Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE


Our Mission is to use current and ubiquitous technology in the classroom to support instructional goals, student performance, and meet the challenges of an ever changing digital society.

2015-2016 Technology Initiatives

Our three district technology initiatives for the school year are: Google, Apple, and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) at the high school.

The district continues to implement Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and the Apple Ecosystem throughout all buildings and grade levels. All students have access to Google Drive and students in grades three and up have access to e-mail. Teachers will continue to learn to use Google Tools for engaging students through collaboration, communication, and connecting classrooms.

The district is also moving forward with the Apple Ecosystem. Currently, there are 40 iPad Classrooms in the district iPad Academy. These teachers completed six days of Apple Foundations training and then applied to the iPad Academy. Each classroom is supported with one of the instructional technology specialists. They will continue to receive training on how to utilize the iPads for instruction. Each of our Middle Schools have iPad Air carts that teachers check out and students regularly use. Teachers will continue to learn how to utilize the tools on the Airs and their MacBooks to become power users for teaching and learning.

Our third district initiative is BYOD at the high schools. For the first time this fall, students can bring and use their own technology on the district network for instructional use. We will be working with a small group of teachers and the high schools to implement and grow our BYOD model.

BYOD Resources

The following websites are filled with great resources on BYOD:

BPS New Teachers Tech Up at Training

Frank Harwood, Superintendent of Bellevue Public Schools, kicked off the school year on Monday with the new teachers at the Welcome Center. After a brief welcome, teachers were busy learning the ins and outs of the gradebook with Andie Maupin in their first of two new teacher technology trainings.

On Tuesday, teachers continued learning more about district technology. They were exposed to the multiple resources available in the district. They also learned G-mail and Google Drive tips for efficient workflow. Signatures are set and groups are made, so now it's time for students!

Bellevue Techies Rockin' the Conferences This Summer

In May, Ann Feldmann, Jeanette Carlson, Michelle Boyce (Fairview) and Michelle Klamm (Bellevue) attended and presented at The Summer Tech Institute Conference in Norfolk, NE. M&M (Michelle and Michelle) presented on innovative ways to use iPads in the classroom. Ann shared her knowledge of creating Maker Spaces in schools and Jeanette shared resources on fun formative assessment tools. The conference was a great way to start summer by sharing with fellow educators, along with learning about some new tools to use this upcoming year!
Also, shout outs to Jeffrey Bernadt and Ann Feldmann for being invited to present at the iPad Palooza in Indianapolis, IN in July. Feldmann was a featured presenter and shared four sessions on Coding in the Classroom, App Smashing for Creativity, When Professional Development and Coaching Collide, and Augmented Reality. Bernadt presented How to Create Your Dream Classroom. Check out our #tt4t blog for conference take-aways at We are proud of our Instructional Technology Team for amplifying the incredible ways we are using technology in Bellevue Public Schools.

New School Year, New Team Member

The Bellevue Instructional Technology Team is excited to start the new school year! Joining our team this fall is Jeffrey Bernadt. Bernadt was a high school social studies teacher at Bellevue East for 12 years and an inaugral member of the iPad Academy. He is eager to begin working with Ann Feldmann and Jeanette Carlson to train, teach, lead, and inspire teachers and students in his new role! Together we are the tech trio and ready to help you utilize technology to engage students with the district curriculum.

Can You Make Your Shirt Light Up? We Can!

On July 22-24 Michelle Boyce, Jeanette Carlson, Ann Feldmann, Sara Horstman, Tori Parde, Darin Toelle, and Stephanie Toelle participated in the Wear Tec workshop offered at the Peter Kiewit Center at UNO. Teachers learned the engineering design process, circuit design, and how to hook up microcontrollers along with basic coding. All these skills were utilized to create an e-greeting card and a quilt block with light up LED lights. Teachers mastered creating and trouble shooting circuits with alligator clips and then added the circuits to the quilt block by sewing circuits into the material using conductive thread. After successful completion of the workshop, a copy of the WearTec curriculum was given to the teachers to use in school or in an after school program.

Tech Team's Summer Learnin'

This summer the tech team embarked on a book study journey. The team joined forces with friends from Florida to increase the potential for a powerful collaboration. While reading the book the team shared their thoughts, ideas and challenges on a Google Slides presentation.

“What Connected Educators Do Differently” by Todd Whitaker (@ToddWhitaker), Jimmy Casas (@casas_jimmy) and Jeffrey Zoul (@Jeff_Zoul) was highly discussed in Twitter chats by educators everyone. This book is very powerful by sharing the steps to becoming a connected educator and using social media to connect with peers from all over. Being a connected educator will enhance your personal learning experience and lead to new discoveries for you to use in your classroom, school or district. “What Connected Educators Do Differently” gives you step by step instructions on how to build your professional and personal learning network so that you can focus on what is important to you, when it is important to you.

Although we have been using Twitter for several years, this book has inspired us to leverage the power of Twitter so we can all benefit from these powerful, professional learning communities. As a result of our book study, we plan to have a monthly #tt4t chat and we want to encourage all of you to follow the district hashtag at #bpsne, share wonderful things you are doing in your classrooms, and grow your own personal learning networks. Connect with us at Ann @annfeldmann1, Jeanette @mrsjcarlson, and Jeff @jeffreybernadt.

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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Every Kid Needs a Champion

This is an inspiring video by Rita Pierson. The start of the school year is the perfect time to watch her speak and share her upbeat message that hits home with all educators.
Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

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District Technology Trainers

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

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