Tech Integration Newsletter

Volume 3 | Issue 18 | November, 2017

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Technology & Learning Survey: BrightBytes

You and your students voices are needed!

This is the 3rd year our district has partnered with BrightBytes, an educational research and analytics organization, to learn more about our schools’ technology use for student learning. Our goal is to gather metrics on technology access and skills, and on our district's technology environment, in order to understand the connection between technology use and student achievement. This will be done through a comprehensive framework called CASE that looks at the Classroom factors, Access to technology, teacher and student Skills and Environmental factors.

There are links specific to each building and each stakeholder group, students, 3rd-12th grades & teachers/administrators. The links will be live from:

Monday, October 23rd - Friday, November 17th

Contact your principal to be sure you and your students get your surveys completed.
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Elementary Spotlight:

Shout-out to Melissa Zeiszler from Kennedy Elementary for being this month's Elementary Spotlight teacher! Melissa is a leader in her building when it comes to utilizing resources and creating engaging experiences for her students through instructional technology. As an OPS Microsoft Innovative Educator, she models a growth mindset and effective technology integration for others. Congrats, Melissa!
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Secondary Spotlight:

Congratulations to Morgan Holder from Beveridge Magnet Middle School for being selected as this month's Innovative Educator!!!

Please click on the Sway below to find out more about this incredible teacher!

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School Website Administrators - Updates Needed

There are many schools and departments who have staff members assigned as school website administrators, but these staff members have transitioned to other positions or are no longer employed with OPS. New website administrators need to be assigned or updated.

If your building website administrator needs to be changed, then the principal, Executive Director, or chief department officer is asked to submit a helpdesk ticket to helpdeskrequests@ops.org and provide the following information:

1. In the Subject line, type: DNN Admin Access – School Name.

2. Include a statement indicating your approval of the staff member obtaining Administrative rights to the school or department website.

Note: If the request is in regards to the district site, then please include a list indicating which departmental website(s) the employee has been granted approval for editing rights.

3. Before website access is finalized for the new website administrator, training is now mandatory. Upon receiving the helpdesk ticket, an IMS representative will contact the school website administrator to schedule training at which time login credentials will be provided.

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Common Sense Education

Looking for a way to engage your students and their families in conversation about digital literacy and media use? Have your students challenge their families to a #DeviceFreeDinner using Common Sense resources.

Will Ferrell guest stars in a series of new PSAs from Common Sense Media. Check them out below along with resources to share with your students and their families to help them make the most of meal time at home.

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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.

To see the MLU in action, check out our blog HERE.

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Technology Workshops Available

Interested in learning more about ClassFlow or other technology opportunities? Below is a list of sessions you can sign up for on inservices.ops.org. Use your district e-login as the username and your employee number as the password. These training sessions are open to elementary and secondary school teachers and stipends for attendance will be paid.

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.

Additional technology training opportunities are also pictured below.

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Save the Date: Skype-a-Thon 2017, November 28th & 29th

Mark your calendars, the Skype-a-thon is back! Take your students on a virtual field trip, connect with a guest speaker, or connect with classrooms across the district or world on November 28th & 29th. Check out opportunities at the Microsoft Skype-a-thon website.

First time with Skype or not sure how it works? Eileen Heller is offering to connect via Skype for Business with classes across the district. Eileen will share what Skype is and tips for having a successful Skype visit plus, your students can connect virtually with other OPS students. For more information or to connect with Eileen, complete this form by Friday, November 24th at 5:00 p.m.: OPS Skype-a-thon Connection.

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Classroom Management with Technology

Classroom management with technology is not much different than classroom management without technology. Just like you have procedures and routines for students to use the restroom, sharpen their pencil, or participate in class, the same rules apply to instructional technology. Making slight modifications to your classroom management can be useful when introducing devices to your students. Check out some tips and tricks by clicking on the link below!

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Technology Training Team

Debra Bordenkecher:

Technology Trainer, Classified/Certified 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