Digital Learning News Brief 6-9-15



You DO NOT want to get left out of the amazing learning going on in the BCTAL Omni Room the next two days (June 10th and 11th)!

Your Digital Learning Team is partnering with one of the best presenters in Texas - Tracy Clark - and we will be in the sessions teaching and learning right along beside you.

Bring your laptop or iPad and come join us!!! You do not want to miss these two amazing days.


Check out the great sessions and tools we will be learning about together below.

June 10th: Day One

8:30 - 9:30: Keynote "Adopting a Posture of Experimentation" (Don’t settle for a posture of standardization and safety in your classroom. Discover the advantage of being an amateur, the mindset of dancing with fear, and the inspiration of connecting with an authentic, creative community, through hands-on experiments, thinking routines, and even some sketchnoting. Push against the edge of possibility and adopt a posture of experimentation as we brainstorm, innovate, and shed some light on the enigma that is creativity and ideation)

9:30 - 11:30: "Creativity & Innovation: Giving Students Time, Space, and Inspiration to Create" (This a hands-on exploration building upon ideas discussed in the Keynote session. We will brainstorm, discuss, and most importantly create, while constantly considering the role of creativity in our classrooms and the dangerous implications of this dwindling resource in our students. Tools we'll explore: Paper by 53, Educreations, Canva, Adobe Voice, and more...)

11:30 - 12:30: Lunch on Your Own

12:30 - 2:30: "Communication & Collaboration: Connecting through Diverse & Intentional Perspectives" (Come explore the power of the connected educator and connected students. This is a hands-on, interactive dive into the ways we can use technology tools and resources to open up our classrooms and give students an authentic global community for interaction, ideation, perspective building, and publishing real work! Tools we will explore: Twitter, Google Plus, Google Hangouts (Mystery Skype/Hangouts), Google’s My Maps, Kid Blog, 81-Dash and more...)

2:30 - 3:30: "Research & Information Fluency: Making Sense of Things in a Time of Information Overload" (Ever felt like there is way too much information to process out there? You are not alone! Join us as we explore and discuss questions like: How can we help our students (and ourselves) navigate the increasingly complex, information-rich world we live in? Come play with technology tools and resources that help us navigate, curate, and find meaning in the mess. Tools we will explore: Google Research Tool, Google Slides, Canva,, Evernote, Listly, Symbaloo and more...)

Day Two (June 11th)

8:30 - 9:30: Keynote "Nurturing a Culture of Thinking" (Deep thinking doesn’t have to be a drag. Discover the cultural forces at work in building thinkers who are engaged, self-directed, and creative)

9:30 - 11:30: "Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Building Thinkers not Test Takers" (This a hands-on exploration building upon ideas discussed in the Keynote. Design powerful learning opportunities through the intentional use of dynamic technology tools and Visible Thinking Routines. Explore practical yet powerful ways to get your students creating, collaborating, and sharing their thinking. Tools we will Explore: ThingLink, 81Dash, Padlet, Skitch, and more...)

11:30 - 12:30: Lunch on Your Own

12:30 - 2:30: "Digital Citizenship: Being Mindful in a Consumptive Culture" (The digital world is constantly evolving and as a result we have new questions to address: What does digital citizenship look like today? How do we keep our kids safe and build good citizens (both digitally and face to face)? When is it time to disconnect? Come explore these topics and discover helpful tools and resources as we navigate the digital citizenship conundrum: Social Media, Intellectual property, Searching for resources, Creative Commons, and Technology Overload/Addiction)

2:30 - 3:30: "Technology Operations & Concepts: Building Lessons with Tech Tips in Mind" (Let’s get together and come up with lessons and ideas for teaching our students the fundamentals of technology concepts throughout the year. From workflow on creative projects to knowing when to ask for help and which digital tools to select, let’s lay the foundation for our little innovators to build upon across the curriculum. Topics to Explore:Technology terms and awareness, Software skills, Software skills, Selecting appropriate digital tools, Input & output, and Workflow)