Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

February 6, 2020 Volume 60

What’s Your Word?

It’s 2020 and time to rejuvenate spirits, goals, and outlooks. Jon Gordon (@JonGordon11) shares in this video, the one word concept. This concept involves looking inward and unlocking your dreams, then settling on the one word that will help you move forward and transcend your life at home and school.

According to CBS News, research shows that 88% of Americans fail to follow through with their goals because they take on too much. So why not try a one word focus for the year for yourself and your students? Instead of making things so complex, keep it simple says Dan Britton and Jimmy Page, Authors of “One Word That Will Change Your Life.”

Once you have the word, they are meant to be shared. Merideth Akers @meredithakers created a One Word Collaborative Google Slides Activity which makes it easy for students to create and share their words with one another. Click here to get a copy of the template and save it to your Google Drive.

What’s your your #OneWord2020? Share your words on Twitter! As John F. Kennedy stated, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

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SAMR Ideas

Throughout the course of the six days of the BPS BlendED Learning training, teachers have learned about and applied the SAMR model. SAMR is a framework that helps teachers design and develop activities to integrate technology into learning, focusing on reaching those higher order thinking skills while focusing on student outcomes. The stages of SAMR include, Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Substitution. At each step technology acts differently. There are times when each step is the appropriate choice for use in the classroom. Below you will see a chart for an explanation of the steps and a sample lesson at all four stages of SAMR. This is not a progressive ladder, it is essentially four different ideas for the same lesson. Teachers choose which lesson is best based on the student outcomes they are looking for in that lesson.

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Reboot 2020 - 5 Resources to Kick Off the Semester

  1. Growth Mindset Videos: 10 TEDTalks to Share With Your Students and Children
  2. Seesaw: PD in your PJs
  3. Classkick: Quick How To’s
  4. Book Creator: 50 Ways to use Book Creator in your Classroom
  5. Self Care: See image below
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Seesaw Activities

If you are looking for a standards based activity for your students to complete in your blended learning classroom, be sure to check out Seesaw Activities. These lessons are created by fellow educators that are ready to share to your class with the click of a button. Log into your Seesaw class and on the right hand side click on Activities, then Browse Activity Library. Once you are in the library, you can search by grade level, content area or standard topic. If you find an activity you like, you can immediately share it to your class or click on the heart to put it in your own library where you can edit and make changes to the activity before sharing it with your class. Seesaw Activities save teachers a great deal of time because of the willingness of other educators to share their pre-created lessons. Click here to check out the library of activities.
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Learning Links


Vrain Waves - Listen to giants in education as you travel around town. Each episode is an interview with educational authors and is full of tangible tips and resources.

Wired Educator

The Ditch That Textbook Podcast

#iPadAcademy Chat February 18th

This is year two of our teacher led #PadAcademy Twitter chat. The chat allows us to have an online conversation, share ideas, and be inspired. Our #ipadacademy chats are held monthly on the second Tuesday at 8:00 PM CST. This month, Nicole Burns (@janssenburns), will be moderating the chat.

The archived chats can be found here.

Badging Up

Teachers in Bellevue Public Schools can earn a badge for their lanyards by completing PD challenges throughout the year. Interested in earning your Twitter badge? You can do that by participating in just one Twitterchat this school year. Our next chat is February 18th at 8:00 PM. Here is a schedule for all the chats: 2/18, 3/10, and 4/14.

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 2019-2020 Bellevue Public Schools story together!

Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know

Use Twitter to connect with others from near and far! If you are someone who is already tweeting, 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.
#ilovepublicschools 2020

District Instructional Technology Specialists

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Chelsea Hoglund

Twitter: @choglund87

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

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