Tuesday, March 28, 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.

Numbers to 100
This learning tool provides a visualization of numbers up to 100. It helps to get a mental representation of the decimal structure of our number system.
Math Target
Practice math skills with a fun target game.
Geometry Ace
Learn about: Points, Lines, Segments, Rays, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygons, and Circles.
Detailed problem solutions update as you change the graphics. Makes connections with algebra.
FEATURES: Interactive definitions, transformations, and constructions. Load reference background image.
A great classroom resource for middle and high school teachers. Also includes necessary guidance for students to explore and learn on their own.
Career Films from Elevated Math
These 20 4-minute films demonstrate how the application of mathematics has helped professionals achieve success.
Times Tables 1-12
This is the best app for learning the times tables. This app was developed by students, teachers and parents.
The app supports multiple players and has voice support.
Geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Geology of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is a glossary of volcanic products and features found on Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world's most active volcanoes. The app features an array of astounding geologic features and terms; from 'a'a and pāhoehoe lava to cinder cones, tephra and xenolith.
Junior Astronomer Solar System Adventure
Join Junior Astronomer on an interactive Solar System adventure. Brilliant graphics and hundreds of narrated facts provide countless hours of learning fun for all ages.
US Constitution
This app contains the U.S constitution.
Who was? Adventure
Who Was? Adventure is based on Penguin’s best-selling nonfiction series. Enjoyed by millions of readers of all ages, Who Was? books have been educating and entertaining readers for over a decade. From trailblazers to legends, ancient heroes to today’s pop-culture icons, there is a Who Was? book for everyone.
Cutie Monsters - Alphabet Soup
In this educational game, you are presented with a bowl of soup in which you need to tap the letters in the correct alphabetical order to advance, any mistakes result in a fly being added to the soup, too many flies and you may have to retry.
Aesop’s Fables
Aesop’s Fables Remixed is a collection of commonly known fables retold and remixed into intertwining stories.
Make Beliefs Comix
Make Beliefs Comix provides comic strip making fun for kids of all ages. Tap into your rich imagination to create your own world and stories with help from our easy-to-use comic strip generator.

Birdville Teachers Represent at the Digital Learning Conference!

There are 37 possible learning sessions at the Spring Digital Learning Conference. Twenty two of those sessions are presented or co-presented by our own Birdville ISD teachers. We are proud to say, more teacher presenters than ever before.

Our team is especially excited to witness the growth mindset that many BISD teachers have adopted with regards to technology integration. Every day there are Birdville teachers who are becoming more and more comfortable with technology tools. From tools to help teachers be more efficient and effective, to tools students can use to demonstrate mastery. What's more, these teachers are willing to share what they know and encourage their peers to give new techniques a try.

Training and sharing of information has gone from simple tasks like learning to create a Google Doc to learning how to use Google Forms for formative assessment. The teachers, librarians, coaches and campus administrators that are presenting Saturday are all sharing techniques that go far beyond basic computer skills. At this conference teachers will be sharing things like how to implement Skype for authentic learning experiences, student digital goal setting and reflection, Google Earth for rigor and relevancy, virtual reality to learn about different cultures, engaging students through game based learning and flipping the research paper.

Come support your colleagues and learn something new this Saturday. It will be a morning of authentic learning, collaborating with your peers and a whole lot of fun and prizes thrown in. To find out more, check out our conference website. You find session descriptions and links on the Program page or click here to register.

Still not sure about attending? Join us on social media tonight by searching the hashtag #BirdvilleLearns. Conference presenters will be sharing previews of their sessions and answer any questions.

These teachers "Make Learning Pop!"
Jennie Bridger - Binion Elementary
Chad Morrissey. Annell Butler - Spicer Elementary
Emily Burch, Jenna Henderson - Watauga Elementary
Kristin Autrey, Kendall Hardgrove - GE Hardeman Elementary
Bridgette Lozano - CF Thomas Elementary
Chris Butts - Major Cheney Elementary
Sara Muetzenberg - Holiday Heights, Mullendore, and Green Valley Elementary
Sara Harris, Beth Muirheid, Jason Turner, Lanelle Arner Polak, Mary Hadley, Ashley Hodgson - Smithfield Middle School
Elizabeth Pauley, Julie Pursley, Mary Terry - North Richland Middle School
Deanna Rollette - North Ridge Middle School
Janet Erlinger - Shannon High School
Lindsay Barber - Haltom High School
Richelene Mekush - Walker Creek Elementary
Paul CookTrevor Seaman - North Oaks Middle School
Jamie Upthegrove - West Birdville Elementary


Enhancing and Creating Videos via YouTube Creator Studio

YouTube uses can edit and create video directly in their YouTube channel in YouTube's Creator Studio. Create a video with your own clips, creative common videos, photos and free soundtracks. In fact, did you know that users can access up to 15,000 royalty free audio files within YouTube's Creator Studio?

