DML Hosts The Learning Counsel (and Superintendent)

On Tuesday, January the 26th, 2016, the Department of Digital and Multimedia Learning was honored to host The Learning Counsel’s Digital Curriculum Tactics Discussion, a forum for digital education leaders and influencers, as part of their national tour. During this event, the CCSD Superintendent, Chris Ragsdale, spoke as part of The Learning Counsel’s Education Executive Policy Panel.   The Learning Counsel is an organization which serves as … Continue reading DML Hosts The Learning Counsel (and Superintendent)

What Are OER a.k.a Open Educational Resources?

What are Open Educational Resources? Open Educational Resources (OER) are any resources print or non-print available at little or no cost that can be used to support teaching and learning. The term can include, but is not limited to, textbooks, course readings, multimedia resources, simulations, games, quizzes, assessment tools, and virtually any other material that can be used for educational purposes. The use of Open … Continue reading What Are OER a.k.a Open Educational Resources?

Launching Learning Commons!

As students, teachers, and all Cobb County School District employees returned to work, our Library Media Education Supervisor was hard at work finalizing the unveiling of a landmark achievement within four of our schools: Learning Commons. A grand opening was hosted at each school for the Learning Commons spaces at Mt. Bethel Elementary School, Smitha Middle School, Daniell Middle School, and Campbell High School during … Continue reading Launching Learning Commons!

How to: Excel with Kelly Brown

Our Technology Training Specialist Kelly Brown, a member of the Digital Transformation Team, just expanded her training reach into the realm of regular webinars.  These webinars, hosted through Skype for Business, have been tailored to meet the needs and concerns of classified (non-instructional or academic leadership) staff within the Cobb County School District. The first course in the webinar series, called “How to: Excel” features … Continue reading How to: Excel with Kelly Brown

Inside the Office of Learning Resources: More than Meets the Eyes

The Digital and Multimedia Learning Department comprises four offices and teams, one of which, is the Office of Learning Resources, which is headed up by veteran educator Brian Smith. Years ago, “learning resources” would have been synonymous with textbooks alone.  As the Cobb County School District moves into utilizing a broader variety of resources to support student learning, the Office of Learning Resources now orchestrates much … Continue reading Inside the Office of Learning Resources: More than Meets the Eyes

Fall Professional Learning and Vendor Fair for Media Specialists

Last Thursday, October 15th, the Media Specialists from all schools in Cobb County converged on our Digital and Multimedia Learning offices for a half-day of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Participants came in two waves: elementary school Media Specialists arrived for the morning session while middle and high school Media Specialists came for the afternoon session. Each session began in much the same way with our Library … Continue reading Fall Professional Learning and Vendor Fair for Media Specialists

Collaborative Professional Learning

Today, our Digital Transformation Coach Nadia paired up with Wenona, one of our CCSD Title I Academic Coaches to deliver a Professional Learning session to their peers.  By bringing together both of their experiences within the classroom and as coaches, the two women were able to share ways in which digital tools can be used to help classroom teachers, streamline day-to-day work, and to aid in … Continue reading Collaborative Professional Learning

TouchCast-Enhanced STEM Class

How can student-created videos be presented in an innovative and transformative way? King Springs Elementary School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teacher Joannah Shoustarian reached out to me in early August expressing interest in collaborating on such a lesson.  She had seen that the Georgia Science Teacher Association (the GSTA) was conducting a video contest for students.  Fashioned much like TED Talks, which are … Continue reading TouchCast-Enhanced STEM Class

Make Presentations Soar with Sway

With Office 365, Microsoft‘s online portal of products, a few new programs have been quietly introduced.  One such program is Sway.  In exploring this PowerPoint alternative, it becomes abundantly clear how the possibilities for its application are quite limitless.   So what exactly is Sway? Sway would be best described as a cross between a PowerPoint and a streamlined website.  It organizes information into “cards” … Continue reading Make Presentations Soar with Sway

Spice Up Your Lessons with Office Mix

Office 365 offers untold treasures beyond cloud storage for documents and spreadsheets.  In fact, with it and updating to Office 2013, there are many new programs, and program extensions that have great utility in schools. Enter: Office Mix. Office Mix is an extension to PowerPoint which means that once downloaded, it adds enhanced features to your existing PowerPoint program.  With Mix, which is represented by … Continue reading Spice Up Your Lessons with Office Mix