NBPS Technology Newsletter

November Edition

Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Chromebook Devices Are Here!

Last month we officially distributed our new Chromebook devices to our VILS middle schools in the district. We had three wonderful events at McKinley Community School, Lincon Annex School, and the New Brunswick Middle School. Thank you to all staff who supported those events, and helped make them a success for our schools.

A special thank you to our student Tech Teams at each of our VILS schools, who not only ran our robotic stations but helped organize, distribute devices, and supported our Technolgy Department throughout the day. You truly are amazing!

The main components of the VILS program include:

  • Providing dedicated devices and accessories for all students and teachers in participating schools teaching grades 6-8.

  • Devices distributed are each equipped with at least 30GB of data monthly year-round to be used in school and at home.

  • Full-time, STEM Specialists are available to coach and ensure all teachers are supported and successful in supporting student learning with technology.

  • Professional learning is also available and focused on leveraging mobile technology to improve student learning and to create new and innovative learning opportunities for students, including out of school and around STEM.

Meet Our New STEM Specialist!

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Get Ready For Hour of Code!

Hour of Code is from December 6th -12th this year. To start register your class to put your event on the map, then plan activities you can try for free, through code.org. Read our Hour of Code Newsletter to get some ideas on how to plan activities utilizing technology, or activities that require you to problem solve beyond using devices.

How to Run an Hour of Code

Staff Corner Website

Reminder to check out our Our Staff Corner website that has updated curricular information. We also have a new layout for our Technology Resource page, that provides a menu of options with different subscriptions that we have access to in our district and recommend to be utilized during instruction. When you click on the icons, you will get information pertaining to that particular technology subscription or tool. This can include newsletters, videos, documents, presentations, etc.

Communication through Talking Points!

Talking Points is a great communication tool that is utilized to send messages directly to families, along with translation support. It is easy to use for both staff and families who will be asked to utilize this application throughout the school year. I challenge you to use Talking Points, so you to can see how easy and effective this tool is for sharing messages with families.
TalkingPoints for Teachers Training SY21-22

IT Tickets

Please, make sure to share your technology-related issues by creating IT Ticket. Click the button below to start the process. You can also click the presentation below for a step-by-step guide on how to log in.

This year if you would like to highlight a staff member...

Please email Carla Segarra at carla_segarra@nbpsnj.net, to be considered for our district-wide newsletters. This is a great way to recognize our staff for all the amazing work they do.