Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

New Technology is Rolling in for the 2016-2017 School Year

As the new school year rolls in, so will new devices. Each high school has two new carts of 30 MacBook Airs and each middle school has one new cart of 30 MacBook Airs. In addition, the iPad Academy is growing. As a result of this growth, every school in BPS will have at least one iPad classroom! One new iPad classroom will be added to the following elementary schools: Bertha Barber, Fort Crook, LeMay, Peter Sarpy, Twin Ridge, and Wake Robin. In addition, Building Tech Coordinators who have not yet received iPads will be getting either a classroom set or a garden (3-5) of iPads. All of the people receiving iPads have been through Apple Foundations Training. Congratulations to the following teachers: Becky Baldwin, Jodi Evans, Amanda Monk, Carri Hill, Cori Trimpey, Cassie Raymond, Renee McArthur, Carrie Buresh, Kathy Harms, Tim Kruger, Susan Schildhauer, Santha Walters, Terry Sorensen, and Val Sailors.

Bellevue East Media Center Summer Reno Project Includes Green Screen Room

Let the creation begin! When staff and students enter the Bellevue East media center, they are welcomed into an inviting atmosphere including new high tables and chairs, a charging station, and a new green screen room. The new green screen room provides students and staff a creation and innovation space in the heart of the media center. Using the Doink App on the iPad, students can record video and add any still image or video as a background. Using a green screen adds a new level to video creation to demonstrate mastery of skills or concepts in any curriculum area. As students write the script, rehearse, edit, and produce the video they are using skills that are grounded in solid pedagogy and found at the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy. These videos are easily shared with teachers and classmates using the Seesaw app. Be on the look-out for future T-Flashes to see what the Bellevue East students create. To learn more about how to use green screen in the classroom, check out Lisa Pack’s (@ilisapack) resoures on her website at

What’s all the Buzz about Apple Classroom?

In the latest iOS update, Apple rolled out Apple Classroom? What is Apple Classroom and how does it work? Apple classroom is a game changer because it gives teachers the power to manage student iPads from the teacher device. Teachers have the power to

  • open apps on all devices

  • lock all devices into an app

  • lock all screens

  • send all students to a website

  • send individual messages to students

  • group students and manage each group of iPads separately

  • see a thumbnail of every student screen

  • AirPlay student devices

  • broadcast one student screen to everyone

In order to use Apple Classroom, student and teacher devices need to be iPad 3, running 9.3.1 or newer and teacher rosters must be uploaded into our Mobile Device Management (MDM) system. We have 25 iPad Academy classrooms using the classroom app this fall. Curious about how Apple Classroom works? Talk to your Building Tech Coordinator to find out who is using it and schedule a visit. To read more about the Classroom App, see this article from Apple.

Back to School Tips on Apple, Google, and Schoology

Mac Tip

Want to make a quick slideshow? Upload your photos into Photos, select the photos you want in the slideshow, and click on File -> New Slide show. Then hit play! Apple will automatically add music, transitions, and advance the photos. If you wish, you can edit the music, transitions, and length of time the photo appears in the slideshow settings. Vintage is a tech trio favorite.

YouTube Tip: Create Playlists to Organize Videos

Playlists are a simple way to organize and share YouTube videos. As you find YouTube videos, curate them on a playlist by unit or topic. Then share the playlist with students via your Schoology course.

How to Create a Playlist

Managing Playlists

Schoology Tip

Before putting content into a new course for the 2016-2017 school year, start by creating the content in Resources. By doing this, you will be able to insert the content into other courses in the future. If you have courses from last year, make sure to go into the course and save the course to resources. This is important so that the content can be accessed and placed in another course at a later date.

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. Let's create the 2016-2017 Bellevue Public Schools story together!

Appy Time

Green Screen by Doink: The app allows students and teachers to create green screen videos and images right on the iPad. A powerful app that is easy to use and provides endless possibilities when it comes to creating videos. For more information check out their website.

Photomyne: Photomyne is a powerful photo scanning app that allows you to scan up to 4 photos at a time. Photos can be uploaded to albums on Facebook, saved to camera roll, or shared via PhotoStream.

Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know

Use Twitter to be connected! If you are a tweeter, remember to tag your tweets with #bpsne and #tt4t 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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Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

District Instructional Technology Specialists

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

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