DCSD Tech Tidbits 02.05.16

February 5, 2016

Principal Spotlight - Emily Lunn, Pate Elementary School

Mrs. Lunn is embracing the Digital Transformation initiative. With her rock star techy teacher, Hanna Hanlin, she has initiated "Techy Teacher Time"! Once a week, teachers will have to option to participate in 30 minutes of technology fun to help them in their classroom! Topics will vary from week to week based on their interests. And they're giving away PRIZES. Awesome!!
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Awesome JOB!

Susan Tomlinson (SMS) is creating EdPuzzle and Edmodo lessons for another teacher due to an unforeseen extended absence! Her coworkers are blown away by her generosity and her creativity.


Heather Dyar (DHS) presented on Blended Learning at the Darlington High PTO Meeting. What a great idea to keep their parents in the know about this mindset shift!


Alphine Bradley (LHS) - created an awesome technology infused lesson for her students! After learning about Kahoot!, she played a review game of Kahoot!, a quiz on MasteryConnect, and new notes from the online textbook....THE VERY NEXT DAY!!!

Way to go!


Want to submit a teacher you know for "Teacher Spotlight"? Shoot an email to Carla.Jefferson@darlington.k12.sc.us or complete the form here.

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#dcsdtransforms Slow Chat - Every Friday!

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Let's Go From "Techphobic" to Tech Ninja"!

Do you want to master technology in your classroom? Go from "techphobic" to "Tech Ninja" in just one day.


Saturday, February 13th, 2016


Free Training: Become a "Tech Ninja" Teacher


In just one day, you will discover...

- One secret tool teachers use to differentiate instruction

- 3+ free web tools that make formative assessment easy for 100s of teachers

- How to turn your "standard projects" into super cool tech projects

- Must-know survival tips for teaching with technology

- The best way to create engaging student projects with EASY tech ideas

Website of the Week: Control Alt Achieve

Eric Curtis hosts a free ed-tech webinar every week or so. These webinars can be viewed in two ways:
  • Live - You can watch the webinar live, which will give you the ability to submit questions and share ideas.
  • Recorded - Each webinar is recorded and can be viewed later.
Registration is not required to view the live webinar. You may simply go to the webinar link at the time of the session to view the live video. However, if you wish to receive a reminder and other information prior to the session, you may sign up ahead of time on the webinar event page.


Click here for more information.

App of The Week: Black History Figures Game

In this game, you will guess who the famous black history figure is from the 4 pictures displayed! Black history has never been so entertaining and exciting! Fifty different levels of different black history figures.


Click here for more information.

Digital Learning Day - February 17th

Digital Learning Day was started in 2012 as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.


What can you do for Digital Learning Day? Here are some ideas from 2014:


  • Learn how to use 3D printers
  • Share student work with mobile QR Codes
  • Engage in a research project
  • Have students use YakIt Kids, ChatterPix, Tellagami, iMovie to create a mini project
  • Participate in a Mystery Skype or Google Hangout!
  • Participate in a Kahoot Challenge with another classroom
  • Have students blog about an experience

....and so much more!


If you're interested in participating visit Digital Learning Day for more information.

Looking for a class to connect with? Complete this Google Form and we'll work on finding a class for you!


Click here to access other teachers' responses for connection ideas.

Have You Heard Of Digital Learning?

Apple Foundations Trainings

The Apple Foundations Courses are designed to allow educators to participate in extended professional development. Each 3 hour course is designed to assist you in learning more about your devices and the applications that are an integral part of Apple products.


February 10th - Darlington


MacBook Pro - OS X Yosemite - Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching

8:30 - 11:30

This PD session will help you get the most out of using your MacBook Pro as a powerful instructional tool. Identify and explore the fundamentals and powerful features of your Mac. Learn how to personalize Mac settings and use built­-in apps for learning and teaching.


MacBook Pro - OS X Yosemite - Enhancing Personal Productivity and Collaboration

12:30 - 3:30

Discover how using your device’s powerful built-in apps can increase your productivity through time management, even documentation, and collaborative communication.


February 10th - Darlington


MacBook Pro - OS X Yosemite - Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching

4:00 - 7:00

This PD session will help you get the most out of using your MacBook Pro as a powerful instructional tool. Identify and explore the fundamentals and powerful features of your Mac. Learn how to personalize Mac settings and use built­-in apps for learning and teaching.


February 17th - Hartsville


iPad - iOS 8 - Becoming a Power User for Learning and Teaching

4:00 - 7:00

In this PD course, participants will identify and explore the fundamentals and features of your iPad and learn how to personalize iPad settings and use built-in apps for learning and teaching.


February 23rd - Darlington


Amplifying Learning with GarageBand

8:30 - 11:30

In this course, participants will identify the unique strengths of GarageBand for learning and teaching, create, edit, and share audio and music recordings, and develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning


Making Data Meaningful with Numbers

12:30 - 3:30

In this course, participants will identify the unique strengths of Numbers for learning and teaching, create visually engaging, clearly organized, and data rich spreadsheets and develop strategies to share, collaborate, and personalize learning

SC Midlands Summit

June 8-9, 2016 - The SC Midlands Summit is a two day conference focused on the use of Google for Education, research tools, digital tools, and technology integration in the classroom. Over 130 unique sessions will be offered! Visit Visit the SC Midlands Summit website for more information and registration.

Upstate Technology Conference (UTC)

Join fellow educators for the eleventh annual Upstate Technology Conference in Greenville, SC on Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th. The conference features 250 expert and peer-led sessions that will inspire innovative teaching for classroom and school success. The technology conference is free to all registered attendees. Visit the UTC website for more information and registration.

#DCSDtransforms Weekly Podcast - 01.21.16

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We're a GAFE district!

We've Gone Google!

DCSD is a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. All staff and students have Google accounts in the DCSD Google domain to facilitate communication, collaboration and publishing work.

Although Google Drive and other Google tools are accessible, teachers will continue to use MS Outlook for their email.


If you've never accessed it before, your Google login is firstname.lastname@darlington.k12.sc.us. Your temporary password is Password1 and then you will be prompted to change your password.


If you're having trouble logging into your Google account, please see your school wizard or a member of the DCSD Digital Transformation Academy.

Darlington County School District - Technology Department

Diane Sigmon, Director of Technology

Carla Jefferson, Instructional Technology Coordinator