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Announcing the Winners of the Digital Learning Day Video Challenge: Best Middle School Impact Video

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April 12, 2012 02:07 pm


Over the next few days, the Alliance will be selecting the winners from its 2012 Digital Learning Day Video Challenge. Today, we’re happy to announce the winner of our “Best Middle School Impact Video,” Harry F. Byrd Middle School in Henrico, Virginia.

Before we show you the video, we wanted to share a conversation we had with Shannon Hyman, the school librarian and information specialist at Byrd Middle School.

Where did you get the idea for your video?

While our students and staff already valued the role of technology and digital tools in twenty-first century learning and skills, our library team was inspired by the Digital Learning Day website to facilitate a formal day to encourage innovation and creativity for our students and staff. We knew this would be a great way to illustrate how librarians are essential to developing digital literacy as we empower students and staff to be effective curators, evaluators and creators of digital information because these are the skills essential to succeed academically and in life.

What did you hope to accomplish with your video?

Our goal was to provide a forum for our learning community to explore how digital learning can level the playing field and provide “opportunities needed to build or become part of a workforce that is ready to succeed in college, a career, and life.” In addition, we wanted to harness this day as an opportunity for powerful professional development requiring a minimum of time investment for our awesome staff.

How did you create the video?

After brainstorming a few initial ideas and reaching out to the staff, we developed a promotional blitz (including many of the resources from the Digital Learning Day website) to build excitement and participation. As part of that blitz, I collaborated with Dustin Glasco, a producer with our county’s TV/LiveStream department to cover this day of learning at our school.

How many students participated in the project and how were they involved?

As Digital Learning Day approached, we quickly realized this would be a day in which most if not all of our 986 students and 100 staff would be impacted. As you can see from our impact video, learning ranged from independent exploration, to small group collaboration, to full class instruction-all beautifully illustrating the power of digital tools.  Dustin and I worked together to select examples of the impact of this exciting day on our learning community as we created our final video.

How did Digital Learning Day impact your school and its students?

Digital Learning Day exceeded our expectations as our learning community went “social” by extending their learning and discussion virtually on our library blog, discussing and sharing powerful tools and ideas to ignite learning, fire up projects to the next level, and improve student outcomes. Best of all, the “day” did not end on February 1!  Our students and staff continue to share ideas and integrate digital tools in their learning and instruction.

Without further adieu, here’s the “Best Middle School Impact Video,” from Harry F. Byrd Middle School in Henrico, Virginia:


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