Digital Learning Bytes
Lynwood Unified Technology Services ~ May, 2016
Lynwood Educators Technology Summit LETS
Join us on Friday, June 17th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm as we celebrate the digital learning happening in classrooms across the district. Your colleagues will be showcasing a variety of tools such as Google Apps for Education, Coding, and Web 2.0 tools. Representatives from Code.org and Microsoft will be on hand to present their products including a coding curriculum and Minecraft.edu. Register at http://bit.ly/lusdlets16. Space is limited; sign up by May 27th to secure your spot and validated parking. The school with the highest participation rate will receive a fully loaded Chromecart! Visit lusdlets16.mylusd.org for further information.
IDEA Spotlight: Coding Clubs
Computer Science For All means just what it says – giving every student in America an early start at learning the skills they’ll need to get ahead in the new economy. - President Obama
In March each elementary and middle school had the opportunity to send a representative to a training on how to use Google CS-First in their classrooms. There are active clubs in several of these schools. Students are using the Google CS-First curriculum which incorporates Scratch, a coding program based out of the MIT Media Lab. Many teachers are holding their clubs after school, while others are incorporating the coding into their weekly schedule. If you are interested in knowing more about the coding initiative at Lynwood Unified please contact email@example.com.
Professional Development @ EdSurge
Three LUSD teachers, Jose Mejia, Belinda Alvarez and Rachel Jimenez, used a few hours of their time on Saturday, April 16th to attend the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit. They met with educational technology product builders and provided feedback on their products. They were exposed to a variety of new products and provided feedback on those products to the developers. In addition, they heard from several educators on how they use technology to enhance student learning. A student panel rounded out the day, with thoughts on how their teachers use technology in their classrooms.
Try this IDEA: YouTube Video Editor
For teachers who are using multi-media in their classroom, YouTube is a great tool for project-based learning that is engaging for students. Teachers can create a YouTube channel for a specific grade, subject, or period to store and organize all student projects. YouTube Video Editor is the equivalent of MovieMaker, with a small difference. While MovieMaker requires downloading the program, YouTube does not since it is web-based. It is extremely simple to use with drag and drop functionality as well as easy filter options, text editing, and audio.
Twitter for Education
Twitter is a great outlet to communicate and keep everyone in the loop on all the great things that are happening at the district, school site, and the classroom. The other benefit to Twitter is that it serves as an instant news feed to the most up to date innovation in technology and education. Secretaries from 12 elementary and records clerks from 2 secondary schools were introduced to Twitter last week to update followers on the most current news at their respective school site. To be in the know of the most recent activities at the district, follow @LynwoodSchools on Twitter.
Teachers, Enter to Win an iZiggy Wireless Docu-Cam for your classroom!
Answer a few questions about this month's Digital Learning Bytes for a chance to win!
- Contest for Lynwood Unified School District teachers only
- Entrants must use their @mylusd.org account to enter
- Contest ends June 3, 2016 @ 12:00 pm PST
- Previous winners of a Docu-cam are not eligible to win another
- Winner will be notified by email and featured in the next issue of Digital Learning Bytes
Lynwood USD Digital Coaches
Kathleen Graham, Elementary Digital Learning Coach @kab_graham
Dena Duong, Secondary Digital Learning Coach @denaduong