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Digital Learning Day
February 5th, 2014

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PMS 6th Grade

Recognize the world’s major religions and their founders. 6.1.3
Recognize the impact of individuals on world history. 6.6.2


At Chapman's Retreat Elementary School, Mrs. Wilhelm’s 4th grade classes visually represented fractional parts with Google Drawing.  Students virtually collaborated  with each other using the comment feature.

CRES 4th Grade                   CRES 4th Grade 1

CRES 4th Grade    CRES 4th Grade

Standard: 4.NF.B. FOCUS CLUSTER-build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.
Third Grade students in Kesha Luker’s class at Nolensville Elementary School researched an animal, completed a graphic organizer and created a report using Google apps.   

NES 3rd Grade ELA

W.3.7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.

I can write an informative/explanatory piece that groups related
information together and includes illustrations when helpful. I can prepare a
report and share it with the class.
At Allendale Elementary, students in
Melissa Mason’s K class utilized the interactive whiteboard to count to 100 on
the 100th day of school.

AES K 100

 K.CC.A.1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Sixth grade students work with librarian Lindsey Anderson at Woodland Middle to use Noodle Tools to cite images found online for their science vocabulary notebooks. Students create their notebooks in Google Presentations and use reliable resources like Discovery Education Streaming to help them illustrate their science terms.

W 7 Conduct short research projects to
answer a question, drawing on several
sources and refocusing the inquiry
when appropriate.

W 1b Support claim(s) with clear
reasons and relevant evidence, using
credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
Students in Sarah Roberts’ 2nd Grade class at Pearre Creek Elementary School are
synthesizing what they know, analyzing text, collaborating with peers, and creating book trailers to entice others to read; all while demonstrating their understanding of the text.

PCES 2nd Grade 1   PCES 2nd Grade 2    PCES 2nd Grade 3


RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine
their central message, lesson, or moral. RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations
and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
At Page Middle School, 7th grade students in Mrs. Wilkes’ class are completing an online
identification exercise by selecting facts and the geographical location of European
countries in a review for an upcoming test.

PMS 7th Grade

Identify the characteristics that define a region geographically 7.3.10
Lipscomb Elementary students in Shivani Mathur's math classes are teaching
one another how to compare fractions using different strategies by
creating tutorials on Educreations.

Student example:

LES 4th Grade Educreations

4. NF.A.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators,
e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction
such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols <, =,>, and justify the conclusions,
e.g., by using a visual fraction model.
Using digital cameras, students in Mrs. Wheeler’s 3rd grade class at Grassland Elementary School  will construct visual sentences using pictures of subjects and predicates.         

GES Wheeler

L.3.1.a Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
Tabitha Durham's 8th grade students at Page Middle School are utilizing mobile learning devices as they prepare for a test; posing and answering questions relating to solving systems of linear equations at

PMS 8th Grade

Standard: 8.EE.8 Analyze and solve pairs of simultaneous linear equations. (Focus Standard) b. Solve systems of two linear equations in two variables algebraically, and estimate solutions by graphing the equations.
At Ravenwood High School, students in both Donna Smith's and Stefanie Buckner's English IV classes analyzed Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and then picked their own topic ot satirize in a paper.  They shared their satire works in Google Docs for peer review and then created a comic strip using MakeBeliefsComix, mirroring Swift’s style of writing in the comic to complement their own satire.  

RHS English IV

W6 Use technology, including the internet, to publish, produce, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

RL6 Analyze a case in which grasping a point of view requires distinguishing what is directly stated in a text from what is really meant.

RL5  Analyze how author's choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text contribute to the overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

RI6 Determine an author's point or view or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness or beauty of the text.
At Hillsboro School, students in Valerie Capstick’s 6th grade science classes are
using an interactive website to investigate the phenomenon of seasons.

HEMS 6th Grade   

GLE 0607.6.3 Explain how the positional relationships among the earth, moon,
and sun control the length of the day, lunar cycle, and year.
GLE 0607.6.6 Illustrate the relationship between the seasons and the earth-sun system.
At Longview Elementary, students in Shelley Kofahl’s 5th grade classes the online version of our textbook to explore the difference between perimeter and area.  Students also researched
the impact that the construction of the Panama Canal had on the United States.

Standards: Math: (5. NF.B. 4b.) I can find the area of rectangles with fractional units of measurement using models and equations.
Social Studies: (5.5.07 a-d) Understand the changing role of the United States between
World War I and the Great Depression.  "I can chart the economic exchanges pre- and post- Panama Canal construction."
Mrs. McCord's Kindergarten students at Walnut Grove Elementary School were reading digital books on the computers!

WGES Kindergarten

RF.K.4 - Read emergent reader text with purpose and understanding.
4th grade students at Clovercroft Elementary worked with librarian Michele Rook to review plagiarism and discuss ways to prevent it.  They read selected sections of a book, typed a paragraph that paraphrased the main idea while using supporting details, compared their work to the original, double checked for accuracy and cited their source.

