Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Bellevue PD Day Bursts Beyond the Classroom Walls

While students enjoyed one more day of vacation, Bellevue Public Schools teachers were hard at work collaborating and learning in classrooms at Bellevue West on February 15, 2015. The classrooms were buzzing with teachers actively engaged in professional development activities. Teachers were able to choose from a variety of session topics including instructional technology, math, co-teaching, art, NeSA-ELA, HAL and others.


Sessions were led by a number of our own Bellevue Public Schools educators as well as members of the ESU 3 professional development team. Some of the experts from outside the district included Dr. Villa on co-teaching, David Dechant from EHA and Julia Hebenstreit and Jill Hamilton with suicide prevention and mental health.


Schoology, a learning management system, was the tool of choice to smoothly share resources with teachers throughout the day. Presenters uploaded their materials to the February 15 PD Schoology course for easy access by the 698 teachers enrolled in the course. If teachers weren’t able to attend a session, it is not a problem.  They can find the information in Schoology anytime, anywhere. Schoology organizes and streamlines content which makes it a consistent way to share materials and resources efficiently and effectively.


Shortly after kicking off the inservice, Nicole Fox, Director of Curriculum and Classroom Assessment said, ”The day is off to a great start with our dedicated BPS educators! We have some phenomenal presenters, and the best part of learning is sharing what we know with our colleagues.”

Led by our District Instructional Technology Specialists, Building Technology Coordinators and iPad Academy teachers, the #bpsne hashtag was brimming with tweets about the learning that took place during the day. By utilizing Twitter, Bellevue Public Schools was able to share the incredible day with each other, along with educators and community members near and far. The tweets from the day were captured in this archive and available for anyone to access anytime.


Written by Jeanette Carlson @mrsjcarlson and Ann Feldmann @annfeldmann1  

16 comments:

  1. The presentations by our Tech Team were amazing. I have heard nothing but positive comments. My favorite was 10 Tech Tools for the Classroom. Great job! Ann Feldmann!

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  2. I attended a HAL presentation by Megan Kinen and a Tech Tools presentation by Ann Feldmann. They were both great but it was also nice to see the resources in schoology and on twitter #bpsne to see what some of the other presentations were all about.

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  3. I loved having all the resources from every session through schoology and twitter.

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  4. I enjoyed following the #bpsne hashtag throughout inservice. I felt more connected to what others were learning and I was able to learn more than what my 3 sessions offered. I am excited to watch the #bpsne hashtag grow!

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  5. I enjoyed hearing about the other presentations I was "missing" while in another room via Twitter. Very beneficial to have all materials from all presentations in a centralized location.

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  6. Such a great day of collaboration and learning at our fingertips!

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  7. It is so nice to have all the resources available to you even if you didn't attend the session.

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  8. I loved the G-mail Jedi session that Jeff offered. I made my first canned response and have already used it three times. This is saving me time. Thanks.

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  9. I attended the session about what to do with one device in the classroom. Several of the ideas I was familiar with, but I did walk away with some new ideas!

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  10. New Technologies broaden availability to PD.

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  11. My favorite session was the Breakout EDU session. It was awesome!

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  12. The BEAST English team presented an awesome idea for a writing workshop. I implemented it last week and I saw many student light bulbs go off! Way to go, BEAST!

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  13. Cool to know this was all going on ... I didn't know! Now I do!

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  14. Loved this PD day. TONS of information presented and I was able to connect with so many great educators.

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  15. Dr. Villa's presentation on co-teaching was extremely helpful!

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  16. The technology sessions were helpful! I attended the BYOD and Schoology sessions.

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