Sunday, December 21, 2014

'Our Community: O'Neill' on the iBooks Store!

Mrs. Pistulka’s 3rd Grade Reading class has been busy learning about communities and how they change over time.  As a culminating project, the class researched the history of our community, O’Neill, and created a multimedia book to share what they learned.  

As a result of research from books, local experts, and a field trip to the Kinkaid Museum, each student reported on key events from a historical timeline of our community.  With the help of Mrs. Morrow they compiled their stories in iBooks Author and created a Multi-Touch book that can be experienced in iBooks on the iPad.  

You can see an overview of the book's contents by viewing the class Introduction video here:

Or, better yet, just proceed directly to the iBooks Store to download the book for free and read in the iBooks app!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Get a Glimpse inside the OHS English Department

From a recent school board presentation, get a glimpse into the O'Neill High School English/Language Arts Department and the progression of curriculum at OHS.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Announcing OHS's new digital magazine entitled "The EDGE"

Experience a variety of monthly articles, all written by OHS students in the Digital Publishing Corps, along with media they have produced.  You can currently experience the digital magazine in one of three formats.  To learn more visit

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Extra! Extra! Looking for a Digital Publishing Corps

 We’re looking for a few good

If you like to write, 
have an interest in journalism, 
and LOVE technology,

Then you should apply to become a part of OHS’s Digital Publishing Corps

Ten students from grades 7-12 will be selected for the 2014-2015 school year. 

The primary responsibility of the group will be
producing a monthly newsletter entitled 
The EDGe” (Educating the Digital Generation)
This newsletter will be distributed in a variety of formats
and will feature technology and learning 
at OHS at and beyond

In exchange for your contributions to the group, 
you will be issued an iPad mini 
to use along with your MacBook
all school year long. 

With it you can:
  • capture photographs, 
  • plan story ideas, 
  • or even create media 
to be included in our EDGe publishings. 

To apply to be considered for one of the 10 spots you are encouraged to:

Complete the Google form at by a JUNE 1st deadline to be considered for the 2014-2015 school year.  

You will receive an email by June 15 letting you know of your acceptance status.  

If you have any questions, you can email
**This project is being funded through a grant from Century Link/NETA awarded to O'Neill Public Schools in April 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

OHS Technology Committee Update: March 2014

The following presentation was shared with the Board of Education at the March 2014 O'Neill Public Schools' School Board Meeting.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

O'Neill 8th graders publish book in iBook Store to support Nebraska Troop Support

After a long wait, the OHS English 8 class book is finally live in the iBooks Store! Students in Mrs. Morrow and Mrs. Troester's 8th grade English class wrote, compiled, and enhanced essays about patriotism in a Multi-Touch book for iBooks.  The students are hoping to generate support through the purchase of their book to donate to Nebraska Troop Support.  Download today from the iBooks Store and enjoy some great student writing!

O'Neill Public School 8th graders express their ideas on what patriotism means and share in the form of this class book.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Nebraska Troop Support.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Eagle "Genius Bar" to debut next week

Eagle “Genius Bar”

Do you struggle to organize the apps on your iPad? Do you have troubles sharing photographs with your family and friends?  Are you wanting to know how to use the new OHS app or media from Eagle Eye Broadcasting? 

Drop by the first-ever Eagle Genius Bar next Thursday, Febr. 13th located at the O’Neill High School Concession Stand.  The Eagle Genius Bar will be staffed by various O’Neill High School students, all knowledgeable in the software, apps, file management, and general know-how of Mac laptops and iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad). 

Community members can stop by the high school anytime between noon and 6 p.m. to gain free technology support for their Apple devices. 

Bring by the new iPad your grandchildren gave you for Christmas or let the students at the Genius Bar help you organize your iPhone.  Let them show you how to create a photo or video project on your Mac laptop.  

Be aware that students won’t be able to FIX devices, but certainly can show you what they know about how to USE them.   Hope to see lots of people there!

Digital Learning Day 2014

In an effort to support the effective use of technology to improve education for all students,  Digital Learning Day was celebrated around the globe on February 5, 2014. 

Digital Learning Day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and a career. 

The weather affected our OHS Digital Learning Day plans a little, but we still celebrated our digital learning in 8th grade English in a variety of ways.  Students kept a 24hr “Digitial Lifestyle” log and then analyzed the results. We watched a bit of a live webcast of the National Digital Learning Policy panel.  Then we viewed “Day in the Life of a 24-7 Learning Student” (from the first year of 24/7 Learning at OHS) from which we discussed how things have changed.

In addition to our MacBooks we used personal digital devices to take polls, send tweets, and blog about digital learning both past, present, and future.
Read one student's reflection here: