To support the digital integration facet of MISSION: School Transformation, TASA has engaged educators in Texas High Performance Schools Consortium school districts and others to curate TASA on iTunes U, a library of digital learning resources that teachers across the state may access free of charge.
The Original 18 Collections – High School Basics
The process began in fall 2012 with 58 teachers and content specialists from 14 Texas districts. They spent several months developing the original resource collections, taking care to include only resources that are fully aligned to Texas’ curriculum standards — the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) — and that engage students in a digitally rich learning environment while fostering creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. In spring 2013, the first 18 collections in high school-level English language arts, math, science, and social studies were made available via TASA on iTunes U.
The First Expansion – College Prep
In spring 2014, in response to a House Bill 5 requirement that school districts partner with at least one institution of higher education to develop and provide college preparatory courses in math and English language arts for certain 12th-grade students, TASA launched its first expansion of TASA on iTunes U. This effort engaged teachers and content specialists, along with higher education faculty representatives, to develop a collection of digital content resources that Texas districts could use to meet the new requirement. The framework of the collections is based on the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) and aligned to TEKS.
Middle School and CTE Additions
In summer 2014, TASA engaged an additional 60 Texas educators to curate digital resources for middle school core subjects, additional high school subject areas, and various career and technical education (CTE) and advanced academic areas. Following a nearly three-month design process, these curated resource collections were made available free of charge to Texas districts through TASA on iTunes U in September 2014 and include such CTE offerings as Anatomy & Physiology, Principles of Health Science, Professional Communications, and Principles of Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications.