Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day
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With so many new digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it is often difficult for teachers to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. At Crafton Elementary, a day was set aside in February for teachers to introduce some thought-provoking lessons by integrating technology.

Spearheaded by Principal Marsha Burleson, a technology day was held in association with the nationally-recognized Digital Learning Day. Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day offers the format for educators to highlight instructional technology in the classroom through innovative practices. Digital learning embraces many different facets, tools, and applications to support and recharge students with the use of online courses and blended learning with digital content and resources.

While all teachers frequently use technology in the classroom, Digital Learning Day offered the chance for students to further explore, transform, and manipulate technology through the use of iPads, Kindles, iPods, and Chromebooks.

At the kindergarten level, students used iPads to improve phonics skills using the platform Kahoot. First graders also used Kahoot to practice double digit addition, and OSMO, a problem-solving educational software application, to fortify math and reading skills. Some computer lab time offered a chance to use Lexia to reinforce Relflex math.

Second graders used iPads to complete an interactive notebook about George Washington using Google Classrooms. Working in small groups, the children created a Venn Diagram to define comparisons and contrasts of their life to that of George Washington, sharing commonalities and differences.

Third and fourth graders spend part of their day using applications such as Socrative, SpellingCity, Kahoot, and Story Online to reinforce writing and spelling, and to review homophones studied in an earlier lesson. Fifth graders were introduced to Prezi, a presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring ideas to life. Students were able to explore the application and learn how to use templates to create tailored presentations.

Six graders, in preparation of upcoming PSSA exams, used the Kahoot platform to engage, challenge, and master lessons in math, science, reading, and writing using Chromebooks, iPads and the Promethean boards.

Students enjoyed the opportunity to complete work and practice skills on digital devices. Some said they could accomplish more on a computer or iPad than using pencil and paper. In the end, Digital Learning Day used a variety of digital resources to teach digital citizenship, encourage multiple forms of collaboration, and inspire students to create by applying critical thinking skills.

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