Digital Learning Day

photoState Superintendent Tony Evers has proclaimed February 6, 2013 as Digital Learning Day in Wisconsin.

The SASD celebrated Digital Learning Day by hosting a district-wide open house on Wednesday, February 6. All schools will be open to the community to see how students are using technology to learn.

Read our press release on Digital Learning Day

In honor of last year's event, the SASD highlighted use of technology in our schools. Read our teacher submissions of how they are using technology to engage students in learning:

  • Nate Brunnbauer, Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School
    In our fourth grade classroom, students have been creating Powerpoint presentations to share their research in social studies. The use of the ELMO projector occurs everyday, including during Author's Chair, Read Aloud, and to introduce or review ideas and lessons. Our class has also been using Edmodo as a tool to communicate with each other about personal interests and current topics in the classroom. We have been using the iPads in our room to enhance our multiplication and division fact knowledge. As the year continues, we will be using to create presentations.
  • Janet Massimo, North High School
    Students in Western Civilization created family trees to explore their ancestry, as part of a joint project with Rene Char School in Avignon, France. In addition, they created websites for their National History Day project. In English 4, students created newspapers on events in 1950's as background knowledge for their reading of Rose's play, Twelve Angry Men.
  • Ann Nygaard, Pigeon River Elementary School
    I use the ELMO in my room everyday in conjunction with the computer so I can show students many different examples and information with the computer. I have also used Socrative with the ipads to enhance reading and math instruction. The interactive quizzes and discussions engage the students and make them enthusiastic about learning.
  • Katheryn Wiesman, North High School
    The Family and Consumer Education course Personal and Family Finance uses computer software to make daily financial decisions on what it is like in the real world by choosing to live in any of twelve communities within the United States. They practice the skills they need to be independent such as opening bank accounts, buying insurance coverage, creating a budget and making family based spending and saving decisions.
  • Cindy Conrad, Longfellow Elementary School
    The fourth graders have been using the lab computers to use compass learning to improve their reading skills. They also practice math facts and math concepts using the iPods and iPads. I use my ELMO and SMARTboard daily in an interactive way for all subjects.
  • Steven Hodges, North High School
    Students use the iPad to essentially become paperless and textbook-free by loading any of the following onto the iPad in pdf or Word format: textbooks, literary works, webpages, worksheets, study guides, quizzes, and tests. For some students this eliminates the need to carry textbooks or other reading materials around with them due to physical limitations or motor difficulties, assists with visual limitations and/or problems with how much text information is presented at a time on the page (expanding size of text or color coding the text), providing audio to text for students that struggle with reading, and providing students the opportunity to type answers rather than write with paper/pencil. This method of document storage also assists students who struggle with organization of papers and folders. Above all else, it affords the student an opportunity to be a part of the 21st Century learning community.
  • Paul Wagner, South High School
    In the Content Mastery Center (CMC), we have loaded audio literature books for the English 1 - 4 classes onto iPod Touches to help students understand the readings during their Study Hall hours. The iPads we use have numerous apps that assist students in their Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, and Social Studies classes with assignments and projects. The SMARTBoard in our instructional room is used daily with self-made class lessons or lessons prepared and exchanged through Smart Exchange website in the areas of Health, Algebra and Social Studies.
  • Stacy Gloede, North High School
    The library is looking for student input on Apps that can be downloaded to the library iPads to assist with student productivity and learning.
  • Angela Parks, Grant Elementary School
    My second grade students used the SMARTboard during a math lesson to enhance their knowledge of two digit subtraction. Students were engaged in the hands-on experience and made connections to the paper and pencil lessons in the Everyday Math Series.
  • Tony Gentine, North High School
    11th grade students are using the computers to complete their National History Day projects. The internet has provided students access to primary sources that would have been difficult to find without it. In addition, students creating web pages and documentaries have been downloading historical videos and interviews using keepvid and iMovie to edit.
  • Doreen VandeWater, Washington School for Comprehensive Literacy
    My first grade students will be playing interactive recycling games on our SMARTboard, using software to investigate materials on our classroom laptop, reading informational textbooks on our classroom computers and exploring a Life Science app on our classroom iPads.
  • Caiti Dust, Urban Middle School
    In order to continue working our Super Six Reading Strategies, our seventh grade classes will be reading an article (with help from our ELMO and SMARTboard). Students will participate and check their understanding by using iPads and iPod touches to connect to Socrative. Here they will be able to do quizzes and comprehension checks to gain immediate feedback. ILA students will review the stages of the Writing Process through the use of a Prezi presentation displayed on our SMARTboard. These students will also use iPads and iPod touches to use Socrative for a comprehension check.
  • Brad Washuleski, Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School
