Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
BPS Administrators Visit iPad Academy Classrooms
Bellevue Public Schools Welcome Center staff, and District and Building Administrators participated in iPad Academy site visits on December 1st and 8th. During the visits participants were divided into two groups and headed out to a number of buildings across the district where they experienced blended learning in the elementary, middle and high school classrooms. They observed innovative teaching and learning with technology. Teachers utilized a number of high impact blended learning strategies including: the station rotation model, in-class flip, student creation, peer review, synchronous writing, gamification strategies, problem solving, collaboration both face to face and digitally, and real-time feedback.
The following teachers were proud to represent all the iPad Academy teachers and host our administrators in their classrooms: Terrie Brown, Christy Coy, Angie Ellis, Monica Evon, Chelsea Hoglund, Tina Holbrook, Lisa Keene, Michelle Klamm, Liz Lambert, Sandi Lemke, Kathy Liebenguth, Phillip Loomis, Caleb Narva (student teacher), Julie Rowse, Mindy Skoff, Gina Stukenholtz, Darin Toelle, and Santha Walters.
#12daystwitter Twitter Challenge Continues - Get Involved!
A great opportunity to learn, connect and share with educators throughout the world is happening right now during the #12daystwitter challenge! Created by local educators in Nebraska a few years ago, #12daystwitter has become an annual tradition that grows stronger every year as more and more educators get involved. How does it work? Simple! Each day, starting December 1st, there is a prompt sent out that everyone can respond to using the hashtag #12daystwitter. For more information checkout Mickie Mueller's (@mickie_mueller) LiveBinder.
One of the best ways to see and interact with the hashtag is through Tweetdeck. If you need help getting Tweetdeck set up or need to know how to add a column to make it easier to follow a hashtag, watch this short video. It's never too late to jump in and get involved so start tweeting today!
#tt4t News - Episode 4
Tech Tip - Ramp Up Creation Using Infographics
Infographics are an effective way to communicate a message. Whether telling a story, showing research, or wanting to convey a message infographics provide a great blend of visuals, words, and data. Infographics can be used in so many different ways by administrators, teachers, and students. If you are interested in learning more about infographics and are looking for some great resources check out this link with a lot of great resources from Kathy Schrock. This is a great activity for the computer lab.
Congratulations to Gina Stukenholtz who was selected as a Classkick Ambassador. Congratulations, Gina!
Blogs to Read
Schoology Blog: The Surprising SImplicity of Schoology Quizzes
Technology Tools for Teaching: Gamifying Grammar: 3 Teachers, 3 Classrooms, 3 Styles
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!
Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know
Apple Teacher Program - Sign Up and Start Earning Badges
The Apple Teacher program was created to help inspire teachers to build their skills. With the Apple Teacher Program, you can discover new ways to enhance creativity and productivity by utilizing the Mac, iPad and built in apps. By being a part of the program, you will have access to real stories, Apple news, tips and educational apps. In addition, there are online quizzes you can complete to earn badges. Once you earn all of your badges, you'll receive an official Apple Teacher logo to share with everyone.
Check out the links below to get started!
What is an Apple Teacher?
Sign up to be an Apple Teacher
Download the iBooks as you learn
Follow #appleteacher and @appleEDU on Twitter
- Share your progress on Twitter to #appleteacher and #bpsne
- Every Apple Store is hosting hour of code events during computer science week, December 5-11. Check out the details 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 2016-2017 Bellevue Public Schools story together!