Instructional technology for 2020-2021

posted May 8, 2020, 7:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated May 8, 2020, 7:21 AM ]
The transition to Distance Learning in April and the likelihood that we could be in that mode to varying degrees in 2020-2021 is leading the district to strategic investments in instructional technology.

  • 1:1 Chromebooks across all grade levels in August 2020
    • Elementary School Carts — We already had ordered 695 Chromebooks and 21 carts to provide 1:1 Chromebooks in grade 5. Now we are ordering 2,200 additional Chromebooks and 88 more carts to provide the following:
      • Cart of 25 touchscreen Chromebooks in every classroom from Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
      • Cart of 28-30 Chromebooks in every classroom from 3rd Grade through 5th Grade
      • One "floating" cart of Chromebooks for use in the library, Special Education, etc.
      • Each site will still have two shared iPad carts for PLTW Launch, but Launch now supports Chromebooks
    • Secondary Chromebooks — We will maintain the 1:1 take-home Chromebook program across grades 6-12:
      • Graduating seniors will return their devices on Thursday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon along 18th Street at BHS
      • Students in grades 6-11 in 2019-20 will retain their devices for use in the coming school year, for summer school as needed, etc.
      • Incoming 6th-grade students will be issued take-home Chromebooks in cases in late July and early August
  • Canvas will remain the district's preferred Learning Management System (LMS) for grades 6-12. 
  • Clever will continue to be used to access many district services.
  • Google Classroom will be the district's LMS for elementary schools and remain available for optional use in grades 6-12.
  • training is already available for all district teachers.
    • Use the Sign in with Google option to access these micro-courses on G Suite. They have short videos and assignments with real-person feedback to help you learn how to make better use of Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, and more.
    • The district will automatically award 1 in-service point for every 3 micro-courses completed.
    • Elementary school teachers are required to complete the Distance Learning pathways in MobileMind by the end of July, while elementary summer school teachers are on a faster track to complete them by the end of May.
    • Secondary school teachers are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this high-quality training.
Coming Soon
  • Expanded online services in 2020-2021
We are adding some additional online services in August to enhance the online resources teachers and students can use both in the classroom and whenever in Distance Learning:
    • Elementary schools
      • TumbleBookLibrary for all elementary schools for animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, playlists, and books in French and Spanish
      • Pearson social studies textbook adoption
    • Secondary schools
      • Funding to provide online access to 4 eBook novels for ELA instruction for each middle and high school student, as coordinated by the ELA building coordinators in conjunction with site library media specialists, including rotating access to a given title by quarter as needed
      • Pearson & TCI social studies textbook adoptions
    • WeVideo for all district teachers and all secondary school students for advanced online video editing
      • All students and teachers can already use Loom and its Chrome extension for screen capture and simple edits; WeVideo is for more sophisticated work.
  • Service changes and improvements in 2020-2021
    • Rostering improvements
      • We will be working with McGraw-Hill to roster via Clever, which should provide much easier access to MyMath and some existing science and business textbook adoptions.
      • We will be working with Pearson to switch to automatic rostering via PowerSchool to provide easier access to the new social studies adoptions and existing adoptions in some science courses, etc.
    • Typing Club will replace Type to Learn for keyboarding in grades 1-5.
    • Reading Counts will shift from a local server to the cloud for improved access.
    • We are looking at using XtraMath via Clever for some grade levels since Math Facts in a Flash is being discontinued.
    • We are considering adopting DocuSign to provide unlimited electronic signatures for IEPs and other needs.
Tried and True

  • Continuing services in 2020-2021
    • Reading Eggs & Math Seeds for PreKindergarten - 2nd Grade
    • Study Island 
      • English & Math for 3rd & 4th Grades
      • CORE (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) for 5th Grade
      • CORE for all Madison Middle School Grades
      • English for Central 6th Grade
    • IXL for all grades at Central Middle School
    • ExactPath and STAR Reading, Math, 360 across K-8; ExactPath pilot in 9th Grade
    • ST Math for PreK-8
    • Bookflix for elementary schools
    • PLTW Launch for elementary schools
    • Adobe Creative Cloud named-user licenses for specific secondary school courses
    • Office 365 for online access and at-home free installation of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc. 
    • Existing textbook adoptions, including NoRedInk for ELA, MyMath/Big Ideas Math/CENGAGE for math, various science titles
    • Canvas with TurnItIn and Respondus Lockdown Browser for grades 6-12
    • Learning A-Z for elementary sites
    • Existing support services, including Edulog, Follett, Frontline, Lightspeed Relay & Classroom, LiveBinder, MAS/Wen-Gage, Naviance, NetSupport, OK TLE/McREL, PowerSchool with PowerTeacher Pro, Remind, and SchoolMessenger Communicate
  • Retired services