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  • Safety protocols & inservice for the inclement weather day Two items of importance as we bring this challenging school year to a close:Safety protocols when in a district facilityProfessional development for the inclement weather day Safety protocols ...
    Posted May 15, 2020, 6:54 AM by Granger Meador
  • Instructional technology for 2020-2021 The transition to Distance Learning in April and the likelihood that we could be in that mode to varying degrees in 2020-2021 is leading the district to strategic investments ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2020, 9:06 AM by Granger Meador
  • Coronavirus Guidance for Staff Pandemic Response Plan Guidance for Staff - updated 3/26Telecommuting Guidance for StaffPublic InformationThe district now has a public-facing page about the coronavirus that shares:travel and ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2020, 4:51 AM by Granger Meador
  • Inclement Weather Day Training Options Teachers who don't make it to campus on an inclement weather day in the 2019-2020 academic year will need to earn 6 hours of approved professional development credit ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2020, 2:40 AM by Granger Meador
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Safety protocols & inservice for the inclement weather day

posted May 15, 2020, 6:51 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 15, 2020, 6:54 AM ]

Safety starts with you
Two items of importance as we bring this challenging school year to a close:
  • Safety protocols when in a district facility
  • Professional development for the inclement weather day 
Safety protocols when in a district facility
Given that many of you will be signing up for slots to be in the schools May 18-22 to close out the school year, here are important protocols to follow when at school:
  • Maintain social distancing
    • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people whenever possible. But please recognize that social distancing guidelines don't provide sufficient protection when you spend a lot of time indoors with someone who is unknowingly infected. [See The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them.]   
  • Wear a mask
  • If you are uncomfortable, politely remove yourself from the situation
    • We are not going to have "protocol police" who enforce social distancing or mask protocols. If someone's behavior makes you uncomfortable, find a way to politely remove yourself from the situation. 
  • Alternatives for high-risk individuals
Professional development for the inclement weather day
To fulfill their contracts, due to the 2/5/2020 inclement weather day when classes were canceled, certified teachers still need a total of six hours of:
  • logged and principal-approved on-campus time on 2/5, and/or
  • approved professional development (PD) completed on 2/5, and/or
  • MobileMind training for certified staff completed at ANY time before 5/23/2020 at the rate of 3 microcourses for 1 in-service credit/hour and/or
  • approved PD completed on other days outside of regular contract hours between 5/25/2019 and 5/22/2020, inclusive.

Instructional technology for 2020-2021

posted May 8, 2020, 7:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 12, 2020, 9:06 AM ]

The transition to Distance Learning in April and the likelihood that we could be in that mode to varying degrees in 2020-2021 is leading the district to strategic investments in instructional technology.

  • 1:1 Chromebooks across all grade levels in 2nd Quarter
    • Elementary School Carts — We already had ordered 695 Chromebooks and 21 carts to provide 1:1 Chromebooks in grade 5. Now we are ordering 2,200 additional Chromebooks and 88 more carts to provide the following:
      • Cart of 25 touchscreen Chromebooks in every classroom from Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade - should be available early in the 2nd quarter; each school will have 6 floater Chromebook carts & at least 2 floater iPad carts in August to support PreK-2 until classroom carts can be stocked
      • Cart of 28-30 Chromebooks in every classroom from 3rd Grade through 5th Grade - available when classes begin
      • Two "floating" carts of Chromebooks at each elementary school for the library, Special Education, etc.
      • Each site will still have two shared iPad carts for PLTW Launch, but Launch now supports Chromebooks
    • Secondary Chromebooks — We will maintain the 1:1 take-home Chromebook program across grades 6-12:
      • Students in grades 6-11 in 2019-20 retain their devices for use in 2020-2021, for summer school as needed, etc.
      • Incoming 6th-grade students will be issued take-home Chromebooks in cases in late July and early August
  • Canvas will remain the district's preferred Learning Management System (LMS) for grades 6-12. 
  • Clever will continue to be used to access many district services.
  • Google Classroom will be the district's LMS for elementary schools and remain available for optional use in grades 6-12.
  • MobileMind.io training is already available for all district teachers.
    • Use the Sign in with Google option to access these micro-courses on G Suite. They have short videos and assignments with real-person feedback to help you learn how to make better use of Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and more.
    • The district will automatically award 1 in-service point for every 3 micro-courses completed.
    • Elementary school teachers are required to complete the Distance Learning pathways in MobileMind by the end of July, while elementary summer school teachers are on a faster track to complete them by the end of May.
    • Secondary school teachers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this high-quality training.
  • Stipended virtual training with the Technology Integration Specialists is available in July and August; see BPSTRAINING.ORG
Coming Soon
  • Expanded online services in 2020-2021
We are adding some additional online services in August to enhance the online resources teachers and students can use both in the classroom and whenever in Distance Learning:
    • Elementary schools
      • TumbleBook Library for all elementary schools for animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, playlists, and books in French and Spanish
      • SeeSaw for K-2 for early childhood engagement
      • Savvas (Pearson) social studies textbook adoption
    • Secondary schools
      • Funding to provide online access to 4 eBook novels for ELA instruction for each middle and high school student, as coordinated by the ELA building coordinators in conjunction with site library media specialists, including rotating access to a given title by quarter as needed
      • Savvas (Pearson), TCI, Clairmont, BFW/Worth & CENGAGE social studies textbook adoptions
    • WeVideo for all district teachers and all secondary school students for advanced online video editing
      • All students and teachers can already use Loom and its Chrome extension for screen capture and simple edits; WeVideo is for more sophisticated work.
  • Service changes and improvements in 2020-2021
    • Rostering improvements
      • We will be working with McGraw-Hill to roster via Clever, which should provide much easier access to MyMath and some existing science and business textbook adoptions. Regrettably, McGraw-Hill has chosen not to support Clever rostering, so we will have to continue to manually roster.
      • We are working with Savvas (formerly known as Pearson) on automatic rostering via PowerSchool with EasyBridge Plus to provide easier access to the new social studies adoptions and existing adoptions in some science courses, etc.
    • Typing Club will replace Type to Learn for keyboarding in grades 1-5.
    • Reading Counts will shift from a local server to the cloud for improved access.
    • We are looking at using XtraMath via Clever for some grade levels since Math Facts in a Flash is being discontinued.
    • We are adopting DocuSign to provide unlimited electronic signatures for IEPs and other needs.
Tried and True

