Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
TT4T News - Episode 2
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!
In the News
Last week, Bellevue Public Schools had the opportunity to share the iPad Academy model with some members of the local media. On Wednesday morning, the Bellevue Leader visited Cassi Yates’ 5th grade classroom at Avery Elementary to observe her interactive language arts lesson. They observed students reading digital stories written by their fellow classmates. The digital stories were created with the powerful app, Book Creator, that allows students to create interactive digital books. After reading the stories, students provided constructive feedback to their peers in Seesaw, which is a digital portfolio app that allows students to share, comment, and collaborate on their work.
Next, the Bellevue Leader made its way to Mission Middle School to observe Terry Sorensen’s 8th grade math lesson. In Sorensen’s class students were working on an interactive math lesson using Classkick, which allows the teacher to view student work in real-time. The teacher can also provide immediate feedback directly on the student screen, which allows for reteaching to happen in the moment. The app also allows the teacher to include videos and audio to support students while they are working at their own pace.
On Thursday, KMTV Action 3 News visited Belleaire Elementary. The news team interviewed Greg Boettger, Director of Facilities and Technology, and Ann Feldmann, District Instructional Technology Specialist, about the iPad Academy training model. Next, they observed Angie Ellis’ blended learning math lesson. They witnessed students begin their lesson in whole group instruction using the Nearpod app, that allows the teacher to get immediate feedback on how well students are understanding the new concept. Then, students transitioned to their self-guided math video lesson where they could pause and rewind Mrs. Ellis when needed. As student worked through this lesson Mrs. Ellis was working one-on-one with a small group of students who benefited from direct instruction. They finished their lesson by recording a self-reflection video of their learning in the Seesaw app.
NETA Updates - Contests, Conference Details, & Call for Presenters
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!
Appy Time and Website Tools
Blogs to Read
iPaddling Through the 4th Grade: Monica Evon’s Blog - Recent Post on 1:1 Words Their Way
Edudemic: Teaching Kids to Build Computers
Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know
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!