    I have been using Edmodo online classroom with my PACE students to engage in online literature discussions as well as give them feedback on their assignments. They can access Edmodo from their computer, iPod, iPad, or smart phone! We will also be using the iPad to have the students do podcasting and create Prezi presentations for their research projects coming up this spring.
  • Juli Coffey, Longfellow Elementary School
    My second grade students are exposed to technology in a variety of ways. By using the SMARTBoard, iPads, laptop and computer workstations, ELMO, and digital cameras (pretty much daily) students are exposed to hands-on learning which is able to be customized to their individual level and learning style. Raz-Kids, Tumblebooks, and math websites are motivating during our reading and math rounds. I love constructing monthly slideshows that highlight the positive behaviors happening at Longfellow. The kids love seeing themselves during our celebrations!
  • Sarah Schuette & Peter Bergman, North High School
    We have used the Socrative website with our Biology students. We load the tests and quizzes into Socrative and students are able to independently complete the assessment using an iPad. Students LOVE how interactive the test becomes. They are provided with immediate feedback on correct / incorrect answers. It has been very motivating - especially for some of our more reluctant learners.
  • Chris Steinpreis, Sheridan Elementary School
    My first grade students use reading and math apps on the iPads, record and listen to reading fluency on iPods, use Compass Learning (reading and math) on computers and we use a SMARTBoard for various lessons.
  • Stacy Wetzel, Pigeon River Elementary School
    My special education students will be using iPads and iPods to work on activities such as letters, sight words, colors, counting, and number recognition. We will also be using interactive SMARTboard activities to support learning in reading, writing, and math.
  • Ron Kletzien, North High School
    Students access a secure online discussion forum - NICENET- to contribute to class discussion boards in my Philosophy courses.
  • Dawn Brauer, Sheridan Elementary School
    My second grade students are currently working on a penguin Powerpoint presentation to share with their peers. They will be using the SMARTboard to present their information.
  • Kate Wellner, Urban Middle School
    Urban's iRead Book Club will be hosting a learning opportunity for all of Urban's teachers. Previously the book club created Glog's about their favorite book. Now the students will teach Urban's staff how to use Glogster! Also, one sixth grade class will be using the iPads to participate in a Space Race on Socrative. I also created QR codes and placed them randomly throughout the school.
  • Tanya Wesener, Cleveland Elementary School
    We are using iPods in our classroom to participate in the iRead program. Students practice fluency by repeated readings of a passage at their level. Then students listen to themselves and reflect. I have found it to be very beneficial in helping students take ownership in their reading progress.
  • Peg Reynolds, Jefferson Elementary School
    I use the digital camera and make books using student photos. It is an incentive to read when the book is about the students and their friends! I post student work, as well as my newsletter on my school/class website for students and their families to share. I make games using student photos and I have notebooks with their pictures and their names so that the Kindergartners can write their new friends' names correctly.
  • Tanya Ten Pas and Amy Teunnissenm, North High School
    All Physical Education ninth grade students are using polar heart rate monitors. The heart rate monitors help the student develop the skill he/she needs to make better choices to leading a healthy, active lifestyle now and in the future. The technology provides the students and teacher proof of effort by seeing their progress. This keeps them motivated no matter ability level. All students can reach their true potential.
  • Stacy Hopp, Pigeon River Elementary School
    Students in my classroom are able to utilize the computers and school iPads for Listening to Read during our Daily Five activities using websites such as Raz-Kids, McGenius Books, and Tumble Books. Through the generous iTunes gift card donations of parents, I was able to purchase a variety of interactive books on the iPad allowing the children to manipulate and listen to books at their independent reading level. Students are also using the iPads for educational games focusing on letter sounds, word families, and math fact recall. We use Brain Pop interactive SmartBoard activities in Science. Finally, we use our ELMO and SmartBoard as a fine and complete replacement for the overhead projector. The children are more engaged during the lesson and enjoy being able to write using the pens and their fingers to manipulate the board.
  • Monica Bonestroo, Wilson Elementary School
    I am using my iPad2 with a couple of students who are struggling with numbers and basic phonemic awareness. As part of our intervention program (RTI), I am working with these two students, 3 times a week. We are using the Alien Buddies and Preschool Photo Touch letter apps to target number identification. The Spelling Bug app is used to help with phonemic awareness. Using the iPad2, in conjunction with other intervention activities has really been motivating for these two students. Knowing that they will get a turn to "play" on the iPad2 helps them to work hard and stay focused during their intervention time.
  • Jill Scharenbroch, Urban Middle School
    In my 7th grade social studies classroom, we are watching an online news program called CNN Student News. Next, students will write a paragraph on a prompt that will be based on the current events discussed in the program. Students take turns displaying their paragraphs on an ELMO, allowing for students to have discussions about the content and structure of their writing.
  • Geralyn Leannah, Longfellow Elementary School
    My Kindergarten Junior Great Books group will create a digital book based on the first story we read in the Sun Series: The Little Black Hen. My students use the iPod every day to record their reading/fluency via the iRead program. On Fridays they use appropriate apps on the iPod to increase their phonics skills.
