Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

Welcome New Staff

Our new teachers received a warm welcome into the Bellevue Public Schools family from day one. During the all staff opening they were given a shout out from Superintendent, Jeff Rippe. We were lucky to catch up with them at a new teacher technology training where they learned about our district technology and had a little green screen fun with our technology department theme this year: Game On! Sit back, relax, and meet the newest members of #TeamBPS.
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Paper Slide Videos

Need a way for students to show what they know?

How about a paper slide video. A paper slide video is a creative way for students to share their understanding of a topic through the use of paper puppets, a written script, a mesh stand, and an iPad or other mobile device to record their production. The iPad is elevated on the mesh stand with the camera looking through an opening of the mesh stand down to the table underneath. This portion of the table becomes the stage upon which students will act out their topic. The stands are now available to check out from the media center in your school!

Here is a video on paper slide videos from the creator, Lodge McCannon.

Example: Matter

Example: Animal Research Project

BlendED Playbook: Digital Workflow

This year we will be sharing components of blended learning in each TFlash. This edition, we will start with the definition and the first component, digital workflow.

Learning that combines face to face and online learning is a model called blended learning. Blended learning is defined by the Clayton Christensen Institute as, “a formal education program in which a student learns:

  1. at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace;

  2. at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home;

  3. and the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.”

The first step in creating the blended learning environment is to have a digital workflow. This can be accomplished in several ways.

  1. Learning Management System (LMS): such as Schoology, Canvas, or Moodle.

  2. Web Tools such as Seesaw and Classkick.

We use Schoology as our learning management system in Bellevue Public Schools which provides a consistent digital workflow for educators, students, and parents. In providing a digital workflow, teachers have the tools to design instruction that is efficient, differentiated, and private. You can log in to Schoology from a browser by navigating to and clicking on Schoology at the top of the page. You can also access Schoology by going to or through the Schoology app on any mobile device.

ISTE Standards for Teachers Refreshed

The ISTE Standards for teachers have been refreshed and were released at the ISTE Conference this summer. You can check them out online by clicking HERE.
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Tech Tips


Want to add an image to a Google Doc quickly without having to open another tab and search? Click on the Explore button in the bottom right, type in your search criteria, click images. Once you find the image you want to use simply drag it over to your document!
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Are you hearing teachers talk about Schoology and you want to give it a try? Hesitant to ask someone for help? Check out this tutorial from Schoology, ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Schoology: The Back to School Essentials!


Is the dock on your new computer not the same way you had it on your old computer? An easy fix is to right click (two finger click) on the vertical bar that is in the middle of your dock and then click on Dock Preferences. (See image below.) You are then able to choose from a variety of different options.

Also, to remove an app from your dock, simply click and drag the app up until it vanishes.

To keep an app in your dock, open the app and then right click on the app in your dock and click options and click to keep it in the dock.

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App Tips


Connect your Google Drive to Classkick and easily drop your files directly into your Classkick lesson.
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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.
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Our Blog is on the Move!

The Tech Trio’s Technology Tools for Teaching blog has moved to a new location! Why is this important? Many of you subscribed to our old blog and will now need to subscribe to our new one. If you haven’t subscribed to our blog make sure to click on the link below and click FOLLOW on the right side of the page. This will send our new blog posts directly to your email to keep you up on all the things happening with technology in Bellevue Public Schools.

Click here to access our Technology Tools for Teaching blog!

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 2016-2017 Bellevue Public Schools story together!

District Instructional Technology Specialists

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Chelsea Hoglund

Twitter: @choglund87

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Michelle Klamm

Twitter: @klammlovesmnms

Phillip Loomis

Twitter: @teachloomis

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