Digital Learning News 10-25-2016

from the BISD Digital Learning Team

In today's issue:

  • Digital Citizenship: Information/Media Literacy - What is it and why is it such a critical skill for all of us?
  • Tonight's Twitter Chat: Improving Information/Media Literacy
  • NEW! Classroom Digital Learning Spotlights
  • Read our latest blog posts
  • Upcoming Google online conference information
  • and more

Have a great week,

Kelli, Cheryl, Jennifer, Jeff, Toni, Jennifer, Tosh, Michael, Rashel, and Karen

the Digital Learning Team

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What is Media/Information Literacy?

Literacy in the general sense is the ability to be able to read (consume) and write (create). Media literacy builds on these two core elements of general literacy. Media literate individuals know how to

1) be wise consumers - to critically analyze media in all of its forms in a variety of contexts (social interactions, political discussions and campaigns, product advertising, etc.)

2) be deliberate message contributors - to use various media to share opinions and perspectives in constructive and creative ways.

What IS Media Literacy?

Tonight's Twitter Chat

We are so excited to welcome Julie Pursley, incredible North Richland Middle School Librarian, as tonight's guest Twitter chat moderator. She will help us wrap up our Digital Citizenship month with these questions:

Q1 What does it mean to be information and media literate in the 21st century?

Q2 How does information and media literacy improve research?

Q3 What resources or tips do you have to encourage information and media literacy?

Learn about Information/Media Literacy

In Case You Missed It...

Here's a link to last week's awesome chat about Copyright:

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BISD Teachers and Students are Using Digital Tools and Resources in Amazing Ways For Learning!

The Birdville ISD Digital Learning Lounge is a place to share and learn about great things going on in BISD to enhance and accelerate teaching and learning by using digital tools.

The Digital Learning Team also posts our recommended digital learning tools and resources. See the newest spotlights below and please go here to the blog to see the details:

Demonstrating Learning in the Cheney Library

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Researchers in the Watauga Library Learning Commons

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North Ridge Middle School Personalized Intervention

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West Birdville Online Researchers Using Pebble-GO

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Watauga MS Super Test Review

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Get Spotlighted on the Blog - It's as Easy as an Email

Please share the great things going on where you are! It's really easy.

1. Describe what you would like to share in an email.

2. Attach a photo to your email.

3. Send your email to

Your spotlight will automatically post on the Digital Learning Lounge blog.

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EDpuzzle is a platform in which teachers create interactive video assessments pulling from YouTube, Khan Academy, National Geographic, etc.. Teachers create custom integrated assessments for videos they assign for students to watch. Advantages include the ability to add voice-overs, comments, and quizzes to existing online videos, making such media content interactive. A disadvantage to using EDpuzzle is that students do need a login to access content.
Demo Edpuzzle

An Awesome PL Opportunity - The Annual Online Google Conference!

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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

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.

Check Out the Highlight Reel from Last Year's Conference below

Education on Air Highlight Reel - May 2015
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Read Our Blogs

Click here to go to Tech-cited: Elementary Digital Learning Team Blog.

Click here to go to BISD Connected Teacher: Secondary Digital Learning Team Blog.

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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


Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72

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

Toni Hylander @technologytoni

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

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson

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

Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab, Learning Resources Specialist, Green Valley Spicer, Foster Village


Michael Hanson @Hansonits

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

Rashel Larson @rashellarson BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS, Central Office Administration

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy

Richland HS, Birdville HS, Shannon HS, Watauga MS

Karen Teeters @karenteeters222, Online Learning Specialist, All Middle and High Schools