Digital Learning News 2-9-16
from your Digital Learning Team
Principal & Campus Spotlight: Deborah Coulson!
North Ridge Elementary principal, Deborah Coulson, encourages teachers to integrate a variety of technology. She regularly praises the efforts of her teachers when they try new ways to integrate technology in the classroom. Recently, she hosted a faculty meeting where teachers had time to show and tell different tools they were using in their classrooms. Each teacher took 5-10 minutes to showcase the chosen tool. Then staff members were encouraged to set a goal to use one of the tools highlighted during the meeting. The presenting teachers offered to be mentors for their chosen tool, if anyone required additional support.
The tools showcased were:
BISD students are engaged in a variety of learning opportunities each day. Visit the Digital Learning Lounge blog to learn more about how teachers are using technology tools and resources that engage students in learning!
Congratulations to all teachers and students highlighted in the Digital Learning blog!
Watauga Elementary: 2nd grade classes, Kiddleco
Smithfield Middle School: Christine Thompson, Ozobot
Jack C. Binion Elementary: Jenny Wasserman, Heads Up app
Watauga Elementary: Travis Pollan, blended learning
Richland High School: Christine Endsley, blended learning
Major Cheney Elementary: Alyssa Dunnahoo, iPads
Green Valley Elementary: Hera Jhaveri & Meredith McCown, mystery Skype
Spring Digital Learning Conference - March 5th!
Please join us for the spring Digital Learning Conference on Saturday March 5th at the BCTAL. The morning will begin with a campus share-out session where teachers and administrators from each campus will spotlight and describe an example of powerful digital learning happening at their campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to walk around and look at these exemplars and talk about the lesson design and technology tools with the teachers.
After this, there will be two break-out sessions for teachers and administrators to attend with an ending keynote and fabulous door prizes at noon. These sessions are all designed around the BISD Digital Learning Platform to provide resources for relevant technology integration that align with and support the district's Learning Platform.
There will also be a special prize awarded for the campus
with the most staff attending the conference!
Look for links to register in next week's newsletter!
BISD Loves Learning 2016 Twitter Challenge
Texas Google Summit in Frisco
Texas ASCD Ignite Conference in Irving
Texas ASCD Conference in Dallas
Region XI Workshops at the Service Center
BISD Digital Learning Conference at BCTAL
Registration opens next week!
iPadPalooza in Austin
Resources for Learning
Elementary Tip of the Week: EduTyping and My Story Book Creator
Teacher Technology Tool of the Week: Black History Month Resources!
Student Technology Tool of the Week: Free Magazine Templates!
Kelli Montgomery @KelliM11, Director of Digital Learning
Cheryl McKnight @cherylmck, Coordinator of Digital Learning
Karen Teeters @karenteeters222, Online Learning Specialist
Jennifer Miller @steamlearnlab, Learning Resources Specialist
ELEMENTARY TEAM MEMBERS:
Birdville, WT Francisco, Binion, Mullendore, Snow Heights, Porter, Spicer
Smithfield, Cheney, Stowe, Watauga, Foster Village, North Ridge, Walker Creek
David E Smith, Richland, West Birdville, Holiday Heights, Hardeman, ACFT, Green Valley
SECONDARY TEAM MEMBERS:
Haltom HS, Haltom MS, Richland MS, North Ridge MS
Birdville HS, BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS
Richland HS, Shannon HS, North Oaks MS, Watauga MS