Digital Learning News 2-16-16

from your Digital Learning Team

Principal & Campus Spotlight: David Hamilton and Haltom High School

Haltom High School Principal David Hamilton is working towards building a digital culture with staff and students alike. “We are in the second wave of the district’s technology distribution and we wanted to have clear campus goals along with an action plan to achieve those goals,” said Mr. Hamilton. “We wanted to create a central location where the staff could find all the forms and information that is normally sent through emails. So, we decided to set up a campus folder in Google Drive and share that with all staff members.” This fit perfectly with the larger plan to become a GAFE campus. The second goal is to stay ahead of the curve with blended learning, which has many HHS teachers migrating to Google Drive and interacting with students in Google Classroom. Once a campus begins to collaborate in Google, more flexible communication can improve face-to-face meetings and increase efficiency for teachers, staff, and students.

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Check out our Digital Learning Blog 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 blog!


Smithfield Middle School: Teresa Fuller, Makerspace in Math

O.H. Stowe Elementary: Librarian Susan Reyna, Chatterpix and Animoto

North Oaks Middle School: Jennifer Gasca, flipped videos

Watauga Elementary: Mabel Figueroa, Chatterpix

Shannon High School: Paulette Bangert, Compass & on-line

Haltom High: Becky Church, Google Classroom

Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day!

How will you celebrate?

Click here for ideas.

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Spring Digital Learning Conference - March 5th!

Please join us for the spring Digital Learning Conference on Saturday March 5th at the BCTAL. The morning will begin with a campus share-out session where teachers and administrators from each campus will spotlight and describe an example of powerful digital learning happening at their campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk around and look at these exemplars and talk about the lesson design and technology tools with the teachers.


After this, there will be two break-out sessions for teachers and administrators to attend with an ending keynote and fabulous door prizes at noon. These sessions are all designed around the BISD Digital Learning Platform to provide resources for relevant technology integration that align with and support the district's Learning Platform.

There will also be a special prize awarded for the campus

with the most staff attending the conference!


Click on the links below to register in EDUPHORIA.

8-9AM

(Digital Learning) Campus Poster Session - Digital Learning Conference

Each campus will share ways that they have used technology at their campus to advanced student engagement and learning.

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS- 9-10:30AM

(Digital Learning) Get Googling: GAFE for Admin (Admin only)

District administrators of all levels are encouraged to participate in this hands-on session to explore the variety of Google tools that will make every BISD administrator’s life easier. Please bring your BISD Google account password with you and be prepared to get Googling!


(Digital Learning) Birdville Blended Best Practices for Instructional Structures A

Blending traditional and digital learning to better differentiate for students requires a different tool kit for teachers. Come learn about best practices for creating a blended learning environment in your classroom or on your campus.


(Digital Learning) Collaboration & Communication: Authentic Tasks & Products A

Digital tools create exciting opportunities for students to collaborate and communicate in authentic ways. Come explore a variety of options (blogging, GAFE, Padlet, Answer Garden) for student use in your classroom.


(Digital Learning) Formative Assessments: Feedback based on Student Performance A

Fast and frequent formative assessments give teachers the information they need to know where to go next in their lessons. Is it time for a re-teach or is it time for extension? Join us as we play with a dozen different digital formative assessments!


(Digital Learning) Social Learning Networks: Professional Learning A

Tweet. Tweet. How can you harness the power of social networks for your personal professional learning? Join us as we explain different best practices for using flexible social tools to further your learning.


(Digital Learning) Digital Learning: Best Practices A

Leveraging the power of digital learning involves implementing sound instructional strategies with relevant technology integration. Please come learn about and interact with digital learning best practices that will help you make informed decisions when you design lessons.

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS- 10:30a-noon

(Digital Learning) Leaders, Leveraging the Power of Social Media (Admin only)

Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms have the potential to amplify access to resources that fuel personal and professional development in ways never before possible. In a global economy, professionals cannot confine themselves to purely local connections. Success increasingly depends on the breadth, depth and quality of our PLNs — and the social tools and environments where they’re taking place. District administrators of all levels are encouraged to participate in this hands-on session to learn how to grow your PLN through social media.


(Digital Learning) Birdville Blended Best Practices for Instructional Structures B

Blending traditional and digital learning to better differentiate for students requires a different tool kit for teachers. Come learn about best practices for creating a blended learning environment in your classroom or on your campus.


(Digital Learning) Collaboration & Communication: Authentic Tasks & Products B

Digital tools create exciting opportunities for students to collaborate and communicate in authentic ways. Come explore a variety of options (blogging, GAFE, Padlet, Answer Garden) for student use in your classroom.


(Digital Learning) Formative Assessments: Feedback based on Student Performance B

Fast and frequent formative assessments give teachers the information they need to know where to go next in their lessons. Is it time for a re-teach or is it time for extension? Join us as we play with a dozen different digital formative assessments!


(Digital Learning) Social Learning Networks: Professional Learning B

Tweet. Tweet. How can you harness the power of social networks for your personal professional learning? Join us as we explain different best practices for using flexible social tools to further your learning.


(Digital Learning) Digital Learning: Best Practices B

Leveraging the power of digital learning involves implementing sound instructional strategies with relevant technology integration. Please come learn about and interact with digital learning best practices that will help you make informed decisions when you design lessons.

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(Digital Learning) Keynote - Digital Learning Conference

BISD Principal, Jessica Sandoval, will share how day to day tasks and campus processes are more efficient by using technology tools such as Google.

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BISD Loves Learning 2016 Twitter Challenge

It's all about growing and having that learner's mindset. The Loves Learning Slow Twitter Chat Challenge began yesterday. To participate in the challenge, just tweet your answer and any pictures, videos or links and be sure to include the #bisddlp. You can tweet as multiple responses to the questions. On Friday of each week in February, we will announce Twitter Challenge participate winners. Fridays will also continue to be our BISD Shines Twitter slow-chat share day.

Questions for 'Love Learning' Slow-Chat!


TUESDAY 2/16 Q2: What new tools/strategies did you learn on Monday that you will implement this week?

WEDNESDAY 2/17 Q3: What learning outcome do you anticipate from a new tools or strategy that you are implementing?

THURSDAY 2/18 Q4: If you were a student in your classroom what would you say is the most engaging learning you have experienced recently?

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Resources for Learning

Elementary Tip of the Week: Reflector 2 to Show Student Work!

Reflector 2 is software you can have on your teacher computer that will allow you to display your iPad using your projector.


Wirelessly displaying your iPad on the projector will allow you to move around your classroom while:

  • Showing students how to work a problem by using a whiteboard app like ShowMe (see below)
  • Demonstrate to students how to use an app
  • Display student projects from an iPad on the projector for the class to see

Note: In order to use Reflector 2, your iPads must be updated to at least iOS 9.


Reflector 2 Support:

Elementary App of the Week: ShowMe!


App Store Link:


Description:

  • ShowMe is a simple to use whiteboard app. You can insert pictures and annotate/draw on top of them. ShowMe also has a recording feature, where you can record what you're doing on the screen while also explaining with your voice. The videos are saved for free on the ShowMe website


Examples:


Support:

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Teacher Technology Tool of the Week: Black History Month Resources!

Education World site has many links and activities for incorporating study of Black History month into content areas.

Student Technology Tool of the Week: WordCloud

When Wordle or Tagxedo are not working on a device or browser, students can turn to WordCloud to create visual word clouds for assignments. This site works on all browsers and provides similar functions to the above sites.
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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 Dowdy @technologytoni toni.dowdy@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