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MSMS is now 1:1 iPads

Marshall Simonds Middle School is now 1:1 with iPads! The BPS EdTech Team and MSMS staff have completed the 1:1 iPad distribution. All MSMS students now have their own iPads to use at school each day. MSMS has almost 850 students in grades 6-8. Students received their iPads last week during special brunches. The best part of the deployment was how excited students were to receive their iPads. Several students…

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Google Forms get a refresh

As part of the Google drive suite of applications, Google Forms got a major update today in both features and aesthetics . One of the first things users will notice is the new design. The design is much cleaner and looks as if it was pasted on a Google doc. All of the previous features have carried over, however; there are some great new features.

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February Parent Technology Night

The Burlington EdTech Team will be hosting a Parent Technology Night on February 26 at Marshall Simonds Middle School. Please join us for the official launch of Burlington’s School Connect. The session will provide an opportunity to learn about a great new addition to the technology communication system in Burlington. School Connect is a free app available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. The app provides access to important information, teacher pages,…

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How Do I Do That? February 2013

There will be three sessions of the How Do I Do That Technology Series in February. Each week we will be visiting a different school in Burlington for the sessions. Join members of the BPS EdTech and IT Teams for technology support. Share ideas with Burlington teachers and collaborate about using technology in the classroom. The sessions are open from 2-5PM and provide support for many edtech devices and applications. Sessions will include…

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Convert any webpage to a PDF

I stumbled upon this simple, yet useful website, Convertwebpage.com,  that allows users to convert any webpage to a downloadable PDF. When users arrive at the website, users are met by a simple, clean page. Once users find the website they want to convert, simply copy and paste the website URL (address) into the box, select PDF or Image and hit the convert button. The conversion process takes less than a minute…

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The Paragraph App on the Newsstand for iPad

There is a free app now available in the Apple Newsstand called Paragraph. Paragraph is a free magazine app that will download to the newsstand and also boasts a free subscription. Each issue contains seven pieces of short fiction brought into the magazine from such publications as The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Paragraph’s short pieces create a more of a multimedia literary experience by integrating text, video, and…

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MSMS 1:1 iPad Program Details

Marshall Simonds Middle School will soon be Burlington’s second full 1:1 school. The BPS EdTech and IT Teams have been preparing for the deployment to students. Here are some important details about the initiative. All students in grades 6-8 will be assigned iPads. Students will be using iPad 2s. Students will not be taking iPads home at this time. The MSMS iPads will be fully managed by Burlington Public Schools….

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Preparing for 1:1 at MSMS

A great team from Burlington Public Schools has been getting 850 iPads ready for the 1:1 initiative at Marshall Simonds Middle School. The group includes members of our BPS EdTech Team, BPS IT Team, and Burlington High School Student HelpDesk. The group even includes a few BHS alumni that were former members of the Student HelpDesk. The 1:1 iPad initiative at Marshall Simonds will be different than the 1:1 program…

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Gmail – Creating Student Contact Groups

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 or blocks for better distribution of digital content and communication to students. This process is appropriate even for beginners but does take some…

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Marshall Simonds 1:1 Information Event

The BPS EdTech Team is excited to announce a technology information night for Marshall Simonds Middle School families. The event will provide important information regarding the upcoming 1:1 iPad program at MSMS. All students in grades 6-8 will have access to iPads while at MSMS during the school day. We will be discussing student responsibility, classroom workflows with the device, foundational apps, and how the devices will be managed. Please…

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