Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Spring Digital Learning Conference Website


Plan to join us April 1st for a day "popping" full of learning and prizes!

Call for presenters & t-shirt orders now open!


TCEA Tots and Technology Conference Summer 2017

The TCEA Tots and Technology Conference is a wonderful learning opportunity for Pk-5th grade teachers and administrators.  The conference is offered in Galveston June 11-13 and in Arlington July 16-18.   Check out the details and register before March 31st for earlybird rates!




Search Your Old Tweets with TwimeMachine


If you have been sharing resources on Twitter for a while, you probably know the pain of trying to scroll back through your old Tweets to find a resource you shared a while back.  Scroll no more! TwimeMachine.com will be your new best friend!

Visit http://www.twimemachine.com/  and sign in with your Twitter account.  Then use the search box to search keywords or hashtags.  Find your old Tweets easily!

Check out this short tutorial video for more.

New Apps to the BISD App Catalog

The following apps have been added to the BISD App Catalog.  
These apps are available FREE on BISD devices with access to the BISD App Catalog.

App
Description
¡Así lo digo! Level 1
A quick and easy way to learn, practice, and review all the vocabulary presented in ¡Así se dice!. You can choose to study vocabulary cards or challenge yourself with contextualized activities.
¡Así lo digo! Level 2
A quick and easy way to learn, practice, and review all the vocabulary presented in ¡Así se dice!. You can choose to study vocabulary cards or challenge yourself with contextualized activities.
¡Así lo digo! Level 3
A quick and easy way to learn, practice, and review all the vocabulary presented in ¡Así se dice!. You can choose to study vocabulary cards or challenge yourself with contextualized activities.
A+ Spelling Superstar
This app will help you learn your spelling list quickly and efficiently. Based on positive reinforcement using Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check.
Animal Math Second Grade
Join Emma in a brand new adventure as she helps Oleg the Owl, Chloe the Fox, and more of her animal friends complete over 100 second grade math challenges and find their way through the forest!
BumbleBee Bump Addition
BumbleBee Bump is a simple two-player game that teaches basic addition skills using dice rolls.
BumbleBee Bump Multiply
BumbleBee Bump Multiply is a simple two-player game that teaches basic multiplication skills using dice rolls.
Chemical Elements Trainer
In this game you will learn to recognize all the chemical symbols and their atomic number. There are four different practice modes that you can select from to improve your knowledge of the elements. Each one helps you memorize the elements with a slightly different method. These fore features are:
- Elements 101: Listen to learn
- Elements 102: Practice by playing
- Elements 103: Improve by writing
- Elements 104: Master by choosing
Coins In A Flash
Play an exciting interactive game that allows kids to feel the fun of playing a game while learning how to count U.S. coins.
Digital Mysteries: Where does Pebbles live? (Science)
Digital Mysteries: Where does Pebbles live? is a unique app for 8-11 year olds which allows pairs to work simultaneously on one iPad, solving a science ‘mystery story’. They must discuss and collaborate along the way.
Monster Maths
Designed to help you improve your mathematics, by memorising the Times Tables from 1 to 12! This app will help you memorise sums quickly and efficiently. Based on positive reinforcement with the added challenge of beating the clock.
Networks: Step Into Time and Place
Place a picture of yourself, friends, or family in the place and time of history using McGraw-Hill Networks: Step into Time and Place. Learn more about the historic event and place yourself at the scene. Email or post your final historical photo for others to see and learn.

Features:
-Select topics from World History, United States History, and Civics.
-Sort through historic images, pictures, and fine art.
-Read to learn about the important place and event from history.
-Personalize the event by placing an image at the scene.
-Share with friends, teachers, and family.
Notas
With Notas, practicing music reading will not be a boring process. Through the simple and fun learning steps of Notas, users can easily learn to read music. The originally complicated process of learning to read music will not longer be an obstacle on your to way to becoming a master musician.
PaperDesigner 3D
Create real paper models in 3D
Place Value Chart
Experience grouping and ungrouping in our decimal number system with this interactive place value chart.
Red Car : best code learning 3d game for kids
Learn the basics of programming by enjoying 3d game. Construct program which drive's the car to parking thru the city.
There are many programming technologies and languages, but the basic concept is similar. Learn to think like programmer and become one!
Spelling Test Practice with Nouns
Over 500 Nouns with picture hints which maybe turned on/off
It's fun to record your own voice for each word for personalization
Unlimited individualized lists can be created for each user to add your own words with photos and voice recording
Interactive spelling test - with multiple levels of difficulty to select from.
Virtual Labs: Adjusting pH
Canned salsa can be vulnerable to toxins from the botulism organism, C. botulinum. Make sure Spicy Salsa Company’s product is safe by adjusting its pH to the target level.

