S.O.S. or S.S.O.? The new “one-stop” login worth a look & bookmark, for sure.

We arrived at school on February 16th and were asked to comply with BVSD’s new password management system if you logged into a desktop, CB, tablet, iPad, etc.  I chose the 5000 questions to answer instead of the incredibly efficient email or pin number to start the process of S.S.O. – Single Sign-On.  IT kindly corrected me and said I answered only 5 questions….not 5000.  It looks like 5000, so whatever.

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I hadn’t looked at CIO Andrew Moore’s blog or email from February 15th regarding the new S.S.O. portal….until today.  The rollout is amazing for both teachers AND students, so keep reading!

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Start by doing yourself and your students a favor by bookmarking: my.bvsd.org.  Once you get there, this will pop up:

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“One-stop” shopping icons appear for things I use on a regular basis: Gmail, Calendar, Drive, IC, My Passport, Schoology and the IT Service Request app. Thank you BVSD and IT!

If the February 15th email from Andrew Moore was TLDR*, see below or just bookmark my.bvsd.org. It’s worth the 5000, er, 5 security questions to answer that “proactively manage the security of your identity and BVSD data!”

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*Too Long, Didn’t Read.  But….if you read this and would like to know about Google Level 1 Teacher Certification, let me know.  😉



BrHS blogging about BVSD blogs


We have a wonderful group of people at the district supporting BrHS technology and the 1:WEB program behind the scenes. Their work has made great things happen for our students and staff.  You can read their blogs to find out more about what’s new in the district, why changes are happening and what’s ahead for BVSD!

BVSD’s Technology Blog – Written by our CIO, Andrew Moore, he shares the progress of technology in the district and explains what’s new and why!

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IT Communications Blog – Want to know where all of those IT Tips and Tricks went?  Interested in finding out?  The blog has everything you wanted to know about using technology in your class.  Totally worth bookmarking!

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EdTech Blog – So many people in EdTech helped us get to where we are today with 1:WEB and keep moving us forward and up!  Read their blog to stay on top of what’s happening in BVSD schools.

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Now that you’ve read about some blogs, would you like to create your own?  Let the Teacher Tech Team or Student Tech Team know.  We can take you from beginner to blogger!

Where have you been all my life?! by Lena Carroll

Okay, so, this statement may seem a bit strong  but we know in our day-to-day teaching worlds that the little things mean everything.

The other day, I finally clicked on a button in IC that’s been staring me in the face for a while now and…

…I discovered a quick and efficent way to enter grades  without having to open the full Gradebook.


Okay, head into IC and head to the Control Center


Then, click on one of the buttons under Assignments labeled Score next to any of your sections.

This beautiful box will pop up:

[Please don’t judge me for the two assignments I still need to enter full class grades for…]


This box serves as a command center for *Missing and Unscored grades in your Gradebook where you can enter grades without having to open the full Gradebook and scroll through the whole thing to verify a grade or update late or *Missing work. It’s all right here. This early in the semester it’s not too bad, but, later when there are tons of assignments, let’s be honest, it’s a pain.

So, for example, for the class listed above, I can now quickly enter grades by assignment or by status (Unscored or Missing). Usually (well, since I discovered this on Monday, haha), I will click on Missing and then it’ll take me to the assignments that have scores I have marked as *Missing in the full Gradebook.

I will then click on the assignment I want to enter the grade for and it’ll give me something like this:



From this screen, I can now just easily update the scores that need updating without having to open up the full Gradebook.

I also love that I can quickly change the status for an assignment, again, also without having to scroll through the full Gradebook. This works great for when you have something marked as *Missing and they turn it in and you want to quick change the status to “Turned In”.



Those assignments will then make their way to the Unscored tab where you can easily put the grade in when you have a change to grade it.



It *will* give you the option to enter grades for a whole class but I find the full Gradebook is easier to navigate for that as you can easily jump down to the next grade to enter. However, if you’re giving a blanket score for an assignment, this option is also very quick and efficient.


Happy Efficient Grade-entering!

ZipGrade: One way to grade multiple choice questions quickly and efficiently.

Receiving feedback from department PLC’s this past Wednesday morning, there was a lot of interest in learning ZipGrade.  Personally, I have not used ZipGrade, but I am going to blog my experience with setting it all up.



  • Cost: Free for 100 scans per month, $6.99 yearly for unlimited scans
  • Answer Keys: 20, 50 and 100 question forms, multiple key versions


  • Item analysis provided
  • Immediate feedback to the teacher
  • Cheaper than Scantron sheets
  • Don’t have to hear annoying buzzing sounds with incorrect answers on the machine
  • Can grade anywhere
  • Students can’t Google the answers on another tab when using their Chromebooks
  • Can use pen or pencil on the answer sheet.


