Happy New Year! Help your students with some resolutions – Burlington Blog Update (Volume 5)

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful vacation and is feeling recharged and optimistic for what is ahead in 2016. On that note, I wanted to share a great blog post from Jennifer Gonzalez on her Cult of Pedagogy site which contains a lesson to support students in setting some resolutions/goals for themselves.  


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Less Testing! What A Great Idea! Burlington Blog Update (Volume 3)

As we near the quarter pole in the school year, I wanted to share some news that I thought would be of interest. Did you catch the news from Washington that President Obama plans to limit standardized testing for students? Here’s an excerpt from the USA Today:

“The White House said Saturday the proliferation of testing in the United States — a problem the administration acknowledged it has played a role in — has taken away too much valuable time that could be better spent on learning, teaching and fostering creativity in schools. To curb excessive testing, Obama recommended limiting standardized exams to no more than 2% of a student’s instructional time in the classroom.”

Sounds like a good plan!  Where do we sign up?

Anyway, here are the latest posts from the Burlington Blog:











Day 30 – A Peek from the Last TWO Weeks – Mrs. Warford – Memorial School Grade 4










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A Great Way To Connect Parents With Your Google Classroom – BPS Blog Update (Volume 2)

In an effort to share some great resources for you to keep on your radar, sometimes I miss the obvious ones right under my nose.  With this in mind, I want to make sure that you are keeping up the BHS Help Desk Blog.  This blog provides some of the most useful information that you will find in regards to technology integration. Two recent posts that have been widely viewed are the following:

Now You Can Share & Embed Your Google Classroom Calendars with Parents! and An Important “Wi-fi Assist” Warning for iOS 9 iPhone Users.










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Let’s Share More Student Work At #BPSCHAT – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 20)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the 20th post in the series.

Share Your Student Work By Tagging It To #BPSCHAT

While it is great to see the growing number of staff sharing information on our district twitter hashtag, it would be awesome to see everyone sharing some of the great work by students on the district hashtag. I have embedded a few examples of what this could like below. Please share pictures and or posts at #bpschat or feel free to e-mail me photos to share from the district twitter account. If you have any questions, feel free to touch base. 


A quick look at our BPS Facebook Page in 2015

We have been pretty active in using our district Facebook page to get out information to our followers there. One of the nice things about having the Burlington Public Schools Facebook Like Page is that there are a number of analytics that allow us to see which posts are most popular with followers. Having this type of feedback is great because it allows us to get a grasp of what type of things our followers like to see on the page. 

As we look back at the first three months of 2015, the posts with the most likes have been those announcing the cancellation of school due to snow. All of these posts received between 2,000 and 3,000 views. However, the one post unrelated to a snow day that also approached this was a great post from Memorial Principal Deb Dressler last week highlighting the “We are all MEMORIAL”  initiative started by two fifth graders.


Heartwarming story at Memorial School! – “WE are all MEMORIAL” http://bit.ly/1ELDYCe #bpschat #edchatma #stuvoice
Posted by Burlington Public Schools on Saturday, March 28, 2015 


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An Uplifting Story – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 18)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the 18th post in the series.

As we deal with this record-breaking winter, we’ve finally surpassed the 100-day mark of the 2014-2015 school year.  Given the fact that it has been a little depressing dealing with “Snowmageddon”, I have decided to share an uplifting story about a father in Florida who was concerned about his autistic son and finding him a job that would highlight his strengths. 




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Here’s to another 5-day week!

A Couple of Useful Writing Resources – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 17)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the 17th post in the series.

As we head into Super Bowl weekend, I couldn’t help noticing what they served for lunch at BHS today! Go Patriots!

I wanted to share a couple of writing resources that I learned about on Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers Blog:

The first resource is Common Lit, a collection of free texts for upper elementary and middle schools classrooms which are organized thematically. Here’s an overview from the Common Lit website:

    • Teachers identify texts that students love to discuss;
    • We negotiate with the copyright holders;
    • We identify the Lexile reading level;
    • We organize the texts by theme so teachers can use them in their lessons;
    • We put everything online for free.
    • Teachers know their students best. That’s why we created a flexible resource that works with whatever you’re already teaching.

The second digital tool is Citebite a neat little tool that allows teachers to share excerpts from websites with their students through a direct link. The cool part about it is that the link will share the entire article with the excerpt chosen by the teacher highlighted.

For an example, Check out my Citebite from a great article on Edutopia’s site discussing the value of a teacher’s time by Jose Vilson.



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Do You Have Three Minutes To Learn Something New? – Burlington Blog Update (Edition 16)

The post below is actually a copy of a weekly e-mail that I send to our staff  to promote our Burlington Public Schools Blog which shares the great work going on across our school district. I also try to give a quick technology tip/resource that I think would be useful. It is the 16th post in the series.


Do You Have Three Minutes To Spare?

I know how thin educators are stretched in regards to their free time. However, I also know there some great tools out there that can be integrated with very little background knowledge. Thankfully, Craig Badura has started his “Learn it 3 With Me” Series to help busy educators learn about some of these resources. 

His first three-minute video (embedded below) highlights Kahoot, a classroom response game that students love. Some BPS Staff are already using Kahoot, so take three minutes and join them.

Another PD Opportunity to Increase Your Google Skills

Cambridge Public Schools is hosting Googlepalooza on February 19 which is the Thursday of vacation week.  Here is the link to the site for more information. Please e-mail Rosemary if you would like to attend and we will cover the cost. 

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