Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
BPS BlendED Professional Learning - Let’s Celebrate
We have so much to celebrate as we start the new school year. This year, Bellevue Public Schools begins with 188 blended learning classrooms. Our district focus is to provide all teachers the professional learning and support through training and job embedded coaching to teach successfully in a 1:1 blended learning environment. We invest in our teachers and students by providing six days of BPS BlendED Professional Learning workshops to teachers and then upon completion, each teacher receives a class set of iPads, an Apple TV, a 55” TV, and a blended learning coach for several weeks!
Students have new opportunities to investigate, create, collaborate, reflect, publish, learn and grow. As student agency increases, students develop skills to become empowered learners, digital citizens, global collaborators, knowledge constructors, and innovative designers.
This summer, our Building Tech Coordinators participated in an online Blended Learning course over Catlin Tucker’s book, Blended Learning in Action. In this self-paced Schoology course, teachers took a deeper dive into blended learning strategies, lesson design, digital curriculum, and assessment in a blended environment. Teachers collaborated and shared ideas in Schoology discussions.
Not only are teachers gearing up, so are our administrators. This summer district administrators attended a full day of blended learning training where they learned the following:
What is blended learning?
How does blended learning align with Danielson Framework?
What does it look like in the classroom?
What is BPS BlendED Professional Learning?
We are excited to continue the training this year with three more sessions of BPS BlendED Professional Learning and adding an additional 169 classrooms to our BPS #ipadacademy this school year.
BPS BlendED Professional Learning - The Classroom Experience
Last year we started our own #ipadacademy Twitter chat. The chat allows our teachers to have an online conversation, share ideas, and be inspired. Our #ipadacademy chats are held on Tuesday nights at 8:00 PM CST. All are welcome so feel free to join the conversation. We are incredibly proud of the #ipadacademy teachers who have stepped up to lead each month’s chat this semester and how they generously share their innovative ideas with others. The archived chats can be found here.
Keep an eye out for the date of our first chat this year!
Creation - Apple’s Everyone Can Create Curriculum
What’s All the Buzz About Apple Teacher
Apple rolled out the Apple Teacher program last year which provides teachers resources to learn about the iPad and iMac. Our teachers dove right in and we already have over 120 Bellevue Public Schools Apple Teachers! These teachers will be recognized at the start of the school year and receive an Apple Teacher sticker to wear on their lanyard.
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 Ma
Creativity with Mac
Complete the 8 Apple Teacher iPad and/or Mac online sessions by logging in with your Apple ID at https://appleteacher.apple.com
After completing the Apple Teacher badges for either the Mac or iPad, fill out this form to receive your Apple Teacher Sticker for your badge.
Also, tweet out something that you learned while completing your Apple Teacher badges to @appleEDU and to the hashtags #AppleTeacher #ipadacademy and #bpsne.
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Sketchnoting by Reshaun Richards
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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 2018-2019 Bellevue Public Schools story together!
Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know
District Instructional Technology Specialists
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