Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Do You Feel Lucky?! Medfield's DLD Day is Coming Soon!

Medfield and Fellow MA Educators: Do You Feel Lucky?
 National Digital Learning Day encourages educators from all over the world to connect, share and spread innovative practices in educational technology that help improve student learning outcomes and opportunities. Our district celebrates this message by holding our own DLD day! Feb. 5th will be an entire day filled with free professional development from over 40 sessions being taught by Medfield teachers and another 20 sessions being offered by other tech superstars from neighboring districts.  We are also thrilled to have Marta Da Silva McAlister from the Google for Education team as our keynote speaker.

 Medfield would like to extend an invitation our fellow educators to join us for the day! You can register by clicking on this link.  We will send you further information on how to sign-up for the specific sessions around January 18th.  To give you a taste of the day, we already have sessions lined up on Gamification in the classroom (Breakout EDU and MineCraft), Virtual Reality, Makerspace Magic, Robots, Drones, 3D Printing and a whole lot more. 

Do not wait to sign-up as space is limited.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

2015 Opening Messages about the Day!


Digital Learning Day is about to begin! 
First, here are some important announcements to help you 
make the most of your day!

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One More Day!

Tomorrow is almost Here! 

To help the day go smoothly, please make sure that: 
* You should have received your schedule via email. To reference it throughout the day, please either star it, print it or take a screenshot of it to save to your camera roll.

* Try to arrive between 7:30 and 7:45; this will allow ample time to park, register and enable us to start at 8:00.

* Bring your device fully charged w/installed apps.

* Bring a power cord in case you need to recharge your device. (A power strip will be available in the cafeteria)

*You know your google username and password if you are taking a google class)

*You have your Apple ID and password handy (if you are taking an iPad Class)

* Bring some Fun and your A game!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Attn: Blakers & MHS Students, We Need You! on #DlDMedfield Day!

While Friday, February 6th is a day off for students… maybe consider helping out your favorite Medfield Teachers!

Teachers will be hosting Medfield’s 3rd Annual  Digital Learning Day Conference

It’s an entire day of over 60 workshops of teachers teaching other teachers about how to use technology in their classroom. Think:  Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sites and iPad apps like Explain Everything and Notability, and much more.

You are the experts! And, We SO need your help to make our Digital Learning Day spectacular!

Here’s how! Sign up to be:

+ Session Supporter: You would be assigned to a classroom to help out the teacher presenters of each workshop session!

+ Social Media Specialist: Maybe you are pretty good with social media.. you would use a school account to either tweet about the day, run our Vine Booth or Photo Booth (with fun Props) or if you’re good with quick video editing and production — consider being on the DLD Video Production Crew. Example of last year’s MHS Tweeters: click here

+ DLD Clean Up Crew: At the end of the day, there will be equipments (laptops, apple tvs, etc.) that need to be powered off and returned to their original places. If you’re good with cleaning up and reorganizing a classroom, then sign up for the Clean Up Crew!

+Tech Recess Zone Support- One room is setup up for teachers to explore the apps and other technology that they learned. We would need students to help out in this room.

+ Navigators/Door Greeter: Greet teachers and special guests w/ a Medfield smile:) and point them in the right direction!

+Thursday afternoon helpers- Are you available Thursday After School? We need helpers to create and hang up signage, set up laptops,  and arrange the name tags, etc.

The day runs from 8-3. However, if you are only available for part of the day, please still consider helping out! And a free pizza buffet lunch is provided!

Sign up on this Google Form OR stop by to see Ms. Horvath, Blake or Mr. Sonnenberg at MHS!

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Come see Keynote Speaker, Greg Kulowiec at #DLDMedfield Conference!

We are so pleased to announce the addition of a keynote speaker to this year's Digital Learning Day! Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher
will be giving his insightful iPad Summit presentation entitled Plato, Papers, and iPads .

Greg's keynote "Plato, Paper and iPads" will help to explore the idea of "Are we losing anything when we go digital?"  He will share the ideal iPad Backpack that blends a digital and analog (more traditional) approach to notetaking.  For example, you can use your iPad to organize digital content AND use a paper notebook to capture ideas and sketch notes (even taking pics and dropping them into Google Drive or Evernote).   Greg will help to answer the question of how can you keep your classroom hybrid? How can you merge online and offline work? How do you find tools that are flexible and thoughtful without letting those tools drive your work?

