Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

BPS Administrators Visit iPad Academy

Bellevue Public Schools Welcome Center and Secondary Administrators participated in an iPad Academy site visit Thursday October 27, 2016. The group was divided into thirds 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, 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: Rachel Schutte, Kathy Liebenguth, Caleb Narva (student teacher), Sharae Geldes, Terry Sorensen, Brent Myers, Angie Ellis, Christy Coy, Chelsea Hoglund, Tina Holbook, Liz Lambert, Tori Parde, Stephanie Toelle, Sara Horstman, Michelle Klamm, Brittany Braasch, Santha Walters, Sandi Lemke, and Carol Lake.

Points of Pride

iPad Academy in the News

In the last T-flash, we shared that Bellevue Public Schools had the opportunity to share the iPad Academy model with the local media. Below are two of the featured stories from the Bellevue Leader and KMTV Action 3 News on how we are incorporating technology into the curriculum.

KMTV Channel 3

Article in the Bellevue Leader

Blended Learning Video Conference

Otis Pierce, tech integrationist and PD coordinator from ESU 7, invited our iPad Academy teachers to participate in a video conference meeting with some of the schools in northeast Nebraska who are part of the NCSA/ESUCC BlendED Pilot. Michelle Klamm, Brittany Braasch, Monica Evon, Liz Lambert, Chelsea Hoglund, Tina Holbrook, and Cassi Yates all shared some of the strategies they are using with teachers who are just beginning to implement blended learning in their classrooms.


Sandi Lemke was selected as a Classkick Mentor. Congratulations Sandi!

TT4T News - Episode 3

#tt4t News October 21, 2016

iPad Academy: A Model for Success

Click here to see the full size image of the infographic to the left that tells the story of the iPad Academy.

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 on Twitter

  • Share your progress on Twitter to #appleteacher and #bpsne

NETA Updates - Contests, Conference Details, & Call for Presenters

Conference Information

The Spring NETA Conference is scheduled for April 20-21, 2017 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The conference is a great opportunity to learn and collaborate with teachers from around the state and region. You will walk away with a variety of ways to incorporate technology into your classroom. For more details checkout NETA’s website!

NETA Student & Educator Contests

We encourage you to take advantage of all the NETA contests that are available for students and educators. There are a number of categories for both students and educators to highlight all the great things happening in your classroom. For more information click HERE.

Call for Presenters

We would love to have Bellevue Public Schools represented at the Spring NETA conference. Please consider presenting a session. You all have so many things to share that would benefit other educators. Poster sessions are a great way to get started presenting and we would be glad to help you. Submit your proposals on the NETA Site! The deadline for proposals is November 11. For more information and to submit a proposal click HERE! As a presenter your registration fee is only $39!

Tech Tips

Here are some instructional videos on how to embed a Padlet, a YouTube Video and a Google Slide Presentation into Schoology.


YouTube Video

Google Slide Presentation

Rocketbook Wave Smart Notebook

Thanks to one of Gary Mercer's 8th grade students for showing us this innovative notebook described by as “The first intelligent reusable notebook."

Check it out at

Technology Integration

Did you know that ISTE revised the student standards for 2016?

Click here to view the revised ISTE Standards for Students

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

Use Twitter to be connected! If you are a tweeter, 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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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!

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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