Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

ESU3 Blended Learning Fair

ESU 3 hosted a Blended Learning Fair on March 11. It was a great day of learning that included a keynote by Catlin Tucker (@Catlin_Tucker), an English Teacher, that has been implementing blended learning into her own classroom for years and has written two books on the topic. Sessions included Maker Spaces, Tools for the Blended Classroom, Personalized Learning, and Flexible Learning Spaces. The day was capped off by a presentation from our own Ann Feldmann who provided an engaging presentation on building a blended learning environment. For more information on blended learning we encourage you to check out the resources below.


Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn & Heather Staker

Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms by Catlin R. Tucker


HAL Students Take Flight

Two weeks ago ESU3 brought drones to all three middle schools. HAL students at all three middle schools were challenged to overcome obstacles and problem solve with coding while flying the drones. The students used an app called Tickle to connect to the drones over bluetooth. Students wrote code to complete different challenges. They could even earn points for flying through a hoop in a game of Quidditch!

iPad Collaboration Day

iPad Academy teachers attended iPad Collab Day on Tuesday, March 15th. In the morning teachers were given technology updates by Dr. Todd Tripple and Greg Boettger. They were also given an overview of blended learning. Throughout the day, teachers worked on creating elements of a blended classroom including the creation of instructional videos, collaborative activities and putting content into Schoology. Along with creation there was sharing and collaborating about Breakout EDU and RSA animation. The day was full of collaboration, sharing, and the creation of digital content. We encourage you to follow along on Twitter by checking out #ipadacademy to see all the great things happening with the iPad classrooms!

Learning Opportunities

  1. Attend the annual NETA Conference April 21st and 22nd at the Century Link.
  2. Join a Twitter chat! You can just lurk or join conversation. Regardless of your level of participation, you will learn some new ideas and be inspired.
  • #nebedchat Wednesday at 8:00 PM
  • Click HERE for a calendar of all the chats.

Appy Time and Website Tools - Newsela & Tween Tribune

Check out these two great websites that provide quality articles on a variety of topics and allow teachers and students to adjust the reading level at which the articles are presented. Teachers can create accounts and assign articles directly to students or students can find articles of interest on their own.

Check out both sites!



Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know

Use Twitter to be connected! If you are a tweeter, remember to tag your tweets with #bpsne and #tt4t so more teachers can see what is happening in your classroom. Sharing is the name of the game! Remember there are lots of great chats to explore to connect with others in your content area. Just pull up the hashtag and enjoy the conversation.
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NETA Contest Winners from Bellevue Public Schools

Bellevue Public Schools had one individual winner and one team winner in this year’s NETA Contest. Fourth grader Amy earned 2nd place in the Learning with Tech category. She created a Figurative Language presentation using Thinglink.

Kenzie and Derek won first place in the Learning with Tech - grades 3-5 Category. They created a iMovie trailer on Mystery Hangouts - Making Global Connections. All three students are in Mrs. Evon's class at Bellevue Elementary. Here is a list of all of the winners and links to Amy, Kenzie and Derek’s projects.

Blog Posts of Interest

Free Technology for Teachers

A blog filled with educational technology tools and tips.

Blended Learning and Technology in the Classroom

Catlin Tucker's website providing insight, tips and tools on the blended classroom.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators

Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

District Technology Trainers

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

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