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:

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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

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Handouts from Last Week's Texas Computer Education Conference

Check out these great handouts from the conference last week!

These are amazing ways to feed your Growth Mindset and learn something new.



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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!

Click here for a preview of the session descriptions.

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BISD Loves Learning 2016 Twitter Challenge

It's all about growing and having that learner's mindset and it all kicks off tonight with a Twitter Chat. Then beginning Monday Feb. 15th we will begin the 2016 BISD Loves Learning Slow Twitter Chat by posting the first question. To participate in the challenge, just tweet your answer and any pictures, videos or links and be sure to include the #bisddlp. You can tweet as many responses to each week's question. On Friday of each week in February, we will announce Twitter Challenge participate winners. Fridays will also continue to be our BISD Shines Twitter slow chat share day.
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Resources for Learning

Elementary Tip of the Week: EduTyping and My Story Book Creator

EduTyping is a web based application designed for teaching keyboarding in grades K-5 and can be accessed from any Internet-ready computer. Curriculum includes Course Lessons, Reinforcement, Timed Writings, and In the News.
My Story Book Creator is a storytelling app located in our BISD App Catalog. It is a great way to promote literacy, comprehension and creative thinking. This app can be used in all content areas to display learning.
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Teacher Technology Tool of the Week: Black History Month Resources!

Middleweb.com provides lesson ideas and resources for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms throughout this month.

Student Technology Tool of the Week: Free Magazine Templates!

Free Magazine Templates is a site with free CSS templates for students to download and use to create visually appealing magazine-like products for a variety of real-world products.
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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:


Jennifer Canizares @jcanny72 jennifer.canizares@birdvilleschools.net

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

Toni Dowdy @technologytoni toni.dowdy@birdvilleschools.net

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

Jeff Samuelson @jeff_samuelson jeff.samuelson@birdvilleschools.net

David E Smith, Richland, West Birdville, Holiday Heights, Hardeman, ACFT, Green Valley


SECONDARY TEAM MEMBERS:


Michael Hanson @Hansonits michael.hanson@birdvilleschools.net

Haltom HS, Haltom MS, Richland MS, North Ridge MS

Rashel Larson @rashellarson rashel.larson@birdvilleschools.net

Birdville HS, BCTAL, Smithfield MS, North Richland MS

Tosh McGaughy @ToshMcGaughy tosh.mcgaughy@birdvilleschools.net

Richland HS, Shannon HS, North Oaks MS, Watauga MS