Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Digital Learning Update

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to send out a quick update on some digital happenings out there.  My webpage and especially my Blog (http://www.sesdweb.net/Page/5371) are spaces that contain information about digital tools, sites or helpful tips for teachers.  I am always looking for interesting things to blog about or tutorials to create so, if you have any tools or classroom experiences that you want to share or learn more about, send them my way.  I know that many of you started using twitter after our edcamp session, that is a great resource for finding new things to do in your classroom.  Please check out some of the upcoming events in February (Safer Internet Day and Digital Learning Day) or learn on your own with the Google Gooru. 

I am here and available to support individuals or groups of teachers with any of your digital learning questions.  Please feel free to call, email, hangout, share, plus, tweet or write me a letter.  We are doing great things in the district and people are trying new things every day.  Let me know if I can help in any way. 

Tuesday, Feb 9 is Safer Internet Dayhttp://saferinternetday.us/

The theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day celebration is “Play your part for a better Internet.” The day offers all of us the opportunity to do that – not just by increasing the number of people who use the Internet and connected technologies safely and responsibly but also by growing the amount of good there is online and using the Internet to increase its visibility and impact. We’re talking about expressions of kindness and positive social action, big or small, by people of all ages. 

Overview link:

There is a student/parent pledge, lesson plans +.  There is also a list of eight problems at http://saferinternetday.us/role-reversal-activity/

Wednesday, February 17 is Digital Learning Dayhttp://www.digitallearningday.org/

One day. Thousands of possibilities.

All across the country, schools are undergoing a transformation in teaching and learning with the help of digital technology. As educators re-imagine school in new and different ways, Digital Learning Day provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers, share ideas, try new digital tools, and celebrate education innovation. Most importantly, it encourages everyone to play a role in the transformation of their own schools and communities. 
From virtual student debates to a digital project showcase, local Digital Learning Day events are as diverse and unique as the students that participate. The possibilities are endless. Thousands of classrooms in addition to community centers, school districts and even states get involved in the day by hosting events and activities that highlight or encourage new ways of using technology for learning. 
Browse Activities and Ideas
Looking for inspiration? Digital Learning Day has partnered with Participate Learning to offer new resources and classroom activity ideas. Participate Learning is a free collection and collaboration platform that lets teachers quickly find, collect, and share digital resources. 

Every day is Google Gooru video day

The Gooru sends out daily emails with short 1-3 minute videos explaining new or better ways use google tools.  I store the emails in a folder and when I have a few minutes I click on what looks interesting to me.  I spend as much or as little time as I choose.  See screenshot below and link to sample video on google drive.  Enjoy

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