Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue NE

August 5, 2014 Volume 1

Welcome Back to the 2014-2015 School Year

We are eager to start another transformational year at Bellevue Public Schools! Our theme for the year is Teach Like a Pirate based off of the book Teach Like a Pirate written by Dave Burgess. Dave focuses on pirates because they are willing to take on challenges without the guarantee of success. They are bold, fearless and brave. He focuses on helping you increase your passion, create a sense of community, develop highly engaging lessons, grow your creativity, and transform your classroom into a life-changing experience for students. We are here to support you with all of those things through a variety of options. Whether it be participating in an online course, attending a Techie Tuesday, learning from our website/YouTube page, or taking advantage of our coaching model, we are here to help you with all instructional technology needs. We look forward to working with all of you this year and helping you Teach Like a Pirate.

Online Courses Begin September 6th!

Join us for online learning this fall. Sign up for one or more of 25 courses offered. For details, go to the online course website at .

Log in to the Rocket to Access Social Media

In order to access websites such as Twitter and Facebook, teachers will need to log in to the Rocket. In order to do this go to a website such as Once there, you will see the screen at the bottom. Click in the upper left corner where it says Not you? Then log in with your BPS credentials. Then proceed to the website you were trying to access. You will need to do this everyday and if your computer restarts throughout the day also. If you have any questions, please let us know.
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Facebook is Now Open

We are excited to announce that Facebook is now open for teachers! This means that teachers can now use Facebook for class Pages or school Pages to increase communication with students and parents! Twitter has been open for teacher use now for a year and we have seen an increase of teachers using Twitter to build their PLN, professional learning networks. These networks are very powerful if you are following the right people and can make you feel connected in a whole new way! Keep your ears open for training opportunities from our site as well as our tweets. Follow us @jennykbps, @mrsJcarlson, and @annfeldmann1 for what’s happening.

Downloading Software To Your Mac

In order to download software on your Mac, you need to go to System Preferences and enable downloads from anywhere.

Do the following:

Security and Privacy

Click the Lock and type in your password

Click the radio button anywhere

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Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

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So, Who's the New Girl?

Career surveys. Interest surveys. Strength surveys. Every time I take one of these, I get the same result. I should be working with people, helping people, teaching people. I’m a people person, it doesn’t matter what age--I like helping people. This is one of the reasons why I am thrilled to be in my new position. I’m going to get to help people of ALL ages---teachers, students, administrators. Every day will be a different day-what a challenge, what an adventure-and I can’t wait to start.

So, how did I get here? Here is the modified version. I taught business education for the last 16 years. Fourteen of those years have been at Bellevue West. I have a Bachelor’s in Business Education and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. Along with my teaching responsibilities, I served as the department chair for the business department, I have been on the Bellevue West tech team since it’s implementation, and I was a member of the iPad Academy. I love to read, golf, grab a cup of coffee with friends and spend time with my family. I can sometimes be known as a fanatic for the Huskers, Packers and Tar Heels.

I’m often asked what role I think technology plays in education. I believe technology can be used to transform the classroom experience, extend the classroom walls, provide opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be there and help give all students a creative voice. It will NEVER replace great teachers, who provide a supportive, challenging and engaging environment. Taking advantage of both, technology and great teachers, will provide an amazing experience for our students. If you don’t feel comfortable with technology, we are here to help. If you feel comfortable, we are here to help you go a step further. I look forward to working with all of you in the upcoming years.

And Go Big Red!

~Jeanette Carlson

District Technology Trainers

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Jennifer Krzystowczy

Twitter: @jennykbps

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