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Digital Learning Day 2013

Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. The inaugural Digital Learning Day boasted tens of thousands of teachers representing nearly 2 million students.

The second annual Digital Learning Day is gaining momentum with ongoing activities, ideas, and collaboration opportunities leading up to February 6, 2013. Join the wave of education champions who seek to engage students, celebrate and empower teachers, and create a healthy learning environment, personalized for every child. Participation is free and easy.

TeacherProject
Janet Ulm

As the Workforce Specialist, I work with students to prepare resumes. I utilize two difference programs for this. I use the WinWay resume and also the resume writer located in Career Cruising. Both are good programs, but slightly different and whichever one fits the student the best, is what they use.Students also are able to access online job applications and apply for jobs during school hours. Presently most open positions require the students to apply on line, as few organizaitons offer paper applications. I also work with the Counselor presenting a workshop called, "After Graduation". We spend a good portion of our time in the workshop on Career Cruising. Each student takes the career assessment and is given a list of careers that is suitable for them. Students can then search further to find out universities that offer the educational path for their career choice, costs, and demand for the career. We also have the students go to www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_79.htm and http://quizilla.teennick.com/quizzes/15652710/what-type-of-decision-maker-are-you. These sites offer assessment tools to determine what type of decision maker each individual is. The results are then discussed regarding the decisions the students have ahead of them and what are the best methods to use to make a final decision.

Leigh Reed

While the obvious use of technology in the OnlineLEC program is the delivery and assessment of high school course information, students also use the computers to access WorkKeys, complete online job applications and periodic career assessments. As a requirement for the Online program, students are to take notes in the Study portion of each course. Some students have chosen to type those notes on the computer. Students taking business courses are required to use computers for completion of various activities, including Internet research and preparation of documents using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Michele Romence

Students in the GED®-FastTrack classroom use the i-Pathways online learning curriculum, which is a teacher facilitated curriculum that helps prepare students for their GED® exam. The i-Pathways program allows each student to work at their own pace and access lessons in the GED® Test areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing, and Reading.

Diana Schoenherr

We are continuing with the implementation of Spark Notes slideshows in the LEC Literature class. Because the students were shown how to access the Spark-notes slideshows, they are able to view a brief, yet comprehensive, summary on the four Shakespeare plays ("Romeo and Juliet", "Caesar", "Macbeth", and "Hamlet") as well as other classics including "The Crucible" and "the Scarlet Letter." With this information, the students continue to feel more confident as they approach the various reading requirements after being familiarized with the plot, characters, and conflict.

Stephanie Barber

ESL students use various websites such as Ventures Arcade (www.cambridge.org/venturesarcade)and EL Civics (http://www.elcivics.com) to practice vocabulary, grammar, reading, listening, and speaking. They also utilize Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive to learn English and practice basic vocabulary.

GED students use Southwestern Illinois College's Constitution Study Guide (http://prod.swic.edu/adultbasiced/constitution/index.htm). This site is excellent at preparing them to pass the Constitution test. GED students also prepare for the test by using various sites posted in our Sqworl account (http://sqworl.com/bip465). Some of these activities include math games and lessons, practice tests, essay writing, short stories, and newspapers.

Digital Learning Day

Lawrence Education Center will join the more than 575,000 students and thousands of educators participating in the Alliance for Excellent Education’s first-ever Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. We will be part of the wave of innovation and momentum that is building for this groundbreaking event.

This national awareness campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen and personalize learning for all students. The Digital Learning Day campaign explores how digital learning can provide teachers and students with the opportunities they deserve in an effort to build or become part of a workforce that is ready to succeed in college, a career, and life.

TeacherProject
Diana Schoenherr

In the LEC Literature class, students were shown how to access the Spark-notes slideshows that were previously downloaded. Now the students are able to view a brief, yet comprehensive, summary on the four Shakespeare plays ("Romeo and Juliet", "Caesar", "Macbeth", and "Hamlet") as well as other classics including "The Crucible" and "the Scarlet Letter." With this information, the students now feel more confident as they approach the various reading requirements as they have been familiarized with the plot, characters, and conflict.