CCES 4th Grade CCES 4th Grade 1
CCES 4th Grade 2 CCES 4th Grade 3

SPI 0401.8.5 Identify the forms of text (e.g., poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction).
RI 4.2. Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details;
summarize the text 
Chemistry students in Lisa Beard’s class at Fairview High School are studying the electromagnetic spectrum.  Students used spectroscopes to view the visible spectrum and lined up each of the colors of the visible spectrum with their respective wavelengths in Angstroms.
 Students used their cellphones to take pictures of the spectral lines through the lens of the spectroscope and shared through Edmodo.

The image below was captured by Dylan Greer, a tenth grade student at Fairview High.  Note that the colors denoted in photo correspond to the wavelength in Angstroms of each color of the spectrum.

FvHS Chemistry

Spectral lines and emission spectrums provide the background for understanding the Bohr Model of the Atom. I can interpret a Bohr model of an electron moving between its ground and excited states in terms of the absorption or emission energy. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.2

4th Grade students in Mrs. Nugent’s class are discussing, researching and creating a presentation to demonstrate their understanding of the structure and purposes of governance.

WGES 4th Grade

WGES 4th Grade 1

WGES 4th Grade 2

Standard: Discuss the structure and purposes of governance. 4.01
Scales 4th Grade

Recognize American territorial expansion and its effect
on relations with European Powers and Native Americans. 5.10
Student Brent Jones posts to the blog for Mr. Heady’s English III class at Middle College High School.  Prompts invite students to “cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says”  as well as analyzing “the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story”—two of CCSR standards for this unit.

MCHS 10th Grade
NES music students in Shelley Exler’s music class explored concepts in reading and notating music using a program called Music Ace.

NES Music 1

5.0 Reading and Notating 5.1.3 Compare and contrast meters (doubleand triple); identify note names in treble clef, note values (whole notes, dotted half notes, half notes, quarter notes, paired eighth notes, sixteenth notes), and rest values (half rests, quarter rests, eighth rests).
NES Music 2
Students in Mrs. Cooper’s 6th grade Social Studies classes at Spring Station Middle School are investigating Roman religion, culture, and history and using Google Sites to communicate and collaborate their findings.

I can identify cultural characteristics
of Roman society.
Students in Mrs. Green’s 3rd grade class at Grassland Elementary School
use WONDERS interactive lessons on ConnectEd to
reinforce vocabulary, grammar, phonics, and text.

GES Green 1   GES Green 2

Standard: RI.3.1 Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. 
Lauren Angotti's 9th grade physical science students at Page High School are
investigating Newton’s three laws of motion using an online PHet interactive science lab.
PHS Physical Science

CLE 3202.3.2 investigate and apply Newton's three laws of motion
Bridget O’Brien’s 3rd grade class at Lipscomb Elementary compared and
contrasted two articles on the topic of Sharks using a Venn-Diagram
drawing they created using Google Docs.

  LES 4th Grade Student

LES 3rd Grade Venn

RI 3.9—Compare and contrast the most important points and
key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Page High School students in Eric Barnes’ honors biology
classes are unlocking the code of DNA to determine the relationship
between mutations and human genetic disorders.  


SPI 3210.4.8 Determine the relationship between mutations and human genetic disorders

PHS Bio 1       PHS Bio 2
At Winstead Elementary, students in 2nd grade utilized digital resources to conduct research.

WSES 2nd Grade

Standards: Grade 2: W.2.7 Participate in
shared research and writing projects
(e.g., read a number of books on a single
topic to produce a report; record science observations).
At Winstead Elementary, student in Ms. Ford and Mrs. Wilson’s 3rd grade, used Wowzers to facilitate a deeper understanding of multiplication and division.

WSES 3rd Grade
Standard: 3.OA.B FOCUS CLUSTER: Understand properties of multiplication and the relationship between multiplication and division
In Carol Strayer’s 6th and 7th grade band classes, students worked in collaborative groups
using their mobile learning devices to prepare a presentation detailing their knowledge of a
composer and music and their understanding of the impact of that composer on the history
and culture of a specific time period.

PMS Band

Standards: 6.0 Listening and Analyzing music of different time periods and genres.
9.0, Historical and Cultural Relationships

PMS Band 1     PMS Band
In the spirit of Digital Learning Day, students in Ms. Garner’s 8th grade
science classes at Sunset Middle School have been challenged
with the task of creating a 45-second animation on MIT’s Scratch program.

SSMS 8th Sci

SPI 0807.12.6 Illustrate how gravity controls the motion of objects in the solar system.
Mrs. Klym’s K-1 computer classes at Grassland Elementary School are learning to log in and use the drawing and text tools in Wixie to create original stories and drawings.  

GES Klym

GES Klym 2

W.K.6 With guidance and support from adults, explore a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers W.1.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.
Lisa Young’s 2nd grade class at Allendale Elementary utilized netTrekker to conduct a short research project on animals.

W.2.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., read a number of books on a single topic to produce a report; record science observations).
Ms. Eastep’s 2nd graders at Grassland Elementary School use Wixie to write, illustrate and narrate an original poem.