Virtual Labs interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.
Virtual Labs: Controlling Water Activity in Food
Learn how controlling water activity (Aw) keeps food from spoiling. Then test Aw of dried corn before and after storage, using proper laboratory methods.

Virtual Labs interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques, in this case using water activity to control food spoilage and determine best conditions for storage.
Virtual Labs: Gram Staining
Light your Bunsen burner! Test yogurt for contamination in a virtual lab, and judge whether the bacteria you find are harmful or beneficial.

Virtual Labs interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.
Virtual Labs: pH Scale and Meter Calibration
Test the pH of common liquids and learn how a food’s pH affects its safety in storage. Then, calibrate your pH meter and use it in the lab.

Virtual Labs interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.
Virtual Labs: Testing for Corn Mold Mycotoxins
Mold on corn can produce toxins that make people sick. Learn how to use black light (UV light) to detect mold on corn, then test it further in the laboratory to see whether it contains aflatoxin.

Virtual Labs interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.
Virtual Labs: Understanding Water Activity
What is water activity, and how does it affect food spoilage? Explore how microbes and reactions inside food rely on water, then calibrate a lab water activity meter.

Virtual Labs interactive food science modules train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.
Virtual Labs: Using a Microscope
Prepare a slide and adjust magnification on an oil immersion microscope to examine a Gram-stained sample and identify microbes hiding within.

The Virtual Labs series of interactive science modules help train high school and college students in basic laboratory techniques.

Watauga 5th Grade Staarbucks Review Game

Emily Burch, 5th Grade Reading & Social Studies teacher at Watauga Elementary, has created stations and assessments to review her students for the upcoming STAAR assessment.  Students will spend the next few weeks reviewing key concepts in self-paced stations.  Students will also set goals and take several mini-assessments to check their understanding.

To make this review process more fun and engaging, Ms. Burch (along with the help of her DLS) has created a digital "STAARbucks" badging system.  Each student has been assigned a QR code that links to a Google Form.  When they complete a station, they will mark it complete on the form and earn a "5 STAARbucks" badge.  If they improve on a mini-assessment or reach a goal, they will mark it complete and earn a "10 STAARbucks" badge.



Ms. Burch will have access to a STAARbucks leaderboard she can display in class so students can see how they rank in the overall competition!  In addition she has printed the badges on label paper so the students also have a physical representation of the digital badges.


Want to know how Google can help you gamify learning in your classroom?  Check out these resources:


Interested in getting started with something like this in your classroom?  Reach out to your Digital Learning Specialist for help!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Connecting Curriculum Content Through Makerspace Challenge Cards

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Birdville ISD is launching a Makerspace initiative to promote a strong student centered and interactive environment, providing exploratory and active learning experiences. Through the process of guided discovery learning activities, learners encounter real world scenarios incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) subjects, systems thinking, critical thinking, and design thinking. Students apply hands on techniques to design, build, and create learning artifacts to share or publish to a larger audiences. Birdville ISD is dedicated to developing innovative thinkers who engage in natural curiosity, explore, engage in risks, and identify solutions from past mistakes. How do you get started? Begin by reaching out to your librarian or campus digital learning specialist to identify if you have a Makerspace program in place.Elementary and middle school students incorporate a four workstation project based learning method during Makerspace to think like an artist, scientist, engineer, or journalist using challenge cards connected to curriculum content.

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What is a challenge card? Challenge cards are short and targeted project based learning activities in which students access prior knowledge, continue research to curriculum topic, and make an artifact serving the career role of an engineer, artist, journalist, natural scientist, or social scientist. Challenge cards connect to the Texas TEKS. Activities should be short. An example challenge card, created  and submitted by a 5th grade GT student,  can be seen below.



Check out the BISD Makerspace Website, which includes resources, view example challenge cards, and the ability for students and teachers to submit a challenge card.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Easily Share Google Docs



Sharing Google Docs can be an overwhelming and time consuming task for some. Did you know it can be done with the click of one button?

Alice Keeler has created a Chrome Extension that does just that!



Need help?  Reach out to your DLS for support! 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

TCEA 2017 Session Handouts

The Technology Computer Education Association (TCEA) Conference and Exposition was filled with MANY great sessions this year.


You can access the session handouts and resources here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ESC Region 11 Real Video Library Contest


ESC Region 11 is pleased to announce the creation of a video library of real teaching. The completed video library will be offered to all districts in ESC Region 11, free of charge.

We’re building a free video library that will have dozens of real teaching examples of everything from differentiation and objective driven instruction to classroom management and more.

Why?

One of the best ways to improve teaching is to observe other teachers. But teachers rarely get the chance. Have you ever wondered what “differentiation,” “higher level thinking,” “classroom management ,” or a myriad of other things looks like in your colleagues’ classrooms across the region?  Well, let’s stop wondering and start learning using our greatest asset: our amazing teachers!

