EdTech Resources

Digital Pen Pals with Gmail

Digital Pen Pals with Gmail

Third graders at Fox Hill School will soon have the opportunity to practice and improve their writing skills through participating in a new classroom center called Digital Pen Pals. The idea for this new center came from third grade teacher Heather Lisano. Heather wanted a fun and engaging way for her students to not only strengthen their writing skills, she… Read more →

Google Apps Updates

Google Apps Updates

Google has been busy releasing many new updates to their Google Apps suite. Many of these updates benefit educators and students. Here is a quick look at some of the new additions: Mobile Annotations iPad users of Google Classroom can now draw, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs. Students can complete work to be annotated. Teachers can assess student… Read more →

TLC: Teaching & Learning Challenge 2

TLC: Teaching & Learning Challenge 2

For the second consecutive month, the BPS EdTech Team is offering a personalized professional learning opportunity for Burlington Public Schools teachers. This program is an extension of the BPS EdTech How Do I Do That series. May submissions for the TLC program are due to BPS Mobile Learning Coach Jenn Scheffer by Monday, June 6th. The BPS Teaching and Learning… Read more →

Google Expeditions in Burlington

Google Expeditions in Burlington

Special thanks to Allison Mollica and BPS EdTech Team member Rachel Small for the following post about a recent event at Memorial Elementary School. Memorial hosted Google Expeditions and provided a great experience for students and staff.    Google has developed an economical way for schools to virtually visit attractions all throughout the world. Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program created over a… Read more →

Backing Up Notability to Drive - 2015 Edition

Backing Up Notability to Drive – 2015 Edition

In October 2013 former BPS EdTech Team member Tim Calvin published an important post on how to back up notes from Notability to Google Drive. Two years have past and while the simple and effective back up process has not changed all that much (the Drive and Notability interfaces have changed since iOS8) we are still seeing students lose important… Read more →

SchoolDude Online HelpDesk System

SchoolDude Online HelpDesk System

Burlington Public Schools staff members can post technology support requests directly to SchoolDude. SchoolDude is an online helpdesk system. All staff members can quickly create an account, log in, and add support requests anytime from any device. Go to this BPS SchoolDude link. Or use the link on the main page of this site > Enter your BPS email address. Enter your last… Read more →

How Do I Do That? May 2015

How Do I Do That? May 2015

There will be a session of the BPS EdTech How Do I Do That program on Tuesday, May 12 in the Marshall Simonds Middle School Library from 2:30-5:00pm. The session will feature information about Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a powerful learning management system for supporting the use of Google Apps with lesson materials and student assignments. BPS Mobile Learning Coach, Jenn Scheffer, will… Read more →

New VoIP Phones

New VoIP Phones

New VoIP (voice over internet protocol) phones will soon be installed at Burlington High School, Francis Wyman, Pine Glen, and Fox Hill. The new phones will replace existing phones in classrooms and offices. The new phones are similar to the system currently used at Marshall Simonds and Memorial. The new VoIP phones should be in place within the next 1-2 months. New… Read more →

PARCC Test Administrator Video

PARCC Test Administrator Video

PARCC test administrators have many responsibilities and supporting classroom teachers in the assessment process is an important part of these responsibilities. District leaders should make an effort to provide teachers with great information so that any anxiety about PARCC is alleviated. A new video from Chris Aviles and the Teched Up Teacher blog provides some information to share with test… Read more →

iPad iOS 8.1.3 and PARCC Testing

iPad iOS 8.1.3 and PARCC Testing

The recent update for iPad iOS (8.1.3) includes several important features for PARCC assessments. In fact, these features were added by Apple specifically to support “configuration options for education standardized testing.” The features include the ability to disable the dictionary, QuickType predictive keyboard, AutoCorrection, and spell check for supervised devices. Schools using Mobile Device Management systems should consult their providers… Read more →

PARCC Resource: New Mexico Public Education

PARCC Resource: New Mexico Public Education

This New Mexico Public Education Department site provides PARCC trial information and resources. The site highlights some know issues with the system and provides details to fix when available. The site contains how to guides and planning materials. From the support site of the New Mexico Public Education Department ​​This site reports all known issues with the PARCC System Check,… Read more →

Girls STEM Summit

Girls STEM Summit

Jr.Tech and several Massachusetts businesses are hosting a Girls STEM Summit on June 14, 2015 at Regis College. The event features presentations and sessions for female students in grades 8-12 interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. Please see the flyer below for more details.