Instructional Technology - Technology Initiatives
|Technology Professional Development|
|In order to effectively
integrate technology as a teaching and learning tool, teachers need to have
access to a wide-range of professional development opportunities. The goal
of the Technology Services department is to provide a variety of
experiences for teachers to build their instructional technology capacity
and to ensure that all educators and students master the Technology
District Technology Professional Development: Instructional Technology courses integrate content and technology standards.
Each class is structured into two parts, coursework or actual “seat” time,
and classroom application or “follow-up”. Participants receive credit based
on instructional implementation.
|In order to address keyboarding skills included
in the State Technology Applications TEKS and to assist students in becoming
more proficient in the use of technology, a district-wide keyboarding
program has been undertaken for elementary campuses. First and second grade
students use the Kid Keys program for the first ten minutes of computer lab
time. Fourth and fifth grade students follow a typing tutorial called
“KeyWords” using the AlphaSmart units for approximately six weeks. Pre and
post-test scores of fourth and fifth grade students show increased speed and
accuracy in keyboarding, with an improvement in overall computer skills by
way of increasing access to technology.
|GradeSpeed™, an electronic grading system
provided by Campusware, was purchased by the District at the end of the
2001-2002 school year. GradeSpeed™ allows K-12 teachers to easily record,
manage, and submit grades for printed progress reports and report cards.
Teachers are able to access and modify their grade books from any computer
on the campus, or from home over the Internet. In the near future,
GradeSpeed™ will also manage student attendance data, and eventually provide
parents with access to real-time progress report information any time of the
day or night from any computer with Internet access.
|Individual Teacher Websites|
|NEISD TeacherWeb has been
implemented as part of the NEISD District Plan in the Fall of 2002. All
NEISD teachers are expected to update web pages with essential classroom
information to enhance communication with students and parents. Teachers are
able to create and edit web pages from within their browser from home or
from work (Internet Explorer or Netscape.) In addition, teachers are able to
upload web pages created in other programs.
|Multimedia Computers in Every Classroom|
Classrooms across the District are equipped with
at least one multimedia computer in addition to standard student computers. These multimedia computers provide teachers and students with the ability to
produce video presentations and other multimedia projects, which can then be
stored on CD’s for future presentation or modification. The Technology Services Department provides staff development on the use of these
computers. Eventually, teachers and students will have the skills needed to
produce class video projects, multimedia slideshows, and electronic
portfolios on which student work can be appropriately stored and viewed.
|Student Technology Application Standards|
NEISD has taken the TEKS and created North East Technology Application
Standards. The North East Standards represent a course of study that
incorporate and expands upon the TEKS to ensure that all North East students
receive an excellent education.
Students in grades 6-12 become fluent in using
multiple software applications and applying them across the curriculum. They
build on the knowledge and skills mastered at the elementary school level.
The students continue to demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in technique
and posture while building speed. Students are introduced to increasingly
complex skills and integration activities as they progress through
elementary and middle school. These skills will provide a foundation for
life-long learning in the information age.
|Technology Standards for Educators|
|The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) has approved educator
certification standards in Technology Applications for all beginning
educators. These new standards are part of the new ExCET test frameworks in
Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities and are scheduled for
implementation in fall 2002. The new standards address what all teachers
should know and be able to do as applied to the Technology
Application Student Standards.
Education Agency recommends that all educators strive to meet these SBEC
standards. To support this recommendation, and to assist all North East
educators in meeting these standards, a committee of central office support
staff, teachers, librarians, administrators, and community members are
developing the North East Technology Applications Standards for Educators
that address the standards through integration in order to improve teaching
Wireless technology increases the ratio of computers to students. Wireless labs give teachers the ability to move computers into the classroom instead of moving students to the computer lab. This provides teachers with more flexibility in time and space so that they can arrange their schedule and classroom as needed to maximize student learning. Wireless technology provides increased access and versatility so students, administrators, teachers, librarians, and other staff members can use technology in a variety of learning environments.