Tech Integration Newsletter

Volume 2 | Issue 17 | October, 2017

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Elementary Spotlight: Instructional Technology Leadership Endorsement, Fall 2017 Cohort

We are so excited to continue the ITL endorsement program in partnership with the University of Nebraska Omaha this fall! The following elementary librarians are part of our fall cohort: Jaymie Aliano (Sunny Slope), Heidi Anderson (Jefferson), Judy Bauer (Washington), Rachel Gordon (Mount View), Jayme Hultman (Crestridge), Carly Milleson (Dundee), Robin Walker (Fullerton).
For more information about the OPS ITL program, please contact McKenzie White (mckenzie.white@ops.org).
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Secondary Spotlight: Nominate and Innovator!

Once again, for the 2017-2018 school year, the secondary technology trainers are looking to showcase innovative educators who are incorporating technology into their classroom content.

Click on the sway below to get started!

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ClassFlow Training Opportunities

ClassFlow breakout sessions were a big hit at the Elementary September Curriculum Day. If you didn't get a chance to attend, you can view review videos at the links below and plan to sign up for a future training.

Interested in learning more about ClassFlow? Below is a list of sessions you can sign up for on inservices.ops.org. These training sessions are open to elementary and secondary schools. The Classflow Youtube video channel has additional resources to help as you get started with ClassFlow. A great place to start is the Getting Started with Classflow, one-hour webinar recording.

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Looking for a way to connect your students' learning to the real world? Virtual connections, locally and globally, can broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others. Below are three great resources to search for free/paid opportunities.

Skype in the Classroom


Nebraska ESU Offerings

Find one that costs money? Check out the grant opportunity below. When applying for grants, ensure that your principal is aware of your goals and supports the application prior to applying.

NETA Virtual Field Trip Grant

Looking for a quality conference camera? This Logitech Conference Camera works well for picking up student voices with the built in microphone and speaker. The Omaha Schools Foundation Invest in Success Program allows teachers to fund items like this through crowd sourcing.

Omaha Schools Foundation Invest in Success Teacher Request

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Common Sense Education

Omaha Public Schools is continuing the work to ensure that every school and program in our district builds a strong foundation of digital citizenship and literacy for all staff and students. A very important program in this work is that of Common Sense Education. We are forging ahead with ensuring that every school is supported in becoming a Common Sense Digital Citizenship School. Last school year, 54 schools and programs were recognized as Common Sense Schools and they were recognized for their efforts in a September school board meeting. Congratulations to those schools recognized! Look out for communication on how your school can continue to earn this recognition year after year.

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Omaha Public Schools Mobile Learning Unit

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Omaha Public Schools Mobile Learning Unit was created to address issues of digital equity in the North Omaha area. Anchored on a powerful district vision and community partnerships, this innovative initiative targets high poverty neighborhoods and schools. The goal: to use a whole-community approach to bring high-technology learning and digital citizenship skills to students and their families. We want more than merely high-quality access and devices for our students - we want to build the knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex community challenges in today’s digital age. Every Student. Every Day. Prepared for Success.

If you would like to learn more about the MLU, check out our blog HERE.

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Technology Training Team

Debra Bordenkecher:

Technology Trainer, Classified Staff/TAC

Rebecca Chambers:

Instructional Technology Trainer, Mobile Learning Unit Lead Teacher

Melissa Cleaver:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Eileen Heller:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Elementary Lead Teacher
Keegan Korf:
Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship Lead Teacher
Kelly Means:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Amy Vester:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Secondary Lead Teacher
McKenzie White:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Library Lead Teacher
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