CCSD Innovation & Digital Learning

We believe 21st-century learners excel when dynamic, engaging and innovative practices are used to meet their diverse needs.

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Mission: The CCSD Department of Innovation and Digital Learning provides leadership, professional development, and instructional support to teachers and leaders to maximize student learning.

CCSD teachers, looking for summer PD opps? Check out our PD site:!

DreamBox Challenge Spring 2019.pdf

The CCSD Spring DreamBox Challenge starts today! One K-2 class and one 3-5 class will win a 🍕 party for the highest average number of lessons complete! See this flyer for more details.

Charleston Innovation Summit

Register now for the Charleston Innovation Summit! June 26-27. Free registration for the first 175 CCSD teachers and faculty!!!
Registration for friends and neighbors outside of CCSD will be $50 and will open May1st.

Participate in Digital Learning Day 2019!

Are you participating in Digital Learning Day on February 28, 2019? Add your event to the #DLDay map today: Are you celebrating Digital Learning Day 2019 on February 28? Add your event to the DLDay map.

Robots Are Not Taking Over Teachers' Jobs

Cannot say this loud enough! "A computer program can never replace a teacher." Technological innovation in the classroom coupled with the incredible pace of change can leave teachers questioning how their roles will shift in the future. Here's how we know that classrooms and students are always going to need real, human teachers, no matter what the future holds.

IDL Courses Flyer.pdf

IDL has 3 grad credit opportunities coming up in February!

Charleston County School District - Frontline Recruitment

CCSD Department of Innovation and Digital Learning is hiring! Masters and 5 years in the classroom required. Experience with adult learners preferred. #digitallearning #innovation #educationaltechnology #technologyintegration #IDLempowerslearners Frontline Recruiting and Hiring, Applicant Tracking for Educators. Online Job Employment Applications, Web Based Employment Applications for School Districts and Educational Institutions.

Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break

There are some great ideas on this list! Don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post to download the Ten Creative Ways to End the Semester Resource Pack. This is a post I first wrote a decade ago, when I was

Get Started with Coding in Your Classroom | Common Sense Education

We know that Common Sense Media is a great resource for digital citizenship lessons, but did you know it also has videos, lesson plans, and product reviews? Watch this video then search the site for "coding" to see more tools! Common Sense Education provides educators and students with the resources they need to harness the power of technology for learning and life. Find a free K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum, reviews of popular EdTech apps, and resources for protecting student privacy.

Hour of Code

You don't have to be a computer science expert to teach an hour of code! Look at all these activities! We love that you can filter them by tech, topic, age group and more! The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students. One-hour tutorials are available in 45+ languages for all ages.

Promote Computer Science

Wondering about the "why" for #CSEdWeek? Check out these stats on computer science education in SC. What’s wrong with this picture? Share these stats.

Teach the Hour of Code

Still looking for resources, tips, and how-tos for #CSEdWeek? We've got you covered. You can also teach the Hour of Code all year-round. Tutorials will work on browsers, tablets, smartphones, or "unplugged."

Hour of Code

Hour of Code is here! Check out these teacher resources: #CSEdWeek The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students. One-hour tutorials are available in 45+ languages for all ages.

The Hour of Code is coming. What will you create?

It's almost time for Hour of Code! #CSEdWeek is December 3-9!

The #HourOfCode is about creativity. I’m in! Are you?


What a cool opportunity!

Cool opportunity alert! NPR's education team is launching its first Student Podcast Challenge for students in 5th-12th grades. Turn your classroom into a studio!

RtoS Flyer .pdf

Are you a 3rd-5th grade teacher in (or close to) CCSD? Do you need a Read to Succeed: Instructional Practices course for Read to Succeed endorsement? We're offering a really good one beginning later this month.
The format is a blend of online and face-to-face meetings with a focus on Balanced Literacy tools in the 3-5 classroom. Spots are limited so register soon!

Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Did you know there are NEW #DigCit Lessons available from Common Sense Education? #ccsdDigCit New and improved digital citizenship lesson plans from Common Sense Education. The research-backed approach educators know and trust, with expanded teaching tools and student activities. Engage students with learning games and navigate tough topics, including cyberbullying, online safety, privacy, a...

5 doable goals for Digital Citizenship Week

Wondering where to start with Digital Citizenship in your classroom? Check out this 5 doable goals and related resources from ISTE! #CCSDdigcit #DigCitWeek Make digital citizenship part of your classroom culture by baking it into your daily routines, messages home to families, informal conversations in the halls and more.

Digital Citizenship Week is almost here! Use the hashtag #CCSDdigcit on social media during the week of Oct. 15-19 for a chance to win prizes for your classroom!

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IDL is looking for Super Digital Citizens!
Use the hashtag #CCSDdigcit on social media during the week of Oct. 15-19 for a chance to win prizes for your classroom!

Research-Based Tech Integration Strategies | Edutopia

There are so many practical tips and classroom examples in this article!
One of the best points made here (in our humble opinion) is that “... social learning should not go away just because students have a personal device.”
Do any of these suggestions resonate with you? Even when students are working with apps and devices, their learning should be social and connected to the world around them.

What would you add to this list of tips for a smooth station rotation?

10 tips for teachers using the station rotation model via @Catlin_Tucker

Relationships Matter More Than Rules | Edutopia

How do you plan to build community in your classroom on day one (and beyond)? There are some great ideas to ponder in this article from Edutopia! Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.

We are so excited to welcome a new school year! We are looking forward to supporting innovative practices and digital learning with some of the best people in the world! (Teachers, that’s you!) What are you looking forward to this year?

Starting August 5th: Post Your First Project... or Help a Colleague Down the Hall!

Big news for back to school from Donors Choose! is the nonprofit classroom funding site for public school teachers. Educators from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and donors can give any amount to the project that inspires them. Since our founding by a history teacher in 2000, over 430,000 teachers have...