How are students using YouTube to create content? Students can access creative common videos and mix their own creative commons video. Also, Birdville ISD's Digital Learning Department has a mobile green screen unit and can come to your classroom or school to help your students share their story.

Want to learn more about how to best leverage your YouTube channel? Connect with your campus's digital learning specialist to learn more. Also, come to our Digital Learning Spring Conference this Saturday, April 1st, at the BCTAL.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Creating Polls in YouTube's Creator Studio

Did you know that users can create polls using cards to videos uploaded to their YouTube channel? You can use cards to add interactivity to your videos. Cards can point viewers to a specific URL (from a list of eligible sites) and show customized images, titles, and calls to action, depending on the card type.  Place ‘cards’ through the video to create an interactive experience. The cards can be linked to your website, or other videos/playlists. Educators can link class notes and additional videos on same topic. Users can add up to 5 cards per YouTube video.

Polling Adds Interactivity To Video Content

Poll cards can allow students to participate in multiple choice polls directly in a teacher's YouTube video. Cards can display at a specific time in the video. Students or users must be logged in to their YouTube account to participate in a poll. To create a poll, users access their video manager on their YouTube Channel. Select the video to add the poll to and edit the video. In the top tab bar, select Cards and Add Card. Next to the Poll option, select Create. Polls can be edited as long as votes have yet to submitted.

Enter a poll question and short instructions in the teaser text. Users can include up to 5 choices. Users then select create card. Results can be viewed in real time in the Analytics section or in the card editor in YouTube's Creator Studio. Metrics include the distribution of votes. Individual responses at this time cannot be seen. To learn more, visit YouTube Help on Using Cards to Poll Your Viewers.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Free Code.org Teacher Workshops

Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States. 

Code.org offers free 1-day teacher workshops.  There are two upcoming workshops in Colleyville, TX.  Check out the information below!
April 8, 2017 in Colleyville: Sign up here.
May 20, 2017 in Colleyville: Sign up here.

What’s in a workshop?
In-person instruction including an intro to computer science, pedagogy, overview of the online curriculum, teacher dashboard, and strategies for teaching “unplugged” classroom activities.

All costs are covered by Code.org
There is no charge for these workshops and attending teachers will also receive (at no cost)):
·  Printed curriculum guide
·  Classroom supplies for the unplugged lessons
·  Certificate of completion (which could count for PD credit)
·  Fun Code.org swag

Learn more about Code.org’s K-5 program at http://code.org/k5 

Enhancing Video Content in YouTube Creator Studio

YouTube's Creator Studio allows registered YouTube users to improve the organization of their YouTube channel, review channel analytics, interact with community, and create within YouTube.

Why Are YouTube Video Titles Important?

When users search for a video in YouTube, a relevant title can provide the answer they’re looking for. But that’s not the only function your video’s title serves. It also helps YouTube understand what your video is about, and when it should populate as a search result. That’s why identifying keywords and including them in your title is one of the best ways to optimize your videos. After uploading a YouTube video, users can add or modify video settings to include changing the title, providing a description, keywords, adding to a playlist, and changing visibility settings in Creator Studio.


Modify Video Content After Uploading to YouTube.

Users can edit video content within YouTube using Creator Studio such as trimming video content, slowing video footage, applying filters, and event special effects. Edit video directly in YouTube. Create a video with your own clips, creative common videos, photos and free soundtracks. Also,  add transitions and titles to perfect your video.

Access YouTube Creator Studio's Audio Library.

Did you know that YouTube Creator Studio includes access to over 150,000 featured royalty free audio tracks that are ad-free? In fact, audio content can be directly applied over existing footage in which a narrative is favored, music is favored, or music only. 

Library Book Trailers with Green Screen App (Cheney 4th & 5th Grade)

Susanne Stutheit, library media specialist at Major Cheney Elementary, has been working with 4th & 5th grade students to develop book trailers for books in the library.  Students choose library books to read, then use the app Green Screen by Do Ink to create a book trailer with the book as the backdrop!   Each video is posted to YouTube, then a QR code to the video is placed inside the book cover for students to view any time!

