Digital Learning Day
What's Happening in West Virginia?
Jennifer O Glymph, Washington High School
Here is what I did in my classroom on Digital Learning Day at the Marion County Technical Center in my Business Computer Applications and Digital Imaging classes. Shared Google docs and spreadsheets.
Gary W. Rinehart, Marion County Technical Center
I just wanted to thank you for coming up to watch my class while I had
my drug test. I am also sending you some pictures of what students
were doing in my class for digital learning day. We used online gaming
to learn about the human body, diseases and symptoms all while working
their way through medical school and finally becoming an Attending.
Lisa Templeton, Cabell Midland High School
In Spanish 2, we took a virtual field trip to the Museo de Arte de Ponce (a museum in Puerto Rico) and studied works of art. Students picked out a work of art they particularly liked and, using that as inspiration, made little posters around the theme of “Me encanta el aprendizaje digital porque…” (I love digital learning because). Some of my favorite responses were (translating): “I love to learn online because I can see beyond myself” , “We love digital learning because it makes us feel intelligent” and “I like to learn online because it is fun to visit museums”.
In Spanish 1, we are learning about food. We spent time researching recipes and had a “Day Off Line” to celebrate Digital Learning (since we are online everyday!). Students prepared their dishes and shared them with the class. They talked about the ingredients, the country that their dish was from, and rated their favorite. Students loved it!
Senora Anna Megyesi, West Virginia Virtual School
My kindergarten students paired with a 4th grade class and Skyped in a far away "aunt" to read a story to us. We linked both our classroom and the student's aunt to Tumblebooks, so as she read the story, we watched her on the interactive whiteboard and watched the Tumblebook interactive book on a second, portable whiteboard. Then our students took photos of each others in pairs, and the pairs designed a PowerPoint slide together with their photo, names, and interests and will send the slides to the aunt by email.
Laura VanHorn, NBCT and Sara Pennington, NBCT, North Elementary
Tygarts Valley Middle/High School was featured on WDTV 5 last night. Here is the link to the story with the video.
On Mon. and Tues. prior to the event, we brainstormed how digital learning empowers leaders (This goes perfectly with the leadership model we practice at our school!), we broke in to groups, wrote questions about the effects of digital learning on leaders and interviewed other 3rd graders for answers. We flow charted the entire process, practiced and on Wed., we filmed. We're presenting our videos today and had a blast.
Melissa Emerson, 3rd Grade, Belmont Elementary
I created a political poll using Poll Everywhere and my AP Government students used their phones and texted their answers and the poll was created before their very eyes as they voted. The kids loved it.
Tracey Linn, East Fairmont High
Here are some pictures from Cottageville Elementary in Jackson County. The first couple are of fifth grade using laptops for doing Social Studies research on the states and their regions. The last couple of our third grade using WV Writes in our computer lab.
My name is Aleta Jo Crotty and I teach Physical Education at Mercer Elementary in Princeton, WV. On Wednesday, my students had a great digital learning opportunity. We used my wii and the projector to have an awesone lesson in my gymnasium. My student teacher and I introduced zumba to my 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students. They loved the lesson. I am also blessed to have a huge drop down screen in my gym which allowed all students a great view of the step by step instructions.
Derek uses an Interwrite Mobi and Interactive Pen to access the Smartboard in his classroom. This device allows him to reach and control Smartboard from his wheelchair. Previously a pointer and so repositioning him in his stander was tried, but he was too weak and limited in his movement to allow him to reach all areas of the board. Now, he is able to write on the board and manipulate all the programs.
Nanette Schmidt, Physical Therapist, Mingo County
Teams of freshmen in our Innovation Zone integrated English 9 and World History classes are researching the decline and fall of the Roman Empire to write news articles and editorials for a newspaper chronicling events from that time period.
Mary Anne Mullenax, Language Arts, North Marion High
My name is Blanca Skaggs. I work in Taylor County Middle School, I teach 7th and 8th
"Sanish class is very fun. But there is one activity that is the most fun. That is using technology. For example, every now and then we use Skype to talk to a friend in Chile. Also we have started using email to talk with students taking English in Spain. Technology has made the class a lot more fun. It also makes learning Spanish way more too.
Annette Finley, Gilmer Co.
I am a special needs teacher at West Hamlin Elementary in Lincoln County. I also co-teach fifth grade. We, at West Hamlin, are very fortunate and have an abundancy of technology available to us. I'm pleased to say that the majority of the staff utilize technology daily in some manner.
I'd like to tell you about two of the projects my students have worked so hard at this year. The first is a newsletter completed entirely on the SmartBoard. Using the SmartBoard software, students had to research and type a newsletter that summarized the entire novel Bridge to Terabithia. They had to learn how to capture pictures and save them in a file, had to research how newspapers were written, and write the summaries themselves.
A project we are currently working on is a "motion picture" based on the novel Number the Stars. Students are using flip video cameras to summarize the entire novel. They will then use Windows Movie Maker to edit and create their film. We did this project last year and it was a huge success.
These are just two of the larger projects that we've completed this year. We routinely use Class Responders to take tests, we create powerpoints on a routine basis, and utilize our vast reources such as Thinkfinity and Acuity.
Patricia Opauski, Mingo Central High
At Brookhaven Elementary we had different digital activities in every classroom throughout the day. I taught three separate classes that day, incorporating various media. My second graders learned how to create accounts in Destiny Quest, handle friend requests, search for books and write book reviews. My kindergarteners picture walked through the Adventures with Taxi Dog and predicted what the story was about. Then they watched the animation of this story on Reading Rainbow via United Streaming.
Deborah Gaston, Nutter Fort Primary
Jennifer La Casella, West Virginia Virtual School