Tech Integration Newsletter
Volume 9 | Issue 24 | May, 2018
View more details including the full schedule of sessions HERE.
Tech Tip: Update Your Password for the Summer
If you haven’t restarted your device today, then you'll need to do so before changing your password.
- On a Mac, you can change your password by clicking the green dot in your menu bar and selecting Change Password.
- If you get Keychain errors after restarting your Mac, you can fix them using Managed Software Center and the Keychain Cleaner tool.
- If you use more than one computer (e.g. a SMART Board computer) you should immediately restart that computer as well after changing your password and will need to use Keychain Cleaner per previous instructions to avoid Keychain alerts.
- On a Windows PC you can change your password by pressing Control-Alt-Del and selecting Change Password.
Code.org Learning Opportunity
The Metro Omaha CSTA chapter will be hosting a FREE, all-day Computer Science Professional Development Workshop for K-12 teachers on July 30, 2018 at the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, NE. The goal for this workshop is to bring together teachers across the state to learn about the latest research, tools, and curriculum, and to share Computer Science resources.
During this workshop, you will experience various Computer Science lessons designed for specific grade levels. Multiple sessions will be held throughout the day and resources will be collected for distribution and availability beyond the single day.
This will be a teacher-centered workshop containing topics that YOU want to know about. You will walk away with resources to start the school year off successfully and know all the exciting K-12 computing opportunities available to you and your students during the year. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity!
Teachers will also receive a variety of CS swag and goodies to take back to their classroom.
Date: July 30, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Peter Kiewit Institute (1110 S 67th St, Omaha, NE 68182)
If you're interested in attending this workshop, please click on the link below to complete the Interest Form by May 11. After May 11th, we will send you more information and a link to a survey to get your preferences on what you want to learn about.
For further questions contact Paul Watson, Code.org CS Fundamentals K-5 Facilitator - Nebraska email@example.com
What does it mean to be Future Ready?
The Future Ready Framework is a robust structure for digital learning visioning, planning, and implementation focused on personalized student learning.
The research-based framework emphasizes collaborative leadership and creating an innovative school culture. All content focuses on seven key areas called "gears." The Future Ready Gears are:
1. Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment
2. Personalized Professional Learning
3. Robust Infrastructure
4. Budget & Resources
5. Community Partnerships
6. Data & Privacy
7. Use of Space & Time
Along with collaborative leadership, each of these gears are addressed during the comprehensive planning process. This framework keeps student learning at the heart of all decision-making.
Watch for more Future Ready information, resources, and other opportunities in upcoming Wavelengths Newsletters!
Microsoft Innovative Educator Program
We've had another tremendous year of professional learning in the OPS Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Program. Four years ago the program was implemented as a train-the-trainer model to support the district's instructional technology initiatives. beginning with support in the transition from First Class to Office 365.
As technology access in classrooms has continued to increase, there's an importance placed on supporting educators to effectively integrating digital tools to support students' career and college readiness.
We will be looking for a new cohort of MIE Rookies for next year. Please send us your nominations by clicking here. We strive to have at two MIEs per building.
To learn more about how the OPS MIE program has had impact and how MIEs have applied their learning into their schools click on the below Sway to view a few of their portfolios.
Elementary Spotlight: Congratulations to Emily Beasley & Beth Stenzel
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP COHORT (ITL) MEMBERS GIVE BACK
Here are just a few ways that ITL cohort graduates are giving back to teachers in the district! Dani Nyffler (Wilson Focus) gave an inspirational presentation to current ITL members at UNO on the ABC’s of an ITL Teacher. LaDeidre Jackson presented at the district’s Office Personnel Conference. Erin Solheim, Rena Sharp, and Cindy Jackson all had the opportunity to present at this year’s Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) conference. Way to go ITLs! For more information about the OPS ITL program, please contact McKenzie White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Jackson shared 21st Century learning skills at NETA's poster session.
Building teacher leadership was explored at NETA by Erin Solheim.
Co-presenters, Rena Sharp and Eileen Heller, discussed the infinite learning opportunities intersecting purpose and creativity using BrainPop.
Digital Citizenship Corner with Common Sense Education
Mobile Learning Unit
We have had a busy spring on the Mobile Learning Unit! We continue to support our schools by offering digital citizenship and digital literacy programming for students, as well as hitting the road to visit parents and families in the community.
To see the MLU in action, follow us on Twitter at the hashtag #opsdriveschange
Common Sense Media Parenting Tips at Eagle's Nest Worship Center
Working on letters and numbers while Mom is in class at the Learning Community of North Omaha
Augmented Reality Day at Kennedy Elementary after-school program
STEAM Family Nights
Our training team had a great time helping to facilitate STEAM Family Nights in buildings across the district. Microsoft had some amazing activities and resources available for Omaha Public Schools to use. Whether it was painting on a Studio, measuring velocity with hot wheels cars, building machines, or experiencing virtual realities, there was an interactive activity that kept families engaged for hours!
Shout-out to Kennedy, Wakonda, Florence, Spring Lake, and Gomez Heritage Elementary Schools for inviting us! We had a blast!
Check out examples of activities and find free STEAM lessons here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/education-workshop/default.aspx
Technology Training Team
Technology Trainer, Classified/Certified Staff/TAC
Instructional Technology Trainer, Mobile Learning Unit Lead TeacherMelissa Cleaver:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Instructional Technology Trainer, Elementary Lead Teacher
Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship Lead Teacher
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Instructional Technology Trainer, Secondary Lead Teacher
Instructional Technology Trainer, Library Lead Teacher