How Omaha Virtual School uses Minecraft to enhance the learning experience

What's it like to take the classroom beyond its four walls, merging the physical world with the virtual? Traditional face-to-face interaction meets virtual collaboration. It's a new way of learning and a new way of leading. For the Omaha Public School District, these concepts became an integral part of the teacher-student educational experience.

How Omaha Public Schools aligns technology to student learning and teacher coaching goals - Microsoft Enterprise

Compared to many other small regional districts, Omaha Public Schools lagged in technology adoption. For OPS, being years behind in technology solutions meant bogged down processes and outdated practices.

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At the core of every change initiative is the desire to breathe new life into the organization―to revitalize ways of thinking, behaving, and working. Nearly four years ago, Mr. Mark A. Evans was brought in as Superintendent of Omaha Public Schools (OPS) to institute change processes that resulted from a needs assessment.

Education World: Microsoft Announces Availability of School Data Sync for Benefit of School IT Administrators

Microsoft announced today the general availability of School Data Sync (SDS), a tool that improves the lives of IT administrators by helping them reduce time while helping school staff use Office 365 Education to create online classrooms; SDS also improves the lives of teachers who can spend less time managing rosters and troubleshooting these classrooms. After filling out a request form, school administrators and teachers can now deploy SDS for no charge.

In Omaha Virtual School, 160 home-schoolers are forging a new educational path in Nebraska

In a tucked-away classroom at an Omaha library, groups of third- through fifth-graders are dreaming up their version of the perfect sundae. On Post-it notes, they draw pictures of bananas, chocolate sauce and sprinkles. But this isn't snack time or art class - it's coding, unplugged.

Office 365 Education is Being Updated with Microsoft Classroom, Other New Features -

Microsoft today announced that it is bringing a new feature called Microsoft Classroom to its Office 365 Education offering. Currently being piloted by with the Omaha Public Schools, Classroom is designed as a one-stop place for students and teachers to manage their days.

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Omaha Public Schools is piloting a new online service from Microsoft for teachers who use the education edition of Office 365 Education. Microsoft Classroom, currently in preview mode, offers course management features through a homepage where educators can post announcements, assignments with due dates, calendar events and reminders.

OPS gearing up for this month's debut of Nebraska's first K-8 virtual school

Nebraska's first K-8 virtual school recently got the blessing of the Omaha school board, while Omaha Public Schools Superintendent Mark Evans gave assurances that the online program would avoid the pitfalls that have dogged virtual schools in other states. With the board's unanimous approval last month, the OPS-run Omaha Virtual School will open this month.

Tablets for students at Wakonda Elementary is latest step in turnaround plan

New tablets will soon be in the hands of students at Wakonda Elementary, part of the turnaround school's plan to incorporate more technology in the classroom. The Omaha Public Schools board signed off last month on a nearly $97,000 purchase of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices, which should be delivered to the north Omaha school this month.

OPS considering online classes, which could start as early as 2016

The Omaha Public Schools could join a growing number of districts offering virtual schools, where students trade traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms for online courses. Superintendent Mark Evans and Rob Dickson, the executive director of Information Management Services, broached the idea of creating a district-run virtual school with the OPS school board Monday night.

OPS high schools now may opt to let students use cellphones during lunch, passing periods

The Omaha Public Schools are softening their stance on a long-held rule: no cellphones out during the school day. The new student conduct code approved by the school board last week offers a reprieve to students who are dying to scroll through their Instagram feed during lunch or text their BFF between math and English.

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Capstone Launches Webinar Series on Integrating Technology into Upper Elementary Classrooms

pivotEd, Capstone’s newest digital curriculum offering, has announced its free, three-part leadership webinar series, “Structures for Success: Accelerate Learning in the Digital Rich Classroom.” The series highlights practical strategies for administrators to integrate technology into upper elementary classrooms while supporting instruction and creating a bridge to fuller understanding.

Catfish – Film Streams

Presented with Common Sense Media in partnership with Omaha Public Schools, this screening will be followed by a post-film discussion. Coincides with Digital Citizenship Week. In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as Ariel’s brother, Nev, became wary of an aspiring musician from Michigan with whom he had started a relationship on Facebook.

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Session urges standing up to bullies in the digital age

During any instance of cyberbullying there can be up to four roles involved: the target, the bully, the bystander and the upstander. Keegan Korf’s job is to help parents teach their children to be the ones to stand up.

1,100 Microsoft tablets coming soon to OPS classrooms

Middle and high school teachers in the Omaha Public Schools will have one more tool in their instructional arsenal this year. Most secondary teachers will receive Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets, part of a $1.6 million technology purchase approved by the school board earlier this month.

Ed-Tech Implementation Without Supports Cannot Stand

Successful implementation should start with a vision and a core focus that is aligned to a strategic plan with the ultimate goal of impacting student success. This involves bringing key stakeholders to the table who serve in vital roles to all areas of implementations, ensuring the blending of support.