DIGITAL LEARNING NEWS 11.10.17

FROM THE DIGITAL LEARNING TEAM...

Happy Friday from your Digital Learning Team! Thanks for reading.


News you can use in this issue:


  • How to focus on innovation while teaching the curriculum - George Couros
  • School and campus Teaching and Learning with Technology Spotlights
  • "How Technology AND a great teacher can transform and improve student learning"
  • Take the "No Worksheet November" Challenge
  • Just For Fun: "The Best Apps and Devices for Selfies" and "3 Reasons You Should Embrace Technology for Thanksgiving"


Please contact Kelli, Cheryl, or your campus Digital Learning Spcialist if we can help/support you.

Until next week, keep learning something new every day.

The Birdville Digital Learning Team

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Top left to right: Kelli Montgomery, Michael Hanson, Taylor Williams, Owen Nesbitt, Jeff Samuelson

Bottom left to right: Shelly Lansford, Toni Hylander, Cheryl McKnight, Rashel Larson, Jennifer Canizares

https://youtu.be/sBnit2FAb7A

How do you focus on being innovative while still teaching the curriculum?

George Couros shares in his blog: "how we teach the curriculum, often, is the innovation schools need!" The role of teachers is vital in shaping the artistry in education. #innovatorsmindset


Go to the following link to read the entire post on his blog, The Principal of Change


The spotlights this week are evidence of the innovative mindset of Birdville teachers, coaches, coordinators, and digital learning specialists! THANK YOU for all you do for the students in Birdville ISD!

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Shout out to 1st grade at Spicer, 4th grade at Walker Creek, Taryn Perkins at Smithfield Elem, Lexi Gizzy at N. Ridge MS, Jacob Chastain at Richland Middle School and Ryan Buchanan at Smithfield MS!


Be sure to go to the links below to read the details/watch spotlight videos from our blog, the RETHINK LEARNING.


If you see something that you would like to try or know more about, get in touch with your Digital Learning Specialist!

Spicer ELEM: #flipgridfever

Walker Creek ELEM: ELA Breakout EDU!

SMITHFIELD ELEM: EXPLAIN AND UNDERSTAND WITH MYSIMPLESHOW

RICHLAND MS: "TEACH ME, TEACHER" PODCAST BY JACOB CHASTAIN

North Ridge MS: Nearpod

Smithfield MS: Zip Grade

TEACHERS, COORDINATORS, COACHES, & DIGITAL LEARNING SPECIALISTS USE TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING

As shown in the examples above, the notion that technology itself can improve student outcomes must die (LOL).

Seriouly though, the notion of a well-trained/coached teacher, effectively wielding technology while finding new ways to discover and create, promises to transform the learning experience. Read more at this link: An Idea to Retire - Technology Alone Can Transform Student Learning

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JUST FOR FUN - THE BEST DEVICES AND APPS FOR SELFIES

Just for fun, learn about best techniques, phone accessories, and apps.

Go to this link to read the article by Cherlynn Low: https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/21/best-selfie-apps-gear-tech/

JUST FOR FUN

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