We ran in to a couple bad weather days over the last month, which forced us to keep Blue Bird parked outside while we took our programming inside. Luckily, we have some great partnerships and friends that step up to provide students and their families the much needed digital citizenship and digital literacy experiences they deserve. Here are a couple great events from the past few weeks:
SnapChat 101: Digital Citizenship
PTO meetings provide us with opportunities to work with groups of parents around topics they care about. The Wakonda Elementary PTO requested a "Snapchat 101" session to learn more about this social media tool and how to keep their students safe when using it. Keegan Korf, OPS Digital Citizenship Lead Teacher with Common Sense Media, provided an awesome overview of the tool, including how to use filters, stickers, add text, and even start an infamous "streak" with your friends! After many laughs, the conversation took a serious turn as parents and teachers discussed the Maps feature as well as SnapCash- two settings better left turned off! Keegan does a remarkable job of advocating for parents to model responsible use of social media for their students. She encouraged them to "be a silent follower" and learn right alongside their kids.
Math Night: digital literacy
Using technology to solve complex math problems is easy for Amanda Trouba, a Microsoft Specialist that brought a Hot Wheels track to a community Math Night event. I barely remember calculating speeds and velocity back in school, but these students had unforgettable experiences as Amanda led them through making predictions, inputting data, and calculating results. Students and parents learned how weight affected velocity and speed, as well as received some highly-rated math resources from Common Sense Media's Top Picks Lists. The winner of the night went to this young lady who guessed which car would travel the farthest...and man was she happy at the results! What a great example of how technology can help engage students in their learning. I wish every student was this excited about math!
Rebecca Chambers serves as an Instructional Technology Coach for the Omaha Public Schools by supporting the district’s Turnaround buildings in their instructional technology initiatives, including the first Mobile Learning Unit which serves the North Omaha community.