Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How I (Try To) Keep Up With BPS

I often get asked about the advantages of social media for educators and how we use these tools in Burlington Public Schools. While our district is not as large as many with just six schools and about 3,500 students, I can't imagine being able to keep up with all of the activities and news in our district without these tools.

Through our district hashtag #bpschat, my RSS feed in Feedly, and various Google Alerts, here's what I learned about last week:

Mrs. Burns' Fifth Graders at Memorial participated in The Global Read Aloud

Mrs. Burns' fifth graders read The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm as part of the annual Global Read Aloud. The culminating event of this worldwide effort where students from around the globe read a common book is a live chat with the author on YouTube. Check out the clip below where our BPS students had one of their questions answered by the author!

Student Field Trips

Staff shared some great photos of our students as they extended their learning outside of Burlington.

BHS Help Desk student - Cat Hoyt's video 

BHS Help Desk Student Cat Hoyt submitted the video below for the CSTA Faces of Computing Contest. 

Spirit Week at BHS

BHS Social Studies Teacher (Michael Milton) Presents at National Conference

BHS Social Studies Teacher Michael Milton (on the right in the picture below) presented at the National Council of Social Studies Teachers' Conference in Boston on Friday. You can read more about it on the BHS Social Studies Department's Blog.

One of Miss Varrell's second graders was published in the Burlington Union

Our second graders have been working on writing personal narratives and one of them even had their writing published in the Burlington Union last week. Congratulations to Miss Varrell and her student, Althea, on this exciting news!

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