New Google Classroom features make it harder to cheat

Has everyone read about this new feature in Forms/Classroom? What do you think? Google Classroom introduced its biggest set of new features since launch.

Common Sense Education

Thanks for the tool round up, Common Sense Education! Teachers, which of these are you most excited to learn more about?

Were you #NotAtISTE or unable to visit all the exhibitors you were hoping to? Not a problem! We've rounded up the most promising tools from the expo floor.

Now Everyone Can Have #FllipgridFever for FREE – #Techquity

Holy WOW! This is amazing news! #flipgridfever The good news is out! Everyone knows that I am a Google aficionado. I think Google Apps is one of the most transformational things to happen to education in this century because its free and…


This is exciting!

Love the ISTE Standards? We are thrilled to officially announce the launch of our first-ever teacher certification based on the ISTE Standards! Learn more about the ISTE Certification and how to sign up for workshops here!

8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year | Edutopia

The time is drawing near. Here are some great ideas to maintain engagement and strengthen classroom community in the final days of the school year. Give your students a year-end sendoff that celebrates their learning.

7 Tech Processes Every Teacher Should Know

Free Webinar alert! Jennifer Gonzalez of Cult of Pedagogy fame talks about how instead of the tech “ teachers focus on processes: things you can do with tools to make teaching and learning more robust.” Learn 7 of theses processes and then share with colleagues! #transformccsd An On-Demand Webinar

Six New Features Coming to Google Forms

File this one under more reasons to ❤️ Google Forms! Google Forms has long been a go-to tool for teachers to create surveys and give quizzes online. Today, Google announced six new features th...

Happy May Day! We can't wait to see you show off your innovative practices in our #TransformCCSD challenge!

Gerry Brooks

We’re definitely considering these new VR glasses as a prize for our #transformccsd challenge that starts tomorrow! 😉

EdTech - Share with your teammates that need to be taken away from all this!!!

Computer programming in 4 steps

Still thinking about what you're going to do for the #TransformCCSD challenge? Here's a resource for teachers that have been curious about programming: No matter the discipline, creating computational artifacts is one of the core computer science practices students should consistently experience to become better problem solvers. Here are four steps to get them started.

How to Create a Student-Run 'Genius Bar'

Here's another great idea for our #TransformCCSD challenge starting May 1st! Student-Run Genius Bar. Find some great tips on this innovative practice here: If your school is in the process of creating a student-run "Genius Bar," you're in luck. This is one of the best ways to involve students in learning about how to use, diagnose, and repair common types of technology. Genius Bars like these allow students to interact with peers and faculty, allowing....

(Almost) Paperless Literature Circles | Edutopia

Do your students participate in book clubs in your classroom? Have you thought about taking them online? Check out this teacher's experience with paperless book clubs here: (Pssst, this would be great for the #TransformCCSD challenge!) By giving students jobs like Passage Picker, Psychologist, and Wonderer within their literature circles, you can foster critical thinking in a clearly defined collaborative environment.

Google Docs - create and edit documents online, for free.

May is quickly approaching! Do you know what you're doing for our #TransformCCSD challenge? Here are some ideas and resources including a video produced by our friends TwoTech Coaches: Create a new document and edit with others at the same time -- from your computer, phone or tablet. Get stuff done with or without an internet connection. Use Docs to edit Word files. Free from Google.

Project Audio: Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts

Here’s another idea for our #TransformCCSD challenge: student podcasting! This article outlines the process and includes info on a student podcast contest sponsored by The NY Times. Students analyze the techniques that make for good storytelling, interviewing and podcasting. The activities culminate in students producing their own original podcasts.

Several CCSD schools participated in the Canstruction competition at Tanger this weekend. Check out their creations and vote for your favorite by liking the photo.


Check out all of these AMAZING structures built by students from 7 different Elementary & Middle Schools from DD2 & CCSD for the Canstruction® Jr. Competition at Tanger Outlets, Charleston! These teams worked so hard to collect these canned donations and spent 8 hours today to build. We’ll be celebrating their incredible accomplishments here at Tanger Outlets tomorrow, Sunday April 22nd from 11am-3pm with food trucks, games and activities! Come Celebrate with Us!

Have a favorite?? VOTE for them for the People’s Choice Award!

HOW? LIKE or use a Postive Reaction on their team’s photo in this post! The team with the most “Votes” will be the recipient of the People’s Choice Award during the Canstruction Jr. Finale Celebration, Sunday April 22nd (from 11am-3pm, awards presented at 1pm)!

*Voting Ends on 4/22/18 at 12PM EST
*Votes must be casted on the photos within this post to be eligible


Curious about Maker Spaces in the classroom? This one’s for you! Perfect for the #TransformCCSD challenge coming in May!

The strength of a project depends heavily on the initial driving question developed by the teacher.

"That's by far the most challenging part. We want the question to perfectly balance open-ended components, but with enough constraints that it's pushing them towards learning targets."


Teachers, looking for ideas on innovative practices for our #TransformCCSD social media challenge coming this May? This is a good one!

Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to coordinate virtual visits—and you’d be surprised at how many authors say “yes!”

We are challenging teachers to make the most of #lifeaftertesting by participating in our #TransformCCSD Twitter Challenge in the month of May. Ideas resources and details on prizes will be posted over the next few weeks. We can't wait to see your ideas in action!

Congratulations 2018 Best-In-Network Winner! - New Tech Network

WOW! Congratulations, Burke team! Blog Each year, New Tech Network gives the Best in Network award to a project that exemplifies the goal of successfully combining active exploration, application, authenticity and academic rigor. New Tech Network is proud to announce that Amelia Navarrete & Edgar Johnson from Burke High School are t...

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