Teacher & Student Work

Another Unusual 3D Print

Recently, I was contacted by some high school students (Hammad Sadiq, Harsha Chittoor, Yash Bhalla) about the possibility of me 3d printing something for them. That, in and of itself, is not entirely unusual- when students hear we have a 3d printer they are prone to asking if we can print them a cell phone case/iPad case/random other object. There’s… 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 →

Positivity in Technology

Positivity in Technology

Great teachers – not technology – make Burlington Public Schools a great place to learn. Our teachers have exhibited an incredible commitment to learning about and integrating extensive amounts of technology devices and resources. Our administration and BPS EdTech Team have provided support and guidance along the way. Do we get everything right? Absolutely not. Have we made mistakes? Of… Read more →

Massachusetts PARCC Trial Site

Massachusetts PARCC Trial Site

We have created a new site that will provide information regarding the implementation of the 2014 PARCC trial in Massachusetts schools. The Massachusetts PARCC Trial site will highlight the experiences of students, teachers, administrators, technology professionals, and test developers as the PARCC assessments are introduced to schools in our state. The information available on the site will also highlight the… Read more →

Breaking Down Isolation

Breaking Down Isolation

The journey towards becoming a 1:1 school district in Burlington has been an exciting and rewarding experience. Although this is a technology initiative – the program has always been driven by our unwavering commitment to improving the learning environment for our students. One of the most beneficial opportunities from the endeavor has been meeting educators from around the world. We… 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 →