Friday, February 28, 2014

Reflection on Digital Learning Day

February 5, 2014 was Digital Learning Day. We experienced a snow day on this day so we were unable to celebrate this day and pledge to be positive Digital Learners. With that in mind, let's be honest Digital Learning should and is taking place each day in our classrooms. Along with teaching students about appropriate use of digital tools, we need to remind students of the Digital Learning Day pledge. Please feel free to share with your students the pledge and have a discussion about the key components of a digital citizen.

It is always a good reminder to discuss appropriate use of digital tools, but let's remember digital learning day is about learning with digital tools or programs. I have highlighted many times some of the cool digital tools being used in our classrooms here at Muscatine Community Schools. Here are some digital tools that assist with learning that I have given tutorials on.
They've included:
1. Prezi
2. Edmodo
3. Twitter
4. iPad Applications for the Elementary Teacher
5. Google Forms
6. Book Share
7. Google + features
8. Blogs/ Wiki's
9. Google Drive Organization/ Features
10. Lucid Chart/ Chrome Applications
11. Image Editing
12. iMovie
If you have used one of these tools or are using another digital tool in your classroom, please feel free to comment to this post. I would love to hear what you are using and how. I am always trying to learn about new tools and how they assist in your classrooms with instruction or learning.


  1. We use our laptops in class almost daily. It enhances research and gives the students a deeper understanding of topics as well as empowers them to formulate their own opinions. In my 8th Grade Social Studies classes, students have created class presentations on topics, such as the Bill of Rights and Westward Expansion, using those opportunities to teach their peers. Students are currently collaborating on the production of an iMovie, illustrating life and experiences on one of the westward trails during the 1800's. I am amazed with the technological skills of our students and cannot imagine teaching without the use of our laptops.

  2. Thank you Kerri for sharing how you are using technology in your class. Sharing leads to more learning by all!

  3. TAG students in 4th & 5th grade use the laptops to login to Aleks math, a math program that is out of level for them.

    Our 4th graders and middle school students just finished a Mock Trial, where they took the Big Bad Wolf to court. In preparation for this, we used website to learn, using the games they have. The "Argument Game" is especially helpful.

    I use google docs daily with students who are doing independence research projects, students who are writing creatively, and I share docs with students to links that could help facilitate their research.

    I really appreciate Jackie's help for all the teachers in our District. Sometime I'd like to find out more about iMovie, and how kids can use their iPods to create educational, documentary-like videos.

  4. Thank Linda for your comment as well. Anytime you would like info or a time set up to work with students on iMovie, I am more than willing. Also there are some great apps for creating movies on the iPad or Ipod. Animoto and iPhoto are some apps where you can create short films or web journals. Feel free to check them out!