  • Entering student roster manually (unless you can figure out a CSV file)
  • It’s on paper
  • Does not provide immediate feedback to students like on Google Forms/Schoology
  • You HAVE to use an iPhone, iPad or Android device to scan answer sheet

Getting started:

1. Go to http://www.zipgrade.com and create an account.

2. On a CB, PC, Mac, or whatevs, create a class.

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3. Enter your class roster.  You’ll notice that each student is assigned a ZipGrade ID necessary to match up the name and results.

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4. I now have 4 students in my practice class.  If you choose the “Answer Sheet Packets”, you can print an answer sheet for each student in that class with their name and ZipGrade ID filled in.  Ingenious!  The left answer sheet is filled in, the one on the right is not.

5. Entering the answer key is on your device’s ZipGrade app.  You cannot access it from your CB, PC or Mac.  Here were the instructions for your iPad/iPhone/Android:

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  • Left Panel: I added a new quiz.
  • Middle Panel: Editing the key meant either manually entering answers or scan for a key.
  • Right Panel: The quiz menu is very straightforward.

According to the instructions above, I could start grading!  Check out these YouTube videos on ZipGrade and what it offers:

Some helpful hints from Jake Teske in Social Studies, whose department uses ZipGrade:

Make sure the grade sheet is completely flat.  When you are done scanning, close the program on your phone or it will drain the battery.

Mark Little in Science also has some suggestions:

Mark doesn’t assign a ZipGrade ID number or handout prefilled answer sheets.  “I have students write forms by name”.  He also records scores by hand going through the tests or writes it directly on the answer sheet.

Hopefully, your next experience with grading multiple choice assessments will be easier thanks to ZipGrade.  Many teachers in our building use it, so ask around…..I know they will help you!

BrHS Student Tech Team & Eagle Genius Bar

BrHS Student Tech Team: Let the Eagles Soar


Pictured L to R: Diego Diaz, Wes Keodara, Sophie Ortleb, Mitchell Gorman, Jana Compesi, Ryan Stewart, Riley Judd

Beginning January 9th, Broomfield High School became the first school in the district to offer a for-credit Student Tech Team class.  A group of exceptional young men and women applied and based off of experience and teacher recommendations started the tech team under the guidance of Kay Davidson (BVSD 1:Web TOSA), Megan Banola (BVSD IT Hardware Serviced Manager), Daniel Karschamroon (BVSD IT Hardware Repair Technician), Zoe Midler (BVSD Literacy Specialist), and Erika Morreale (BVSD Ed Tech Specialist).

Only one week later the Eagle Genius Bar was started and based out of the Library.  Collaborating with IT and BVSD EdTech, the students were trained on how to repair Chromebooks.

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It was amazing to see these students actually diagnose and fix Chromebooks, create service flowcharts,  generate repair tickets, and tackle some technology assignments in their “spare” time.

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Two weeks into the semester they are VERY busy with repairs and assisting teachers with different projects.  If your students need assistance or if you would like some help, come and visit us in the library or call our extension for an appointment.  We’d be happy to spend some time with you!

Teacher Spotlight – Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds – El mejor maestro, world traveler and local baker.


  1. What do you do a BrHS? This is my fourth year teaching Spanish at Broomfield High; this year I’m teaching levels II & III.
  2. What is your favorite technology/app/extension? I always like to use technology to check-in on my students’ progress & understanding like Kahoot, Quizizz, and Quizlet Live.  With finals coming up, I have to say that I am a big fan of the ZipGrade app.  Nothing beats having an app on your phone that can grade your tests instantly! 
  3. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? The best place I’ve traveled to is Tanzania.  Since it’s a popular destination, I had the chance to meet people from all around the world.  Trekking through the distinct climate zones on Kilimanjaro made for a unique experience; starting in the rain forest and reaching the summit surrounded by glaciers was awesome.  I loved visiting the national parks and observing all of the wildlife there; it was a phenomenal trip!
  4. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?  The summer after I graduated high school, I was the night baker at a Safeway store in Boulder.  Working from midnight til 8:30, I fried the doughnuts, baked the bagels & pastries, and starting preparing the breads for the day.  It was weird going to work as all of my friends were going to bed! 
  5. What songs are on the soundtrack of your life?  John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” for my love of Colorado & the mountains, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” since it makes me think of Larry Walker & heading to Coors Field when I was a kid, and Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” one of my favorite songs by my favorite musician.

GAFE Session: Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides – show your students’ creativity! By Kay Davidson


Several weeks ago, some of our BrHS teachers went to GAFE – Google Apps For Education Summit.  There were so many great sessions, but the experience was comparable to drinking water from a fire hose!  It was my second year attending, but this year more people attended from BrHS and we were able to divide and conquer – GO Eagles!

One of the sessions was “Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides“.  It was amazing!!  The presenter, Sylvia Duckworth, shared so many ideas and templates to use.

We were given time to make our own Bitmoji:

We were also given links to Google Slide templates to make our own comic strip (which I thought was a great beginning of the year activity to get to know our kids):comickd.PNG

She also included other examples and template resources:

If you have the time, check our Sylvia’s link above.  It’s worth creating your own Bitmoji and “All About Me” for practice or as an example for your students.

