will celebrate National Digital Learning Day Feb. 1 with events held in the Library/Media Center that showcase the use of digital technology to complement innovative teacher lessons.
“Parkland High School is fortunate to have a technology-rich media center that provides students opportunities to engage with information using a wide variety of formats. Lauren Will, the high school media specialist, is to be commended for her efforts to organize this event for our students and highlight the advances students and staff have made in embracing 21st century teaching and learning,” said Tracy Smith, Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations
Activities will include an English class embarking on a "Crucible" web quest that will challenge students to make connections between the Salem "witch hunts" of the 1600s to contemporary "witch hunts."
A history class will sign out laptop carts to work on Federalist period presentations that involve script-writing, filming, and video-editing. An interactive display of the human body will be on display in the media center that was created by a Parkland biology teacher as will some robots designed by Technology Education students learning about production materials and processes.
Parkland teachers regularly embrace technology with the use of interactive whiteboards and projectors, online web tools such as Moodle and Wikispaces, and collaborative assignments using Google Docs.
Students create advanced projects on laptops using I-movie, Prezi, and Google Docs. They also prepare for standardized testing using online programs such as Study Island, MySkills Tutor, and Gomyaccess.
A Trojan Tech Team consisting of eight students assist teachers and students who need help creating digital projects or using online programs.
Additionally, students can check out Kindles in the Library to read curriculum-based and interest-based books online. The high school library also provides several online databases for academic research.
For more information on National Digital Learning Day, visit: www.digitallearningday.org.