VBCPS Digital Learning Summer Summit, June 2021 has ended

Welcome to the Greatest Summit on Earth!

#VBDLSS is a free, live, concurrent conference for VBCPS educators by the educators of Virginia Beach City Public Schools.   

Due to social distancing guidelines and procedures, most sessions are available in both face-to-face (red) and live-streamed (orange) environments. Please note that there are some sessions that are ONLY offered in a virtual format (green). Face-to-face spots are limited and will fill up quickly. However, if your desired face-to-face spot is unavailable you can always choose the live stream option.

The flexibility of this conference allows you to attend in a multitude of ways. You can choose strictly face-to-face at Salem HS, live-streamed/virtual from the comfort of your home, or a mix! There will be learning lounges located at Salem HS for you to utilize throughout the day for attendees wanting to do both face-to-face and virtual options. 

To Register:  ADD one session per time block to your schedule.  This will reserve your spot in that time block.  You must use SCHED to register for your desired sessions for this conference.  All links to access live-streamed and virtual versions of the session will be available in SCHED under the session information section. 

Please note that all attendees MUST complete an exit ticket for EACH session in order to receive points.  All exit tickets MUST be completed by 5:00 PM on 6/22/2021.

This event is sponsored by the Instructional Technology division of the VBCPS Department of Teaching & Learning.  The Digital Learning Summer Summit Advisory Committee plans and conducts this conference.

Take a spin to win. Complete the form to enter our DLSS SWAG raffle. Some items up for grabs are: $50 Amazon gift card, beach towels and totes, BreakoutEDU subscription, FlipGrid subscriptions, t-shirts, Ocean Breeze tickets, and much much more. One entry per person.
Multiple chances to win throughout the day!
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Tuesday, June 22 • 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Solidify Connections & Ignite Student Discussions with the Hexagonal Thinking Strategy (116) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Meaningful classroom discussions are often the direct result of a strong sense of community and trust established between a teacher and their students. Foster a positive classroom culture by adopting new strategies, like Hexagonal Thinking, to facilitate a productive discussion and learning outcome. This critical thinking strategy prompts students to make and explain connections between key terms and ideas and argue for those connections. Participants will engage in a demonstration and be provided with a digital toolkit with templates, instructions, and extension activities.

Recorded Session Link​​​

Solidify Connections & Ignite Student Discussions with the Hexagonal Thinking Strategy (bit.ly/DLSSHexagonal)

avatar for Jakob Saunders

Jakob Saunders

Social Studies Teacher, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
I graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in History ('11) and a M.A.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education ('12). I began teaching with Virginia Beach City Public Schools in the fall of 2012. Over the past 10 years, I've taught AP Psychology, World History II... Read More →
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Jennifer Leary

ITS, Ocean Lakes High School
I am a graduate of Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University. I taught Chemistry for twelve years including AP Chemistry in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake Public Schools. I earned my credentials as a Library Media Specialist and worked in two libraries before transitioning to Instructional... Read More →
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Meri Riddick

Instructional Technology Specialist, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
I am an Instructional Technology Specialist at Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach. I have a B.A. in English from William and Mary, and I taught English and Journalism at Kemspville High School for nine years. I have my M. S. in Secondary Education with a focus in Instructional... Read More →

Tuesday June 22, 2021 1:15pm - 2:00pm EDT

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