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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.