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Digital Learning Day

Juanita Spinks at Greenbrier West High School.


I’m writing you from little Tucker County to brag about some of the big digital learning that is taking place. Check out our first grade bloggers who just partnered with the 7th grade tech class to publish their multi-media stories live online today.  http://mrsherronfirstgrade.weebly.com/ Please notice that the sound isn’t perfect (we are using terrible microphones).  The upload isn’t perfect quality. However, we are taking those first leaps and risks that come with using technology to create new things, to innovate and do things that were not previously possible.  I’m proud of teachers who are letting go of ‘perfect’ in order to try!!!!

Heidi Hamric, Technology Integration Specialist, Tucker County Schools


Digital Learning Day

February 1, 2012 marks Digital Learning Day in West Virginia. Throughout Monongalia County, schools are participating in various and unique ways. Here at Ridgedale, we have designated the day as our official kick-off to our student-created home page project. Throughout the day our Technology Integration Specialist, Mrs. Christy Davis, will travel to classrooms where she will collaborate with students and their teachers to create a home page specific to their classroom. In the process, students will learn how to use some fundamental Microsoft applications, as well as the basics of Web page design. While we cannot finish this process in a single day, Digital Learning Day is a great opportunity to kick off the undertaking. Once Web pages have been completed, they will be accessible through our school’s home page athttp://boe.mono.k12.wv.us/ridgedale/. Our students will continue to maintain the pages with oversight from their teachers. Digital Learning Day, coordinated with the Alliance for Excellent Education, is also meant to highlight technology-related teaching practices. From this perspective, our students will be using laptops, interactive white boards, projectors, and other technological features as they build their pages.

Ridgedale Elementary School


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Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

Attached you will find Mrs. Whitehead’s kindergarten class working diligently at their digital workstations and on a Smart Board. Mrs. Whitehead teaches kindergarten at Wellsburg Primary School in Brooke County. Kind regards,


Martin Elementary school is using podcasting to combine mathematics, language and music. We created a Multiplication Rap to assist students in remember multiplication tables. Students created their own rhymes and then we recorded the students. Later in the day, students could be heard "jamming" in the lunchroom to their own creation. The attached file is from Mrs. Lipsmeyer's class.

Sonya Ashby, Technology Integration Specialist, Martin/Fairplains Elementary School


Digital Learning Day

Didn't know what all you wanted, but I'm sending some pictures of students in SSR.  Some are using Kindles and one boy is using his own Ipad.  Also have a picture of a boy working on the Galaxy Tablets we are piloting with Literacy Team.  He is searching for apps to use with literature analysis.  I may have one of students on computers doing a WV Writes assignment that is a collaborative effort between social studies and English.

Juanita Spinks, English Teacher, Greenbrier West High School


Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day

Attached are a couple of pictures from our digital day during one of the morning classes. This group experienced Aver Pens with a groundhog day grs activity before they continued their techstep lesson on Note Taker.

Jennifer Filipovich, NRE Elementary, Fayette County


Digital Learning Day

Hello!  This is just a short e-mail to let you know that we celebrated Digital Learning Day in our Algebra I class at Liberty High School in Raleigh County today.  I allowed the students to choose from a few different web sites that offered math games.  The students viewed it as a "free day" but what they didn't realize is through all the fun they were having, their brains were exercising more than in a normal day of class! In the attached picture you will see most students on coolmath.com.  This was a favorite of the day. The student playing "Sugar, Sugar" is having to draw a line with the proper slope to funnel sugar into the cup.  Another student is playing "Lemonade Stand" where they are pretending to be an entrepreneur.  At the end of each day they have to make changes to get their lemonade to sale.  A few students are playing the popular "Poptropica".  We discussed how this web site may not offer actual problems involving numbers or formulas but in order to advance to the next level, you must have good problem-solving skills.  Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have about our day!

Sarah Milam, M.A. Education


My name is Regina Spencer and I teach Music at Peterstown Elementary School in Monroe County WV. I received a forward containing your information on Digital Learning Day. I teach every student in the school and didn't get a good digital photo to share with you but did want to share the Wikispace that I created discussing technology use in the classroom specifically in the Music classroom. Thank you so much for your information and feel free to visit my Wiki at the following URL: http://peterstownelementarymusic.wikispaces.com/


Digital Learning Day

These students at Braxton Middle -virtual students of Midge Thorn,facilitator, are participating in a discussion board.

Mary Sullivan