Leigh Reed

In the OnlineLEC class, students were shown how to access Career Cruising. We spent several class periods utilizing the different assessments and gathering career information. In addition, students have been introduced to http://wegivebooks.org and http://freerice.com. Students are allowed to access these websites when they need a "break" from their courses, and the feedback has been very positive. Even though the books in the http://wegivebooks.org site are elementary, they discussed the books they read as children and what they liked about them. A couple of the students mentioned that they had shared the site with their younger siblings.

Lynn Wagy

In the Prepare Youth To Work Program students are able to look up job openings in the Springfield area and to apply for jobs online. This is very helpful to our students. Many students have found jobs and have obtained interviews that led to being hired for part time positions in the area. Many times these are the students first attempt to obtain a job. This gives the students the experience of searching for jobs, filling out applications online, and writing cover letters. I am very grateful to have this tool to prepare the students for the job search and job application process.

Janet Ulm

As the Workforce Specialist, I work with students to prepare resumes. I utilize two difference programs for this. I use the WinWay resume and also the resume writer located in Career Cruising. Both are good programs, but slightly different and whichever one fits the student the best, is what they use.Students also are able to access online job applications and apply for jobs during school hours. Presently most open positions require the students to apply on line, as few organizaitons offer paper applications. I also work with the Counselor presenting a workshop called, "After Graduation". We spend a good portion of our time in the workshop on Career Cruising. Each student takes the career assessment and is given a list of careers that is suitable for them. Students can then search further to find out universities that offer the educational path for their career choice, costs, and demand for the career. We also have the students go to www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTED_79.htm and http://quizilla.teennick.com/quizzes/15652710/what-type-of-decision-maker-are-you. These sites offer assessment tools to determine what type of decision maker each individual is. The results are then discussed regarding the decisions the students have ahead of them and what are the best methods to use to make a final decision.

Michele Romence

Of all the technology that I use and teach individuals to use, there are two that are my favorites: The State Journal Register's NIE e-Edition and the Career Information System (CIS) website. Both are free resources that have invaluable information for students and faculty to use.

Illinois Career Information System
The Illinois Career Information System (CIS) is for high school and college students, counselors, parents and anyone searching for in-depth career resources. CIS offers information on occupations, programs of study and training, as well as Illinois and national schools. It includes information about owning your own business, writing a resume, tips for a successful job search and much more.
http://ilcis.intocareers.org/loginmain.aspx

State Journal Register's NIE e-Edition
LEC has a subscription to the State Journal Register's NIE e-Edition (internet-based edition). The e-Edition lets you navigate an exact replica of the printed newspaper to use with your students in class just as you would the newsprint version. You can flip through pages and skim headlines, view articles, photos, games and comics with the click of a button, and even print out stories and photos in "clipping" format!
http://springfieldstatejournalregister.il.newsmemory.com/nie.php

Scott Kinder

In the Lawrence Mathematics class. students may view video tutorials at http://www.khanacademy.org may work on their math skills using the CARS program, which teaches them basic skills through fun and games, and may use the TI-83 graphing calculator program to help understand graphs of transcedental equations.

Laura Lael

My favorite, and most used, website for my GED classes is Souhwestern Illinois College's Constitution Study Guide, http://prod.swic.edu/adultbasiced/constitution/index.htm . This website is written for adult GED students in Illinois, who will be required to take a Constitution test prepared by the State of Illinois. It presents information about the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the Illinois Constitution, and the U.S. flag. The GED Constitution Test includes questions about all of these documents.

Stefanie Barber

ESL students use various websites and the Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive to learn English. GED students do WorkKeys Win.

Joe McDonald

Students in the Social Studies classroom study the past and the present. In order to keep them informed of daily news, a RSS feed connects computers' screen savers to the WICS Top Stories website for breaking news.

Rhiannon Phillips

In order to help the students better understand the complex vocabulary used in science, a series of links has been added to the Science webpage http://www.sps186.org/schools/lawrence/science/?p=43309. Also, Google Earth is utilized in order to show students the various phases of the moon.

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