November 2013

November Edition at a GlanceTurkeyWifi

  1. Mobile viewing has been enabled, so enjoy reading the DDL Digest on your favorite mobile device!
  2. Check out our new feature sections; Folks to Follow and Food for Thought.
  3. Article topics include the annual Speak Up survey, Clicker 6, the Common Core Standards and libraries, a new report from the Horizon Project, and more.

Inside BCPS

BCPS Speak Up Survey Launches During American Education Week

Speak Up is the annual research project conducted by Project Tomorrow, a national education nonprofit group that collects and reports on the views of K–12 students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community stakeholders on 21st century education and technology. Nationwide, over 2.6 million students, educators, and parents have shared their views regarding the use of educational technology through the Speak Up survey.

This year BCPS has worked with Project Tomorrow to offer a custom survey for BCPS stakeholders.  Speak Up provides a unique way for the ideas and opinions of our stakeholders to have an impact on the BCPS’ Instructional Digital Conversion as well as federal policies and programs. All data collected is 100% confidential.

The Speak Up online surveys are open for input from November 18, 2013, to December 20, 2013.  There are Speak Up surveys for students, educators, parents, and community members/business partners. All of the Speak Up surveys are online and accessible 24/7 from any Internet connected computer.

Log on to from November 18, 2013, through December 20, 2013.  Our district student Secret Code for students is bcps.

Other Highlights:

Food for Thought

Periodically, we will feature an article that asks you to think about a topic more closely. Please feel free to share your insights in the comment section at the bottom of this newsletter.

Lessons from the Downfall of Interactive Whiteboards

EdSurge · Jason Orbaugh · Oct 22, 2013:

“When the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) first caught the eye of educators in the late 90s and early 2000s, it invigorated hope that education technology might begin to align with the digital age. In fact, these IWBs were respectfully dubbed a “window-to-the-world.”

Today, Futuresource Consulting reports that IWBs are positioned at the front of 45% of US, 37% of Canadian, and 90% of UK classrooms–a success story by nearly all definitions. Or is it really?”  Read More…


Getting to Know: Fran Glick

Supervisor, Department of Digital Learning, BCPS

Fran is the proud parent of Hannah-20, Kitty-17 and Sam-16.  She is an avid reader, museum goer, and lover of film; especially documentaries.  Living near Lake Roland affords her the opportunity to connect with nature at one of her favorite places.

Fran was part of the writing team for Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action, AASL (2009). She says, “I was privileged to work with leaders in school libraries from around the country in an effort to create the translation documents for the new standards.  It was a powerful experience.”  She remains active in AASL and currently serves as a member of the Standards and Guidelines Committee.

Fran’s favorite technology tools are curation tools because she thinks “any curation tool is a powerful thing.  We are surrounded by a wealth of information and content. Curation tools, like ScoopIt, enable us to pull together from the flood and bring order.”

Favorite Books: “Too many to mention. I am teaching Children’s Literature this semester and am having a blast introducing grownups to the power of children’s lit.”

Experience: Fran began her career in BCPS as an elementary teacher (Grades 3-5) and joined the school library cohort, Cohort III, in 2000.  She became an elementary school librarian in 2001.  In 2003 she moved to high school and opened a new library at New Town High School.  She joined the Office of Library Information Services in 2006 as a resource teacher and the Professional Research Librarian.

Tips, Tricks, and Tools

Clicker 6

Clicker 6 BoxThe Clicker 6 software program is a reading and writing support for children of all ages and abilities. It consists of a talking word processor, integrated word predictor, built-in painting tools, and customizable Clicker Sets for half-page grids sets or full-page activities.  Check out the Cricksoft Website for more information, valuable resources, and a quick overview video.  The Department of Digital Learning, Office of Assistive Technology, is also offering software training for Clicker 6. Registration is online through the Department of Organizational Development and the Online Registration System.

School Libraries and the Common Core

School Library Journal Common Core WebcastsSchool Library Journal offers a free on-demand webcast series on how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are impacting your library, your school, and your students. Library, literacy, and education experts from across the country explore how to effectively implement the CCSS in each one-hour webinar. According to SLJ, “You will emerge more able than ever to navigate the Core’s challenges, to make the most of the opportunities it brings, and to be a leader in your institution.”

In the Media

3D Printing, Gamification To Impact STEM Education Within 3 Years

THE Journal · Dian Schaffhauser · October 21, 2013:

“A new report from the Horizon Project has identified the 12 technologies will have a significant impact on STEM+ education over the next five years.

The use of big data, instruction through mobile devices, online learning (including MOOCs), and virtual and remote laboratories that emulate real ones are the technologies that will have the greatest impact on “STEM+” education over the next year. These are the findings of a group of global experts who weighed in on emerging technologies that will most influence education over the next five years.”  Read More…

Reinvent your School Library

On October 16, 2013, Library Journal and School Library Journal presented its fourth annual online event, The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries. The full-day event featured programming designed to take libraries into the future to better serve their community’s evolving needs. Reinventing Libraries offered thought-provoking discussions and actionable solutions to some of the biggest challenges libraries are facing, including rethinking collections, engaging the community and helping students and patrons learn. If you missed the live event, it is available for free on-demand through January 16, 2014.

Folks to Follow

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Upcoming Events:

(check the Online Registration System for registration information and availability)

  • November 14: Boardmaker v.6 training, 3 – 5 p.m. @ Kenwood Administrative Building
  • November 19: Kurzweil Level 1 training, 3 – 5 p.m. @ Kenwood Administrative Building
  • November 21: Clicker 6 training, 3 – 5 p.m. @ Kenwood Administrative Building
  • November 26: Liaison Hangout, 3 – 5 p.m., Online
  • December 3 OR 4, 2013: Professional Development for Elementary Library Media Specialists, 8:30 – 11 a.m. OR 1 – 3:30 p.m. @ e-classroom, Pulaski.
  • December 5, 2013:
    • Professional Development for High School Library Media Specialists, 8:30 – 11 a.m. @ e-classroom, Pulaski.
    • Professional Development for Middle School Library Media Specialists, 12 – 2:3o p.m. @ e-classroom, Pulaski.
    • Boardmaker Studio training, 3 – 5 p.m. @ Kenwood Administrative Building
  • December 6, 2013: Application deadline for the MSET grant.  Awards are now being offered for up to $2,000.  Visit for more information.
  • December 10, 2013: Secondary tech liaison meeting, 1 – 3 p.m. Online
  • December 11, 2013: Elementary tech liaison meeting, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Online

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