Tech Integration Newsletter

Volume 6 | Issue 21 | February, 2018

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day- February 22, 2018

Digital Learning Day was started in 2012 as a way to share and highlight how teachers include digital resources and applications to enhance student learning.

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience.

How can your class participate?

  • Check out the resources by visiting the link below.
  • Plan learning activities that include digital learning on February 22nd.
  • Take pictures/videos and share to social media with the hashtags #DLDay and #OPSProud.
  • Include a mention of @opstechtrainers in your Tweets and Facebook postsand we will spread the greatness!

2018 Digital Learning Day Resources

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Introducing 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

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Technology Professional Learning Opportunities

Interested in learning more about technology opportunities such as ClassFlow? Below is a list of sessions you can sign up for on inservices.ops.org. Use your district e-login as the username and your employee number as the password. These training sessions are open to elementary and secondary school teachers and stipends for attendance will be paid when offered during non-duty hours.

A sneak peek of the technology training opportunities are also pictured below. Check inservices.ops.org regularly as NEW training sessions are added often.

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Tech Tip | Microsoft Forms

Did you know that within Microsoft Forms...
  1. there is a branching feature?
  2. a share to collaborate link can be utilized to work with other teachers on Form creation?
  3. users are able to upload their own picture/image to be used as a background?
  4. specific start and end dates can be added to automatically open or close the form for response submissions?
  5. two more question types have been added: Ranking & Likert?

If it has been awhile since you've explored Forms, perhaps it is time to revisit. If you are currently using Forms and need assistance, please contact your school's technology trainer.

Check out this Microsoft Forms Tutorial

Learn about branching here: Microsoft Forms Branching Video

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Elementary Spotlight

Congratulations Susan Young! Susan is a 5th Grade Teacher at Mount View Elementary School. Click on the Sway below to see what her students are doing with Microsoft Teams and Onenote to support their learning.
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Secondary Spotlight

Congratulations Chad Carlson! Click on the Sway below to find out more about this innovative educator.

Once again, for the 2017-2018 school year, the secondary technology trainers are looking to showcase innovative secondary educators who are incorporating technology into their classroom content.

Click on the sway below to submit a nomination!

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Digital Citizenship Corner with Common Sense Education

Common Sense provides wonderful resources for schools, parents, and the greater community. The organization promotes a culture of a shared vision: media balance is crucial for overall well-being. In the coming months, Common Sense will be promoting digital wellness and balance and we want to share other great opportunities to unplug and to create boundaries with media.

Consider Joining in on the "40 Minutes for 40 Days" campaign, created by local Omaha leaders.

Create boundaries with media in your home by having conversations and limiting screen time. Check out this 10 Minute Teacher podcast episode for more great tips!

As always, visit Common Sense Media for more useful advice and feel free to share any of these resources out to your school's social channels as part of your parent outreach efforts.

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Hosting a Family Event at Your Building this Spring?

Is your building planning to host a STEAM night this semester? Family Math Night? Another event related to science, technology, engineering, art, or math?

Microsoft has some amazing STEAM activities and resources available for Omaha Public Schools to use! Whether it's coding with Minecraft, measuring velocity with hot wheels cars, building machines, or experiencing virtual realities, there is an interactive activity that your community will love. The best part- a Microsoft employee or district technology trainer could facilitate with you!

Email rebecca.chambers@ops.org if you are interested in reserving a date! Limited dates are available- so first come, first served!

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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Mobile Learning Unit

Omaha Public Schools Mobile Learning Unit was created to address issues of digital equity in the North Omaha area. Anchored on a powerful district vision and community partnerships, this innovative initiative targets high poverty neighborhoods and schools. The goal: to use a whole-community approach to bring high-technology learning and digital citizenship skills to students and their families. We want more than merely high-quality access and devices for our students - we want to build the knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex community challenges in today’s digital age. Every Student. Every Day. Prepared for Success.

To see the MLU in action, check out our blog HERE.

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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