EdTech Resources

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 →

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 →

Getting Pics from Drive to Blogger, on a Chromebook

Getting Pics from Drive to Blogger, on a Chromebook

The following walk through was originally posted on Ben Schersten’s blog. Ben is an Instructional Technology Specialist on the BPS EdTech Team at Francis Wyman Elementary School in Burlington. Getting Pics From Drive to Blogger, on a Chromebook If you’ve ever tried to get pictures from your Google Drive to your (Google-owned) Blogger blog, you know that it can be a… Read more →

BPS Aspen Family Portal

BPS Aspen Family Portal

Thank you to Josh Murphy, BPS Director of Student Information, for this important update about the opening of the Aspen Family Portal.  The Burlington Public Schools Student Information Office is happy to announce the opening of the Aspen Family Portal.  Aspen is the Student Information System used by Burlington Public Schools.  It is used to maintain student data including demographics,… Read more →

The Truth About EdTech Integration

The Truth About EdTech Integration

It’s time for us to admit the truth…all of the professional development, all the conversations, all the support, all of the posts, all the Tweets, all the apps and devices – none of it will help completely revolutionize technology use in education until those who evaluate our educators know what quality edtech looks like in the classroom. Evaluators must understand… Read more →

The Supporting Role

The Supporting Role

An Instructional Technology Specialist has many roles in a school today. An ITS is a teacher, instructional leader, technology infuser, professional developer, encourager, and problem solver. All of these roles help to improve the educational environment of a school. However, I have always believed that the most important role of all is one of supporter. As educators, we talk constantly… Read more →

BPS EdTech Prepares for PARCC

BPS EdTech Prepares for PARCC

The BPS EdTech Team has worked on many important technology initiatives over the past three years. We have faced tough challenges and found some great success along the way. Our incredible IT department, instructional technology, and library team members have worked to develop a great environment for digital learning in Burlington. Each initiative has brought many long days – and even… Read more →

Announcing: The New England 1:1 Summit

Announcing: The New England 1:1 Summit

The event that started it all returns to Burlington this April! Join us for the New England 1:1 Summit A FREE event from the BPS EdTech Team Friday, April 11 9AM-12PM 1:1 School Visits at elementary, middle, and high school locations Attendees will learn about the 1:1 iPad program in Burlington Public Schools. The Friday session includes a presentation about… Read more →

Google Drive Equation Editor

Google Drive Equation Editor

Thank you to Burlington High School junior Jake Moreira for this quick post about the equation editor in Google Drive. Jake is former BHS Student HelpDesk and now works directly with our BPS EdTech Team.  To enter an equation in a Google Drive document first you go to Insert, then click on Equation. After clicking on Equation, there will be… Read more →

Google Apps Update

Google Apps Update

Thanks to Ben Schersten, Francis Wyman Elementary School Instructional Technology Specialist, for this quick update about a change to Google Apps accounts: Google Drive has moved (and Calendar and Blogger). In your email, that black bar that used to have the Google options (Mail, Calendar, Drive, etc.) has disappeared. It’s been replaced with a small grid of nine squares, in… Read more →