Digital Learning News 11/1/16

from the Digital Learning Team

BISD Portrait of a Graduate

Are we getting our students ready for college, career, and life?

Join us for Twitter chats in November as we take a deep dive into the BISD Portrait of a Graduate and discuss how to help our learners be FUTURE READY.

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Our Moderator for Tonight's Chat - Nayzak Najm, Recent BISD Graduate and UT Austin Freshman

Get a unique perspective and honest opinions about we must to do to help our Birdville ISD students be future ready.

Nayzak Najm is an Iraqi-American freshman at UT Austin studying Biology and International Relations & Global Studies. She was a Richland High School 2016 top 10 graduate and Female Outstanding Citizen. She was an AP Scholar with Honor, Horatio Alger scholar, and UT Presidential scholar. She was a partner designer of the new BISD CTE logo and former member of NHS, NTHS, BPA, FBLA, Spanish Club, and Senior Planning Board.

Please encourage your friends to join the chat and support one of our own!

November 1 Questions

Q1: What does it mean to be future ready?

Q2: What are the skills learners will need to prepare for their future?

Q3: How do we help learners acquire the skills that can support their learning?

After tonight's chat, be ready to commit to and share at least one strategy in the next week that will help the students you work with to become Future Ready.

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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.

Please take a moment to go to the blog and see the exciting things going on in BISD. Additionally, please also take time to recognize a BISD educator.

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.

More Resources for You:

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iPad & Airwatch Changes You Need to Know:

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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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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.

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

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