  • Carol Rokicki, North High School
    Students are using their iPhones to search for art images for specific assignments. Students are also accessing their facebook pages to find personal images that can be used for their self-portrait drawings.
  • Therese Urben, James Madison Elementary School
    Team 2 students enjoy the new computer lab to work on the Team 2 website which focuses on curriculum based activities that allow for differentiation. Students beam when displaying their work using the ELMO for their peers to view and provide feedback. The SMARTBoard, iPads, and iPod Touches allow students hands-on learning at their readiness level and learning style.
  • Lori Much, North High School
    Students will be using their electronic devices in the Spanish 4 classes to review subjunctive verbs, utilizing a supporting website. In addition, students will be recording AP structured dialogues on iPods, practicing oral proficiency in spontaneous speaking. Most daily activities are also SMARTboard activities.
  • Adele Keaton, Sheridan Elementary School
    The students in the Dual Language program are bridging what they have learned in one language into their other language. Notebook software is used with the SMARTboard. The lessons incorporate WIDA standards and make use of Total Physical Response to help facilitate language acquisition. The lessons are stored on the school server so they can be accessed from any classroom.
  • Diane Moon, Jefferson Elementary School
    I utilize technology in many different ways in my fifth grade classroom daily. When teaching, I use my SMARTboard for instruction, iPads for remediation and enrichment activities and have students working in groups and independently on "Anchor Projects" using Powerpoint and digital technology to integrate research and technology on subjects that interest my students.
  • Andrea Daun, Farnsworth Middle School
    My 8th grade students are using the notes we took on the parts of speech and are now "mapping" them out using Inspirations, software that provides visual learning by organizing and analyzing information. It is a great way for them to review their notes and practice using technology. They will also learn how to create a formal outline using this technology.
  • Andrea Jones, Longfellow Elementary School
    On Feb. 1, my third grade students will be recording themselves reading poems as part of our iRead program to increase fluency. We will also be practicing our multiplication facts on our iPods before taking our speed test. Lastly, we will practice writing our spelling words on the iPods using the whiteboard app. It will be an "Appy" Day!
  • Sue Mrdjenovich, Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School
    The first grade students use the SMARTboard to enter their attendance and lunch. We create story problems with the data. We use the SMARTboard throughout the day. During Math we use the SMARTboard to manipulate money and to set the analog clock to digital times. The ELMO is used to allow students to show their work, and to allow all the students have a clear vision of what they are expected to do during assignments and experiments. The work stations and laptop computers help with reading comprehension, accuracy, and fluency through Tumblebooks and Raz-Kids (e-books). We use the iPad to work with students who need extra help by practicing math facts, phonics, sight words, and reading simple sentences.
  • Mary Liz Towne, Farnsworth Middle School
    Eighth grade students are using a classroom wiki on PB Works for a mini course in economics. The site organizes the lessons, informs students of assignments, and allows us to collaborate and discuss (argue!) so that everyone is part of the conversation.
  • Scott Eckelaert, South High School
    We are using to create highlights on webpages for my writing classes. Students will be able to access these highlighted webpages from links on the class' specific Twitter accounts.
  • Scott Jelinek-Zittel, North High School
    In English II students collaborated to create short cartoons on the iPad. The activity used an app called Toontastic which allowes students to demonstrate their knowledge of the various components of story, such as character, setting, and plot.
  • Karen Robison, IDEAS Academy
    Students are using their Edmodo accounts for each science class to access and share assignments, student work, and a calendar of events. Specifically, on February 1, we will use Edmodo for our online reflection after completing a cells lab.
  • Cori Legemaat, Horace Mann Middle School
    In our completely paperless 21st Century Skills classroom, we are building technology literacy as we create presentations, podcasts, word clouds, and more. Sixth-graders earn badges on Edmodo, an online community for schools, as they master computer applications and Web 2.0 tools. Check out to see what we're up to!
  • Sarah Feider, Longfellow Elementary School
    The third graders have been using iPods to increase their reading fluency. They are also using iPods to reinforce concepts being taught within the classroom in an interactive way. We use the Smartboard and Elmo many times throughout the day to allow students to become more engaged with their learning. The computer lab is also a great resource for getting a handle on typing, familiarizing themselves with word documents, utilizing compass learning, and reinforcing math facts in a fun and competitive way.
  • Stephanie Schmidt, James Madison Elementary School
    In the IMC, we have used the iPad app "The Monster at the End of the Book" with students in grades K-2 and Special Education students. They love it!!
  • Frank Juarez, North High School Art teacher
    We will be kicking off Digital Learning Day by using the new SMARTBoard, recently installed in the classroom.

  • Tell us what you are doing by filling out this short form

SASD Staff - if you would like to share your idea with the rest of the state complete this short form. Ideas are submitted to a webpage specially created for Wisconsin Digital Learning Day. Some of these activities will be part of the statewide virtual showcase on Feb. 1.