Check out these awesome videos!

Monday, March 20, 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.

Number Line Math Learning Game
Calling all future adventurous mathematicians! Count up, count down, count all, and count on! Stretch your number sense as you travel along the number line in Tiggly Adventure. Math has never been so playful!  This is a great app for Pre-K and Kinder students.
Learn to Count with 25 Interactive Kids Stories
Tiggly Cardtoons will help you learn basic math ideas such as one-to-one matching, counting, and equal sets while stretching your imagination and sense of wonderment. These creative learning math stories are recommended for ages 3 and up.
Preschool Math Cooking Game
This is a math learning app, which will help your child learn addition, and represent addition problems with drawings, verbal explanation, and math equations.  While ingredients are added, mathematics symbols appear on screen explaining your actions, helping you naturally learn numbers and early addition concepts; surely Chef will encourage you to follow instructions and think flexibly! Tiggly Chef is a math learning game recommended for ages 3 and up.
1st Grade Math Game
The wildly popular Tiggly Chef is back! This time, join Chef to learn subtraction math concepts while experimenting in his super-duper secret kitchen laboratory, to create the most silly and flavorful creations the world has ever witnessed!
Tiggly Draw
Unleash your inner Picasso and Mozart with Tiggly Draw! Your tablet is your canvas and Tiggly Shapes your tool for creating digital works of art, music, and imaginary creatures.
Preschool Shapes Learning Game
Lions and dolphins and pigs, oh my! Use your Tiggly shapes to construct friendly animals from the jungle, farm, and sea. Tiggly Safari is an excellent learning experience for your children to learn about shapes and to improve their spatial thinking.
Tiggly Shape’s Got Talent
Read, play, and record your own stories! An engaging interactive story and early geometry game, which will help your child learn about shapes and develop their spatial thinking skills!
Tiggly Stamp
Tiggly Stamp is all about creativity and open-ended play. From jack-o’-lanterns to igloos, use Tiggly Shapes to build seasonally themed scenes on your iPad! Tell stories and save your work using the video recorder and camera options.
People describe our app as "fun" for kids, parents, and everyone in between. Create and share your stories with Storybook. Learn to Read. Learn to Write. Mostly - just have fun creating stories.
Read with Fonics
Learn your phonics sounds and learn to read 1,200+ words. Unlock new phonics sounds to learn with each game you complete!

3 Tips for Teachers Starting a YouTube Channel

Did you know that all BISD teachers have access to a YouTube channel using their BISD Google login? Channels are a great way to organize and share instructional videos. Educators can leverage a YouTube channel to help students and flip classroom content.

Personalize YouTube Channels

Channels can be shared with students, parents, and co-workers. Teachers can create a channel for instructional content pertaining to a specific subject or concept. Some educators create a separate channel for student videos. Branding your YouTube channel begins with a channel name and channel art.  Begin by visiting YouTube and login using your BISD Google login located on the top right hand corner.  After signing in, view the left hand pane to access My Channel. If you don't yet have a channel, you'll see a prompt to create a channel.

To add additional YouTube channels or to create a channel using another name, select your Google account name and photo, YouTube settings. YouTube channel settings is located on the gear located under your Google account name. After launching YouTube settings, ​you can create a new channel. You will need to verify your account via text message or voice call and enter a verification code.

Organize Content via Playlists

Users can create a playlist using their own video content or by adding YouTube videos found on other YouTube channels. A great way to start a YouTube channel is simply by locating and organizing video resources already on YouTube. Users can adjust playlist privacy settings, select videos to appear in a certain order, and allow others users to embed videos, and share content.  How do you create a playlist? 
  1. Select My Channel
  2. Select Playlists.
  3. Select New playlist.
  4. Enter your playlist name.
  5. Access the drop down box to select the desired privacy setting. If private is selected, the playlist will not be searchable withing YouTube.
  6. Choose Create.

Add Collaborators to Playlists

Did you know that you can add a collaborator to your playlists? Consider partnering with another teacher on your team to populate playlists. To add a collaborator to a playlist on a computer, go to the Playlists page. 
  1. Get there by clicking your account icon in the top right > Creator Studio. 
  2. On the left, click Video Manager > Playlists.
  3. Next to the playlist you want to collaborate on, click Edit.
  4. Click Share.
  5. Check the box that says "Allow people with the link to add videos."
  6. Copy the unique link for your playlist and share it with the people you want to collaborate with.
When videos are added or removed from the playlist or new collaborators join, the playlist owner will get a notification. To learn about creating and sharing YouTube playlists, check out the video below. 

