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October 2, 2015 
Birdville ISD e-nlightened
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2016-17 Birdville Education Foundation Grant Application
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Applications will be accepted October 1, 2015 - December 11, 2015
Completed applications should be submitted to the attention of Tito Rodriguez, Executive Director at the Admin Building or email to

A detailed session schedule and descriptions for the October 17 fall Digital Learning conference will be published in next week's Digital Learning News Brief.
Registration will also open that day in eduphoria! Workshop.

  Smithfield Middle School: Makerspace Mornings!

The Maker Movement has taken Smithfield Middle School by storm! Last week, Librarian Beth Muirheid launched Maker Mornings in the library and the student turnout was incredible. "What do you do in a makerspace? The simple answer is you make things. Things that you are curious about. Things that spring from your imagination. Things that inspire you and things that you admire. The informal, playful atmosphere allows learning to unfold, rather than conform to a rigid agenda. Making, rather than consuming, is the focus. It is craft, engineering, technology and wonder-driven."-
Thinkers and Tinkerers

Richland High School Library: Google Form Scavenger Hunt of Glory!

RHS Librarian Angi Magana created over forty different library-specific Google Forms for an interactive orientation experience for students. Students partnered and used their personal devices to log their answers for the hunt. The separate Forms spread the hunt out through the library so multiple classes could participate at once.

Digital Learning News Brief

October is Connected Educator Month


Connected Educator Month is a world-wide event featuring several themes to appeal to the interests of many. If you are interested in participating, visit the Connected Ed website to learn more!
If you are not quite ready to participate in the world-wide movement, you and your students can benefit by joining the Birdville Digital Learning Team in connecting and collaborating this month. Here are some of the ways you can connect:
  • Tuesday Twitter Chats: 8 p.m. each Tuesday evening; follow @birdville_dl #bisddlp
  • Digital Learning Fall Conference & EdCamp: Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
During the month of October, every BISD teacher who shares how they are facilitating a connected and collaborative learning environment on the Digital Learning Lounge blog will be entered into a drawing to win classroom technology!