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Digitally Speaking

Tech integration in education has come a long way and BPS is moving towards seamless integration into all our work. The impact can be seen In the classroom where technology is embedded into teaching and learning, and no longer an isolated activity. Communication, has never been easier and the opportunities for collaboration and making connections are readily available.

Technology use in education is no longer a luxury but a necessity as we prepare our students with the appropriate skills, understandings and Digital Literacies for success in the 21st Century. In this post , “Digitally Speaking” we present a few essential items in an educator's tool kit for digital learning. What are the digital tools that teachers are using or should consider when moving toward a tech integrated classroom?

Teachers and students may not understand, “The Cloud”, a term we use often. Here are a few resources for understanding cloud-based systems;
This YouTube video explains, in an entertaining and easy-to-understand way, how cloud computing works.
  • And this one has the kids explain it themselves!
  • Common Sense Media’s digital citizenship curriculum includes resources on “digital footprints,” which are created by the use of cloud-based storage systems.
This leads us right into Google! Our Google Apps for Education provides students, teachers, administrators and departments with a suite of tools that enhance our current work, increase efficiency and has the potential to transform teaching and learning.
Understanding Google drive provides anywhere, anytime access, is available on mobile devices ,and cuts down on paper. Google Docs, Presentations, Sheets, Drawing and Forms (all part of Google Drive) allow teachers and students to collaborate, communicate, share, and publish.

Google Classroom provides a way to manage student work, by creating a “ learning hub” for assignment distribution and collection, for discussion and reflection, and for asynchronous access to learning materials. The challenge to provide universal access to all learners has lead us to enable tools that make learning material accessible. Read Write for Google Chrome

Digital Learning is an ongoing process. As tools change and digital equity improves, more learning becomes available.

Stay tuned for more Digitally Speaking tips from the Digital Learning Team.