#dcsdtransforms episode 65: Welcome back to the 2017-18 school year!

Hello all you wonderful loyal listeners! We hope that your return to school has been fun and exciting! If you are new to DCSD, then welcome to the best school district in the state…nay, the COUNTRY! We are led by some of the finest people and we are sure you will find happiness here! For our back to school special, we are going to focus on the 3 big tools that every teacher should know and mention some update to them that happened over the summer. We think you’ll love these updates and will help you utilize the tools more effectively in your classroom. We have a special shout out to Darlington Middle School and Mayo High School. We hope you enjoy this edition of #dcsdtransforms podcast. Cheers!

#dcsdtransforms episode 64: ISTE 2017

Hello Everyone and thank you for coming back and listening to the best 10 minute edtech conversation you’ll hear all week…only in this case, it’s 42 minutes and the best you’ll hear all summer!  This episode will bring you highlights from ISTE 2017 as told through the experiences of Diane Sigmon, Carla Jefferson, Josh Bastean, Hanna Hanlin, Matthew Ferguson, Diane Rivers, and Rhett Hughes.  First, Carla will tell you a little bit about ISTE and what it is like, and then we will explore 3 ideas:

  1. What one word would you use to describe your experience?
  2. What was your favorite thing about ISTE?
  3. Describe any big takeaways from any of the things you experienced.

Hope you enjoy it, and as always, thanks for listening!

#dcsdtransforms episode 63: The 2016-17 End of School Year Extravaganza

LOYAL LISTENERS!!! This is it for the 2016-17 school year! It has been amazing, and so we compiled a list of all the fantastic accomplishments across the district this year! We have many people to shout-out this week, so please listen to the fabulous things DCSD is doing and where we are going! Carla and Rhett wish you the happiest and most relaxing of summers! Please share with us anything you learned over the summer that you’d like us to showcase next year on our show! Cheers!

#dcsdtransforms episode 62: The soothing sound of a camper furnace going bad

Hey Loyal Listeners!  Welcome back to another great episode of #dcsdtransforms. This week we are highlighting a blog post by Catlin Tucker about having your students email their parents when they are not turning in work or failing the class. Mrs. Tucker is a fantastic educator who works hard not only for her own students, but also producing media for teachers everywhere so that we might benefit from strategies and technology that she uses in the classroom. Click here for a link to the blog post to read more.  Our shout out this week goes to Stacey Bannister at North Hartsville Elementary.  Thanks for joining us!  Only a few more episodes left this school year!

#dcsdtransforms episode 61: We are on the struggle bus

Hey Loyal Listeners!  Thank you for tuning in this week for another great episode of #dcsdtransforms! This week, we are highlighting a blog post called “The ultimate edtech chart for teachers and educators”.  Listen to the show and then click here to learn more about it.  Our shoutout goes to Donna Barrett, the principal of Carolina Elementary School!  She is doing great thing to encourage teachers to experiment and stretch themselves with their use of technology in the classroom.  And please forgive us for this week’s episode…we were really on the struggle bus.  Check out the outtakes to see what I mean!

#dcsdtransforms episode 60: Carla is hungry

Thank you for joining us this week for a fantabulous episode of #dcsdtransforms.  This week we are highlighting a blog post by Jennifer Gonzalez, who is the author of the blog the Cult of Pedagogy which is dedicated to best practices in education.  She is wonderful and offers lots of practical advice for teachers for implementing different teaching strategies, including lots of great stuff on technology. We are looking at one particular blog post called “Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism“.  In the tech age that we are in, access to information is easy, and so our job as teachers to help students with plagiarism is ever more important (and difficult).  Please click the title of the post above to read the 5 strategies she offers to help you in your classroom.  Also, you may want to subscribe to her blog (click the link above and check out the great stuff she highlights on her blog and subscribe!  Our shout out goes to Elizabeth Thompson at MHS for the really cool idea she had using iBooks Author with her students!  Cheers, and enjoy the show!

#dcsdtransforms episode 59: TownLEY or TownLIN – we let the listeners decide

Welcome back this week for a great episode of #dcsdtransforms. This week, we are highlighting Make Badges (click here for the website). It’s a simple and easy to use tool to make badges for your classroom. Not sure what badges are? Then please listen to learn more! I even made our podcast episode cover photo using it (shout out to our AP, Mr. Greg Johnson for the use of his twitter picture). Our shout out goes to Julie Townley (maybe Townlin, we’ll let you decide which it is) and Tanya Bunn at Darlington High School for the work their students did creating an iBook. Thanks for joining us!

#dcsdtransforms episode 58: CARLA IS AN APPLE DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR!!!!

YES!  You read that correctly!  Carla is an ADE!  For those that don’t know much about it, this is one of the most sought-after recognitions in the edtech world, and in the education world in general.  It is the highest certification Apple can give a teacher.  Please take a moment to send her a congratulations email if you can!  Aside from this amazing news, we also have our usual tool and shout out to share with you.  The tool this week is highlighting one aspect of Quizlet called Quizlet Live which is a neat tool that lets you take the lessons you’ve done in Quizlet and put students in competition (on teams) with each other.  Students learn to work collaboratively and have more motivation with the competitive nature of Quizlet Live.  Our shout out goes to Suzie Goodwin of Brockington Elementary for her creative use of Pic Collage for vocabulary lessons!  This is a vocab intensive episode for sure!  Thanks for listening!

#dcsdtransforms episode 56: And-and-and-anananananana…

Hello Everyone and thank you for joining us!  Have a great episode, especially for anyone who teaches math grades K-12 and English in middle and high school!  This week we are spotlighting www.yummymath.com for K-12 math. It’s a fantastic site that offers tons of real world math application problems.  Our shout out this week goes to Blaire Goodson an english teacher at DHS for her iMovie project on tone. We thank you for sharing your time with us and hope you enjoy the show!

#dcsdtransforms episode 55: Click click click click…

Hello listeners and thank you for joining us for another episode of THE BEST ten-minute edtech conversation you’ll hear all week!  This week we are highlighting PrepFactory.com, which is a great tool to help kids prepare for the ACT and SAT.  Our shout-out this week goes to Toni Sellers at the district office.  Wait, a non-teacher getting the shout-out?!  How is this even possible?!  Please join us to find out the really cool way she integrated tech into her work!  As always, we appreciate your support!