Differentiation for Inclusion Students with Canvas

Coach Dickerman and Coach Gomez’s Biology Inclusion class are using Canvas to incorporate student-centered learning.  With state testing coming up soon the need to increase rigor in the classroom is vital. "What prompted the idea was how can both teachers introduce and engage students to certain biology standards that would hold students accountable for learning the material. Using Canvas this will allow both advance and learning disabled students to achieve at a level and work at pace that is best for each individual. The Biology component that the teachers published featured  videos, quizzes, power points and short answer submissions that will remain open for  a certain time frame which will allow students to retake quizzes,  revisit power points or review material to increase their knowledge." -Gomez. With this type of technology , the ability to build and specialize lessons and activities within Canvas services all students including those who are in special education.  With continuing training and experience, they are excited about the opportunities and impact that Canvas will have on their classes. "The inclusiveness of Canvas helps incorporate the entire class but the ability to create opportunities for advanced learning is limitless."   -Coach Gomez

Friday, March 10, 2017

Podcast: Personalizing Learning Experiences!

Augmented Reality and 3D Modeling – A Programming-Free Approach!

Many makerspace activities encourage 3D interactive environments to include 3D modeling and AR (augmented reality) experiences, which layers an image from the real world over the digital world using a mobile device or webcam. The camera captures the real-world view, often using printed marker cards, and specialized software generates the augmented content. Benefits include the following.
  • Increased engagement
  • Providing easier mechanisms toward introducing complex concepts
  • Creation of authentic tasks and products

Create Your Own 3D Model

Students can create their own 3D models from any device using the apps, such as Tinkercad or 123D Design, which is available in the BISD App Catalog. 123D Design for education is a free application  used to create 3D objects and directly 3D print or fabricate the object. 123D Design is simple to use and offers students a variety of 3D designs to begin a project that can be altered. 123D Design also provides students a complete creative license, bringing geometry concepts and design thinking to life.

Engage with an AR Experience

Lifelique is a 3D learning app available on any device designed to provide deep learning science experiences. You can view 3D models and introduce students to scientific concepts with AR experiences. Lifelique includes a repository with over 1,000 scientific models.

Create an AR (Augmented Reality) With a 3D Model

Students and educators can now create their own AR experience using a free app, Aumentaty Author, which is accessible for registered users to download on a Windows PC or laptop. Users can import 3D models that they create in 123D Design or download from 3D model sites like TurboSquid.com and attach the model to a marker card. Next, teachers can print marker cards and enable the camera in  Aumentaty Viewer. Afterwards, users can view a 3D object on their device's screen. To learn more and view examples, visit Aumentaty website, which must be translated into English. This can be done by selecting the translate button, located in the top right hand corner in Google Chrome. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spicer Elementary 3rd Grade Math Classroom Using Quizizz for Interactive Review

Chad Morrisey's third grade math students enjoyed  participating in an interactive campus based assessment review using the app Quizizz. Quizizz is a free application that allows students to participate or host quiz games. Quizizz is accessible from any device and serves as a great application to assist with formative assessment. Mr. Morrisey introduced students to the application by playing the following video prior to launching the Quizizz.

After watching the video, students were placed in groups of two - three and were instructed to access the Quizizz using an iPad. Students join the Quizizz by typing in a code, similar to Kahoot. Unlike Kahoot which displays a multiple choice question on a large screen to the entire class, Quizizz displays multiple choice questions randomly displayed on a participant's individual device. Questions are player-paced and educators have access to real time results.

Mr. Morrisey enjoys using Quizizz as it allows for participants to have a personalized experience, with a self-paced approach. In addition, he is able to share data with the class in real time and monitor student progress. Mr. Morrisey plans to share about Quizizz and other formative assessment tools at our Spring Digital Learning Conference, April 1st.

Elementary Classroom Crashers Coming Soon!

Classroom Crashers is a new program by the BISD elementary DLS team.  Teachers will have an opportunity to apply to be "crashed".  When selected, our team will visit the classroom to make observations and brainstorm ideas for integrating technology.  Then one DLS will work closely with the teacher for 3-6 weeks implementing one of the ideas!  Are you ready to get crashed?  More information coming soon!