Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

Coding Workshop

Dr. Kent Steen joined us on Saturday, January 23rd to present the Workshop to 20 teachers from Bellevue Public Schools. The workshop provided an intro to computer science, pedagogy, and an overview of the online curriculum. Teachers also learned strategies for teaching “unplugged” classrooms activities. The workshop also prepared participants how to teach the Code Studio courses for grades K-5.

If you are interested in getting your students coding but don’t know where to begin, contact Ann Feldmann, Jeanette Carlson, or Jeff Bernadt and they will help you get started.

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BreakoutEDU - Submitted by Michelle Boyce

Have you ever wanted your students to more engaged in their learning? To be problem solvers, collaborators, and critical thinkers? Try using BreakoutEDU in your classroom. This is the idea of using clues or riddles to break into (or out of) a box with multiple locks under the constraints of a time limit. This game based idea can be tailored to any curriculum, from holiday celebrations, to math, science, history, economics, foreign language, reading, english, or any other topic imaginable. It is adaptable to kindergarten through college level. There are many games already created for you to copy and use, and more are being added all the time. The support community is 2000+ educators strong, and growing everyday. Check out to get started or like the facebook page BreakoutEDU to talk in the community and get access to all the games.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Boyce, Jenn Manning, and Sharae Geldes.

NETA Conference

Are you attending NETA? Did you know NETA membership is FREE? Check out this great conference and ask your principal if you are interested in attending. Join NETA for FREE by clicking here and filling out the form. The content below is from the NETA website at

The 2016 Spring NETA Conference will Offer:

  • Over 190+ featured, breakout, interactive and hands-on sessions to choose from on Educational Technology

  • Nationally recognized Speakers

  • Admittance to a Maker Fair

  • Playgrounds where YOU can Learn the Newest Technologies

  • Exposure to Over 100 Vendors

  • Networking Opportunities to Expand YOUR Professional Learning Network to Continue Learning All Year

YOU will learn about technology in education and how you can implement it directly into your school/classrooms starting NOW!

YOU have the opportunity to share what YOU learn with YOUR staff members- YOU can be the change agent!

We hope you’re able to join us April 21-22, 2016 at CenturyLink Center Omaha for Nebraska’s Premier Educational Technology Conference!

iPad Gardens are Growing

On February 4th, Leonard Lawrence and Fort Crook teachers enjoyed an iPad Training from the Tech Trio. A fundraiser was held by the PTAs to provide iPads in the classrooms. Each classroom teacher at Leonard Lawrence received three iPads and each specialist one iPad to use with students. Teachers at FC are receiving one iPad for their classrooms. Teachers learned about the SAMR Model, iPad workflow, iPad management, and explored iPad creation stations. Teachers are eager to use the iPads as a learning tool with their students and are so grateful for the support of the PTA.

Calling All Teachers-Techie Tuesday Opportunity

Would you like to learn how to create a global classroom? Come learn multiple ways to connect your students to other classrooms and experts inside and outside of the Bellevue community. Learn how to use Google+ Hangouts, Mystery Skypes, Facebook, Twitter and other tools to help your students connect and learn globally. Join us for TechieTuesday on February 23, 2016! To attend a Techie Tuesday contact your principal and fill out the Request to Attend a Conference form.

Add PowToon to Google Drive!

PowToon is a free website where you can create awesome animated videos and presentations! And now you can link it to your Google Drive.

In order to add Powtoon to Google Drive, simply click, Create, Add More Apps, and search for Powtoon. Give Powtoon permission to access your Google Drive, and all of your future Powtoon presentations will be saved into your Google Drive!

In the News

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Check out these news articles about out Bellevue Public Schools teachers and students from the Bellevue Leader.

Coding at Logan Fontenelle

4 Youth Robotics Teams Qualify for the Nebraska State Robotics Championship

The 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP) was released in January. It sets a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology by building on the work of leading education researchers; district, school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations. It was written for teachers, policymakers, administrators and teacher preparation professionals.

Appy Time and Website Tools

Sound Trap

This website is a place your students can create and share music online. It has a simple, intuitive interface. Work can be published on Facebook, Twitter or on Soundtrap for free.

Money Pieces by Clarity

Money Pieces is a free app that helps students learn to count and understand money. There are two ways of viewing the coins and bills: virtual currency pieces that look like U.S. coins and the dollar bill, and area money pieces. These have unifix cubes behind the money so students can count the squares. You can also write on the screen and show your “taps” as you count the coins. Simple to erase and start over. Any primary student will enjoy using this app.

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.

Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

District Technology Trainers

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

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