and their creative use of digital tools are shaping modern learning
for students at all 22 Lakota schools every day. One day a year, the
district joins the nation to celebrate and showcase this “digital
learning” on Digital Learning Day.
This year’s Digital Learning
Day fell on Feb. 17, with every building joining the celebration with a
focus on digitally-enhanced lessons, student activities and digital
“It’s an amazing day where we can recognize and
celebrate the many ways our teachers and students are using digital
tools and technology to enhance students learning,” said Krista
Heidenreich, Lakota’s director of digital learning. “Not only in our
core subjects but in all areas of instruction!”
students in Lakota West's American sign language class connected with
four different Lakota second grade classrooms through video
conferencing. They took turns reading and signing vocabulary words from
popular children’s books. High school students also showed
second-graders how they can use signs in their classroom as well as how
to spell their own name.
At Lakota East, the teacher
integrated a digital assessment app with her English as a Second
Language students to enhance their understanding of specific
vocabulary words and definitions. Other students, in the medical
interventions class, utilized digital tools and data collection
equipment to test biofeedback therapy on each other. Students were
attached to various sensors, while their partners collected and
Art students at Liberty Junior School used a
new online learning platform for students to view and collaborate on
digital instructional materials at home and at school in preparation
for creating one-point perspective drawings.
Students in a
math class at Union Elementary used an online journaling app to solve
complex measurement and data problems that centered on volume. The
problem-based approach allowed for students to share their work in
real-time with the entire class, generating ongoing dialogue and
First grade students at Creekside Early
Childhood School digitally recorded their mathematical problem-solving
steps allowing the teacher to review these steps, and identify and
address any learning need.
Many students attending the new
elementary technology special were introduced to robots that will help
them learn computer coding concepts and ideas.
“It’s not only a
day of celebration for what’s happening in our classrooms with digital
learning, but also a time to share best practices and what’s best
supporting student learning district wide,” explains Heidenreich. “This
sharing of ideas, cross district collaboration and district wide
support continues to benefit our students and further increase their
engagement in learning.”
much more than a typical book report as students at Adena Elementary
use technology to read and comment on each others' research reports.
in Lakota East's Medical Interventions class use sensors to monitor
their biofeedback, noting how stress levels affect functions in their
bodies. This digital learning session engaged students in real life
practices and helped them experience content in a whole new way.
feedback from students help the teacher instantly address any
misunderstanding or confusion. Here, students at Plains Junior respond
to digital assessments, while also posing questions online.