You may not think that the way you teach should be viewed as “exemplar” to someone else.  However, every teacher does things that another teacher would find useful.  

Most video libraries showcase highly produced “best practice” videos that are often difficult to relate to.  

Region 11 is committed to creating an extensive database of video examples that come from our very own teachers, authentically showcasing their skills.

We're hoping you'll join us and submit a video of your teaching practice! All ESC Region 11 teachers who submit a video and answer at least three reflection questions per video will be eligible to receive 2 free CPE hours per submission. In addition, all teachers who submit at least one video will also receive a free Real Practice T-Shirt.

Coming Soon... DLS Classroom Crashers!


The Elementary DLS team will begin filming on the first four episodes of “DLS Classroom Crashers”.  In each 5-10 minute episode, the team will “crash” an elementary classroom.  The team will spend a day observing and brainstorming ideas for ways digital learning could be used to transform the classroom.  Following the “crash” day, the campus DLS will work with the teacher for 3-6 weeks implementing one or more of the ideas.  The whole process will be documented for an episode of “DLS Classroom Crashers” published to our blog.  The first four classrooms have already been chosen and filming will begin soon.  Be on the lookout for more information in the weeks to come!

Introduce Your Class to Google Classroom


Google Classroom is a wonderful tool for 3-5th grade classrooms.  To help you introduce Google Classroom to your class, the elementary DLS team has put together the following resources.  

Google Classroom Introductory Video


Google Classroom Introductory Slides Show


Your Elementary DLS would be happy to help you get started!  We will:
  • Provide log on cards for you to print for your students.
  • Meet with you to set up your classroom.
  • Meet with you to plan ways to use your Google Classroom.
  • Co-teach introductory lessons for students.
  • and more!
Just email your DLS to ask for an appointment and we'll dive right in!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mark Your Calendar!

The Birdville Digital Learning Spring Conference is right around the corner. Saturday April 1, 2017 from 8:00-12:30 at the BCTAL. This is NO April Fools Joke! Save the date to attend a great morning of professional learning sessions and fun door prizes. 

The Digital Learning Specialists have witnessed some awesome things going on in classrooms across BISD. Soon, we will put out a Call for Proposals and we want you to submit proposals for presentations. Let's share the amazing teaching and learning going on in Birdville ISD.

Podcast: What's Up With Online Learning?


Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Apps to the BISD App Catalog

The following apps have been added to the BISD App Catalog.  
These apps are available FREE on BISD devices with access to the BISD App Catalog.

App
Description
Dropbox
Dropbox is the place for your photos, docs, videos, and other files. Files you keep in Dropbox are safely backed up and you can get to them from all your devices. It’s easy to send large files to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.
Texas STAAR Online
The Texas STAAR Online Testing Program Secure Browser is used by Texas school districts to administer the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness to their students. This includes 3-8 and EOC for STAAR, STAAR A, STAAR L, and SOA for all applicable grades and content areas.
Math Island Preschool
Practice early math skills.  Great for Pk-2nd grade.
Music Video Maker
Make your own music videos & add unlimited background music to videos.
VoiceThread
Create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams and videos -- basically anything there is to talk about. You can talk, type, and draw right on the screen. VoiceThread takes your conversations to the next level, capturing your presence, not just your comments. For login directions click here.
Magikid Stage
Magikid Stage is a dramatic digital toy for budding story-tellers. Kids become the director, writer, and actor in their own plays and stories. The huge library of characters, props, music, and background means that no two plays are ever the same. You can record your voice and share the plays with friends and family. It’s a shoebox stage for the digital age!
ABC Letters
ABC Letters is a game designed to deliver an engaging environment to learn the Alphabet from beginning to end. Whether a child is seeing English for the first time, or as a foreign language. This is a great way to get started in the exciting world of English.
123D Design
With Autodesk 123D Design you can make your own products, parts, or creations.
123D Make Intro
123D Make lets you turn 3D models into 2D build plans with animated assembly instructions.
Lifeliqe
Lifeliqe is the world's first learning platform that enables users to drag & drop any of its 1,000 interactive 3D & augmented reality models into lesson plans, e-books and other learning resources.
Morphi
Morphi is a simple, powerful 3D design+ 3D printing app for all! Create 3D models (STLs) on the go with touch, without wifi or a mouse.
Aurasma
An augmented reality app, that brings real objects to life with your videos.
Elements 4D
Paired with either paper or wood blocks that are inscribed with the symbols of 36 elements from the periodic table, this app will instantly transform a simple, inanimate object into dynamic, dimensional, 4D representations of each element.
Anatomy 4D
Through this free app and simple printed images, Anatomy 4D transports students, teachers, medical professionals, and anyone who wants to learn about the body into an interactive 4D experience of human anatomy or the heart.

Note: Printed targets are required to view the human body or heart. The human body representation does include all systems and may not be appropriate for young learners.