Our second day of digital learning was a WHOLE lot of fun! It was the first time I declared a BYOD event and it was tremendous. Eighteen students brought their own device so we had non-stop opportunities to share and learn some of the latest games and apps around. A HUGE draw was Minecraft. We set up Mrs. Petuya’s World and started building. There is an art gallery, a fossil museum, and a roller coaster so far. So many students were able to be the teacher and really get me off to a great start on this impressive game. There is so much knowledge embedded in this popular game, that you can’t help but absorb facts and learn to make better decisions as you create your world. I am looking forward to playing it often. We also found out about an app called 2048. You will definitely learn your doubles facts and some programming basics as you play. Another thoroughly engaging app is Video Star. Several students collaborated and created an adorable little music video to go with a song called “I Heart Hand Signs”. It will soon be posted on my YouTube Channel if you would like to watch it. I will email you the link so you can easily find it.
I wish we had enough time left in the school year to do it again. Many teachers at Carroll are very curious about what we have been creating with technology in our classroom this year. So I suspect that my students will have more opportunities for BYOD, blogging, and making movies in the future.
I have declared this Friday (June 13th) as our next Digital Learning Day. Students are welcome to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) AFTER receiving parent permission to do so. We have many experts in handling technology right here in our classroom. So, it’s time to let them get to work training the rest of us on some of the tremendous apps and games I keep hearing them talk about.
Students are NOT required to bring a device to use. This is just an option. Students have been told there is no whining to parents allowed! Students MAY bring a device they would normally use at home. Suggested devices: iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, iPod, KindleFire, or other tablets. All items must be in a protective case and labeled with student’s name. I will do my very best to keep every device safe and secure, but of course there are no guarantees. These devices are expensive and I completely understand if you are not comfortable in letting it come to school. We will of course be using my iPads during this time. No one will be left out of this special event due to lack of a device.
Students must keep the device IN THEIR BACKPACK until we are securely inside our classroom. It will only be used for instructional purposes in the classroom. No movies of any kind will be permitted. I will be closely monitoring what the students are working on. This is time for ACTIVE learning, investigation, and collaboration. No devices will be taken out to recess.
Please respond to this blog post if your child has permission to bring a device. You can also email me if you prefer. firstname.lastname@example.org
This Wednesday is Digital Learning Day. It is a nationwide movement to bring technology and education together. Teachers all over the country are sharing ideas and making plans for a day that focuses on how to bring the best of technology to the classroom.