EdTech Resources

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.

BPS EdTech Chromebook Resource Guide

BPS EdTech Chromebook Resource Guide

BPS EdTech Team member Jenn Scheffer has created a great new resource site for Chromebooks in the classroom. The site features information about ChromeOS, Chrome Apps and Extensions, and Digital Citizenship. From the Chromebook Resource Guide site Burlington Public Schools is a K-12 Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. Our teachers and students use the Google suite of apps as… Read more →

Update: BPS Foundational Apps

Update: BPS Foundational Apps

Burlington Public Schools is 1:1 with iPads in grades 1-12. We also have iPads available in each kindergarten and preschool classroom. Our vision for a 1:1 learning environment has always been to create the most engaging and collaborative student centered classrooms possible. Although our focus has never been on apps, we have always encouraged the use of core BPS Foundational Apps… Read more →

Google for Education Event

Google for Education Event

The BPS EdTech Team is excited to announce the third annual Google for Education New England Summit this March at Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington. The Google for Education Summit brings together educators from around the world to learn and share about using Google Apps for Education in the classroom. This is a great two day event featuring Google Certified… Read more →

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 →