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It’s Digital Learning Day!

Digital Learning Day is being celebrated all over the country today!  To peek in on the celebration, search Twitter for #DLDay and #WiDigitalLearning.  You can even tweet your own Digital Learning question or comment with #dldefo

In honor of the event, you’ve been adding to our Digital Learning Day Showcase.  Check it out to see what’s been happening and add your own!  You’ll see images of students and staff learning with technology, student work, a few suggestions, and even an award announcement!

Click the image below to find some online digital learning tools.
(also posted on D-Links)

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Tuesday Tech Tip– Links by Staff

Today I’d like to share with you the work of others.

Fifteen of your colleagues recently finished the Viterbo course, “Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works” and have cultivated over 200 resources for a wide variety of uses in the classroom.  They are all available from our district website.

Here’s how to get there:

Need some ideas for collaboration? science? notetaking?  Click on the tag and you’ll see a multitude of resources.

I haven’t offered a drawing lately, so here’s today’s… How many resources are tagged “Assessment”?  Find one you’d like to add to your toolbox.  Send me an email with the number and the name of a resource before Friday to be entered in the drawing.

Tuesday Tech Tip: The Google Transition

I’m on tip duty today, but it’s really more of coming attractions. We’re planning some changes to @deforestschools.org Google Apps accounts. The changes mean that your deforestschools.org account will start working more like a full Google Account.

The good part of this switch:

  • Access to more Google products, like Picasa. We’ll be able to assign more GoogleApps programs and give them to the groups we want. For example, we can let the DAHS students use Picasa, but not our 4th graders.
  • New sign in options. You will be able to sign in to Google services from the regular sign-in pages (like http://mail.google.com). Your username is your full deforestschools.org email address.

The tricky part for some people:

  • If you’ve used your @deforestschools.org account to set up other Google services, you’ll have to make some changes. For more information, we encourage you to review the Transition Checklist. Basically, you’ll have to rename your account. Should be no big deal, but we wanted to let you know!
If you have questions about changes, please contact Christine Buchanan or me. We won’t start adding any services until February 21.

Drawing! If you’d like to enter this week’s drawing, tell us how you use Google. Last week’s winner was Melody Leung who was using Animoto videos, Wordle word clouds, and MLA citations all in Glogster. Phew! Melody wins some neat Google prizes and so could you with this week’s entry.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Google Images & Videos

Good afternoon,

Some of you may have noticed a new look to GoogleDocsHere is a guided tour of the new look and one very promising new feature–Images and Videos!

I also want to give kudos to these folks who have been integrating technology into their work lately:

  • Greg Gorres, Michelle Kruse, and Jen McGorray are using Animoto.
  • Dave Bailey and JenMcGorray created a Facebook Fan Page for New Reflections and are using copyright-friendly images for student projects.
  • Laurie Keys is using Google Earth and Skype (to Hong Kong!)
  • Natalie Slaby skypes regularly with her brother’s classroom in Minnesota.
  • Darlene Barth is experimenting with blogging and using Google Calendar for daily assignments.
  • Dave Sisler, Rachel Bohlman, and Lisa Marek are using Gaggle for students to communicate via email with community members.
  • Cindy Rosch is video-taping new teachers in their natural habitats.
  • Stephanie Unertl is using Google Presentations and copyright-friendly images with 4th graders to collaborate on a story for publishing.
  • Lisa Sebranek, Barb Bauer, Kris Onsager, and Dave Sisler are using GoogleDocs for student story writing and publishing.
  • Maria Marquis and the music teachers are using a Google Form for parent volunteers to sign up for Solo & Ensemble.
  • Sue Wilson and Julie McCarville are using Google Forms for Viterbo courses and Moodle for inservice sign-up.
  • Principals are using Google Calendar.
  • DAMS Career Day speakers will be sharing their AV needs via a Google Form.
  • All agendas and notes go out via GoogleDocs for LIT.

All of these people have automatically been entered into this week’s drawing.  If you’d also like to be included, just send me an email with how you have or plan to integrate technology into some aspect of your work during January or February!

Your Periodic Table on Glogster


This morning’s visit to DAMS revealed this super work from the Apollo team students…..the periodic table as seen through Glogster. Mercury team’s take will follow soon. Kudos to the students and their teachers: Jennifer Melum and Dave Matthews.

Tuesday Tech Tip: Social Bookmarking–Diigo and Delicious

Have you ever lost all your Bookmarks?  Have you ever emailed yourself lots of links to add as Favorites on your school or home computer?  Have you ever wracked your brain to remember that website you’ve bookmarked on your home computer while you’re away from home?

If so, perhaps saving all your bookmarks in one place on the web is a tool that can be useful to you.

Here’s a short video that explains how social bookmarking works using a tool called Delicious:

Popular social bookmarking tools include Diigo and Delicious.

Here’s a printable how-to for getting started:
Social Bookmarking

Look for information soon on signing up for January Inservice sessions via Moodle.

Year-end Food for Thought

This will be the last Tool & Tip of 2010, and I thought it might be a good idea to reflect on the past and look to the future.  I have two sources of inspiration for you.

One is a video… Brave New World Wide Web.  It compares 20th century learning with 21st century learning.  It was originally posted in 2008, but is still relevant today.  I hope it gets you thinking about one small change you can make to bring yourself forward.  I can help and support you in that process.


The second is a blog post from December of 2009, but it’s still fitting and good food for thought…

21 Things That Will Become Obsolete in Education by 2020.

Some of these things are radical shifts in how schools operate today.  What would be on your list?

This week’s drawing will be for a 1:1 session to learn something new in GoogleApps–this can be “just getting started” or an advanced feature, depending on where you’re at.  We’ll schedule a time at your convenience.

To enter, send me an email with one of two things:

  • One small change to bring yourself forward tech-wise.  (Inspired from the video)
  • One (or two) things you think will become obsolete in education by 2020.