Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
TT4T News - Episode 4
In the Super Hero Training Zone
The Super Hero Training Zone has been hopping the past two weeks!
Last week Bellevue Public Schools new teachers made their way to the super hero training zone for some instructional technology training. Teachers revisited their learning from the first training which covered the topic of what makes great learning. Then, they were introduced to digital formative assessment tools to use with their students to help check for understanding and inform their teaching. Lastly, teachers were given time to create assessments to use with their students. It was a great day of learning and collaborating.
To start this week, Bellevue Public Schools iPad Academy teachers were in the super hero training zone. Greg Boettger kicked off each day of training, followed by a video visit from Apple Distinguished Educator, Matt Lee. Teachers participated in an unplugged activity over the technology integration matrix. They also spent the day collaborating and creating content for the classroom.
Site VisitsWe ended the week hosting three site visits. It has been tremendous showcasing our iPad Academy to Gibbon Public Schools elementary and secondary teachers and our Apple Team representatives. We gave our visitors and overview of our successful iPad Academy model and then took them around the district into the classrooms. Over and over again our visitors were amazed by the effective integration of technology, engagement of students, and overall digital workflow.
Hour Of Code
Join millions of students and educators around the world for an Hour of Code coming in December. The Hour of Code is part of Computer Science Education Week, December 5th-11th, 2016. The idea is to provide all students with an opportunity to code. Introducing coding to students at an early age gives them the opportunity to develop problem-solving skills, logic and creativity.
How do I get started? Sign up at Hour of Code, https://hourofcode.com/usCheck out our Smore of coding resources at https://www.smore.com/n1pwd
Apple Teacher Program - Sign Up and Start Earning Badges
The Apple Teacher program was created to help inspire teachers to build their skills. With the Apple Teacher Program, you can discover new ways to enhance creativity and productivity by utilizing the Mac, iPad and built in apps. By being a part of the program, you will have access to real stories, Apple news, tips and educational apps. In addition, there are online quizzes you can complete to earn badges. Once you earn all of your badges, you'll receive an official Apple Teacher logo to share with everyone.
Check out the links below to get started!
What is an Apple Teacher?
Sign up to be an Apple Teacher
Download the iBooks as you learn
Follow #appleteacher and @appleEDU on Twitter
- Share your progress on Twitter to #appleteacher and #bpsne
- Every Apple Store is hosting hour of code events during computer science week, December 5-11. Check out the details here.
NETA Updates - Contests, Conference Details, & Call for Presenters
The Spring NETA Conference is scheduled for April 20-21, 2017 at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The conference is a great opportunity to learn and collaborate with teachers from around the state and region. You will walk away with a variety of ways to incorporate technology into your classroom. For more details checkout NETA’s website!
NETA Student & Educator Contests
We encourage you to take advantage of all the NETA contests that are available for students and educators. There are a number of categories for both students and educators to highlight all the great things happening in your classroom. For more information click HERE.
Our Blog is on the Move!
The Tech Trio’s Technology Tools for Teaching blog has moved to a new location! Why is this important? Many of you subscribed to our old blog and will now need to subscribe to our new one. If you haven’t subscribed to our blog make sure to click on the link below and click FOLLOW on the right side of the page. This will send our new blog posts directly to your email to keep you up on all the things happening with technology in Bellevue Public Schools.Click here to access our Technology Tools for Teaching blog!
Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know
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 2016-2017 Bellevue Public Schools story together!