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?

Answers:

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.

What is a Hashtag?

Some Birdville Hashtags and When to Use Them

#bisddlp: Use the "BISD Digital Learning Platform" hashtag when tweeting anything about teaching and learning with technology/digital learning

#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.

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What is a Maker Space?

All About Makerspaces - Twitter Chat Tonight

Join us tonight from 8:00 - 8:30pm and let's talk about makerspaces! Search for #bisddlp and share your thoughts and ideas about makerspaces in BISD.


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.

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Digital Learning 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!

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

K12 Product Video

Watch for more information on how you can begin using the Canvas LMS for teaching and learning - coming soon!

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Computer Password Change This Wednesday!

When you log into your computer on Wednesday, May 4th (TOMORROW MORNING!) you will be prompted to change your BISD computer network password.


Remember! You must also update your network password on your mobile devices for wifi, email and AirWatch Agent. Click here for directions.

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Resources for Learning

Elementary Tip of the Week: Storybird

Storybird is a wonderful online storybook creation site for kids of all ages. Storybird has a large selection of images that students use to spark their imagination and unleash creative writing skills.

Elementary App of the Week: Lark, by Storybird

Make and share art inspired poetry with the app Lark, by Storybird. This app is available in the App Store in the "iPhone only" section but will work on an iPad.

Teacher Tool of the Week: Hstry!

Teachers can create and use free interactive timelines at Hstry or have students create them. This tool is a great way to review topics from a large unit or as an end-of-year wrap-up.

Student Tool of the Week: Moldiv!

Moldiv is a simple free app to create collages and to edit photos. Students can add filters and text to their images, too.
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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:


Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72 jennifer.canizares@birdvilleschools.net

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

Toni Hylander @technologytoni toni.hylander@birdvilleschools.net

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

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson jeff.samuelson@birdvilleschools.net

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


SECONDARY TEAM MEMBERS:


Michael Hanson @Hansonits michael.hanson@birdvilleschools.net

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

Rashel Larson @rashellarson rashel.larson@birdvilleschools.net

Birdville HS, BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy tosh.mcgaughy@birdvilleschools.net

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