Monday, July 31, 2017

Increasing Student Engagement via SMART Learning Suite

The SMART Learning Suite is a collaborative set of applications that can be used with an interactive whiteboard and/or a mobile device. The SMART Learning Suite now combines the new SMART Notebook 16 with a game-based learning application, SMART Labs. Additional features include a strong formative assessment application, SMART Response 2,  and improved mathematics applications SMART Blocks and GeoGebra.

Smart Learning in Action: Pam Starnes, teacher at North Oaks Middle School,  used Kagan Structures via her SMART interactive  whiteboard to facilitate her students' interactions and discussions of word roots.

Digital Learning Platform: The Smart Learning Suite provides an interactive learning experience that can be leveraged to increase engagement using SMART Notebook 16 and SMART Lab as well as provide improved student feedback through the SMART Response 2 system. 

To learn more about how to best leverage SMART Learning Lab, please contact your campus's digital learning specialist. Use this link to learn more about SMART Notebook and SMART resources.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Collaborative & Visual Notetaking with Edji! is a new collaborative and visual note taking tool for teachers and students. Highlighting tools that are identified by popular emojis make annotating an engaging and social discussion of a text. Teachers can quickly create and manage groups to assign different readings to, which helps with differentiation. Visuals and interaction with PDFs also support language learners. Students can add questions or observations to images and charts, as well.

Curious about how this could work in your class? 
Check out their demo page by clicking HERE.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Podcast: Thinking Globally

Summer Learning Continues!

July is coming to an end, but the summer learning isn't over yet!  

The Digital Learning Team has 25 more face to face sessions before school starts.  Some sessions have been added or expanded to allow for more participants.

See you soon!

Online Digital Learning Summer Professional Learning Courses

Birdville ISD's digital learning team is offering three self-paced online professional learning courses in Canvas. Courses have been added to our summer digital learning course offerings. Birdville educators can now enroll in Google Basics, Screencasting for Flipped Instruction, and Formative Assessment in Canvas. After completing course activities, participants will be awarded 1.5 hours of credit. Course descriptions and enrollment links can be located below. 

Title & Link
Course Type
Would you like for your campus, department, or team to work more productively and efficiently? You can use Google GSuite applications to help make work easier and bring teachers and students together. In this session you will learn to navigate, create, and share files including Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets, all located in your Birdville Google account. This session is best suited for beginner and intermediate Google Drive users.
Self-Paced Online Professional Learning. Select title link to enroll in Canvas.
Learn how best utilize screencasting to flip instruction from any device. Explore tips, tricks, and tools that make curation and creation of digital, cloud-based content easier. Discover how screencasting and flipped learning help you be more effective and maximize face to-face time with your students. This session will introduce screencasting applications such as Explain Everything, ShowMe, Educreations, Screencast’o’matic, Screencastify, and MySimpleShow.
Self-Paced Online Professional Learning. Select title link to enroll in Canvas.
Fast and frequent formative assessments give teachers the information and data to personalize learning. Learn how to use several digital learning tools to gather student learning data to help you make instructional decisions for your students.
Self-Paced Online Professional Learning. Select title link to enroll in Canvas.