Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
Ring in the New Year with Five Techie Ideas
1. Join a Twitter Chat!
Connecting with educators on Twitter allows you to gain perspective from thought leaders and experts in our field. One way to get connected, share ideas, and be inspired is to join a conversation with educators from around the world. These conversations are called Twitterchats or chats. These conversations occur daily and are grouped by topics, subjects, and grade levels.
Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still lurk and learn. Just go to https://twitter.com/search-home and type #edchat in the search box. All the tweets currently being shared on #edchat will appear. You can do the same for any hashtag. If you search for the hashtag during a chat, all the chats will appear and scroll down your page.
Login to Tweetdeck with your Twitter account credentials. Tweetdeck helps to organize the tweets into columns, which makes it easier to follow along with the chat. We even have a monthly iPad Academy chat run by our own BPS educators.
Click HERE for the archives of BPS #iPadAcademy Chats
Sketchnoting (visual-note taking) is a form of note-taking that involves using pictures, icons, lines, and shapes to engage parts of the brain that otherwise wouldn’t be engaged with typical “word-only” notes. Engaging other parts of the brain while listening to a presentation, reading an article/book or watching a video will lead to higher engagement, retention and meaning for you and your students. It can be done using paper, pens, and markers or with digital tools like an iPad an an app. The great thing about sketchnoting is that there is no right or wrong way to do it and you don’t have to have any artistic ability to get started. You may use a variety of pictures or you may simply add color and lines to your notes for organization. Sketchnoting is great for your students and yourself. In order to help you get started, here are a few resources.
Articles on the Benefits of Sketchnoting
Sketchnoting in the Classroom - An website of extensive resources by Kathy Schrock.
iBook: Sketchnoting for Teaching and Learning Fantastic book with examples for use on a digital device. Each educator shares the tools they use, their why, workflow, and early sketchnote and a current sketchnote, a gallery of sketches and tips.
Global Projects are engaging and allow students and opportunities to connect, collaborate and problem solve with students around the world. Globalizing your classroom is beneficial because it allows you access to experts, raises multicultural awareness, gives students an authentic audience, provides opportunities for cooperative learning, and creates a magical classroom environment.There are many ways to get connected and bring learning opportunities to your students. Here is a link to Global Classroom Resources with a number of ways to get connected and join thousands of educators and students around the globe.
Podcasts are a great way to be informed, inspired and provide meaningful professional learning anywhere. With an educator's busy schedule, podcasts make it easy to listen in the car or while you are working. If you'd like to start adding podcasts to your routine, check out the Vrain Waves Podcast. Their goal is "making us all more informed, inspired, and connected educators." One of the recent episodes featured Catlin Tucker speaking about how to Power Up Blended Learning. Below is a link to the website and a link to the Podcast in iTunes.https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vrain-waves-teaching-conversations-minds-shaping-education/id1365316994?mt=2
5. Give These Nine Features in Schoology a Try
Explore the new Schoology interface.
Create an assessment using one of the 15 new assessment types.
Print an assessment for students who need to take a paper/pencil copy.
Use a media album to share student work and have students comment on one another’s projects.
Use the update feature. Students will see a notification on their iPads and the update will be the first thing they see when they login.
Expand your PLN by joining one of Schoology’s many public groups. You can view and join the Public Schoology Groups by clicking the Public Groups tab.
Read a Schoology Blog on the Schoology Exchange
Access the Support Center to view your Support Contacts and/or support options, as well as links to the Schoology Help Center and Community forums.
Oh What Fun it is to Tweet About Schoology All Month Long
The Hour of Code in Bellevue Public Schools
Last year we started our own #ipadacademy Twitter chat. The chat allows our teachers to have an online conversation, share ideas, and be inspired. Our #ipadacademy chats are held on Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM CST.
The last iPad Academy chat was held on December 11th. This month’s topic was Creation in the Blended Classroom, and was moderated by Amanda Monk and Courtney Smeby. There were many great ideas shared during the chat. If you missed it, you can still read the entire chat by clicking on this link! The next chat will be held on Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00 CST.
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.
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 2018-2019 Bellevue Public Schools story together!
Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know
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