GES Eastep

SL.2.5 Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Students in Andi Davis’ 6th Grade art classes at Page Middle School are analyzing
artwork by Chagall to determine repetition and movement of shapes and colors as they
develop an understanding of how to create a strong composition.

PMS Art Andi Davis

Standard: Develop an awareness of the elements of art and the principles of design in a composition

Scales Elementary Kindergarten
students in Brooke Davis’ class
read eBooks independently in reading
centers using Starfall!

Scales Kindergarten

RF.K.4 Read emergent-reader texts
with purpose and understanding.
At Grassland Elementary School, 5th graders use Kidblog to post blogs and comment on peer reviews.

GES 5th Grade

W.5.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of two pages in a single sitting. 
Suzi Constantine’s 7th grade geography students at Page Middle School are learning more about mapping and cartography as they Skype with a cartographer in Belize.

Identify and use the basic elements
of maps and mapping. 7.3.1 
Scales 4th Grade Matter
Students in John Harrison’s class at Grassland Middle School research using TEL, Grolier, and netTrekker to find world religion influences on today's society, art, culture, philosophy and current laws, then summarizing in a journal entry on an Edmodo discussion board.

Compare and contrast the tenets of the five
major world religions. 7.1.3

Mrs. Deutsch’s 4th graders at Grassland Elementary School are using Google Drive to write an opinion paper. They used the share feature to virtually conference with the teacher.

GES 4th Grade
GES 4th Grade (1)

Standard: W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.
Students in Shivani Mathur's social classes
at Lipscomb are collaborating to create
digital poster boards using Discovery Education’s Board Builder to showcase their research and learning about famous Americans.

Recognize American territorial expansion and
 its effect on relations with European powers and Native Americans. 5.10

I can identify important individuals during the
War of 1812 including James Madison,
Dolly Madison, Francis Scott Key,
and Andrew Jackson.

Students used online weather resources to interpret and predict weather patterns in
Mrs. Riggs 6th grade Science class.

SPI 0607.8.4 Interpret meteorological data to make predictions about the weather.

HMS 6th Grade Science

Students in Mrs. Hampton Fuller’s 6th grade ELA classes at
Woodland Middle School are creating commercials
to demonstrate their learning of persuasive devices.
Teams are using Google Apps to collaborate on their
scripts and iPads with Videolicious for creating their video.

WMS 6th Grade

SPI 0601.2.4 Select the most appropriate behaviors for participating productively in a team (e.g., contribute appropriate and useful information and ideas, understand the purpose for working as a team, understand the responsibilities of various roles within the team).  

SPI 0601.2.5 Identify the functions and responsibilities of individual roles within an organized group (i.e., reporter, recorder, information gatherer, leader, timekeeper).  

SL 2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e. g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.  

SPI 0601.2.6 Determine the most effective methods for engaging an audience during an oral presentation (e.g., making eye contact, adjusting speaking rate).    

I can identify and analyze persuasive techniques in advertising.
Students in Mrs. Williams’ Geometry classes at Franklin High School are using the app EasyMeasure to measure the student's distance to a column in the commons area, along with trig and rudimentary hypsometers, to estimate the height of the column.

FHS Geometry

CC.SRT.8 I can draw right triangles that describe real world problems
and label the sides and angles with their given measures
I can solve application problems involving right triangles, including
angle of elevation and depression, navigation, and surveying.

Students in Mrs. Wingard’s 6th grade science classes at
Woodland Middle School are interpreting meteorological data
to make predictions about weather using Edmodo.

WMS 6th Grade Sci

SPI 0607.8.4 Interpret meteorological data to make predictions about the weather.
I can interpret meteorological data to make predictions about weather events.
I can determine the textual meaning of the following:
• Air Masses (Cold/Warm)
• Weather Fronts
For even more highlights from Digital Learning Day check out our feature in IN FOCUS.

Previous Classroom Spotlights 

Digital Learning Day 2014
February 2014 - Analyzing Text Using Edmodo

January 2014 - Muscle Contraction Labs with Google Sites
November 2013 - Fraction Frenzy
October 2013 - Virtual Research Posters
April 2013 - Algebraic Expressions Math Review
March 2013 - Students use BYOT to Create Artwork
Digital Learning Day 2013
February 2013 - Economic Cycles
January 2013 - Classroom Communication and Collaboration with Google Sites
December 2012 - Mitosis Project
November 2012 - Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt
October 2012 - Math Stories
September 2012 - A Paperless Classroom 
May 2012 - Amazing Authors
April 2012 - Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
March 2012 - Flipped Math Classroom
February 2012 - Interpretations of Macbeth
January 2012 - Technology Brings the Future to Student's Fingertips
December 2011 - Digital Mystery Stories
November 2011 - Swimming the Exciting Waters of Fluency
October 2011 - Blogging in French
September 2011 - American History Through Blogs
May 2011 - Digital Poetry
April 2011 - French Conversations using Google Chat
March 2011 - Africa Project using Skype

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