Texas Schools Leading the Way With Digital Learning Environments
Texas High Performance Schools Consortium and Consortium Associate districts are leading the way in digital integration. They are committed to seamlessly integrating digital devices, global connections, and flexible, student-centered environments. See what 21st century learning looks like in these districts. And find more examples of school transformation on our Latest News page.
Amarillo ISD pre-K through fifth-grade teachers meet each Tuesday after school in a campus computer lab for “Techno Tuesday.” Led by the district's digital learning leader, the hour-long weekly gathering is designed to help teachers become more tech savvy as the school district places a renewed focus on using digital resources. Learn more.
At Anderson-Shiro CISD's elementary and junior/senior high campuses, teachers are encouraged to utilize platforms such as Google Apps for Education to create “Google Classrooms” for their students that have transformed the way teachers deliver instruction and interact with students. It has enabled students to collaborate with peers while constructing their own learning in a digital, interactive, and more organized environment. Teachers provide meaningful content while students learn real-world applications in a hands-on environment.
College Station ISD
College Station ISD has developed an online learning support portal for students called Success 24/7. It allows for all of the content (created by teachers in the district) for a course to be put in one place so students who missed a class or simply need to hear a lesson again can access it easily.
In DeKalb ISD digital integration is occurring at all grade levels. The focus is not simply on bringing in technology, but rather on using it to take student learning to a higher level.
Flexible learning environments across the school district encourage student interaction, collaboration, and choice but still allow for independent study. Hear from students and teachers about the benefits of modern spaces for 21st century learning.
Hillsboro ISD’s BRIDGE (Bringing Internet and Devices for a Global Education) is a 1:1 program that provides Hillsboro High School students with devices for 24/7 learning. It also provides mi-fis that students who do not have internet access at home may check out. Students must complete a digital citizenship course before they can receive a device. Personalized monthly BRIDGE training is provided for teachers at Hillsboro High School, and monthly BRIDGE Walks by administrators assess the impact of the devices on student learning as well as provide ideas for areas of upcoming BRIDGE teacher training.
Huntsville ISD’s transportation and technology departments are on the leading edge of meeting a challenge faced by large, semi-rural school districts: How can districts use technology to assist students, some of whom spend a lot of time each day on a school bus, in making the most of their commute time? And, how can districts harness that same technology for student safety and security? Huntsville ISD collaborated with an IT company to answer those questions and deliver those services.
Lake Travis ISD
Hudson Bend Middle School Texas history teacher Dana Schrader walks her students through the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing courtesy of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. The program provides students with the ability to visit locations around the world through Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets. Learn more about the program.
In partnership with the community, Lewisville ISD created a technology plan to serve as the foundation for digital integration. The process laid the groundwork for a long-term plan that will help the districts prepare future-ready students in a way that the community supports.
Lewisville ISD has also created flexible learning environments to engage today's learners. The environments help teachers build trust with students and encourage collaboration.
As 5- and 6-year-old students at Lytle Primary know, technology is everywhere all the time. They have learned they can use technology to create and to communicate. In this video, they demonstrate how they use technology to share their learning and their creations.
Each of the high schools in the district will soon have a prototype classroom that uses flexible furniture and technology to encourage students to interact and work together, with the teacher as the learning facilitator.
Midway ISD in Region 12 has joined the “makerspace” movement, turning school libraries into workshops where children can get hands-on, tinker, and prototype their ideas in cardboard, plastic, or pixels. Learn more.
New Braunfels ISD
Since 2012, New Braunfels ISD’s TEC21 initiative has been “Transforming Every Classroom in the 21st Century” by providing constant access to personal devices for all students regardless of income. TEC21 was designed to engage students in the collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking necessary for a post-K-12 education and the workforce. Explore the district's TEC21 website.
Royse City ISD
Royse City ISD’s Chrome Squad program was among just 12 innovative programs selected to be featured in Texas School Business magazine’s 10th Annual Bragging Rights issue. The Chrome Squad is a team of student interns who provide tech support and training to teachers and students who use Google Chromebook laptops and other devices. The program began in tandem with the high school’s 1:1 technology initiative, in which all students received Chromebook laptops to help them stay connected inside and outside the classroom. When Royse City ISD leaders first explored the idea of training student interns to help run their 1:1 initiative, they found only one school in the country with a similar program. Now, due to the success of the Chrome Squad and the C4L initiative, leaders from other districts are visiting Royse City High School to see the program in action. Read the Bragging Rights article. Watch a video:
San Angelo ISD
San Angelo ISD started a tech badge program that provides differentiated professional development for district educators. The program promotes the use of effective technology resources in the classroom and provides a way for teachers and students to learn, teach, create, collaborate, and share with others on their campus. Staff earn “professional” badges when they demonstrate how they have used a specific digital resource in their daily work. They earn “integration” badges when they demonstrate how they have integrated a digital resource into student learning. When teachers display their badges, they become a resource for others on their campus.
In 2016-17, Sunnyvale ISD opened a next-generation learning space at its middle school. The design provides more open space and flexibility for student collaboration. It will help equip students with the skills needed to tackle a future in the 21st century.
Students at Brabham Middle School in Willis ISD use Lego Robotics to learn how to build and program a robot. Students get hands-on opportunities to practice programming and explore future career options through weekly challenges. The program incorporates both math and science skills.
In 2015, Friendswood ISD opened a new, high-tech library at Cline Elementary that features a green screen room for students to create videos, a 3D printer, a space for students to present wirelessly with iPads, and microscopes connected to a monitor, allowing students to explore and investigate as slides come to life. Read more.
Harlingen CISD participates in Digital Learning Day each year to showcase all the district is doing to create and expand technology-rich learning environments for students. Read about HCISD's Digital Classroom Initiative, which is part of the district's strategic plan, “Transforming Learning for Global Achievement.”
Students stream a live broadcast using the Periscope app at Cano Freshman Academy during Digital Learning Day 2016. Read more.
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