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Digital Learning Day
Jennifer O Glymph, Washington High School
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

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

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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

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.

This was great for my students because they are interested in medicine and it shows them what it would be like to be a doctor.The game starts out pretty easy but gets hard kinda quick. Students took courses to unlock more symptoms and diseases to diagnose patients correctly to earn more credits for courses. Once they reached the rank of “Medical Student” they started examining the patients to try and narrow down their diagnosis.

The students really enjoyed this game. They even went home and played it last night trying to become an Attending. One stuent sent me a picture of when he made attending. He said it took him 41/2 hours. The students all enjoyed this. A handful of them reached Attending and another handful are close. Students are begging to stay in the class to finish. They have learned so much by doing this (what it is like to be a med student, symptoms, diagnosis, charting, diseases, assessing patients ect.) I would use this again. I am very proud of the students and what they learned yesterday.

Lisa Templeton, Cabell Midland High School

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Digital Learning Day

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

Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

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

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Digital Learning Day

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

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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

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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

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.

Dee Hardbarger

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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

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.

Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

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

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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

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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

My name is Blanca Skaggs.  I work in Taylor County Middle School,  I teach 7th and 8th
Spanish classes.  For the Digital learning Day.  I did an activity with SKYPE.  ONe of my 7th grade classes was able to talk to my niece in Venezuela.  The other 4 classes were able to skype with a boy from Chile.

MRS. MORRAL, she teachs West Virginia History.  Her students were doing commercial.

"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.

Here recently we have really increased use of technology in my school.  This is especially true in WV History.  We have recently acquired a SMART bored.  We have used this for things from studying for quizzes, to watching videos to learn about our culture.  We have also begun a project about Mothman.  We are filming "commercials"  to bring more tourism to Point Pleasant for Mothman.   We have to use flip camcorders to film our commercial.  The technology has made that class a valuable learning experience"
Jeff May , 8th grader.

"Hola,    Sra. Skaggs, I enjoyed our activity in spanish class today. I thought it was really cool getting to talk to your friend, Billy, from Chile on Skype. Our class came up with some good questions to ask Billy and I think all of us enjoyed it, even Billy.  I loved getting to communicate with him using the spanish I already know. It made me realize how much we have already learned in your class. I thought it was really fun and a great idea.  Thank You for the opportunity. Chao,  Mallory  Brown"  7th grade

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Ive attached a pic of preschoolers at Glenville Elementary practicing letter writing on the whiteboard.

Annette Finley, Gilmer Co.

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Digital Learning Day
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.

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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Students working on WV Writes, Business, Math and RLA assignments.   Students in Graphic Arts, welding classrooms and science and consumer science classrooms.

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.

Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Attached you will find pictures of the activities used on Digital Learning Day in my kindergarten classroom at Nutter Fort Primary.  During work stations the children use computers, IPods, and CD player.  Also during Writer's Workshop the children shared the pen and wrote a story on "Recycling" using Elmo and Smartboard.

Deborah Gaston, Nutter Fort Primary

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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day
Jessi Pierson, First Grade, Salt Rock Elementary

Digital Learning Day
Spanish 1B students at Pleasants County Middle School gather around one student's computer to look at a digital presentation she prepared on her Spanish-speaking country of choice--Cuba!  On Digital Learning Day, the Spanish 1B students also learned about Online Discussion Boards and practiced posting Discussion questions in Spanish.  They went on to reply in Spanish to the questions their classmates had posted on the Discussion Board.

Jennifer La Casella, West Virginia Virtual School

Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day
Students at A. I. Boreman Elementary in Middlebourne, WV (Tyler County) participated in Digital Learning Day, February 1.  Pictured here are 3rd. graders that had fun researching animals that were in their Reading story.  Pictures of the animals, along with facts pertaining to each animal were displayed in a powerpoint activity involving one of their TechSteps lessons.  The third grade teachers are Mrs. Dianne Cunningham and Mrs. Becky Barth.

Digital Learning Day
 My name is Margaret Logan and I teach first grade at Hurricane Town Elementary, Putnam County.  My class and I began reading Trumpet of the Swan which takes place in Montana and Canada. We used Google Maps to look at North America and to get an idea of where these places are in relation to us.  Then the children were interested in finding our school. This photo shows a few of my students in front of the image of our school.