  • Continuing services in 2020-2021
    • Reading Eggs & Math Seeds for PreKindergarten - 2nd Grade
    • Study Island 
      • English & Math expanding from 3-4 to K-4
      • CORE (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) for 5th Grade
      • CORE for all Madison Middle School Grades
      • English for Central 6th Grade
    • IXL for all grades at Central Middle School
    • Exact Path and STAR Reading, Math, 360 across K-8; ExactPath pilot in 9th Grade might expand to 9-12 depending on state action
    • ST Math for PreK-8
    • Bookflix for elementary schools
    • PLTW Launch for elementary schools
    • Adobe Creative Cloud named-user licenses for specific secondary school courses
    • Office 365 for online access and at-home free installation of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. 
    • Existing textbook adoptions, including NoRedInk for ELA, MyMath/Big Ideas Math/CENGAGE for math, various science titles
    • Canvas with TurnItIn and Respondus Lockdown Browser for grades 6-12
    • Reading A-Z for elementary sites
    • Existing support services, including Edulog, Follett, Frontline, Lightspeed Relay & Classroom, LiveBinder, MAS/Wen-Gage, Naviance, NetSupport, OK TLE/McREL, PowerSchool with PowerTeacher Pro, Remind, and SchoolMessenger Communicate
  • Retired services

Inclement Weather Day Training Options

posted Feb 5, 2020, 2:10 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 2:40 AM ]

Teachers who don't make it to campus on an inclement weather day in the 2019-2020 academic year will need to earn 6 hours of approved professional development credit by May 22, 2020.

Pre-approved ONLINE Training Options

Pre-approved IN-PERSON Training Options

IN-PERSON option, if appropriate to your teaching assignment:

With your principal's approval as to its appropriateness for your teaching assignment, you can also earn 5-7 hours of bankable credit, a $50 stipend, and a free kit of materials at one of the nine OERB workshops across K-12 offered on Saturday, April 4 at Bartlesville High School:

OERB Flyer

Additional options

Frontline Recruiting & Hiring Launched

posted Feb 3, 2020, 7:24 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 3, 2020, 7:25 AM ]

On February 3, 2020, the district launched its new public-facing applications website, Frontline Recruiting & Hiring, at 
Access for district staff to review applications and act upon them is via the same Frontline SSO portal used for other Frontline products:

Applications website

Internal Site

Relay Classroom glitches resolved

posted Jan 8, 2020, 11:27 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 8:44 PM ]

Lightspeed Relay Classroom sync issues

With the turnover to the second semester, Lightspeed Relay Classroom has had plenty of glitches. 

As of January 13, 2020 the students and classes were finally synced.

