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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.

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.

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.