What is Educational Technology?The Educational Technology Department is responsible for: -providing quality staff development and technology tools for teachers, students and staff, -empowering teachers to integrate technology effectively, -researching and implementing new technologies to enhance learning experiences and -ensuring that students meet Technology Applications TEKS standards as outlined by TEALibrary Media services is also a part of the Educational Technology Department. What is an ETS?The Educational Technology Specialists are certified teachers with 3 or more years experience teaching. We are responsible for helping you integrate technology into the curriculum. Additionally, we provide assistance developing and modeling lessons with students in the Computer Lab or in the classroom.
Texas students must compete in a global society!The new TA-TEKS identify the requirements students need to succeedin a world that is driven by technology, digital literacy and higher order thinking. In addition to the benefits derived from compliance with the state mandate for technology education, students will benefit from new opportunities to express themselves creatively, engagement will increase and academic achievement will follow.In grades K through 8 the Technology Applications TEKS – a required curriculum for all K-8 Texas students – are taught as an integrated component of all four core content subjects: Math, Science, Social Studies & ELA. The adopted “textbook” for all K-8 students for the Technology Applications TEKS is an online instructional resource, EasyTech from Learning.com. It is the role of the K-8 teacher to integrate the TA-TEKS into the fabric of your classroom. The technology applications curriculum has six strands based on the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS•S) and performance indicators developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts.Stay abreast of current technology news, trends upcoming events by following us on Twitter.
Our district provides teachers with multiple devices to implement the Technology Applications TEKS. Most classrooms are equipped with ceiling-mounted projectors, teacher & student computers and document cameras.
Most campuses have other peripheral devices available for use such as: SMART Boards, Interactive devices including eInstruction or Senteo clickers, digital cameras, video cameras, broadcast studios and more. See your campus librarian or dept. chairperson for equipment availability and checkout.Campuses also have Computer Labs for student use. Computer Labs should be used for projects- based assignments. Be sure to incorporate skills outlined in the Technology Applications TEKS. Sign up to take your students to the lab for project-based lessons such as multimedia presentations, word processing, creating charts and graphs, research, etc.
VBrick enables the creation, publishing and distribution of rich media content. In addition,campuses have streaming opportunities and access to on-demand applications including meeting and event broadcasts, employee collaboration, distributed learning, and 12 TV channels. All campuses have V-Brick units and many campuses have mobile V-brick units. See your librarian or broadcast teacher to discover the possibilities. Reference: the Tunein2.FortbendIsd.com document for login instructions.
Gaggle Notes:What is Gaggle?Gaggle is a filtered email, communication and collaboration tool.Teachers can control much of the correspondence between students. Inappropriate messages are blocked by the Gaggle filter and re-routed to a designated adult for review and re-routing. Gaggle will provide online tools for the schools of tomorrow. EmailBlogging tools for students and teachersDigital LockerSocial WalleTools ( Word, PPT, Excel, Photo Editors)Homework drop boxesPrecreated classesGrades 5-12 have Human Monitoring of any Blocked messages. K-4 still must monitor their own. All students and teachers have gaggle access The login isTeachers: firstname.lastname@example.orgStudents: student email@example.com Grades K-4 are “free” accounts and some manual input of student information is necessaryGrades 5-12 are “paid accounts” and student data is created and updated automatically Grades K-8 will have campus and district personnel that monitor the accounts for blocked messages and violations are reported to the appropriate administrator. In cases involving safety and security certain criteria is in place for quick response. High School will have human monitoring New This Year - Gaggle Tube allows You Tube access for teachers. Teachers can store academic content that is then accessible to the school to share with students.
Edmodo is a safe social learning network for students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Edmodo encourages classroom collaboration, provides teachers with a place to store and share curricular content, and is the perfect tool to create a PLN connecting teachers from all over the world. And, best of all…it is FREE! Edmodo is a safe and easy way to:ConnectExchange ideasShare contentAccess homework, grades, and school notices And teach responsible social networking skillsEdmodo is being “piloted” here in FBISD. To learn more about Edmodo and its uses in the classroom or to become a part of the Edmodo “pilot” please enter a case in PeopleSoft.
Project Share ProjectShare is sponsored by TEA and provides educators and students with educational resources, professional learning communities, professional development, and online instructional materials and much more.Teachers can: Access content repositories (list)Join professional learning communitiesParticipate in professional development coursesCreate an E-PortfolioUse Online Instructional MaterialStudents can:Participate in online learningCreate an E-Portfolio
Mobile Devices in FBISD: iPads, iTouches, GPS Units, and NooksThere are two handouts on the Nook in your packet: the blue brochure has information about which Nook to purchase and the steps for selecting the Nook and Nook titles for your campus. The yellow cardstock insert gives some examples of how the Nooks are currently being used in the classroom.
Learning.com is working to provide more supplemental digital resources to teachers. The state has allowed Learning.com to add other resources for their teaches in their attempts to integrate. Examples: Aha! Math & Aha! Science
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Teacher ForumDr Allegra McGrew, Elementary CoordinatorLisa McMillan, Lead Elementary ETSDana Fish, Lead Elementary ETS
LegoMindstormsNXT 2.0Enables students to build andprogram real-life robotics solutionsPromotes creativity and higher-orderthinkingEnhances STEM skills and cross-curricular learningRecommended for Grades 3 and upRobotics
Project ShareWhat Is Project Share?Project Share is an initiative online community and resources provided by The Texas EducationAgency, The New York Times Knowledge Network, PBS Digital Learning Library, and TexasPBS for school districts.What Can YOU Accomplish In Project Share?•Join online professional learning communities and groups that providesupport, collaboration, and resources from across the state•Access online instructional materials, and content repositories•Create groups, courses, and maintain an ePortfolio
Learning.com is used to developtechnology skills and enhance learningacross the curriculum. With EasyTech,students learn to select and use theright technology tool for any project.At the same time, EasyTech helpsstudents meet national technologystandards and develop skills that willhelp them throughout their educationcareers and beyond.EasyTech helps students learncomputer technology skills through:core curriculum-based activitiesinteractive lessonsteacher-led discussionsonline practices
FBISD Internet Safety CurriculumThe Districts internet safety curriculum must providefor educating minors about appropriate onlinebehavior, including:• Interacting with other individuals on socialnetworking websites and in chat rooms.• Cyberbullying awareness and response (is alreadyincluded in our internet safety curriculum).
How Does The Internet Safety CurriculumLook in PCG?When teachers loginto PCG Educationthe TechnologyEducation contentfolder will display inthe Navigation tree:
How Does The Internet Safety CurriculumLook in PCG?When teachers select“TechnologyEducation” the fourdifferent gradegroups K-2, 3-5, 6-8,and High Schoolfolders will display.
How Does The Internet Safety CurriculumLook in PCG?Teachers will selectthe appropriate gradegroup. This will giveaccess to the course“Internet Safety”.
How Does The Internet Safety CurriculumLook in PCG?Internet Safety willhouse the curriculumto guide teachersthrough a year ofimplementation.
What Can ETS do for Me?• Technology Training on many applications/hardware• Troubleshoot technology devices – Smart Boards,Senteos, Mobi’s, etc• Plan technology integration with teachers, grade level,departments, campuses• Support Curriculum Technology Integration for you andyour students!