Grateful to my friends that comprise my PLN. One of those kind souls several weeks ago posted information about Digital Learning Day.
What is Digital Learning Day? According to their website, http:///digitiallearningday.org, “Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience. On Digital Learning Day, a majority of states, hundreds of school districts, thousands of teachers, and nearly 2 million students will encourage the innovative use of technology by trying something new, showcasing success, kicking off project-based learning, or focusing on how digital tools can help improve student outcomes.”
I am so thrilled to work in the school that I do. Several teachers integrate technology in their teaching every day. Several use technology every day. Is there a difference? Most definitely. Some teachers merely find time to allow students to explore technology independently in a free form method. This is great. We learn from safe exploration. But some teachers go further. Some in my building understand that technology is not a separate subject area. They see that technology is a tool for teaching. One teacher presents daily notes for students to copy. One teacher shows videos from brainpop that coincide with her instruction. Another teacher has students participate in an online simulation of what they are discussing in class.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of working with a class that will be piloting individualized Discovery Education accounts. I can’t wait to have this up and running. The teacher and I are working together with a strategic plan. As with all good pilots it involves some trial and error before publicizing to our students. Yesterday, students were introduced to their accounts so that they have necessary skills to access their customized learning plans of video instruction.
Tomorrow is Digital Learning Day. I look forward to seeing what projects teachers will be involved in with their students tomorrow. I spent this evening gathering some healthy breakfast selections for staff for tomorrow. They deserve a thank you for all they do. They make my job a wonderful experience. How can you celebrate Digital Learning Day if you haven’t powered up with a good breakfast?! So I have a few healthy choices for us to power up! Thank you, fit42 friends for changing my eating habits!
This week I put together a starter list of tools from A to Z that teachers might use in their classroom. It’s funny how some tools because we use them every day aren’t thought of as Digital Learning. But yes, starfall.com, brainpop.com, ffame.com are digital learning tools. If you would like to see my resource please click here, DigitalLearningToolsAtoZShields.
Tomorrow will mark the launch of our building’s Technology Advisory Board. In previous years, our building had a technology committee. This was a great group of teachers that came together to discuss the use of technology in our building, weigh the pros and cons of new technologies, and share information with our colleagues regarding technology use. After a recent workshop, I am ready to revisit this concept. Thankfully my principal is behind this idea. We reached out to our grade level chairs to see if anyone was interested in volunteering. Luckily someone was interested from every grade level. I believe we have compiled a nice team of tech enthusiasts if not tech leaders. Some have expressed trepedation about participating. But yet they also express an interest in learning. Nothing better than celebrating Digital Learning Day with these staff members. We will be using an online communication platform that I have been beta testing. *Fingers crossed* it should provide 24/7 access to resources. Additionally teachers will have the ability to share ideas whenever they choose versus waiting for committee meetings. It is wonderful to dwell on how technology has changed since our last building technology committee met. I look forward to working with this advisory board during the remainder of the school year.