Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

New iPad Academy Classrooms - Round 2

We are thrilled to let you know that we have 24 more new iPad Academy classrooms! We had a wonderful time during the two day refresher training teaching them about blended learning, digital workflow, core apps, the Apple Classroom app, creation strategies, choice boards, Pearson, 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. Take a look at the video below of the training including their sporty “Wheaties Box” pics!

Hour of Code

Join millions of students and educators around the world for an Hour of Code coming in December. The Hour of Code is part of Computer Science Education Week, December 4th-10th, 2017. The idea is to provide all students with an opportunity to code. Introducing coding to students at an early age gives them the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. Can’t work your hour in during that week? No problem, just find an hour during the months of December or January to give your students the opportunity to demystify “coding” and learn about computer science.

How do I get started? Sign up at Hour of Code here.

Also, be sure to check out our Smore of coding resources.

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Coding With Robots

If you are interested in coding with robots, we have several types of robots available for checkout that are programmable using Apple’s free Swift Coding. If you are interested in planning an Hour of Code event, or simply teaching a coding unit, this is what you want to use! There are four different programmable robot sets that stretch across all grade levels; Dot and Dash, Sphero, Ozobot, and mini-drones. If you’d like general information on this, read this. If you’d like to more specific information, ask your BTC or the Tech Team. And if you’re ready to code robots, check out this calendar for availability and sign up here!

BlendED Playbook: Student Reflection

This year we will be sharing components of blended learning in each TFlash. This edition, we will share about the importance of reflection.

Reflection, from a student’s perspective, is an important component in the learning process. It makes learning more meaningful for the student as it deepens understanding of the content by helping make personal connections and drawing on prior knowledge. It also allows them to reflect on what went right and what needs more attention. This reflection and subsequent re-attempt indicates growth within the subject area and solidifies the learning. From a teacher’s perspective, student reflection can be a great way to validate what the student understands and identify gaps in the learning process where additional support may be needed. From either perspective, student reflection is a vital part of blended learning.

Within our Blended Learning Professional Learning Playbook, student reflection can be accomplished numerous ways. Schoology, Seesaw, Explain Everything, Notability, Telestory, DrawTell HD, and Chatterpix are all multimodal ways to capture student reflection. We define multimodal as using voice, video, and visuals. Student reflection is an integral part of the learning process and therefore an important part of the BPS BlendED Professional Learning Playbook.

Reminder: Free Blogging with Seesaw

Just a friendly reminer, Seesaw provides FREE Blogging for students! There is no longer a need to dig deep into your pockets to purchase a blog site anymore!

Seesaw Blogs are a great way for students to share their learning and understandings with others. Blogging provides students with an authentic audience of their peers, parents, and students around the globe, encouraging better work and real feedback. Teachers can directly connect with other classrooms around the world and develop digital citizenship skills within a safe, teacher-moderated environment. The Seesaw blog provides simple and seamless posting opportunities for students. Once teachers have enabled their blog, students and teachers can easily post a selection of work from their Seesaw portfolios onto the class blog. Anything in the Seesaw portfolio can be posted to a Seesaw Blog with just one tap from the Seesaw app. Blogging has never been easier-no separate apps or websites needed. The Seesaw blog can be made public on the internet or password protected. Teachers moderate all of the student posts before they “go live” on the blog. Blog comments can be enabled or disabled, and all blog comments require teacher approval. Once a blog is enabled, teachers can connect with other Seesaw blogs to create a list of approved blogs that their students can access from within Seesaw. The Seesaw Connected Blogs is a safe way for students to engage with other classrooms to share their learning. Take some time to check out this amazing possibility!

Tech Tips


Reordering Courses

Here is a tip to help you reorder your courses in any order you want making each course easier to find! Click here for the video.


Arrange Desktop Icons:

If you find that it is hard to locate images/screenshots on your desktop, use this quick tip to organize yourself. Right click on the desktop and select Sort By, then select the way you would like your icons arranged. One of our favorites is by date created. When you take a screenshot the image with pop up right underneath the HD for easy access.

Quizlet Live

If you are looking for something fun and engaging for your classroom where students can learn from each other, it is time to check out Quizlet Live.

Using a Quizlet study set, students are placed into teams and they work together to answer questions. Getting a correct answer will move the team forward while getting a wrong answer with send teams back to zero. Students need to communicate with other team members to make sure everyone picks the correct answer.

Teachers can use their existing study sets or create new ones. Launch Quizlet Live which will give you a code to display for students. No student accounts are needed to play Quizlet Live. Students go to on any device, enter the unique code on the screen and your up and running! Check it out below.

Introducing Quizlet Live

Blogs to Read

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 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!

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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