Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Welcome Back #BVSD 2016-17!

The BVSD Ed Tech team is planning for another incredible year of professional learning, growing and exploring with you! See below for a few ways you can engage with the Ed Tech team.

Social Media

Join us on Twitter. Follow @BVSDEdTech for updates on ed tech in the classroom as well as interesting articles, people, and resources. You can also follow each team’ member’s personal Twitter account. See the bottom of this site for who’s who!

Are you a Pinner? You can follow BVSD Ed Tech on our Pinterest page. We curate resources that help in many areas (makerspaces, libraries, literacy, leadership etc).

Sharing Student Examples:
Student Products: We have a student products page that provides examples of meaningful integration of technology in lessons, projects, and assessments. These are BVSD examples! Would you like us to add one of yours? Click here to share an example.

Student Data Security & Privacy:
When choosing digital tools for your classroom, please keep best practices for protecting student data in mind. If you would like to know more about data privacy and your role in protecting student data, visit our Student Data Privacy website or join our Schoology course. (Course code: QB2MG-J4HCP)


Curious about a topic covered during an Ed Tech PD session? Want to do some growth and learning on your own? Check out our list of topics and sites that will support you as you learn something new!

Upcoming Professional Development:
Coming Soon! Ed Tech Online Courses for the 2016-17 School Year!
Soon, you will be able to sign up for the following Ed Tech Online Courses. Each course has the potential for a 1.0 Salary Credit upon completion of work. Look for more information about these courses early this fall!
  • Online Collaboration & Connected Learning
  • Maker Edu: Creating Innovative Learning Spaces
  • Digital Storytelling

The Annual Rocky Mountain Summit for Google Apps for Education is coming once again to Boulder, CO on November 5th & 6th at Monarch High School. We are fortunate to host this incredible two-day learning event brought to you by the EdTechTeam. More information for registration will be sent out early this fall.

Innovate@BVSD will take place in June 2017--look for more information coming soon! Check out last year’s site for this event, resources are available.

Request a PD for your school: Please submit this Google Form and an Ed Tech representative will be in contact with you soon!

We’re looking forward to an incredible year of learning, growing and exploring with you! Have an extraordinary start to the year!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ISTE2016: Our Recap & Experiences

This year, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference came to Denver, CO. Many BVSD educators were able to attend this incredible two-day event and have the opportunity to continue to learn with online resources and experiences throughout the year. See their reactions and stories below!

If you couldn’t attend ISTE this year, there are many places for you to go and find inspiration and learning from those that did attend (and you do not need a Twitter account to follow Twitter chats--see links below)

Top Three ISTE Takeaways:

#iste2016 You can go to this Twitter conversation and find almost every resource that was shared by presenters while at ISTE! The learning is endless!

#notatiste16 Follow the link to resources that people shared during this “unconference” approach at ISTE --the learning led by those not attending ISTE but still engaging with their educator learning network.

ISTE2016 Reflection from educator & blogger Gail Desler This blog details the sessions that Gail Desler attended (with all of the resources available) as well as provides some pretty powerful anecdotes of how she plans to use these resources in her school this year!

What is the ISTE conference like? Read below to see the reactions of our BVSD educators that were able to attend!

Reflections from BVSD:

ISTE brings keynote speakers from diverse backgrounds and philosophies, and this year, these speakers delivered challenging and powerful speeches. Our BVSD educators found inspiration from these moments and took to Twitter to share their thoughts:

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The ISTE Conference also includes ample time for attendees to play and learn while making meaningful collaborations with educators from around the globe.

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The voices of our BVSD students were amplified through their presentations while at ISTE in which they shared their passions, ideas, and excitement for their own learning and products. These students left ISTE energized and excited about bringing the learning back to BVSD!

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Thank you to all that provided our BVSD educators and students the opportunity to be inspired together at #ISTE2016!

To get a glimpse of what ISTE is like, check out this video:

Upcoming professional development and resources regarding future-ready learning and tools can be found at --look for our next blog to share opportunities for your growth and learning this school year!