Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

New Technology is Rolling in for the 2017-2018 School Year

As students buy their supplies in preparation for the new year, Bellevue Public School's teachers are getting comfortable with their new 13” MacBook Air computers. All teacher laptops were replaced at the end of last year with the new computers. All iPads that are 4-5 years old are being replaced with new iPads so that teachers and students can utilize the most updated technology tools in the classroom. BPS secretaries also received 21.5 inch iMacs. Secretaries will now be on the same platform as the teachers and administrators in their respective buildings. High school journalism, CAD, A+ and business labs also received new desktops this summer.

As we move forward with our 1:1 initiative, 65 classroom sets of iPads will be making their way to various buildings in the first semester. The teachers receiving these iPads have already been trained and will be receiving a two day refresher course before getting their iPads followed by nine weeks of classroom coaching. Watch for an e-mail this fall from Greg Boettger on how to apply for the next round of training.

The Instructional Tech Team is Growing

As the new year begins, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our three new team members. Chelsea Hoglund, Michelle Klamm, and Phillip Loomis, former iPad Academy teachers, are joining the team this fall and will help provide training and coaching as we embark on our 1:1 blended learning journey.
Big image

Let the Creation Continue

One of the pillars of blended learning is creation. To facilitate creation, each media center will start the year with a green screen and mesh stands available for students to use when creating projects to demonstrate mastery of learning objectives.

The video creation possibilities on the iPad are limitless and a powerful way for students to demonstrate their understanding of a curriculum concept. With the green screen, students can record themselves in front of the green screen with the camera app and then use the Green Screen App by Do Ink to add backgrounds to the videos. The portable green screen will provide students opportunities to create either in the media center, the classroom, or hallway.

The mesh stands are just what students need to create paper slide videos. Students create a script for their videos along with paper visuals which can include paper puppets. Students record their video using the camera app with the iPad balanced on the mesh stand. Students can easily upload the completed videos to the Seesaw app for sharing. Learn more about paper slide videos in the video below.

Evolved Paperslide Videos - Dr. Lodge McCammon

What’s All the Buzz About Apple Teacher

Apple rolled out the Apple Teacher program last year which provides teachers with resources to learn about the iPad and Mac. Our teachers dove right in and we already have over 50 Bellevue Public Schools Apple Teachers!

Are you ready for the Apple Teacher Challenge?

Apple Teacher is an online training program which provides iBooks with detailed tutorials to help teachers learn the topics. Each topic takes between 30-90 minutes to complete followed by a short quiz. Sessions are available for both the iPad and the Mac.

iPad Online Activities

  • Pages for iPad

  • Keynote for iPad

  • Numbers for iPad

  • iMovie for iPad

  • GarageBand for iPad

  • Productivity with iPad

  • Creativity with iPad

Mac Online Activities

  • Pages for Mac

  • Keynote for Mac

  • Numbers for Mac

  • iMovie for Mac

  • GarageBand for Mac

  • Productivity with Mac

  • Creativity with Mac

Getting Started

  1. Complete the 8 Apple Teacher iPad and/or Mac online sessions by logging in with your Apple ID at

  2. After completing the Apple Teacher badges for either the Mac or iPad, tweet out something that you learned to #AppleTeacher and #bpsne.

Tech Tips


Making Announcements in Courses

Create an update in your course and then click the dropdown arrow next to the purple "Post" button and click the bell. This will create an announcement that will post to the top of your course and stay there until you remove it. Great for reminders that you don't want pushed down to the bottom of the page as you add more updates.


Making Room on Your Chrome Toolbar

If you like using the Bookmarks Toolbar in Chrome you might have trouble narrowing down which websites make the cut. Here is a simple way to make room for all your favorite bookmarks!

  • Right click on one of your bookmark names in the toolbar
  • Click Edit
  • Delete the name
  • Click Save

You are left with only an image on your toolbar.

This will give you room to add more of your favorite sites to the Bookmarks Toolbar.

Check out the video below.

Shortening Bookmark Names to an Image in Google Chrome


Did you know that you can use picture in a picture on your new Mac. It’s as easy as a double right click. In Safari, open a video that you wish to watch from any video source, such as YouTube, double right click on the video and select Enter Picture in Picture. The video will automatically snap into on of the four corners of your screen, but it you want to be able to move it wherever you want, just hold down the command key while dragging the movie around your screen. You can also resize the video to a size that works for you. This is a great way to take notes while watching a video or webinar.
Big image

Appy Time


Clips is a new Apple app which makes it easy to quickly create and share a video comprised of photos, audio, video, and animations. One feature to explore is the animated captions and titles. These are easy to create. Just talk while recording and the captioning appears on the screen as you speak. To further enhance your video, add speech bubbles, arrows, banners or even emojis. Download the the app on your iPad or iPhone for free and share your creations to #ClassroomClips.

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.
Big image
Big image
Big image
Big image

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!

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

Like us on Facebook