Questions?  Contact Kay Davidson, Terry Oakley, Steve Kelly or Alex Kelly who attended this GAFE session.

Staff Spotlight – Jeff Bierlein

Jeff Bierlein – BrHS Tech Savior, Mountain Man and Rock Star!

  1. What is your job at BrHS?  I.T. Field Support (aka Customer Service Technician)

  2. Favorite Technology/App?   Favorite technology = my drone! … Favorite apps (android) = Show Box + Raindar

  3. Where is your favorite place to be – besides Broomfield High School?  It’s a toss up between skiing at Copper Mountain and relaxing on Bowman’s Beach (Sanibel Island, FL)

  4. What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life?  Sun Is Shining (Bob Marley), Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)

  5. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  Rock star, of course! 


Recap: Let Every Student’s Voice Be Heard! by Heather Peter


Recap is question-led chat tool augmented by the power of video that makes it easier to start deeper, more empowering discussions with students and teachers.

If you’re like most teachers, you struggle to have EVERY student participate in class. It’s difficult to have 30+ voices heard in one class period. That’s where Recap comes in. Recap is a FREE student video response and reflection app developed by the makers of Swivl. It gives teachers and parents insight into students’ learning and progress. Recap provides evidence of student thinking, improves formative assessment, and supports personalized learning.

Watch this video for a quick introduction of Recap.

The Basics of Recap

The Queue

Involve anyone in a moderated, question-led dialogue using a mixture of chat to get the conversation started easily, and video to explore topics more deeply.


5 Ways to Use the Queue:

  1. Learn what students are curious about prior to a new unit or topic.
  2. Coach students into deeper questioning skills.
  3. Check for understanding after a lesson
  4. A digital ”Wonder Wall” for a lesson or activity.
  5. Use it as a discussion board for PD sessions & events.

Student Responses

Provide participants a way to clearly present their thoughts and feelings in response to questions with privacy options that inspire confidence.


5 Ways to Use Student Responses

  1. Open dialogue around a thought-provoking student question.
  2. Collect updates from students about their inquiry or group projects.
  3. Share highlights and takeaways from an activity.
  4. Gather formative assessment data.
  5. Have students introduce themselves to the class.

Two Additional Tools

The Journey

Create a video Journey to introduce the topic and connect participants with supporting resources.


Chat Responses

Get the dialogue moving quickly and easily with chat response tools. Great for encouragement!


Benefits of incorporating Recap into your classroom:

  • Gives teachers and parents insight into students’ learning and progress
  • Provides evidence of student thinking, improves formative assessment, and supports personalized learning
  • Participants can ask a question at any time to expand what gets considered
  • Highlight or sort for interesting questions and structure the dialogue with organizational tools
  • Comment to share initial thoughts, create Journeys to generate interest in new questions and use Video Responses for deeper dialogue and self-expression
  • Share Journeys, Video Responses, Highlight reels or even the entire Queue to engage a greater community

Uses in the Classroom:

  1. Exit tickets
  2. Reflections
  3. Daily check-in to see how group work is going
  4. Individually review themselves and group members based on their participation in the project
  5. What ways can you imagine yourself using Recap? Let’s Queue this up! Enter Join Pin CBNUTJU at https://app.letsrecap.com/pin #breakoutchat

Want more information? Here is a 10-minute video that shows you the basic functions of Recap.

The NEW Google Calendar is “So Choice”! by Kay Davidson


In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, the NEW Google Calendar is “so choice”.  It happens to look a lot like Google Calendar on your phone and will help manage your time more efficiently and get more done.  Who doesn’t want that especially if you’re planning for a day off in downtown Chicago….or Denver?

If you haven’t already noticed, there is a blue button to use the new calendar at the top right page of your own “old” calendar.  Click on “Use new Calendar”.


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Some new things about Google Calendar:

  1. Add rich formatting and hyperlinks to your Calendar invites.  You can link sheets, docs, slides, etc. in your Calendar invite and open them directly from the new “Event Detail” view.calendar 2No one wants to know about my dogs’ instructions or see the PDF about their immunizations, but now you can include it in the Calendar details to your dog sitter and add a description.  Or bold text. Or underline it.  Or italicize it…..you get the point.

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  2. Manage multiple calendars.  I have several gmail accounts and can manage all of them on one calendar, side by side in “Day” view.  Below,  I have my school/work and personal calendar.  It’s easier to manage multiple calendars for a single day.  LOVE IT!

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3. Other miscellaneous wonderful stuff:

“There are a number of other changes in Calendar, too. Now you can see contact information of meeting participants when you hover over their names in a Calendar invite. There’s also a new way to view and restore deleted items in one place in case you accidentally delete a meeting. Additionally, “Day,” “Week,” and “Month” views are now more accessible, featuring better compatibility with screen readers.”

Check out the original post here to find out more about New Google Calendars.

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