Tech Integration Newsletter

Volume 9 | Issue 24 | May, 2018

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Register Now!

Mark your calendars now for "OPS Tech Share," a 2-day technology integration event for Certified staff on May 31st and June 1st. Come learn about best practices when integrating technology in your instruction, including a variety of tips, tricks, and tools to engage your students. Register now for sessions using this OPS TechShare Form.

View more details including the full schedule of sessions HERE.

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Tech Tip: Update Your Password for the Summer

Change your password now if you have not changed it since before Spring Break. If your password expires over the summer while you’re at home you will lose access to email and other OPS services and will need to come in to school (or TAC) to reset your password.

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.

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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 paul.watson@ops.org

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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!

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Microsoft Innovative Educator Program

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Do you love to learn new things? Like being innovative? Then you may want to consider becoming an OPS MIE!

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.

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Elementary Spotlight: Congratulations to Emily Beasley & Beth Stenzel

This year the elementary MIE program offered participants the unique opportunity to win a Surface Pro device for use in their classrooms. Participants were asked to complete all the program requirements and submit their portfolio prior to April 1st. Although all portfolios submitted highlighted the engaging ways MIEs are applying their learning only two could win. Congratulations to our two Elementary MIE winners: Emily Beasley and Beth Stenzel!
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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 mckenzie.white@ops.org.

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Digital Citizenship Corner with Common Sense Education

Are you a teacher who's new to Twitter? Looking to start an online PLN (or professional learning network)? Because it's so widely used among educators, Twitter is a great place to connect with others, share ideas, and learn from one another. Use these tips to help you get started, and watch your PLN flourish. Click here for a video resource to get you started!
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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

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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

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OPS Anywhere

Communications regarding the new PeopleSoft upgrade has been emailed to all staff. In addition, postcards were mailed to employee home addresses over the winter holiday to communicate this upcoming change and explain the difference between Grams and Alerts. Your staff may not understand the importance of reading the OPS Anywhere emails or be aware of how they will be impacted. Employees can search their Inbox for "OPS Anywhere" to locate the emails. For additional information, see below.

Website Link: Click HERE
Email Questions or Concerns: ops-anywhere@ops.org
Project Hotline (Message Receiving Service): 531-299-0277

Technology Training Team

Debra Bordenkecher:

Technology Trainer, Classified/Certified Staff/TAC

Rebecca Chambers:

Instructional Technology Trainer, Mobile Learning Unit Lead Teacher

Melissa Cleaver:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Eileen Heller:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Elementary Lead Teacher
Keegan Korf:
Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship Lead Teacher
Kelly Means:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Project Coordinator
Amy Vester:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Secondary Lead Teacher
McKenzie White:
Instructional Technology Trainer, Library Lead Teacher