Digital Learning News Brief

October 13, 2015

Mandatory Password Change

In an effort to keep all BISD information and data secure, all staff will be automatically prompted and required to update network passwords on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Please review the content in this KB article regarding the updated Password Requirements.

**Please do NOT change your password before the Oct. 15 because you will be prompted to change it again on that day.**

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Don't Miss the Fall Conference and EdCamp!

You spoke and we listened! This year's conference will be a combination of Digital Learning sessions and an EdCamp experience. Register today for the sessions that best meet your needs and learning style!

Smithfield Middle School Principal, Kyle Pekurney, will be the keynote speaker to kick-off the conference. Don't miss this opportunity to be entertained and motivated by one of BISD's finest leaders!

Use the links in the schedule below to register.

8:00 AM: Breakfast, EdCamp Organization

8:30 AM: Keynote Speaker, Kyle Pekurney

9:00 AM: Sessions

10:30 AM: Sessions

12:30 PM: BISD Attendee's Meeting

From 9:00-12:00, explore Makerspace Meets Extreme Weather. The Digital Learning Lab is a tinker’s paradise where experienced librarians will facilitate makerspace activities. They will demonstrate how makerspaces can get kids excited about STEM topics surrounding Earth Cycle and Systems, Outer Space, and reading!

*Complete session descriptions and room locations in Eduphoria Workshop.

Not a BISD Employee?

You are invited to join us! Click here to register for EdCamp.

What IS EdCamp?

The edcamp experience is popping up all over the globe and educators are finding the learning to be just in time and right on target to meet the their professional learning needs. "The edcamp model provides educators with a sustainable model for learning, growing, connecting, and sharing. Everyone's expertise is honored, and specific, concrete strategies are exchanged. When professional development is created 'for teachers by teachers,' everyone wins," explains Kristin Swanson. Click here to read an article about edcamps.

We want YOU to join us in BISD's 1st EDCAMP experience! Birdville employees can signup in Eduphoria to attend one or both of the edcamp sessions coming up on October 17, 2015.

BISD employees can use the following links to register today!

9:00-10:30 EdCamp 1

10:45-12:15 EdCamp 2

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Tonight's Twitter Chat: Google!

Join us tonight as we talk about the following questions:

Q1- What is your favorite Google tool and why?

Q2- How does your campus and/or department use Google?

Q3- What is a Google tool that you would like to learn more about?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

8:00 PM

@birdville_dl #bisddlp

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District Tech EAs in the Spotlight!

The Tech EAs participated in the first Tech EA Edcamp, last Friday. The Tech EAs used Padlet to list the ideas they wanted to learn more about. Then someone who was comfortable sharing about that topic jumped up and talked/trained. Topics covered included Kahoot, features of Vision, Padlet, SumDog, as well as ideas for collaborating with teachers. It was a great time of sharing and learning, capitalizing on the diverse talents of this dedicated group of educators.

Other spotlights this week include:

Science Teachers, North Ridge EL

Middle & High School CTE Teachers

Debra Szosteck, Walker Creek EL

Elementary GT Teacher

Hernan Oropeza, Academy at West Birdville EL

Beth Muirheid, Smithfield MS

Digital Learning Lounge: Spotlight Your Classrooms!

Teachers and administrators,

Please remember to share the good technology uses that are happening on your campus on the Digital Learning Lounge blog

Anyone can send an email to to submit a post. The subject of the email is the title of the post. Anything in the body of the email is included in the post, including any automatic signatures so that might need to be edited before clicking send. Images that attached to the email are embedded in the post.

This can easily be done from a smart phone in a classroom, so remember to take the time to share your digital learning successes with your BISD colleagues through the Digital Learning Lounge!

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Digital Learning Web-site

Resources, links, and information abounds on our Digital Learning district web-page.

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BrightByte Survey Now Open!

The Clarity BrightBytes survey window is open October 12th-23rd.

Birdville ISD has partnered with Clarity BrightBytes to survey students, parents, and campus staff on the impact of technology use both inside and outside the classroom. The results of the survey will help BISD develop appropriate digital learning opportunities to best serve the needs of all students. The District is also committed to providing appropriate digital resources, at the right cost, in order to maximize the use of existing technology. BrightBytes is a web-based, research-driven tool that will assist BISD evaluate the current digital learning approaches and technologies available to our students.

All questionnaires — student, teachers, and parents — are available in Spanish. Participants can toggle in the top right-hand corner of their questionnaire screen between English and Spanish.

Click here to access links for campus surveys.

Elementary Digital Learning News!

Technology Tip & App of the Week: SmartScope/iGO

SmartScope connects USB to a desktop or laptop computer to allow for easy, crystal clear viewing of magnified images. Click here to learn more.

Wi-Viewer is an app for the wireless iGO handheld microscope. It is available for both iPhone and iPad series.

Elementary Digital Learning Specialist

Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72

Birdville~WT Francisco~Binion~Mullendore~Snow Heights~Porter~Spicer

Toni Dowdy @technologytoni

Smithfield~Cheney~Stowe~Watauga~Foster Village~North Ridge~Walker Creek

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson

David E Smith~Richland~West Birdville~Holiday Heights~Hardeman~ACFT~Green Valey

Secondary Digital Learning News!

Student Tool of the Week: Google Keep!

Google Keep is a collaborative, note-taking option for students that connects to their Google Drives and can be shared. To-do lists for group work, reminders, and other short note-taking tasks can easily be done in Keep and then be shared with selected people.

Teacher Tool of the Week: LiveBinders

LiveBinders for iPhone is an app that helps conference-goers capture session materials quickly and categorize into folders. This app would be a great one to download before this weekend's Fall Digital Conference! Come catch some QR codes and some great session resources and use LiveBinder to keep it organized.

Secondary Digital Learning Specialists

Michael Hanson @Hansonits

Haltom HS~Haltom MS~Richland MS~North Ridge MS

Rashel Larson @RashelLarson

Birdville HS~BCTAL~North Richland MS~Smithfield MS

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy

Richland HS~Shannon HS~North Oaks MS~Watauga MS

Looking for the best MEME

As you know the district experienced a technology "bug" on Friday that changed the first name of all users to Null. Fortunately, the vendor was able to correct the problem before the days end and has apologized for any inconvenience caused to BISD users.

The Technology Department is holding a contest for the best MEME illustrating the Null events from Friday. The winner will receive a $30 Starbucks gift card, courtesy of the vendor.

All entries must be submitted to by 9 AM on Friday, October 16, 2015. Good luck to all who wish to participate!

Birdville Digital Learning

Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab Learning Resources Specialist

Karen Teeters @karenteeters222 Online Learning Specialist

Cheryl McKnight @cherylmck Coordinator of Digital Learning

Kelli Montgomery @KelliM11 Director of Digital Learning

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