Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

NETA Conference Highlights

Last month, the Nebraska Education Technology Association (NETA) hosted its annual conference at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, April 18-20. NETA is a conference that inspires, engages, and connects over 2000 educators in a few short days with pre-conference workshops, a two day conference, an exhibit hall with hundreds of vendors, and a 5K race. We are proud to say that over 40 teachers attended the conference from Bellevue Public Schools, and ten teachers presented either a breakout session or poster session.

  • Click HERE to access the NETA Nuggets from the BPS teachers who attended NETA.

  • Check out Session Resources from NETA HERE.

  • Emily Salie, 6th grade teacher at Leonard Lawrence, had a student win 2nd place in the video contest. Click here to see Sarah’s project.
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5 Techie Ideas for Summer

  • Become a MacBook Apple Teacher That’s right! You can become an Apple Teacher on your MacBook. Simply login online using your Apple ID (You will need to create one if you don’t have one), and follow the step-by-step program. Learn More

  • Watch a few Schoology Tutorials Schoology is our Learning Management System (LMS). Here are the Schoology created tutorials on how to operate within this powerful LMS. Watch Here

  • Engage in Personalized Professional Learning Teachers around the world continue to share and learn new ideas through Twitter. Join us in a few of our favorite Twitter Chats to learn about how teachers are making a difference in their classrooms. To see a comprehensive list, click HERE. A few that we follow are Schoology (#schoologychat), Nebraska Educators Chat (#nebedchat), Genius Hour (#geniushour), and Apple Educator Chat (#appleEDUchat)

  • Find an Educational Blog Site to Follow Many educators blog about their classroom experiences; what they try, what works, what doesn’t, and sometimes just to share their classroom. Find a blog to follow, leave a comment or two. One of our favorites is Edutopia. Maybe even consider writing a post for our blog, Technology Tools for Teaching!

  • Revamp a Lesson with Instant Feedback Nearpod and Classkick are two of our favorite tools for instant feedback. Both of these tools work on any device and they are FREE. Just create an account and start exploring the possibilities. There are tutorial videos and sample lessons to explore for each tool.

BlendED Training Group B1 Launches

We are thrilled to let you know that we have 65 more teachers completed their BPS BlendED Professional Learning training on April 6. It was a great final two days as teachers went on site visits to current BPS iPad Academy classrooms, learned creation strategies, Schoology workflow routines, Pearson tips, blended learning components and more. Here is a link to their Twitter handles. Give them a follow and add #ipadacademy to your Tweetdeck to see all the wonderful ways they are teaching in a 1:1 blended learning environment.

Shout Out to Our Newest Apple Teachers

Throughout the course of their six day BlendEd Learning training the following teachers worked on developing Apple App artifacts in Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iMovie and Garageband. At the end of the training, the following teachers had completed all required Apple Education Badges to become an Apple Teacher! Congratulations!

Maria Difiore, Sarah Roth, Alyssa Amstutz, Katie Fiala, Melanie Lilly, Nancy Pechar, Dawn Ediger, Adam Reimer, Lynda Laire, Dustan Vallinch, Jeremy Henry, Rachael Eversole, LaShanna Bernstein, Janelle Reetz, Kelli Henry, Andrea Pieper, Charles Serfass, Erin Marple, Christina Reicks, Bethany Klone, Laura Lambert, Laurie Ruff, Sarah Mlnarik, Rebecca Wilson, Laura Capel, Sarah Dickey, Elizabeth Beeson, Shaylin Agosta, Sarah Starke, Kelli Huntley, Susan Bartman, Lanette Starbuck, Roxi Monlux, Molly Wolfe-Koehler, Laura Swanson, Cynthia Watts, Corina Clemenger, Whitney Wilson, Leigh Zavala, Nora Boyd, Chuck Wright, Tom Messier, Kendra Holmes, Pamela Fairman, Bobbi Jo Williams, Karin Donner, Stephanie Perrin, Kyle Sandall, Daniel Nakai, Mary De La Castro, Kristen Mercier, Chris Latta, Amanda Mitchell, Mallory Peterson, Elizabeth Mumm, and Brooke Larson

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Summer Techie Tuesdays

Join us at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Room A122 every Tuesday this summer (except July 3) beginning on Tuesday, June 5 from 8:30 - 3:30, for a Techie Tuesday! Whether it’s strategizing Schoology lesson design, creating on your Macbook, investigating blended learning strategies, or earning your Apple Teacher badges, we’ll be there to help you prepare for the upcoming year, or simply help you learn how to better use the available technology in your building. Stop by anytime during the day and stay as little or long as you’d like. We’ll see you there!

#iPadAcademy Chat

New this year is our #ipadacademy Twitter chat. The chat allows our teachers to have an online conversation, share ideas, and be inspired. Our next #ipadacademy chat is Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 8:00 PM CST. All are welcome so feel free to join the conversation. We are incredibly proud of the #ipadacademy teachers who have stepped up to lead each month’s chat this semester and how they generously share their innovative ideas with others. The archived chats can be found here.

Look for the chats to start up again in August!

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Apple's Everyone Can Create Curriculum

Apple has released a new curriculum called Everyone Can Create. It is free to use and guides teachers through the process of integrating drawing, music, filmmaking or photography into any lesson, topic, unit or assignment. It offers a variety of ways for students to use their creativity to express their ideas and develop new skills. Similar to the Everyone Can Code curriculum, Everyone Can Create offers free resources, teacher guides, lessons and examples to help bring creativity to your classroom.

Tech Tips

End of Year Schoology To Do List

As you begin preparing for the end of another school year, here are a few things to think about when it comes to Schoology.

  • Your course(s) will automagically archive once the term ends

  • To find them again, you can simply view archived courses (Course tab > See All > Archived)

  • To save or copy materials to Resources or other Courses, simply open the archived course.

  • Or you can save materials before the course archives by following these steps

    • Go to your course

    • Click on Options at the top of the page

    • Select Save Course to Resources.

Remember, you can continue to build content inside your Personal or Group Resources.

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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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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!

Our Blog is on the Move!

The Technology Team's 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!

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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