Digital Learning Day celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of educators representing nearly 2 million students.
This year’s Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org .
Digital Learning Day Activities in Our Schools
Mount Gallant Elementary
Mt. Gallant will feature digital learning projects by 3rd and 4th grade students. Fourth-graders have written biographies about important people from the American Revolution and linked their written work to individual quick response or QR codes as a way of publishing and sharing their work. Third-graders will be featured on the morning TV show, Knightline News. Students have created presentations on the three branches of government using the app “educreations.” During media time, other third-graders will create e-books while grades 4 and 5 will learn about the app “iMovie.”
Sullivan will celebrate the work that teachers and students have been doing throughout the school year to let the public know how digital learning is woven in seamlessly in the normal curriculum. One of the highlights will be the Challenge-Based Learning Team which has been using iPads. Students will present past and current learning and tell how these devices have assisted in their learning.
Science classes are planning digital labs; some students will participate in a Skype “video chat” with students in Missouri; and others will create podcasts. Students taking French will take a tour of France via Google Earth. Lessons will also be taught on the importance of cyber safety and “netiquette.”
Author Kathleen Fox will talk with students about plagiarism. Skype sessions with various people from around the world will focus on current learning. Parents will skype or use FaceTime to talk about the role of technology in their work. Twitter chats will be held with other IB schools, and students will investigate how certain stories or histories would be different if access to digital tools were available.
One teacher plans to use the app “Zeen” to publish an online magazine that showcases student work, particularly their essays on gun control and possibly on the Holocaust. Students will review their peers’ magazines and leave comments. They can also browse other Zeens and get feedback.
Saluda Trail Middle
Students in the eighth-grade gifted/talented class will work on a challenge-based learning unit to develop and implement a student-designed tutoring website for math. They will produce tutoring videos, develop the website, monitor and maintain information on the website, and assess the usage.
India Hook Elementary
India Hook will host tech tours for parents where they will observe a number of digital tools that students are using. Tours are scheduled from 8:00-10:30, 1:30-3:00 and from 3:00-4:30.
With the help of students from Mrs. Rollings’ challenge-based learning class, students will guide parents through multiple stations set up in the media center that highlight many digital tools. Parents will leave with a quick-response or QR code that links to the district’s iRock website, as well as a QR code that links to a list of India Hook’s favorite apps and tools.
The Children’s School at Sylvia Circle
Students and staff will celebrate Digital Learning Day through “Montessori Magic with iPads.” At 1:15 students and staff will be divided into four groups to participate in various activities and to do research related to Montessori Education. Older students will be paired with younger students.
Applied Technology Center
Tammy Harrelson’s Level 4 students (4th Block) are using digital satellite images provided as public record through York County. The images have been rectified by the students to be 1 to 1 scale in the AutoCAD system and are being used to create a digital Geographic Information System map of the ATC and surrounding area as part of the Civil and Architecture Class.
Castle Heights Middle School
Teachers will be using technology for blogging, music, QR codes, Edmodo, and other things. Our plan is to collect a sampling of lesson plans where technology is being used to support state standards. We will create a portal where these lesson plans are available as well as video/photo evidence of how technology was used by our teachers and students.