Flashback to February!
Digital Learning Day was February 23. I have hosted some sort of celebration for this day at my school for the past 5 years or so and it has looked different each year. We have brought in high school students to show off what they are doing in Computer Programming classes (with the hopes of encouraging our students to explore programming in the future); we have created a Technology Museum in which students looked at old technology to see how it has developed over time; we’ve had centers set up with various apps and devices for teachers and students to explore; we’ve invited the folks from the public library to show off how to access digital resources on their personal devices; and we’ve typically encouraged students to “BYOD” on this day. All of these activities have been fairly well received and a lot of fun…however, it was always kind of crazy and chaotic in terms of logistics and what it looked like (picture kids running wild in the Learning Commons for 20 minutes), plus we kind of encourage them to BYOD everyday now. So, this year, I decided to structure the day a little differently and I think it was a success!
I invited classes (2 at a time) to come and listen to a guest speaker. Both of the speakers I invited were engaging and interesting and both had new information to share with my students and teachers. They weren’t quiet “sit and get” sessions. They were interactive and students seemed to enjoy them. The first speaker was Mr. Nao. Mr. Nao is a robot from our technology center who teaches students about careers in technology. He was so fun and even did a little dance. He spoke to 1st graders, 4th graders, and 5th graders.
Next up was Jay Robinson from EdVenture. He taught students about circuits and electricity using Makey Makey. He presented to 2nd and 3rd graders and did an awesome job including them in the presentation.
Kindergarten students got to explore coding apps with our Digital Learning Coach in their classroom. They did not get a chance to participate in our Hour of Code lessons in December, so that is what we did with them for Digital Learning Day.
This year was much more organized and I think that the students and teachers both were able to get more out of it. Teachers weren’t stressed trying to figure out where all of their students were and the noise level was productive and not crazy. I think everyone was happy!
How did you celebrate Digital Learning Day?