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***WBCH offers this space to area school superintendents to highlight news in their districts. This posting submitted by superintendent Michelle Falcon, is from Tracy George, director of technology at Maple Valley.

 

Maple Valley Schools will be celebrating Digital Learning Days on Feb. 23 and 24 at Maple Valley Jr./Sr. High School. All students and teachers will have the opportunity to participate in this event which is intended to highlight the effective use of modern day tools to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. Maplewood students and teachers will attend the event on Thursday, Feb. 23. Fuller students and teachers will attend Friday, Feb. 24. This event has been made possible by a generous donation from the DeCamp Foundation.

 

We have tried to set this day up conference style. There are many sessions for the students to attend, an exhibit hall to walk through, and prizes to be given away. In order to facilitate travel around the building, we are using a buddy system between the younger students and the Jr./Sr. High students. Maplewood students will be having 10th, 11th, and 12th graders as buddies. Fuller will have 7th, 8th, and 9th grade buddies. We will be sharing more specific information on these assignments at your staff meetings next week.

 

The general schedule is as follows:

  • All students will participate in a virtual field trip in the auditorium for about one hour
  • All students will have a 30 minute lunch and 30 minutes of gym time (recess)
  • All students will have the opportunity to go to classrooms for participation in sessions.

 

The amount of time is flexible, but students will have between an hour (Fuller) and two hours (Maplewood) to visit both the sessions and the exhibit hall with their buddies.

  • Music Technology
  • 3D Printing and Physics Technology
  • Coding
  • Programmable Legos
  • Coding Toys/Games
  • CNC Shopbot/Laser Carving and Engraving
  • Virtual Dissection
  • All students will have the opportunity to go to the Exhibit Hall in the main gym where there will be over 20 booths set up with additional hands on technology related fun!
  • Photo Booth
  • Concussion Sensing Helmets
  • Chrome Apps and Extensions
  • Shop Class Display
  • Virtual Reality Goggles
  • Sock Puppet app
  • Digital Avatar Creation Station
  • Nearpod
  • Math/ELA/Science/Social Studies Learning Games
  • Augmented Reality
  • And much, much more!

 

Students and staff will be provided with a Digital Learning Day t-shirt and a bag containing a #DLDay pencil, bracelet, and set of earbuds. There will be additional items to collect in the exhibit hall and at some of the sessions. Additionally, drawings will be held at the end of the day on Friday for a great selection of prizes! Those prizes will be distributed to the buildings the following week. We are really hoping that this will be a great success and that we will be able to make it an annual event. Thank you for all of your support and flexibility!

 

 

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