Digital Learning Day


APS Participates in Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day Today, Arlington Public Schools is participating in national Digital Learning Day. Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career. Using social media tools, APS is broadcasting its work “live” using the hashtag #APSDLD15. 

 Digital Learning Day
To emphasize this is not a one day occurrence for digital learning, but a process of ever deepening technology integration, Ashlawn students are illustrating this approach all week, and every week. On Friday, Ashlawn will connect their digital learning with the school’s long anticipated Math Day. Many parents are attending and activities are planned to engage students, parents, and teachers in hands on learning that the families can then take home and practice often. Also Pi Day is on a Saturday this year so awareness of this once-in-a-century Pi Day will be a part of Math Day. Pay special attention at a special moment on tomorrow as 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 are the first 10 digits of Pi – 3.141592653.

Here are some of the ways APS is participating:Abingdon is holding a “Digital Speed Dating” event. Students in grades 2-5 are hosting “digital dating tables” around the library to teach and show parents how they are using iPads to support their learning in the classroom. Randolph and Jamestown are embarking on a cross-county, shared digital learning project, focused on literacy. The project combines the expertise and leadership of Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Donna Snyder, both school principals Renee Bostick and Kenwyn Schaffner, librarians Amy Blaine and Carolyn Fleming, ITCs, Camilla Gagliolo and Jeanette Henzler, and second grade teachers, Sarah Blackburn, Stephanie Ludwig, Heather Blake and Chidi Uche. The project kicked off with a planning meeting among all of the teachers on March 11, and continues today when 47 Jamestown second graders are joining 47 second graders at Randolph to explore the world of e-books. The students will receive an introduction to e-books, and iBookshelf, and will be learning how to access e-books using their iPads. Ultimately, the students will write and voice-record their own books using BookWriter, and add illustrations to the books via DrawingPad.At Kenmore, Jennifer Monma‘s seventh grade HILTEX History students are participating in a blended lesson using Blackboard and various websites related to the post WWI time period (Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, Prohibition, and culture of the Roaring 20s). Andy Paparella‘s seventh grade students are studying media, stereotyping, and civic participation connected to popular tablet games. Students also are analyzing several games from their App Store advertisements. In Cassidy Nolen‘s technology education class, eighth grade students are using a 3D drawing program to create a visual backdrop for their artistic composition. Students have been using a 3D printer and drawing software to construct a superhero that will come to life in their photographs. These images are inspired by the artist Man Ray who drew mathematical shapes into story lines and poetry. Students in Megan McCormick‘s sixth grade reading class are being challenged to complete a flipped lesson using Educreations. The mini-lesson teaches students how to write in a compare-and-contrast format using signal words. Sixth grade language arts students in Amy Juengst‘s class are working on a flipped lesson using metaphors. She plans to post the video, created in Educreations, on her classroom Google site. Finally, Victoria Keish and her sixth grade science students are using their iPads and iTunes U to research the importance of wetlands.Oakridge fifth graders will embark on their Oakridge Reads! blog journey. In the blog, students review books as well as comment on the reviews of others. Comments are respectful as we are using our blog to learn about digital citizenship. This project is lead by Gifted Resource teacher Greg Chapius and teachers Kelsey Payne, Amelia Rieth, Bruce Nelson, Kelly Sanguino, and Casey Doland. Mosaic, Oakridge’s exemplar project has gone digital for this 3rd quarter. Every student in the school has created an e-journal on the iPads. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd are using the app Kid’s Journal. Grades 3-5 are using the app NoteShelf. Each Mosaic class students are asked to show their thinking on the app through writing and visually representation.