Digital Learning Competencies
Digital Learning Competencies are a framework for educators centered around necessary skills needed to provide a high-quality education while integrating digital teaching and learning. A complete list of these competencies can be found here, and I will be highlighting them throughout the year in grade level meetings and in future editions of the ITF connection.
Why do I care about the Digital Learning Competencies?
Not only are these competencies embedded in some capacity throughout the teacher evaluation rubric, if you are renewing your teaching license in 2019 or later, you will need at least 2 CEUs in Digital Learning Competencies to renew your license. This law went into effect July 1, 2017.
Clever will now be the platform our students and teachers will use to access many of our district resources. Students and teachers will click on Clever from our homepage, then select "Log in with Active Directory". They should be prompted to login with their computer username and password. Once signed into Clever, they will arrive on a dashboard screen that will allow them to access district resources such as Dreambox, iReady, and MasteryConnect. Users will automatically be signed into those resources via Clever.
Discovery Education may have stopped offering the assessment piece that we have used for benchmarking over the past several years, but we still have access to all of their other great resources. You can still find content related videos, virtual field trips, teaching strategies, and more within DiscoveryEd. One of my favorite features is BoardBuilder where students can create online posters and embed DiscoveryEd content to demonstrate what they've learned about a given topic.
Dreambox is adaptive, meaning it gives students new activities and lessons based on their performance on tasks within the program. This often creates a disconnect between content you are covering in class and content students are accessing via Dreambox. If you have a student who needs extra practice with a concept you are covering in class, you can go in and assign them a focus to work on. See Mrs. Parker if you'd like more information about Assigned Focus within Dreambox.
- Note Taking - Notes taken via a word processing application
- Research - Using an internet browser to copy/paste information
- Presentation - Using PowerPoint/Keynote/Google Slides to make a presentation
- Reading - reading an eBook or PDF online
- Assessment - students take a test built in Google Forms