Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

January 19, 2017 Volume 38

Schoology Enterprise is Here

What an exciting time for Bellevue Public Schools as our district officially joined the Schoology Enterprise system! This is a huge step for our district and their commitment to all students, staff, and administrators when it comes to integrating an efficient and effective blended learning workflow in our schools.

What is Schoology? Schoology is a learning management system that allows teachers a consistent way to design and deliver course content to students, provide feedback, access curriculum materials, collaborate with colleagues, communicate with students and parents, and much more. Schoology Enterprise ties into our PowerSchool system streamlining content and communication for students, teachers, and parents.

A number of Bellevue Public Schools teachers have been integrating Schoology into their workflow over the past two years with great success. Moving forward, the iPad Academy teachers and Building Technology Coordinators will be receiving Schoology training this semester followed by a full rollout next school year.

If you would like to receive Schoology updates, be sure to join the District Schoology group. To join this group complete the following steps.

  1. Login to Schoology and click on the search icon.

  2. Type DIST-All Faculty.

  3. Click on the word group in the sidebar.

  4. Click Join Group to join the group.

TT4T News Holiday Edition - Episode 6

Episode 6 of the Tech Trio news is out! Be sure to watch for great information on blended learning happening in Bellevue Public Schools along with some great teacher interviews with Jill Comcowich, Mariah Fuchs, and Julie Sorensen. The episode also includes an interview with Stephanie Johnson who works behind the scenes at the district office to support technology in BPS!
TT4T News Episode 6 - 2016-2017

Five Technology Tools for your Teaching Toolbox

It’s that time of the year to make resolutions. Why not challenge yourself to try a new technology tool to add engagement or efficiency to your classroom. Here are five tools you don’t want to miss. All of these tools work on any device. That’s right, iPad, computer, phone, you name it, it will work.

#1 Schoology

Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) used in K-12 schools. The app is very robust and works wonderfully on devices. Easy access for student to view, complete and submit assignments as well as take part in discussions. Many great grading tools for teachers to use including audio, video, written, and typed feedback. Check out Schoology’s YouTube channel for helpful tutorials.

#2 Seesaw

Seesaw is a student-driven digital portfolio that empowers students to independently document and share what they are learning at school! There are many options on how teachers and students can use Seesaw in the classroom. Take a minute to watch this video on how our Bellevue Public Schools teachers are using Seesaw in their classrooms. Download from the app store here or access on the web here.

#3 Classkick

With Classkick, students work assignments on their iPad and get help from teachers and peers. Teachers create assignments, see all their students’ work in real-time, and give students feedback WHILE they work. Download from the app store here or access on the web here.

#4 Quizizz

Easy to create quizzes that provide great formative data on student learning. High engagement for students with leaderboards, avatars, and gamification features. Play the quiz live in class or assign it to students to be completed at their own pace outside of school. Provides formative data to the teacher in a flash! Check out the Help Center for more information.

#5 Padlet

Padlet is a collaborative tool that creates a digital board where students and teachers can share ideas with one another that include: videos, images, documents, links, and text. Here is an example of how Garrett Sims used Padlet to collect information on favorite books. For more information and to get started go to Padlet’s YouTube Channel for how-to videos.

It’s EdCamp Season

What is an EdCamp, you may wonder. It is a free meaningful professional development unconference. There are no presenters or agendas scheduled ahead of time, rather the sessions are all participant driven. Anyone is welcome to lead a session or facilitate a conversation and everyone is welcome to attend and participate. Here are two EdCamp options for you.

1. EdCamp Omaha is February 25, 2017 at Millard West high School from 8:00-1:00. Sign up for EdCamp Omaha here. If you are not able to attend, just add #edcampomaha to your Tweetdeck and follow the conversation virtually.

2. Ed Camp Global is a virtual EdCamp February 28, 2017 8 AM to Wednesday, March 1 at 8 AM Central Time Zone March 1.Sign up here and represent #bpsne. If you are not able to attend, just add #ECGC17 to your Tweetdeck and follow the conversation virtually.

Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know

Use Twitter to be connected! If you are a tweeter, remember to tag your tweets with #bpsne 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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Our Blog is on the Move!

The Tech Trio’s Technology Tools for Teaching blog has moved to a new location! Why is this important? Many of you subscribed to our old blog and will now need to subscribe to our new one. If you haven’t subscribed to our blog make sure to click on the link below and click FOLLOW on the right side of the page. This will send our new blog posts directly to your email to keep you up on all the things happening with technology in Bellevue Public Schools.

Click here to access our Technology Tools for Teaching blog!

Hashtags Telling Our Story

One of the most powerful parts of Twitter is the hashtag! It connects people, ideas, and creates communities within Twitter. It is a unique way for our teachers and administrators to share the amazing things happening in our schools, classrooms, clubs, teams and organizations. Our district hashtag, #bpsne, continues to grow and is becoming a powerful tool that we can leverage as a district to connect all of our teachers, students, parents, and community members. We encourage you to continue sharing the great things happening in your classrooms. Here is a list of all of the Bellevue Public School educators on Twitter. Let's create the 2016-2017 Bellevue Public Schools story together!

Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

District Instructional Technology Specialists

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

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