• What is Digital Learning?

    What is Digital Learning?

    Digital learning is when we use technology to enhance or extend learning. It could be when students use Chromebooks to build a Padlet in a Science classroom or when a teacher uses Pear Deck to deliver a lesson with Google Tools. The examples are countless! In general, when a digital tool is effectively integrated with high-quality instruction to reach a learning target, that's digital learning.

    Digital learning brings many positive benefits in addition to reaching the learning target. Students have authentic ways of increasing digital literacy and media literacy. It provides many opportunities for learners to model positive digital citizenship. In Chromebook classrooms, digital tools for accessibility can easily be woven into the lesson so that all students can be successful.

    Lessons can be designed as student-paced, teacher-paced, or independent learning. Lessons can be fully online or a hybrid/blended model. Teachers have the flexibility to personalize and individualize learning for students because of the rich variety of technology tools.

  • What is Digital Learning Day?

    Digital Learning Day is Thursday, February 25, 2021

    This day of celebration highlights the amazing lessons happening in our classrooms using digital tools. Teachers can share ideas and grow their Professional Learning Networks. It's a celebration of us educators getting even more nerdy!

    (Photo courtesy of #wocintechchat)

  • How Can I Participate?

    How Can I Participate?

    1. Sign up to be a part of a network of their professional learning network of educators: https://digitallearningday.org/join/

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    2. Tweet about your favorite digital learning activities/lessons/tools that you're using in your classroom. Include these hashtags in your tweet: #PISDDLDay #DLDay #DLDay2021 #pisdlearns #pisdtech

  • Digital Learning Day Showcase!

    The PISD Digital Learning Team reached out to PISD ed tech teacher leaders for testimonials and artifacts of their favorite, tried-and-true digital learning ideas/lessons/tools. Here they are!

    Screencastify by Debbie O'Reilly
    How do you use it? "I use Screencastify to record my comments on students' papers. I highlight segments of the student's text and move my cursor while I explain to them their assignments' strengths and areas for improvement."
    - Show us! High School English Teacher uses Screencastify for Student Feedback (YouTube video)
    - Learn more at pisd.edu/screencastify
    - Debbie O'Reilly is an AP English III and Dual Credit 1301/1302 teacher at Plano Senior High School - Debbie's webpage
    - Follow her on Twitter! @Debwildcat


  • Kami by Stephanie Jackson
    - How do you use it? "Students will work in groups and create a newspaper during the Napoleonic time period and use KAMI to edit together. Secondary PISD teachers and students (Grades 6-12) have a premium license to the annotation tool Kami." Note that until May 2021 K-5 teachers and students now also have premium licenses to Kami!
    - Show us! Real-time Collaboration with Kami (YouTube video)
    - Lesson - Napoleon Activity
    - Learn more at pisd.edu/kami 
    - Stephanie Jackson is a History teacher at McMillen High School - Stephanie's webpage
    - Follow her on Twitter! @Stephan44187126
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  • Seesaw by Kamesha Ross
    - How do you use it? "This activity was our Social Studies lesson for the week. We wanted to allow the students to have more engaging moments to learn about the American colonies. We utilized various resources from the Social Studies lesson and found a way to make a comprehensive lesson for the students to work towards. Using this format increased engagement because of the variety of resources we were able to pull together. I've noticed 5th graders don't come with a lot of background knowledge with history so my approach is to treat it as 'one big story.' I think when they can take ownership of the learning and see the information presented in a variety of ways they're more able to connect with it. This method for Social Studies has seemed to work very well with our students. It also allows students who'd like to work ahead the ability to do that as well as students who may be absent for various reasons." 
    - Show us! 5th Grade Teacher Explains how Seesaw Helps her Students Learn (YouTube video)
    - Lesson - The Road to Independence (Google Slides)
    - Learn more at pisd.edu/seesaw 
    - Kamesha Ross is a 5th Grade Teacher at Thomas Elementary - Kamesha's webpage
    - Follow her on Twitter! @MzRoss4
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  • Kami by Samantha Iliff
    - How do you use it? "[I use] Kami to QUICKLY upload student work from the district curriculum planner." Note that 6-12 teachers and students have a premium license to Kami. Until May 2021, K-5 teachers and students now also have premium licenses to Kami!
    - Show us! Annotating and Assigning a PDF with Kami and Google Classroom (YouTube video)
       In this video, Samantha shows us how she takes a file from the Curriculum Planner, saves it as a PDF, opens it in Kami, and assigns it to Google Classroom.
    Learn more at pisd.edu/kami 
    - Samantha Iliff is a 6-8 grade teacher and testing coordinator at Bird SPC. Samantha's webpage
    - Follow her on Twitter! @s_iliff
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