Friday, November 18, 2011

App Making


6th Grade presenter, Thomas Suarez, shares at a local TEDx conference in Manhattan Beach about making apps and where he learned this ability.

Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

Have any kids at your campus who are interested in doing this?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Scope & Sequence Discussion

Technology Application TEKS change in 2012-2013

Current TA TEKS can be found on TEA's website at 1998-2011 TA TEKS



These are the new TEKS beginning in 2012-2013
K-2 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
3-5 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
6 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
7 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
8 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
High School TA-TEKS for all courses beginning in 2012-2013 (full list of all courses)

What are some ways to help teachers adapt TA TEKS into regular classroom instruction?


1. Learning.com - campuses switched from SRA Techknowledge to new Easy Tech online lessons that teach basic computer applications as well as integrated activities for core subject areas.

2. TCEA and Learning.com partnership - TIME - A portal for teachers to access specific content related to TA TEKS. Based on free and fee-based subscriptions. 

3. Forethought and Forethought Community (coming soon) - A way for teachers to share best practice when it comes to implementing technology applications in the classroom.

But what is best practice when it comes to implementation of TA TEKS?

How are you implementing technology in your classroom? Do you feel overwhelmed with technology? What percentage of your instruction relies on kids using technology to solve a problem vs. you presenting using technology?

How reflective of the district do you think these responses are?



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Published AEC

An article from this Scholastic Administrator was sent to me today. As I was flipping through the online magazine, I realized that this entire issue relates to so many topics we are discussing now in our committee.

Scholastic Administrator - Fall 2011 Issue

I suggest you take some time to read through this mag. It is completely online and you can flip the pages by clicking on the bottom corner of each page. Zoom in by clicking on the screen.

There are some options on the far right to print, email or even link directly to a page.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Meeting Notes - 10/17/2011

Today we met with cookies and snacks provided by Stacy at BT Wilson. We decided not to split into individual groups. We are going to share researching on the various topics to thread as discussions in each of our other AEC meetings.

Here is a list of topics and our ideas on them. Feel free to share discussions and comments/questions below.

1. Staff Technology Proficiencies: Joel will look into setting up testing accounts for all staff in the system that is used to assess 8th grade technology assessments. We currently use Learning.com's 8th Grade Tech Literacy test. He will address district Leadership to get this on an agenda for staff to complete during a workday.

2. Mobile Access, 1:1 student computers; BYOD: all of these merged into one topic. Deandra Ramirez, Nieves Stephens, and Patty Hyatt signed up to look into research on these.

Joel is going to contact Bastrop ISD about their survey they sent home to students to find out about what devices students answered they had access to at home.

Joel had information from Deer Park ISD about their current BYOD solution. Files are linked here:

DPISD - Timeline for implementation document
DPISD - Registering a personal device to the network
DPISD - Guideline FAQs
DPISD - Student BYOT Agreement
Ed Tech Magazine article about DPISD BYOD plan
DPISD - Presentation about BYOT
DPISD - Balancing Resources and Providing Access presentation


3. eCourses will be studied by John Mein, Eddie Mathews and Stacey Blair. Notes reference Project Share and Project Great as well as Perry's Principles and Khan Academy. Also a tool for screencasting that is free is Jing.

Also this is my post about Flipped Classrooms that I mentioned.

4. District Upgrade: This is more of a whole group discussion that will be implemented into all these other discussions. Nieves expressed interest in sharing about this but I think it will blend with the Mobile Access/BYOD topics.

5. Assistive Technology: This is also a whole group discussion where we share about resources we discover to help our special needs populations. Patty Hyatt expressed interest in this group.

6. Scope & Sequence: A continuation of previous years of work to continue promoting integration of the Technology Applications TEKS in all grade levels and subject. Updated TA TEKS were released last Wednesday! Stacey Blair, Stella Blocker, and Lou Anne Brown are heading up this group.
1998-2011 TA TEKS

K-2 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
3-5 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
6 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
7 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
8 TA-TEKS that will be taught beginning in 2012-2013
High School TA-TEKS for all courses beginning in 2012-2013 (full list of all courses)


Joel will see about getting new TA TEKS added to Forethought to make it easier to share.

He is working on getting our TIME accounts setup which is a new portal that Learning.com has made for teachers to connect them to TA TEK activities in one online portal. Link to TIME to read more about it.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September Kickoff

September 19 was the first meeting of the larger AEC Committee for the 2011-2012 school year. This was the meeting where Dr. Troxell and Ellen Williams shared their ideas about what the AEC committees are able to do.

We broke off into our separate committees and Technology is planning to meet on Monday, October 17th at 4:15 in the BT Wilson Media Room to start our discussions.

It seems we have a great selection of subtopics to address:

Technology Proficiencies for staff: what should every staff member know to be considered a basic level of technology understanding?

Mobile Access: start discussing what KISD classrooms look like in 5 years with more smart phones, iDevices and mobile access. We need to start developing a vision for this district.

1:1 Technology: 1 technology device per 1 student? Are we looking to do this? How?

eCourses: discussion on developing online staff development but also looking into how teachers can start making online courses for students to access.

District upgrade: We need to look at moving the district to Windows 7....or 8. The current Windows XP is outdated and we need to create the process for moving to a new OS.

Assistive Technology: this is a repeat of last year's group looking into apps and tools to help ALL of our students district-wide.

Scope & Sequence: What are we doing to incorporate technology on a day to day routine?

Below is the Comment area. I would like for you to share your ideas for what you think about these topics. Which ones interest you the most? What would you like to say to the group or to others who view this blog about our committee?