Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE

November 26, 2019 Volume 59

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


Habitat 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.
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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.
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The Hour of Code

The 2019 Hour of Code is just around the corner. It is held during computer science week which December 9-15. The goal of the Hour of Code is to have students complete one hour of coding activities in the classroom. Activities can consist of puzzles, coding apps, programming robots, flying drones, and offline activities. If you are interested in giving it a try this year reach out to your Building Technology Coordinator, Instructional/Tech coach or take a look at the resources here. If you aren't able to participate in the month of December, your classroom can still complete an hour of code any time it works for you.

Classkick Pro

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.

Welcome to Classkick

Teachers: To create an account on your computer go to 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.

Classkick - Teachers Creating Accounts

Classkick Resources

Ready to get started? Check out these resources from Classkick!

339 Apple Teachers in the BPS House

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Learning Links


Vrain Waves - Listen to giants in education as you travel around town. Each episode is an interview with educational authors and is full of tangible tips and resources.

Wired Educator

The Ditch That Textbook Podcast

Badging Up

Teachers in Bellevue Public Schools can earn a badge for their lanyards by completing PD challenges throughout the year. Interested in earning your Twitter badge? You can do that by participating in just one Twitterchat this school year. Our next chat is November 12th at 8:00 PM. Here is a schedule for all the chats: 1/12, 1/14, 2/11, 3/10, and 4/14.

#iPadAcademy Chat

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!

Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know

Use Twitter to connect with others from near and far! If you are someone who is already tweeting, remember to tag your tweets with #bpsne so more teachers can see what is happening in your classroom. Sharing is the name of the game! Remember there are lots of great chats to explore to connect with others in your content area. Just pull up the hashtag and enjoy the conversation.
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District Instructional Technology Specialists

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Chelsea Hoglund

Twitter: @choglund87

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

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