Digital Learning News

11-8-2016

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Portrait of a Graduate - Empowered Learner

We continue to delve into the Portrait of a Graduate.


Tonight's topic: The Empowered Learner

Are we really empowering our students to be successful learners? What are we doing well? Where do we have opportunities to improve?

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Tonight's Questions (Get Ready to Get Real):

1. What do you think we are doing well to empower students? Give examples.

2. Where do we have opportunities to improve? Give ideas about how to improve.

3. What activities SHOULD every BISD student be doing every day to become effective and empowered communicators?

4. What is one thing you can do this week to help students become empowered learners?


#bisddlp

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Creating and Sharing YouTube Playlists
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Facebook in the Classroom

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Skyward Availability Sunday, November 13th

All Skyward programs used in Birdville ISD will be unavailable from approximately 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM CT on Sunday November 13, 2016. During this time staff in BISD'S Technology department will be installing all of the latest updates from Skyward. Anyone using any Skyward program while this work is being done will likely be automatically logged out and lose all unsaved work.

After all of the Skyward updates have been installed the version number on all login screens should be 05.16.10.00.03, right now it is 05.16.06.00.12.

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The Best Educators Have a Growth Mindset, Reflect on Their Craft, and Ask Themselves Questions

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Skyward Unavailable on 11-13-16

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All Skyward programs used in Birdville ISD will be unavailable from approximately 5:00 PM to 11:30 PM on Sunday, November 13, 2016. During this time staff in BISD's Technology department will be installing all of the latest updates from Skyward. Anyone using any Skyward program while this work is being done will likely be automatically logged out and lose all unsaved work.


After all of the Skyward updates have been installed the version number on all login screens should be 05.16.10.00.03. The current version is 05.16.06.00.12.

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Mark Your Calendar – Google’s Online Conference It Takes a Teacher

Register today for a free online conference presented by Google for Education on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Learn from over 100 sessions led by other educators. Learn new approaches & celebrate that #ItTakesATeacher.


You will have the opportunity to:


• Engage with other educators and school leaders to share with and learn from each other.

• Hear from inspiring speakers like Linda Darling-Hammond, Jennie Magiera, Kevin Brookhouser and many more.

• Explore the latest Google product news and get tips and tools from educators.

In the meantime, check out Google’s It Takes a Teacher page where you can share your stories with the hashtag #ItTakesATeacher.


In the coming weeks we’ll be sending you updates on the 100+ speakers and sessions. Stay tuned!


December 2 - 3, 2016


Day and Time:
Friday - Saturday, December 2-3, 2016

Start on Friday – December 2 at 4:00 PM
End on Saturday – December 3 at 5:00 PM


Where:
Online (Details to come)

Sessions around the clock, around the world


REGISTER NOW to get your spot and receive updates about the online conference right in your inbox.

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iPad & Airwatch Changes You Need to Know

Due to a policy change made by Apple, we must make changes in the way we manage iPad apps in BISD. This may affect apps on teacher & student iPads that have been downloaded from our BISD App Catalog. These changes will start rolling out on November 14th and could take a few days to apply to all of our iPads.


Any app that was previously downloaded from the BISD App Catalog or purchased apps that were pushed to the device automatically may be removed from the device. Any in-app data (settings within an app, iMovie project files, Explain Everything project files, etc.), will be lost if not backed up first. After the apps are removed, they can be downloaded again from the BISD App Catalog. You can expect apps that were downloaded from the BISD App Catalog or pushed to the device to disappear from the device during that week.



What do I need to do?


  1. Prior to November 14th, backup any in-app data in apps that were downloaded from the BISD App Catalog such as iMovie, Explain Everything, Chatterpix, Vidra, & My Storybook Maker School Edition. Most of these can be saved to the camera roll or exported to your Google Drive account.
  2. Open the BISD App Catalog and re-download any app that was removed from the device.


Please contact your Digital Learning Specialist if you need any assistance!

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Digital Learning Team Contacts

We're here to help and learn with you!


Kelli Montgomery @KelliM11, Director of Digital Learning

Cheryl McKnight @cherylmck, Coordinator of Digital Learning


ELEMENTARY TEAM MEMBERS:


Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72 jennifer.canizares@birdvilleschools.net

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

Toni Hylander @technologytoni toni.hylander@birdvilleschools.net

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

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson jeff.samuelson@birdvilleschools.net

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

Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab, jennifer.r.miller@birdvilleschools.net

Learning Resources Specialist, Green Valley Spicer, Foster Village



SECONDARY TEAM MEMBERS:


Michael Hanson @Hansonits michael.hanson@birdvilleschools.net

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

Rashel Larson @rashellarson rashel.larson@birdvilleschools.net BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS, Central Office Administration

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy tosh.mcgaughy@birdvilleschools.net

Richland HS, Birdville HS, Shannon HS, Watauga MS

Karen Teeters @karenteeters222 karen.teeters@birdvilleschools.net

Online Learning Specialist, All Middle and High Schools