Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, NE
Tech Trio Presents at the December Board Meeting
How does technology in students’ hands transform teaching and learning? Board members were captivated by a riveting presentation by Jeff Bernadt, Jeanette Carlson, and Ann Feldmann. As the three discussed the iPad Academy model, the board viewed images and videos of our own Bellevue Public Schools students in action.
Several years ago, the district technology committee recommended lowering the student to device ratio and decided the iPad was the device of choice. The iPad Academy was born out of a belief that in order to effectively integrate technology, there needs to be an emphasis on professional development and establishing a student centered classroom culture. Our nationally recognized iPad Academy Model is influencing other districts in Nebraska and across the nation.
Board members heard how instruction, classroom environment, and assessment is transformed in an iPad Academy classroom. Transformation occurring in these 50 classrooms is not just a transformation because of the device, rather it’s a combination of a powerful professional development program consisting of training, classroom coaching, solid pedagogy and content knowledge by the teacher, and student access to an iPad all day, every day.
Currently, we have 50 teachers and 1500 students using iPads daily for teaching and learning. We hope we can provide this opportunity to all students in Bellevue Public Schools.
After the presentation there was a short question and answers session.
Are you Teaching in a One iPad Classroom?
Do you have one iPad in your classroom and are looking for some ideas? Check out this great blog post by Kristen Wideen on using iPad centers in the classroom at http://www.mrswideen.com/2013/09/6-ready-to-go-ipad-centers.html Kate Carlson from ESU #3 will be presenting a session at our January 4th PD day where you can learn more about how to utilize this powerful learning tool in your classroom. Jeff Ingram and Greg Schwanke from ESU #3 will also be sharing powerful ways to use one computer in the classroom.
Just a Few Spaces Left for the Code.Org Workshop
The Hour of Code--Kicked off Last Week
From December 7th-13th this year tens of millions of students of all ages participated in the Hour of Code. Students in Bellevue Public Schools spent an hour during the week to explore the world of computer science and coding. Anyone with any level of experience can participate--from first graders to seniors. Coding can be fun, easy and accessible to all ages. No time to participate last week, no problem. Just code for an hour anytime that works into your schedule. It can be done all at one time or just a few minutes over a few days or weeks.
For more details, apps, and websites check out our Hour of Code flyer at https://www.smore.com/n1pwd-hour-of-code-resources
Webinar with Ed Tech Teacher
Winter Webinar - Ed Tech Teacher
The Tech Trio, Jeanette Carlson, Jeffrey Bernadt, and Ann Feldmann joined Beth Holland from EdTechTeacher, as she interviewed them about the iPad Academy Model in Bellevue Public Schools. The webinar aired on December 2nd at 2PM central time. Here is the link to the webinar and the video is also embedded below.
Google Extensions and Websites
This time saving extension give you quick access to your Google Calendar while you are browsing in Google Chrome. Check it out, you will be glad you did!
Create a light hearted holiday greeting for your co-workers or family with this fun “Elf Yourself” website http://www.elfyourself.com/ . See what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh....hey!