Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
Creation and Learning
Creation is one of the 4 C’s and is at the top of Bloom’s taxonomy for thinking, but did you know it also aligns with exceptional student learning? According to a 2019 Gallup study on education, “Teachers who frequently make assignments that require students to think creatively are much more likely than other teachers to observe higher-order cognitive skills in their students,” (Sadd, 2019). Creation fosters skills such as: collaboration, teaching, problem solving, communication, synthesis, and critical thinking. As students engage in creative activities, content retention increases.
Elementary Creation Example
Angie Ellis, 2nd grade teacher, Belleaire
ScienceHabitat Green Screen Video: My students researched their habitat of choice, made a diorama, and wrote a report of what they wanted to say in their green screen video. Once they finished their video, they uploaded to Seesaw. The apps used were Green Screen by Do Ink and Seesaw. Click HERE to view the video.
Secondary Creation Example
Laura Capel, English Teacher, Bellevue East
App: Explain Everything
Used For: Reading Comprehension or Review
Process: As a class we read a chapter (or a section) of the story. To review the section students had to write a brief summary and then draw a picture to match. We did this for each of the chapters so that at the end, students will have a storyboard that reviews the whole text. Some students preferred to voice record their summaries rather than write them. Some students used images from the internet to add to their visual representation.
Setup: In Explain Everything, when you click “new” there is a template that is called “Storyboard.” You can then change the titles of each scene and add additional pages if needed. Save the template and a “project” and then upload the “project” to Schoology. From Schoology students are able to send the template to their own Explain Everything account.
The Hour of Code
The district purchased Classkick Pro for every teacher and student. Classkick is an instructional tool that works great for targeting instruction with formative data. Teachers can see student work in real time and provide immediate feedback for students. Check out the video below to gain a better understanding of Classkick.
Teachers: To create an account on your computer go to www.classkick.com and click Login. Then sign up for a teacher account using your Google credentials.
Need help? Check out this playlist on how teachers and students can create accounts.
339 Apple Teachers in the BPS House
This is year two of our teacher led #PadAcademy Twitter chat. The chat allows us to have an online conversation, share ideas, and be inspired. Our #ipadacademy chats are held monthly on the second Tuesday at 8:00 PM CST.
The archived chats can be found here.
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 2019-2020 Bellevue Public Schools story together!