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Backing up Notability to Google Drive

Data loss is a real and present concern when using any device, never mind a mobile device. Breakage, loss, or catastrophic software failure can all mean that you lose all local data. We’d like to avoid this. To that end, this guide is designed to help you set up an automatic backup from Notability to Google Drive. This means that every note and folder in your Notability app on your…

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Worth the Wait

Students and teachers in Burlington are now almost two months into our most ambitious iPad rollout thus far- we have just under 3000 iPads deployed in our district at grades 1, and 4-12. This marks the third year of 1:1 iPad programs in Burlington, and we’re happy to see the integration and enthusiasm grow every year. Nothing trumps the excitement on a 3rd grader’s face as she is handed her first…

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Announcing: Google in Education New England Summit

We are excited to announce that Burlington Public Schools will be hosting another Google in Education New England Summit this March at Marshall Simonds Middle School. The Google in Education Summit brings together educators from around the world to learn and share about using Google Apps for Education in the classroom. The outstanding two day event features Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, Google engineers, and educators…

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How Do I Do That? November 2013

There will be two November sessions of the How Do I Do That Technology Series. Please note – BPS teachers can bundle hours of participation at How Do I Do That sessions during the school year for Burlington inservice credits. Ten hours of participation will earn one inservice credit. Twenty hours will earn two inservice credits. There is a maximum of two credits for staff members each year. Tuesday, November…

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Digital Workflow with Google Drive and Notability

We are often asked about our digital workflow options and use of paper in Burlington classrooms. While our classrooms are not all paperless, we are certainly using less paper in classroom workflows. This post describes one of the most popular digital workflow options used in our 1:1 classrooms. We find the most efficient way of distributing assignments to students is via distribution lists. This allows a teacher to send a…

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Parent Technology Night: Foundational Apps and iOS7

The Burlington Public Schools EdTech Team will be hosting a Parent Technology Night on Tuesday, November 5 at Marshall Simonds Middle School. Please join us for information about the BPS Foundational Apps and the new iOS7 for iPads. The session will provide an opportunity to learn about the core apps that we are using in our 1:1 programs. These apps include Google Drive, Notability, Explain Everything, and Evernote. We will also…

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AirServer Set Up Guide

AirServer is a great application available to all Burlington teachers. AirServer provides a WiFi based connection for iPads, iPhones, and iPods to your laptop. This will allow you to wirelessly project your iPad and student iPads through the classroom projection system. AirServer supports device video and audio. The audio can also be run through BPS classroom Lightspeed Audio Systems from your laptop. AirServer helps teachers create a more student centered…

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Building Our International Network

Since moving to 1:1 learning environments for Burlington students in grades 1 and 4-12 we have had some amazing opportunities for both students and staff that likely would not have been possible without the 1:1 initiatives. We often refer to these opportunities as unintended benefits. These unintended benefits vary from product testing by students and teachers, to presenting at major educational conferences, and to having Burlington High School earn recognition…

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Elementary 1:1 Program Presentation

The BPS EdTech Team hosted the first Parent Tech Night of the year on Tuesday, October 1 at Marshall Simonds Middle School. The session featured a presentation about our elementary school 1:1 program. This year BPS students in grades 1, 4, and 5 will be 1:1 with iPads. The Parent Tech Night presentation highlighted the journey to 1:1, the key points about the program, and the apps installed on all…

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Take the Pledge

Common Sense Media is an outstanding educational technology resource for helping students understand why their digital identity is important and how they can work to build a positive presence online. The BPS EdTech Team uses many of the Common Sense lessons and materials as part of its PreK-12 Digital Citizenship programs. We also recommend the Common Sense Media Digital Passport for Kids app which we have available for all BPS…

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