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Students Choose from 2 #DLDay offerings
Since 3.14.15 is "Pi Day of the century" Piedmont's Digital Learning Day Digi-dine Lunch theme this year is "Pi and DIY"! Students will also take part in the multilingual multicultural selfie challenge. Read on for more about each of the Digital Learning Day activity choices.
"Everyone Matters" selfie Challenge
Piedmont is connecting Digital Learning Day to "Everyone Matters Day" by letting the students practice digital citizenship to create a positive digital footprint by participating in the #IAM Selfie campaign.
We will have an Everyone Matters #IAM selfie booth set up in Piedmont's cafeteria. Students who have their signed CMS photo permission slip can take a selfie with a cutom-made or ready-made sign (example #Iam a maker!). Thanks to Ms. Hogan Hamer, the signs are available in multiple languages!
Ms. Gurthie will use the selfies posted to social media that day in a collage and video for the official Everyone Matters Day on April 2nd.
This project uses social media to affirm the individual, create a positive digital footprint, and celebrate the diversity of our own community just as our Piedmont IB Community and Service students have done already for Malawi via the #Piedmontwalkfored campaign.
"Pi and DIY" Digi-DiNE
Students can increase their own knowledge in of the DIY offerings at Piedmont's DIY and Pi DigiDine. The lunch is an annual Digital Learning Day tradition at Piedmont.
Now it its third year, this year's theme is "Pi and DIY" because the QR codes posted at lunch tables and around the cafeteria will link to Pi Day and DIY maker activities from sewing to snap circuits, calligraphy to cad for 3D printing.
Students can use their BYOT devices to lunch and learn. Interested students can take it a step further and earn patches at DIY.org for the skills they develop in our makerspace, in class or at home.
Big Hero 6 and the Maker Movement
Everyone Matters Day: http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/studentspace/celebrate-everyone-matters-day
Make Something: DIY and Passion-Based Learning: http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/studentspace/ingenuity-creativity-and-inspiration
Piedmont Makerspace offerings: http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/studentspace/category/makerspace
Everyone Matters Lesson Plans:
Introducing Maker Project to Students:http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/lesson-ideas/maker-movement-how-to-introduce-a-project-to-students
Starting a MakerSpace at Your School: http://piedmontpd.weebly.com/piedmont-pd/intro-to-makerspace
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Lisa Gurthie is the PD facilitator at Piedmont IB Middle School. She specializes in tech and arts integration, interdisciplinary holistic education, and unschooling school to reconnect academia to real life. One day she will modernize her "about" page. She curates this blog for the professional development convenience of the teachers at Piedmont, but the editorial comments are her own.