Welcome to the Birdville ISD Digital Learning Lounge!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Canva In Action: Career and technology students attending North Oaks Middle school used Canvas to create business cards in their Marketing course and shared designs in their Canvas online course.
Digital Learning Platform: Canva is a best structure in which teachers and students can create authentic tasks and products.
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Saturday, November 12, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
Google Sheets in Action: Students collect data manually in Google Sheets and create pie and line graphs using Google Sheets. Students share visualizations in a Google Presentation and explain data results to peers.
Digital Learning Platform: Google Sheets is a best practice and structure in which teachers and students can create and share authentic tasks and products.
Evernote in Action: Students utilize Evernote to scan paper notes and make notes searchable using an iPad. After placing notes in Evernote, students access Evernote content and study from anywhere and on any device.
Digital Learning Platform: Evernote serves as a best structure for providing students with the ability to organize classroom content, making classroom content accessible and searchable from any device.
Blogger in Action: Students utilize Blogger to reflect on classroom content, share goals or resources, collaborate, peer review writing, provide feedback, author and publish ideas.
Digital Learning Platform: Blogger is a best blogging structure in which secondary students share authentic tasks and products using advanced publishing features.
Students followed a template chosen by the teacher to explain a vocabulary term related to electrical energy. They wrote a script, chose animations, and published their videos.
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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Thirty three teachers from BCTAL, SMS and NRMS are participating in Secondary Digital Learning Specialist, Rashel Larson's, 21st Century Teacher Challenge. The challenge is based on Carl Hooker’s 36 weeks of innovation in the classroom. Each month participants are presented 3 or 4 challenges. These challenges are things teachers can do within a classroom setting to further their digital learning skills. When they complete a challenge, they earn a badge that is correlated with the task and T-Tess domains.
How it works:
· There are 30 challenges spread out over the 2016-2017 school year.
· Participation is voluntary.
· On the first of the month new challenges are shared with participants.
· Teachers have to figure out how to complete each challenge on their own. If a participant is stumped they are encouraged to search the Web, YouTube, or partner with a student.
· The challenges get progressively harder as teachers move from month to month.
· Participants grow their digital skills through this process and in the end teachers will have a full toolbox of technology integration skills.
Last month five teachers successfully completed all 3 October challenges. From North Richland Middle School: Sherry Grossenbach, Gina Bergman and Tiffany Meinke and from Smithfield Middle School: Sara Harris and Kerri Rowe. Today teachers were presented with their October badges which they plan to post outside their classrooms. Participants are excited to show students their commitment to learning 21st century skills.
Come and join the fun! It's not too late to participate. If you signed up and didn’t get a chance to complete the October challenges, you can start participating in November. If this seems like something you would like to do, register here. There are three new challenges for November. Come learn with us and explore new ways to engage your students.
North Richland Middle School math teacher, Elizabeth Pauley implements digital data folders. Mrs. Pauley is committed to helping learn students to take ownership of their learning. In order to do so she created several documents to help students track their grades, monitor class progress & set goals.
Through Google Classroom she shared digital documents that students will complete each time they have an assessment. Based on a student’s assessment score, they will then be able to evaluate where they are in the learning cycle and conference with the teacher about a learning path to address any gaps in their learning. Student’s will then reflect on their progress in math and be able to share work that they feel demonstrates mastery of a concept.
Student reflections and samples of work are placed in a shared folder between the student and teacher. Mrs. Pauley had students create a digital data folder in their Google Drives and share it with her. This way teacher and student can always communicate. Mrs. Pauley also encouraged her students to share their digital data folders with parents so they may look to see how their child is progressing.
Mrs. Pauley’s students seemed excited to know they had a place to share their best work and be able to obtain teacher feedback in a confidential environment.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Scratch in Action: Elementary students utilized Scratch during art day to create and author digital stories. Students accessed Step-by-Step tutorials within Scratch, which introduced elementary students to basic programing concepts. Students shared completed projects with peers and had the opportunity to share as an author to a wider community within Scratch.
Digital Learning Platform: Scratch assists students with creation of authentic tasks and products. Students can share and publish projects to a larger community, increasing feedback opportunities.