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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 Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, Google engineers, and…

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Common Themes from the PARCC Summit

Over 500 educators and school technology professionals attended the Massachusetts PARCC Summit in Burlington on December 4. The event included a keynote from Commissioner Mitchell Chester and sessions designed to help prepare schools for implementing the digital PARCC assessments. Members of the Burlington, Revere, and Boston Public Schools presented about their experiences with the 2014 PARCC Field Tests. Several other sessions were presented by members of the Massachusetts Department of…

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Hour of Code at BPS!

The Hour of Code is coming to Burlington schools during Computer Science Week from December 8-14. Hour of Code activities will be taking place at each Burlington school. Members of the BPS EdTech Team are planning lessons and coding opportunities for students. Our team is also collaborating with teachers from nearly every grade level in Burlington about the available resources for coding. Learn more here about the Hour of Code and check out ways…

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How Do I Do That? December 2014

December features two opportunities to participate in the BPS EdTech Team How Do I Do That program. There will be an on-site session on Monday, December 8 at Memorial Elementary School from 2:30-5:00pm. This session will feature open support for any technology related questions. Members of the BPS EdTech and IT Teams will be available to help. December also features a Tech Explorer Challenge. Teachers can create a video describing their…

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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 common economic terminology, in an interview with local sports reporter…

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November Tech Savvy Parenting Event

We are pleased to announce the BPS EdTech Team November Tech Savvy Parenting Night: Converting to the Cloud Converting to the Cloud is the November Burlington Public Schools “Digital Bootcamp Series” event and is designed to educate K-12 parents on the latest trends in educational technology. Join us on Tuesday, November 18th 5:30-7:30PM Library Learning Commons at Marshall Simonds Middle School Our focus will be on all things Google. Come…

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Explain Everything Lesson at Pine Glen

BPS EdTech Team member and Pine Glen Elementary School Instructional Technology Specialist Michelle Ardizzoni recently completed introductory lessons for the Explain Everything app. The app is installed on all Burlington iPads in grades K-8. Explain Everything is one of the BPS EdTech Team’s Foundational Apps and has been used in every grade level and almost all subject areas in Burlington. Mrs. Ardizzoni showed students how to use the app and had…

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Book Creator Lesson at Fox Hill

BPS EdTech Team member and Fox Hill Elementary School Librarian Patrick Murphy presented a great series of Book Creator app lessons this week. All Burlington iPads in grades K-8 have the Book Creator app installed. Book Creator is one of the BPS EdTech Team’s Foundational Apps for our 1:1 learning program. Mr. Murphy showed excited students how to use the app to create books and projects. The Fox Hill students will be…

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MassCUE PARCC Presentation

Burlington Public Schools completed an extensive field test of the PARCC online assessments in 2014. Burlington implemented PARCC digital assessments for over 2200 students in grades 3-10. Recently members of the BPS EdTech Team, IT Team, Student Data Office, and district administration presented about our experience with PARCC online assessments at the 2014 MassCUE event. The MassCUE and M.A.S.S. 2014 Annual Technology Conference, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE)…

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