Digital Learning has taken on a new definition through the pandemic, but the term returned to its roots on Tuesday as Johnson City Schools joined in on the national Digital Learning Day celebration. Across Johnson City Schools, teachers used different classroom technology and applications to create exciting and engaging lessons. A quick search of #JCSDLD22 on Twitter shows examples of the amazing things that happened on Tuesday.
Johnson City Schools has been at the forefront of integrating technology into the classroom and Tuesday was no different. Across the district, technology tools like Reflex Math, SeeSaw, Kahoot, IXL, Flocabulary, Epic, Quizizz, Book Creator, Canvas, GimKit and Flipgrid were some of the program’s students enjoyed.
“In Johnson City Schools - with the support of our Board of Education and City Commission - we have been able to not only provide technology tools and applications for our students and teachers, but we have also been able to show them best practices and collaborate to get the best use out of our programs,” said Dr. David Timbs, Johnson City Schools Supervisor of Secondary and Instructional Technology. “Today was a day to really highlight the hard work of our teachers and students as we continue to integrate technology in the classroom as a means to help our students achieve the best outcomes.”
Like many schools across the district, Cherokee Elementary spent their Tuesday as “Twos-day”. Each grade level completed a digital activity that aligns with a “doubles” standard like homophones, idioms and double facts.
In Erika Patterson’s second grade class, students used Kahoot to take quizzes as they reviewed different homophones. Students in Sharon Wiggins’ third-grade class used Quizizz to examine the difference between weather and climate. Both applications allow students to compete as they select the correct answers.
But Digital Learning Day was not just for elementary students. At Liberty Bell Middle School, the theme for the day was the evolution of music, and students were encouraged to dress up in their favorite music-style themed attire. Students used Nearpod to review the history of jazz and Flocabulary to review different poetry types.
At Science Hill High School, students in personal fitness used the Mapped My Walk application to keep track of how far they walked. Science Hill JROTC students used QR codes to scan different activities and view videos about Congressional Medal of Honor recipients before they embark on a larger research project. Even students in Drivers Ed used technology before they got behind the wheel of the car, as they used Canva to review the Tennessee Driver’s Manual and practice test before they applied what they learned.