Digital Conversion Bytes

Vol. 4 - November 4, 2016

iPads are Essential in Today's Elementary Classroom

Ms. Carly Duerr, 3rd grade teacher at Centennial, is new to the Edmond Public School district and is enjoying the opportunity her students have with the 1:2 access to iPads in her classroom. On a recent assignment, her students used the iPads for research when they were studying Biographies. By having access to the iPads, students not only had access to written content, without having to gather many books and other resources, but they also had instant access to videos that helped them with their project. In the photo below you can see some of her students working on their Biography project, listening to books on Epic (an AMAZING and FREE app with TONS of books for students to listen to and read along with) and working with the Math Slide app (an app that allows students to compete against each other at the same time).

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Vampire Teeth, STEM, & Chromebooks....OH MY!

Recently students from Clegern Elementary traveled to work with their STEM buddies at Memorial High School. Ms. Penny Antkowiak's and Mr. Heath Steele's 9th grade biology students worked with 4th grade students from Ms. Erin Bell's and Ms. Ann Goetz's classes to determine the best cleanser for "vampire teeth." Students used Chromebooks to record data from their experiments which allowed them to instantly create graphs based on the data. Below you can see a glimpse of their work together.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D10geEro2M0

Canvas training for 8th grade teachers

8th grade teachers from across the district have been participating in a Canvas training and Content Creation professional development day. Days throughout October and the first part of November were designated for teachers in like content areas to come together and share how they are using Canvas in their content area, learn more about Canvas, and to work together to create content that can be used inside of Canvas (assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.). Teachers are sharing the content they create inside of the Canvas Commons, a storage repository built into Canvas. Edmond teachers can access the Commons and pull shared content into their courses. Teachers have found collaboration time to be invaluable. Below you can read thoughts from teachers regarding Canvas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxHgN3bLuxE

About the Project

Digital Conversion, simply put, is about learning and not about technology. The project will provide student mobile devices, digital content (curriculum, including textbooks), professional development, network infrastructure, and a Learning Management System. This project will provide our students with the experience, skills, confidence, and adaptability they will need to succeed in college and in the workforce.