Wavelengths

Tech Integration Newsletter

Volume 2 | Issue 16 | September, 2017

Nomination Deadline Extended! OPS Microsoft Innovative Educator

We are gearing up for another great year of the OPS Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program! Each year we continue to expand and refine our program to better meet the MIE Vision: to develop educational leaders’ capacity to support 21st Century Teaching & Learning environments.


The MIE Mission is to participate in face-to-face and online sessions emphasizing instructional technology to support the District Strategic Plan, Academic Action Plan and School Improvement Plan through the district professional development model.


Program Structure

The program is a three-year commitment which provides on-going professional development which expects active participation in four, face-to-face sessions each year.


  • 1st Year: MIE Rookie – awareness level
  • 2nd Year: MIE Pro – enhancing skill level
  • 3rd Year: MIE Master – implementation level


Upon completion of year three, the MIE becomes an MIE Mentor. They no longer actively attend the professional development sessions, yet continue to support the building’s instructional technology initiatives and MIE Rookies.


This will be our first year of MIE Mentors, therefore we will be accepting nominations for MIE Rookies to fill vacancies. Nominations will be accepted from both building leadership and self-nomination. Deadline Extended through September 11th. Click Here to go to 2017-18 MIE Rookie Nomination Form.


Ideally each building will have at least two active MIE participants that attend the professional development sessions together. i.e. The MIE Rookie with either the MIE Pro or MIE Master


IMS provides for subs for all sessions offered during instructional time. IMS will make final selections with Principal approval.

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Tech Tip: Authenticating with the OPS Filter

Can't get the OPS filter screen to pop up when you need it?

Here are steps to help:

1. Log out of the device and log back in.

2. Email your Building Tech Support (BTS) to alert them that your device needs the filter agent (LMA) fixed.

3. In the meantime, go to the website below to get the filter login screen everytime. Bookmark it for easy access until your BTS can get the filter agent fixed on your device. lsaccess.me/login

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Tech Tip: Logging Students in to Office 365

Are your students logging in to Office 365 for the first time? Check out this video: Student Access to Office 365 Video


The video covers:


  1. Student username/password account information
  2. Overview of applications available
  3. 5 free licenses of the full Microsoft Office install for personal devices
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Tech Tip: Microsoft Snip

Snip allows Windows users to capture screenshots and then annotate on them and record audio over the top. It can turn an ordinary screenshot into a screen tutorial (video), or just a neat way to share your thoughts about a document or image over the web.

Please click on the sway below to learn about this awesome tool:

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Locating Elementary Pacing Guides

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Secondary Spotlight

Once again, for the 2017-2018 school year, the secondary technology trainers are looking to showcase innovative educators who are incorporating technology into their classroom content.

Click on the sway below to get started!

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Professional Learning Opportunities: Elementary Curriculum Day

Are you an elementary teacher who would like some technology integration tips? Sign up for a choice session during Elementary Curriculum Day with one of our trainers or ITL program participants. Here are sessions to look for in OPS Inservices:


Classflow Level 1: Getting to Know Classflow OPS 3rd-6th

Classflow Level 2: Building Lessons in Classflow OPS 3rd-6th

Power of Class OneNote 3rd-6th

Easy as ABC…Reading, Writing, and Technology K-2

Creating Student-Driven Digital Portfolios with Seesaw K-2

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ClassFlow Updates

ClassFlow is a dynamic program that makes lessons become interactive with a focus on what the student is learning. ClassFlow can be used to connect classrooms by creating collaborative lessons which encourage the sharing of ideas. Check out more at this video: Introducing Classflow


On August 18th, ClassFlow went through some major updates. Check out this video to see the new look: Classflow Upgrades (22 min.)


Interested in learning more about ClassFlow? Watch for sessions at upcoming Curriculum Days, on inservices.ops.org, and check out the Classflow Youtube video channel. A great place to start is the Getting Started with Classflow one-hour webinar recording.

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Common Sense Education

Omaha Public Schools is continuing the work to ensure that every school and program in our district builds a strong foundation of digital citizenship and literacy for all staff and students. A very important program in this work is that of Common Sense Education. We are forging ahead with ensuring that every school is supported in becoming a Common Sense Digital Citizenship School. Last school year, 53 schools and programs were recognized as Common Sense Schools. Look out for communication on how your school can continue to earn this recognition year after year.

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Technology Training Team

Debra Bordenkecher:

Technology Trainer, Classified Staff/TAC

Rebecca Chambers:

Instructional Technology Trainer, Mobile Learning Unit Lead Teacher

Melissa Cleaver:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Eileen Heller:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Elementary Lead Teacher
Keegan Korf:
Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship Lead Teacher
Kelly Means:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Amy Vester:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Secondary Lead Teacher
McKenzie White:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Library Lead Teacher
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