Time’s Up!

January 8, 2018

It happens every time.  I give my class 10 minutes to work on something and it ends up being 15, not because they need the additional time, but because I’ve lost track of time or didn’t note the time when we started.  Meanwhile, unless I continually give the 5-minute warning, 3-minute warning, 1-minute warning, etc., students have no idea when they have to start wrapping up. This happens to all of…


Parent and Family Resources

November 3, 2017

Thank you to BPS EdTech Team member Jenn Scheffer for creating this list of technology resources for parents and families. Parent and family collaboration is a critical component of the Burlington Public Schools 1:1 Learning Program. The BPS EdTech works with families so they understand the technology initiatives and implementation of 1:1 learning devices and applications. We encourage you to be involved with your child and their use of technology on…


Journal Writing in Grade 1 Implementing Google Docs

March 15, 2017

Mrs. Burnham’s first grade has been working on their writing journals in Google Docs. This has been a great collaboration piece for her students. Students have learned how to share their journals with Mrs. Burnham and their classmates. They edit them together and make suggestions as a class as to how to improve on their writing as well as celebrate their terrific writing as a class.  It has been a…


Introducing Team Drive for G Suite

December 13, 2016

Please Note: Team Drive is currently in BETA (early release). Users may encounter bugs. There is no guarantee Team Drive will be a permanent feature in G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education).  Streamlined Collaboration with Team Drive for G Suite Back in September, Google announced their new “G Suite for Education” name change along with the new Team Drive feature, available to schools in the Early Adopter Program. Today,…


Digital Pen Pals with Gmail

November 10, 2016

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 was looking for a way to, “teach and incorporate 21st…


Google Apps Updates

September 21, 2016

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 work with annotation once the work is returned to the…


TLC: Teaching & Learning Challenge 2

May 3, 2016

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 Challenge (TLC Program) provides K-12 teachers of all content areas…


Google Expeditions in Burlington

April 11, 2016

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 hundred curriculum based 3D virtual field trips for teachers to…


Backing Up Notability to Drive – 2015 Edition

December 16, 2015

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 notes for their classes. This is due to the fact…


SchoolDude Online HelpDesk System

September 24, 2015

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 name when prompted. Complete the final account registration page. PLEASE…