you want to share something great in Birdville
#wearebirdvilleisd: Use this hashtag to show the faces of BISD
Can I use more than one hashtag in a Tweet? Absolutely, but you don't want to #spam #with #too #many #hashtags. Best practices recommend using no more than 3 hashtags in a post.
For example, the tweet below is about a great happening in Birdville where students in a specific school are using technology for authentic tasks.
All About Makerspaces - Twitter Chat Tonight
Here are the questions:
Q1: How would you define makerspace?
Q2: Do your students participate in the Maker Movement?
Q3: Describe the coolest makerspace activity you've seen or heard about.
Q4: How can you connect makerspace and your curriculum? Please share examples/links.
Digital Learning Teacher Spotlights!
Smithfield MS: Kerri Rowe, Angela Blankenship, Beth Muirheid, Makerspace Poetry
Foster Village ES: Mrs. Holder & Mrs. Rukavina, Storykit app
Watauga MS: Mrs. Cumbie and Ms. Boston, QuizletLive
BISD: AP World Language students, online AP language tests
Canvas - a Learning Management System
Watch for more information on how you can begin using the Canvas LMS for teaching and learning - coming soon!
Computer Password Change This Wednesday!
Remember! You must also update your network password on your mobile devices for wifi, email and AirWatch Agent. Click here for directions.
Resources for Learning
Elementary Tip of the Week: Storybird
Elementary App of the Week: Lark, by Storybird
Teacher Tool of the Week: Hstry!
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