Teachers can configure their courses and use them to monitor and control student Chromebooks.
Relay Issues

Immersive Reader can assist students

posted Dec 20, 2019, 6:34 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 20, 2019, 6:35 AM ]

Microsoft Immersive Reader is a powerful reading tool that can help students learning to read, including English Language Learners, and assist those with learning issues such as dyslexia. It can also translate text into a wide variety of languages and extend its features to that translation.
Immersive Reader lets students change the font, line spacing, colors, highlight one line at a time, see syllables and parts of speech, use a picture dictionary, and have text read aloud at various speeds. The tool can translate text into a wide variety of languages while still providing the above features in the translation.

Using Immersive Reader in the Chrome Web Browser

Since this tool is so powerful for students with special needs and for ELL students, we allow students to install the Immersive Reader Chrome extension on their Chromebooks so they can then highlight text on a webpage, RIGHT-click (two-finger click on a Chromebook trackpad), and select Help me read this from the pop-up menu to invoke the tool.
Immersive Reader in Chrome

Using Immersive Reader in the online versions of Word or OneNote

Immersive Reader is also included with Word and OneNote in Office 365but we’ve found some staff and student accounts cannot access Office 365 with their district email address and password. So Tech Services is working to get Office 365 working again for all student and staff accounts so that students could optionally use Immersive Reader in Word, OneNote, etc.

There is a video demonstrating some uses for this toolRemember that students don't have to use Word or OneNote to use the tool if they download and install the Chrome extension.

Using Immersive Reader in Canvas

Canvas has added an Immersive Reader button to Pages in Canvas, the Learning Management System for grades 6-12. But to use the tool in Assignments, students would need to install and use the Immersive Reader Chrome extension. 

Immersive Reader Not Available in Lockdown Browser
The extension is not available in the Respondus LockDown Browser, so there is no concern about students using the tool in unauthorized ways on quizzes secured by the LockDown Browser. However, that means Immersive Reader cannot be an authorized accommodation for such quizzes; they have to be made insecure for the tool to work, meaning they would require continual active supervision to prevent unauthorized use of the internet, etc.

Immersive Reader in other applications

New District Directory App

posted Dec 11, 2019, 1:28 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Dec 13, 2019, 12:30 PM ]

At BPSLIST.ORG authorized staff members can now access a directory app that is mobile-friendly but can also be used in any web browser. You can install it on your iPhone, iPad, Android device, in Google Chrome, etc.

The app provides the name, email address, phone extension and photo (when available) for anyone who is listed in the webpage directory.

Directory App

QR Code
You can quickly install the app on a mobile device by scanning the QR code shown here.

Registering the app

When you first access the app, you will be prompted to enter your email address. Be sure to use your district email address, and be aware that only email addresses already listed in the district's internal online spreadsheet directory will work.


Email address error
The app is restricted to district users since it provides room numbers and direct dial access to any extension. If you see the error that your email address doesn't have access to this app, then that address is not currently listed in the district webpage directory or it has an error. 

Updating the app information, including photos
The person at each site (usually one of the office secretaries) charged with maintaining that site’s tab on the webpage directory spreadsheet can add, delete, and correct entries as needed. 

If you don't like your photo, you can provide a better one to your site secretary, and they should forward it to Granger Meador to update the app. We want all personnel in the app to have a valid photo to make it more useful and improve security at all sites.

Listening to voicemail on your iPhone

posted Nov 22, 2019, 9:16 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Nov 22, 2019, 9:18 AM ]

One great feature of the district's new phone system is that it delivers voicemails as WAV attachments via email. This lets you easily listen to a voicemail from a mobile device by simply tapping on the attachment.

In fall 2019 some users' Gmail apps on their iPhones could no longer play the voicemail attachments. Tapping them would cause the Gmail app to close.

If you are a victim of this problem, the solution is to uninstall the Gmail app on your iPhone and then promptly reinstall it. That seems to clear up the issue without any big hassles with reloading data, etc.

See below for more information on accessing email on mobile devices:

You can tap the .wav attachment in a voicemail notification email to listen to the voicemail

Voicemail on iPhone

iPad manual created

posted Sep 30, 2019, 8:17 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 8:18 AM ]

A new Using District-Managed iPads manual has been developed to help support teachers. It is linked here and via the iPads link at BPSDTECH.ORG.

It includes how students can log in to Clever and use it to access various services AND how students should log out of both a given service and Clever when finished with an iPad:

It also links to information on both iPad and Chromebook apps for the PLTW Launch elementary STEM modules, the two BPSF-funded iPad carts at each elementary school, and more:

iPad manual

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