Digital Learning Day is Wednesday, Feb. 17, and HISD is inviting all of its teachers to share all of the innovative instructional practices taking place in their classrooms on social media using the hashtag #HISDdigital.
Digital Learning Day was created by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved, graduate from high school prepared for success in college, work, and citizenship.
In honor of Digital Learning Day, HISD is observing the entire month of February as Digital Learning Month for all K–12 campuses. Earlier this month, more than 30 HISD schools were represented at the second annual Digital Learning Expo, which was held Feb. 11 at the district’s Hattie Mae White Educational Resource Center. Students from all grades proudly demonstrated a wide range of digital projects, including musical bananas, large and small robots, book trailers created with Animoto, and mobile apps created with coding. The event was held just prior to the regular monthly Board of Education meeting to show trustees, district employees, and community partners how HISD students are using technology to transform teaching and learning.
Booker T. Washington High School seniors Wayne Johnson, Aaron Declouette, and Dillan McDonald created a robot, and their classmate Leslie Cosme used 3D printing to create a prosthetic limb for a young girl who lost her hand and part of her arm (see related story here). All three students are planning to attend Texas A&M University, where they will study engineering. Washington had the first engineering magnet program in HISD, and students can study mechanical, electrical, biomedical, civil, industrial, petroleum, and chemical engineering.
“I plan to double major in mechanical engineering and business,” said Cosme. “I’m a hands-on type of person, and I love to solve problems.”
To see more examples of digital learning in HISD schools, visit #HISDdigital. Students are also welcome to join the conversation.