Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

Ring the Belle

Ring the Belle, Bellevue Public Schools first un-conference, was a success. Educators, including K-12 teachers and administrators, met at the Welcome Center at 8:30 am to kick off an enjoyable morning of learning and sharing. This unique type of professional development did not provide an agenda ahead of time. The sessions and topics were created by educators in attendance based on what they wanted to discuss and learn.

Kim Bodensteiner started the day off with a brief overview of how an un-conference works. Then, attendees were given time to write their topics on the boards. After topics were shared, everyone moved to the room of their choice. Instead of one person standing and delivering a session, there was collaboration among all participants. Educators were heard asking for help, sharing their own strategies, and planning for activities to use in their classroom right away. There were nine total topics for the morning split into three short sessions. Some of topics that morning were Bringing Back the Fun in the Classroom, Hour of Code, Global Classroom, Twitter and the Connected Educator, and Using Video in the Classroom. At the end of the sessions, participants did a quick sharing activity to discuss their ah-ha moments from the morning. Overall, the morning provided educators the opportunity to create their own agenda, guide their own learning, and collaborate with fellow BPS educators.

The Tech Trio on the Road

The Tech Trio was on the road last week attending two tech conferences. On Wednesday and Thursday the trio was in Kearney for NETA’s Fall EdTech Conference. As a member of the NETA board, Ann played a key role in helping organizing another success fall conference. On Friday, Jeff and Jeanette traveled to western Iowa for the 21st Century Learners Conference. They presented at both conferences. Jeanette presented on using digital portfolios in the classroom while Jeff shared strategies on how teachers can go beyond consumption by focusing on student creation.

iPad Academy Adds Three Members

We are able to expand the iPad Academy to three new classrooms this year. We are happy to announce Cassi Yates - Avery, Dina Flores - Betz, and Christy Coy - Belleaire will be joining the iPad Academy next month. All three have completed Apple Foundations Training and are very eager to begin their journey.

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Looking for a way to bring images alive? ThingLink is the answer! ThingLink allows students to import any image and then make it interactive by adding text, video, and even music. The best part of ThingLink is that it is FREE and has a web version.

Code.Org Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about coding in the classroom? Check out this awesome opportunity to learn more about coding! Join us for the Code.Org Workshop. Space is limited to 20 participants.

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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Upcoming #edcamps

Are you wanting to experience your first EdCamp? Or do you want to attend your second or third one? Well, you are in luck! There are two coming soon!

EdCamp Kansas City on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Truman High School. Register HERE. Not able to atttend? Follow along via Twitter at #edcampKC.

EdCamp Kearney will be Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 8:00-2:30 PM at Kearny High School. Register online at: . Twitter @edcampKearney

STEM Open House

PKI (Peter Kiewit Institute) will be hosting an open house for high school students, parents, and teachers on October 25th from 12-3 pm.

There will be sessions to learn about various degree programs. Information Science & Technology and Engineering colleges will be present and tours of the research labs will be available to let prospective students see an inside view. It’s a great opportunity for high school seniors considering majors and/or schools, but it’s also open to younger students.

New this year, we are inviting local companies with high school internship programs in CS/IT to run an informational booth. Share the details with your students or bring yourself and your families.

Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

District Technology Trainers

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

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