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.

#12daystwitter Challenge

The #12daystwitter challenge is wrapping up this week, but it is not too late to join in on the fun. It has been great seeing so many BPS teachers and staff participating in the challenge. You are encouraged to keep sharing and connecting. This challenge was created by a small group of Nebraska educators and has grown to include people from all over the world. Just another example of the power of Twitter. As Josh Allen, Technology Integration Specialist from Lewis Central Community Schools, said, "A group of less than 20 people sat in a library in York, NE and helped craft a Twitter challenge that thousands of people around the world have participated in. You can do big things from anywhere you are. Never underestimate the power that positive social media can have." For those who have not been taking part in the challenge, but would like to this week, check out the livebinder for more details and start today!
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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 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

Are you interested in learning more about coding in the classroom? Sign up now for this awesome opportunity to learn more about coding! Join us for the Code.Org Workshop. Walk away with swag and a free copy of the curriculum to use with your students. Space is limited to 20 participants.

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

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.

EdTechTeacher Winter Webinar: Creating the Student-Centric Classroom

Google Extensions and Websites

Google Calendar Extension

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!

Elf Yourself

Create a light hearted holiday greeting for your co-workers or family with this fun “Elf Yourself” website . See what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh....hey!

Techie Tuesday Opportunity

Would you like to learn how to create a global classroom? Come learn multiple ways to connect your students to other classrooms and experts inside and outside of the Bellevue community. Learn how to use Google+ Hangouts, Mystery Skypes, Facebook, Twitter and other tools to help your students connect and learn globally. Join us for TechieTuesday on February 23, 2016! To attend a Techie Tuesday contact your principal and fill out the Request to Attend a Conference form.

Tweet Time--Tweets From Those You Know

Use Twitter to be connected! If you are a tweeter, remember to tag your tweets with #bpsne and #tt4t so more teachers can see what is happening in your classroom. Sharing is the name of the game! Remember there are lots of great chats to explore to connect with others in your content area. Just pull up the hashtag and enjoy the conversation.
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Meet the #tt4t Technology Team

District Technology Trainers

Jeanette Carlson

Twitter: @mrsjcarlson

Ann Feldmann

Twitter: @annfeldmann1

Jeffrey Bernadt

Twitter: @jeffreybernadt

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