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September 4, 2015 
Birdville ISD e-nlightened
employee newsletter

Before you leave for the long weekend,
is your voicemail and email updated?
As we prepare for the Labor Day weekend, please make sure all phone messages and out of office emails reflect current information concerning days off and returning dates for your campus or department.

Campus principals need to make sure that the main campus voicemail message reflects pertinent information for your campus.

Microsoft Office Available for Home Computers

Birdville ISD employees can now purchase work-at-home rights for Microsoft Office 2013 Professional. The "Home Use Program" or HUP allows valid, current employees full use of the software on a desktop computer and laptop computer as long as the person is actively employed at Birdville ISD. Employees will pay $9.95 for the license and download of software.

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Teachers, Are you using Remind?
Why use Remind?
Remind helps you safely connect instantly with students and parents on their mobile devices.
> Schoolwide Benefits of Using Remind

BESSA turns 50!

Birdville Educational Support Staff Association is turning 50!

North Texas Giving Day

The amount raised last year during this campaign was added to the grant budgeted amount and allowed the Foundation to award $118,456 to BISD educators for innovative teaching grants.

To make your donation click here and search for:
Birdville Independent School District Fdn for Educational Excellence

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Digital Learning News Brief

Check out the Updated BISD Online Resources Page 

You can now access it also just by typing in

Twitter Chats Coming Soon!

Twitter Chats will resume on Tuesday, September 8, at 8:00 PM, following the Labor Day holiday.

If you need help getting started, visit the Digital Learning's Twitter resources page.


Who Should I Follow on Twitter?

First the Digital Learning team, of course! Just search for Birdville_DL and click the Follow button. Also search the hashtag #bisddlp and read everything tweeted by our team and other BISD Twitter friends when discussing teaching and learning with technology.

Here are some more awesome K-12 educators and administrators to follow:
The Top 15 Educators to Follow by "Education Week."


Project Innovate

To date, the BISD Technology has rolled out over 1,350 Project Innovate iPads to the staff, and we are anxious to resume training this fall so that more staff are able to utilize iPad devices to:
  1. participate in personalized professional learning, anytime, anywhere;
  2. access resources for increased productivity, communication, collaboration, and creativity; and
  3. model the use of technology as a tool for learning. 

Training dates and times for the fall semester will be published in a future Digital Learning News Brief as soon as additional iPads are ordered and arrive in the District.