Instructional technology for 2020-2021

posted May 8, 2020, 7:13 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Jul 12, 2020, 9:06 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 2nd Quarter
    • 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 - should be available early in the 2nd quarter; each school will have 6 floater Chromebook carts & at least 2 floater iPad carts in August to support PreK-2 until classroom carts can be stocked
      • Cart of 28-30 Chromebooks in every classroom from 3rd Grade through 5th Grade - available when classes begin
      • Two "floating" carts of Chromebooks at each elementary school for 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:
      • Students in grades 6-11 in 2019-20 retain their devices for use in 2020-2021, 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.
  • Stipended virtual training with the Technology Integration Specialists is available in July and August; see BPSTRAINING.ORG
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
      • TumbleBook Library for all elementary schools for animated talking picture books, chapter books, videos, non-fiction titles, graphic novels, playlists, and books in French and Spanish
      • SeeSaw for K-2 for early childhood engagement
      • Savvas (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
      • Savvas (Pearson), TCI, Clairmont, BFW/Worth & CENGAGE 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. Regrettably, McGraw-Hill has chosen not to support Clever rostering, so we will have to continue to manually roster.
      • We are working with Savvas (formerly known as Pearson) on automatic rostering via PowerSchool with EasyBridge Plus 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 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 expanding from 3-4 to K-4
      • 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
    • Exact Path and STAR Reading, Math, 360 across K-8; ExactPath pilot in 9th Grade might expand to 9-12 depending on state action
    • 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
    • Reading 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