Friday, January 31, 2014

Here Ye Here Ye! Your Invitation is Here!

We are very excited to announce that you may now sign-up for sessions for the  2nd annual Digital Learning Day on February 7th. Please read the message below before signing up for any sessions! 

Goals for the day
This year we have some amazing presentations lined up, taught by your colleagues.  Please use this day to learn more about something you already know but also to try something new and step out of your comfort zone.  As you know technology is here to stay in Medfield, so please use this day to improve your own knowledge and what you can do in the classroom.  If you need help determining what might be a good session for you, please email Diane or Neal and we can help you out.

About the Day
We have made some changes in the day based on feedback from last year.  This year there are 5 sessions varying in length from 45 to 75 minutes.  As we are also a Google Apps for Education school and are heavily invested in the iPad as a learning tool, you will see many sessions geared in that direction.  Please take advantage of your colleagues expertise.  

Lunch will be provided and will occur during sessions 3 and 4.  During that time you can take a class in session 3 and eat lunch in session 4; or eat lunch during session 3 and go to a class in session 4; or you could take your lunch with you and go to session 3 and 4.  We wanted to give you as many opportunities as possible to learn.

Information about the Sessions
All the information you need to know about the day's sessions can be found on the tabs at the top of this page.  

Sign-up Information
Before you sign-up for sessions, please read the following important information:
  • You will be signing up by accessing a Google form.  This form is only accessible when logged into your school google account.  If you are not logged into your account you will be prompted to do so.  Remember that your username is 
    If you do not know how to log-in to your school google account or are having password problems, please see the tech aid in your school.
  • As with last year we will be capping the # of participants in each session, so it is really important that you sign up for sessions as soon as possible.  The last day to sign up for sessions is Monday, February 3rd.
  • If your Content Specialist or Principal has asked you to attend a specific session, please make sure that you sign up accordingly.
  • On the last page of the google form there is an option to have a copy of your responses sent to you.  Please make sure that is selected. (See image below).  This will send a copy of your sessions you signed up for into your school Gmail account.

Ok, now that you have read everything, it's time to sign-up.  


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Medfield's DLD is Powered by Twitter


Medfield Educators,

These past two years, much of our professional development has introduced the idea of 'Building your own PLN' and discovering how Twitter can be a powerful tool that enables us to connect-build those relationships and to share information, ideas, resources and experiences!

One experience we would love to share with each other and beyond to our PLNs is our upcoming  Digital Learning Day conference-- a day filled with learning & sharing & more than 40+ workshops!

If you have a twitter account, please enter your twitter handle in the form below.  I will add it to the current list that continues to grow: MEDFIELD EDUCATORS ON TWITTER which helps us to follow each other. (*If you see your name and prefer not to be included on the list, please send me an email and I will remove it. No worries.)

Or Click here for the Survey

Second, we are using the hashtag #DLDMedfield  for any tweets that have to do with our Digital Learning Day-- that could mean before, on or after that day. You may try tweeting as you and your co-presenters work together to prepare for your workshop or if your students are preparing to showcase a project that day, etc.. On the day is a great time for you to basically tweet about your experience in workshops or interacting with each other.  After the day, feel free to tweet about any ideas or thoughts you had in applying what you learned!

There will be a running Twitter Feed of the hashtag #DLDMedfield on this blog as an easy way to check what's being tweeted --even for those who do not have a twitter account. See the tab at the top of the blog.

Any not hesitate to ask. Let's start Tweeting!

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

We Want More! We Want More!


We Want More! 
More time.  More sessions.  More new topics!

We heard you & we're delivering! This year's conference schedule has been posted with a few changes. In order to accommodate the large number of teachers during lunch AND to offer an additional session, we broke lunch up into 2 different times. You'll either attend Lunch 1 and then Session 3 or vice versa.

Also, a big THANK YOU to those who submitted the many wonderful proposals! Kim, Neal and Diane will be meeting on Wednesday to review, organize and confirm proposals.  Look to hear from us by the end of the week!  
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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Welcoming Proposals for DLD Presentations 2014


It's the most wonderful time of the year .. that's right .. we are nearing 30 days from Medfield's Day of Digital Learning District-wide Conference. Please put it on your calendar for Friday, February 7th.

In case you are new to the district or forgot, this is a day for collaborating, learning and technology with each other across the district. The day will be filled with 25+ technology-focused sessions presented by your own colleagues with a few new wait-to-see additions to day! You get to pick the sessions to attend that will best impact your personal growth and teaching in the classroom. The success of the sessions though depends on our presenters and that is why we are asking you to submit a proposal to present at the digital learning day.

Here are some general criteria:

Topics should be:
  • based upon ways that you use technology to enhance student learning
  • an area of interest that you already know about or want to know more about
  • something that is easily transferable to other teachers in your grade, your school or the district
A few other criteria:
  • You can co-present with a colleague or you can present on your own
  • Sessions this year may be 30, 60 or 90 minutes; so if you feel like you only have a ½ hour of content to share, please still fill out the form
  • Thinking outside the box is encouraged. Surprise us with your topic or creativity.
  • Deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, January 10th, 2014.
This year will be different from last year, but if you are interested in seeing what sessions ran last year you can find them here (click on Session 1, 2 or 3).

To submit your proposal, please click on this link. If you have any questions about the Digital Learning Day or about submitting a proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Kim, Diane or Neal.

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