Boom or Bust EdTech

Boom or Bust EdTech

Schools must stop boom or bust technology purchasing. Districts have to commit to sustainability planning with budgets and purchasing or technology initiatives will feel like a first-place team that wins the World Series one year followed by finishing in last place the next year. Sound familiar Boston fans? Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington recently talked about boom and bust mentality, a fairly… Read more →

November Tech Savvy Parenting Event

November Tech Savvy Parenting Event

We are pleased to announce the BPS EdTech Team November Tech Savvy Parenting Night: Converting to the Cloud Converting to the Cloud is the November Burlington Public Schools “Digital Bootcamp Series” event and is designed to educate K-12 parents on the latest trends in educational technology. Join us on Tuesday, November 18th 5:30-7:30PM Library Learning Commons at Marshall Simonds Middle… Read more →

Explain Everything Lesson at Pine Glen

Explain Everything Lesson at Pine Glen

BPS EdTech Team member and Pine Glen Elementary School Instructional Technology Specialist Michelle Ardizzoni recently completed introductory lessons for the Explain Everything app. The app is installed on all Burlington iPads in grades K-8. Explain Everything is one of the BPS EdTech Team’s Foundational Apps and has been used in every grade level and almost all subject areas in Burlington. Mrs…. Read more →

Book Creator Lesson at Fox Hill

Book Creator Lesson at Fox Hill

BPS EdTech Team member and Fox Hill Elementary School Librarian Patrick Murphy presented a great series of Book Creator app lessons this week. All Burlington iPads in grades K-8 have the Book Creator app installed. Book Creator is one of the BPS EdTech Team’s Foundational Apps for our 1:1 learning program. Mr. Murphy showed excited students how to use the app to… Read more →

MassCUE PARCC Presentation

MassCUE PARCC Presentation

Burlington Public Schools completed an extensive field test of the PARCC online assessments in 2014. Burlington implemented PARCC digital assessments for over 2200 students in grades 3-10. Recently members of the BPS EdTech Team, IT Team, Student Data Office, and district administration presented about our experience with PARCC online assessments at the 2014 MassCUE event. The MassCUE and M.A.S.S. 2014 Annual… Read more →

How Do I Do That? November 2014

How Do I Do That? November 2014

Please note – BPS teachers can bundle hours of participation at How Do I Do That sessions during the school year for Burlington inservice credits. Ten hours of participation will earn one inservice credit. Twenty hours will earn two inservice credits. There is a maximum of two credits for staff members each year. The BPS EdTech Team will be hosting… Read more →

1:1 in Action: A Visit to Burlington High School

1:1 in Action: A Visit to Burlington High School

Thank you to BPS EdTech Team Mobile Learning Coach Jenn Scheffer and the Burlington High School Student HelpDesk for organizing an upcoming school visit open to the public at Burlington High School. The following originally appeared on the BHS Student HelpDesk blog. On behalf of the BPS EdTech Team, we’d like to extend an invitation to you and the stakeholders of… Read more →

Massachusetts PARCC Summit

Massachusetts PARCC Summit

Don’t miss a unique opportunity to learn from educators and technology practitioners who have experienced the PARCC online assessments first hand. Along with members of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, these practitioners will be leading sessions, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations to help support Massachusetts’ schools implementing or considering online PARCC assessments. The Massachusetts PARCC Summit will be a… Read more →

Creating Distribution Lists (Groups) in Gmail

Creating Distribution Lists (Groups) in Gmail

Burlington Public Schools is a Google Apps for Education district. All students and staff have Google accounts. One of the most powerful aspects of this consistent integration is the ability to communicate and collaborate in an organized system. The BPS EdTech Team recommends setting up class groups for better distribution of digital content and communication with students. You can also… Read more →