Greg Kulowiec is a nationally recognized instructor, presenter and author, Greg is an award-winning teacher, has been an early adopter of mobile devices in the classroom, and coined the phrase "App Smashing."

Greg will also lead four other sessions throughout the day:

Session 1: Follow-up the Keynote: Integrating Paper with iPads
This follow-up, hands on & discussion session is open to anyone who would like to attend and discuss the ideas explored in the keynote in more practical, hands on detail & examples.  However, having an iPad is recommended.  Apps that we will likely discuss and use include, but are not limited to: Evernote, Google Drive, DocScan, Scannable, Paper by 53, Post-it Plus by 3M.

Session 2: 6th Grade 1:1 iPad Discussion Panel
Many districts are developing 1:1 mobile device programs at the Middle School level. This year, Blake MS has expanded their 1:1 iPad program to every student from the 8th grade to include 6th & 7th! That means over 400 students are using iPads to learn! Wellesley MS is also starting a 1:1 iPad model at their 6th grade with the hopes to push it out to the entire middle school in the following years.

Why not invite our colleagues from Wellesley Middle School to join us in a discussion of how the 1:1 rollout, classroom implementation, challenges & benefits, and tips & tricks they're learning along the way.
Come join in the discussion between:
Blake 6th Grade Teachers and a few Blake 6th graders: Marjorie Heim, Keri Sperling, Mike Gow, and Kathleen Caprio) and Wellesley 6th & 7th Grade Teachers and Principal, Mark Ito.

This discussion panel will be facilitated by Greg Kulowiec, EdTechTeacher.

Session 4: Google Classroom App for Mobile Devices
Whether you are teaching in an iPad, Chromebook or BYOD environment, Google Classroom is a viable option to handle both Google Apps and non-Google workflow.  Today, the Google Classroom IOS (and Android) app popped up in the respective app stores.  This session will take you on a walk-through of the sparkly, new Google Classroom App!

Session 5: Advanced Video Workshop
Student created video for the classroom is a powerful tool to have students express and demonstrate their understanding of complex topics.  However, the video creation process can move beyond simple point and shoot to become a dynamic & collaborative process.  The workshop will focus on various approaches to video creation on an iPad along with the "next steps" to video creation that include collaboration & publishing.  From linked Choose Your Own Adventure creations to dynamic "app-smashing" video, participants will leave with a number of approaches and concepts to expand their use of video creation in the classroom.

This workshop is best suited for participants who are already comfortable with the concept of video creation in their classroom and have a solid understanding of iMovie, Explain Everything and Google Drive.  Participants who attend the workshop should bring the following:iPad with the following apps installed iMovie & Google Drive, and various video creation apps of their choice that can all export to the camera roll.

Greg Kulowiec's website: The HIstory 2.0 Classroom

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

AND Registration begins ..... NOW


Here's the moment we've all been waiting for......

Registration for Digital Learning Day will open AT NOON TODAY!  You will be able to access the Registration from the menu above.

 We have seen from prior years that certain sessions will fill up quickly so please have a few choices on-hand when you register (and do not wait too long to register).

Most sessions will be capped at 25 participants, after which you will not be able to register for that session any more.  If you do not see a session listed on the registration form, that means it is full. After submitting all your choices and clicking 'Submit' on the form, you should receive an email that lists all your classes.  Your lunch is now served!
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

20 More Days to Medfield's DLD Conference!

Medfield's Digital Learning Day Conference—
 February 6th!

In exactly 3 Weeks from YESTERDAY, Medfield will be hosting its 3rd Annual District-Wide Digital Learning Day Conference at the HS. 

There will be over 60 workshops involving the integration of iPads and Google Apps presented by Medfield’s very own finest educators, along with a few new features:

  • Discussion Panels of Admin/Superintendents And a 6th Grade Team Panel
  • Social Media & photo booths in the hallways 
  • This year’s themes: #Dare2beREMARKABLE
  • A keynote presented by EdTechTeacher's Greg Kulowiec 
  • Special guest presenters from Needham, Bedford, Wellesley, Dover-Sherborn and Burlington Public School Districts. 
  • An Opening Video Short featuring ??? (it's a surprise!)
  • Meet the new robots in town, Dash & Dot and much, much more!

Watch the DLD Blog for updates and stay tuned...sessions will be posted on this Tuesday with registration beginning on Wednesday!

This event is also open to outside districts! We welcome other educators and administrators to join us in our day of connecting, sharing and learning.
See this Flyer for more info.
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