Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Videoconferencing with Veterans

ESU #8 sponsored a panel of Vietnam veterans to connect via distance learning to area schools. Mrs. Appleby and Mrs. Morrow organized a two periods of 7th and 8th grade classes to take part in this opportunity.  Students from several schools, including O'Neill High School, were able to connect to the panel of experts at the Service Unit and send their questions to the group via a back channel.  The experience was well-received and very insightful according to many participating students and teachers.  Even the Veterans themselves reported their pleasure in partaking in the experience to help bridge the knowledge gap of today's youth about the Vietnam conflict and general service in the military.  It was a perfect learning experience to coincide with Veterans' Day in November and would not have been possible without the technology resources available in our schools.  Thank you to Molly Aschoff at ESU #8 for organizing the event and most especially, thank you to all of our veterans.

OHS has its own app!

Jon Marvin, a junior student in Mr. Peterson's Digital Media class, has been working for several months to develop the first official O'Neill Public Schools iOS app.  Spending a large amount of time watching available tutorials on the iOS programming language as well as contacting several expert app developers comprised the majority of his process. The app has been submitted and approved by Apple for the iTunes App Store and is available immediately at the following link:   

Be sure to download it today to keep up on the latest happenings at OHS, and if you have suggestions for additions or improvements, be sure to let Jon or Mr. Peterson know!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Eagle Eye Broadcasting

One of the highlights of the 2013-14 school year thus far is the new & improved student broadcasting program at OHS entitled "Eagle Eye Broadcasting."  Led by Mr. Peterson and staffed by various student volunteers, the team live streams many OHS events and activities using the website

You can view their channel here:

Or view the Eagle Eye Broadcasting website here:

Whether football games, cross country meets, or choir concerts, the group has done an exceptional job so far of promoting student activities and events via technology and allowing a worldwide audience to celebrate along with us.  Look for much more in store from this group as the school year continues.

2013 Apple Distinguished School application

To apply for the prestigious honor of being designated 'Apple Distinguished School' we annually create and submit an iBook application.  Regardless of how the honor turns out, it is a powerful reflective process from which evolves a product worth sharing with others!  In order to view this year's application, you must download the link either on:

  • an iPad with the free iBooks app  OR
  • a Mac (updated to Mavericks) with the free iBooks application 
Here is this year's O'Neill Public Jr./Sr. High School iBook application:

Friday, November 1, 2013

New & Improved Student Sharing Gallery

Our Student Sharing Gallery for the past 5+ years was damaged beyond repair in the server upgrade over the summer.  However, O'Neill Public School has initiated the process of posting many of the creative videos and student projects to a YouTube Channel.  Visit it at and subscribe to in order to stay current with new uploads and old classics ones that are still being added as well.

O’Neill Public School’s Student Sharing Gallery (YouTube Channel):