Digital Learning Day (February 1, 2012)

Several Round Rock campuses participated in activities to celebrate National Digital Learning Day. 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. Below are a few examples of how some of our campuses participated.

“It’s about getting technology in students’ hands since teachers are using it anyway. All the research we have seen shows students want to have engaged and relevant learning in the classroom.” Matt Groff

Cedar Valley Middle School:
Matt Groff, principal of Cedar Valley encouraged his staff to participate in the Digital Learning Day. Some of the activities the teachers and students participated in were:
-Poll Anywhere
-Khan Academy
-QR Codes
-Screen Castomatic

Round Rock Leader article hightlighting Principal Matt Groff campus leadership with technology http://rrleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=11&subsectionID=11&articleID=28901

Laurel Mountain Elementary:
Laurel Mountain participated in a Skyping activity with Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Horton Halfpott.

Hernandez Middle School:
Eighth graders learned about blogging and digital citizenship through a New York Times website. Teachers used Moodle, an online learning management system, as the vehicle to present the information and for students to complete the assignment.
http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2012/02/digital-learning-day-at-hernandez.html

Caldwell Heights Elementary:
Physical Education teachers at Caldwell signed up for Digital Learning Day. These teachers shared their teaching strategies with others by filming a game that the students were playing and then uploading it to the collaborative online site, PE Universe.
http://www.peuniverse.com/Videos/VideoDetail/tabid/221/IndexID/718/Default.aspx

Gattis Elementary and Double File Trail Elementary:
Angie Hintz, the instructional technology specialist at these campuses, used the Digital Learning Day as a way to get teachers thinking about technology by sending the teachers QR codes. When teachers opened the QR code, they were instructed to send an email back to Angie letting her know that they were hip to QR. You can visit her blog to learn more about QR Codes. http://techhintz.blogspot.com/

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