Sunday, September 19, 2021

Carroll ISD Plans Deployment of Secondary Student Devices

In May 2017, a $208 million bond program was approved by voters living in Carroll ISD. The technology portion of the bond included providing a device to students so that each has a chance to explore new learning methods and personalize their educational experience. Carroll ISD’s goal is to encourage students to be innovative and think creatively.

Beginning in August, students in grades 7-12 can pick up their computer at their campus. CISD students in grade 7-12 will receive a Dell 3380 laptop computer. The laptop has been specifically configured to meet the instructional needs of secondary student’s classes and will include internet filtering for use both at school and home. The students will also receive a charging cable and a protective sleeve for storing their laptop.

The Carroll ISD Technology Department will be on your child’s campus holding device pick-up meeting and distributing the student devices. Students in grades 7-10 must have a parent or guardian present to pick up a device. Device Pick-up meetings will be held one day for each grade level at each campus (see table below).

Date Time(s) Location Grade Level
August 13 1-3 or 5-7 pm CSH Seniors
August 14 1-3 or 5-7 pm CSH Juniors
August 15 1-3 or 5-7 pm CHS Sophomores
August 16 1-3 or 5-7 pm CHS Freshmen
August 27 5-7 pm DMS 7th Grade
August 28 5-7 pm DMS 8th Grade
August 30 5-7 pm CMS 8th Grade
September 5 5-7 pm CMS 7th Grade

 

Before a student can be issued their device the parents and students must sign the Acceptable Use Policy, sign the Student Device Agreement, complete a Parent Orientation and pay the $45 annual device fee (free to those who qualify for free and reduced lunches). These different steps can be completed online through the Annual Student Verification process or completed in person at the student’s campus device pick-up meeting. Those who are able to complete the previously mentioned items online prior to their campus meeting will be able to skip several stations and advance to the device station with a fast pass. Those who have not completed online enrollment should plan for the device deployment process to take a little longer.

The Carroll ISD Technology Department will have staff on hand at each of the campus meetings to assist the students with questions pertaining to their new device. Students will have the opportunity to work with technicians to troubleshoot any issues that may come up.

 

For more information on the Digital Dragons Program and the device rollout plan, visit www.southlakecarroll.edu/digitaldragons.

Virtual Technology Conference August 8

Carroll ISD’s third annual Virtual Technology Conference is back with a day full of virtual learning, available at any location. All participants need is an internet connection, laptop or computer, and have registered for sessions online. The conference will take place on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The conference will consist of four 90-minute sessions, each worth 1.5 professional development flex hours, with the opening and closing sessions lasting only 15 minutes each. CISD Superintendent Dr. David Faltys will present the opening session, followed by sessions featuring Instructional Technology Specialists and classroom teachers from various Carroll campuses. The sessions cover material varying from Twitter usage to infographics, and how these tools can be used in creative ways in the classroom. Randy Stuart, Executive Director of Technology, will lead the closing session to wrap up the conference.

“It is a different way to provide professional development for our teachers,” said Gay Grissom, Instructional Technology Specialist. “It is a very interactive conference, where attendees can ask questions and use a chat window on the computer.”

“Learning anytime, anywhere continues to be our goal. We have seen great participation in past Virtual Conferences and anticipate strong participation this year. This year’s virtual learning conference will provide training in tools for readers’ and writers’ workshop, infographics, Google docs, project-based learning, flipping classroom instruction, virtual homework processes, creative flipcharts, and BYOT,” said Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Dr. JJ Villarreal.

The concept of virtual professional development in Carroll ISD began in 2010. It was evident within the district that many teachers had scheduling conflicts which prohibited them from attending professional development seminars on summer days. The webinar idea dismissed the conflicts for many, allowing more teachers to attend these virtually, at a location convenient to them.

“Teachers are very involved this year,” said Gay Grissom. For the first and second year of the conference, only Instructional Technology Specialists led the sessions. This year, the ITS team has branched out and are instructing various teachers on how to lead sessions in the webinar.

“We greatly appreciate the leadership of our Executive Director for Technology, Mr. Randy Stuart and our Instructional Coaches who have developed this learning, anytime, anywhere day,” said Dr. Villarreal. This year’s conference was created by a team of four Instructional Technology Specialists, made up by Gay Grissom, Jennifer Waldroop, Kristi Johnson, and Sherry Brott. 

This conference is a great opportunity for educators to participate in sessions that are meaningful and relevant to today’s learners. Teachers can earn up to 6.5 staff flex hours as well as be eligible to win prizes such as an iPad mini, an iPod shuffle, and a myriad of other valuable prizes. Participants must be registered for all sessions, including the opening and closing sessions, to be eligible for the giveaways. It is not too late to register for the conference. Register for sessions in Eduphoria and select the VTC2013 category.

 

Skyward App Launch Gives Parents Mobile Access

Carroll ISD’s Technology Department is now providing an exciting new feature for Dragon parents.

Skyward Family Access is now available for Carroll ISD parents who use Apple iOS mobile devices and Google Android mobile devices. The app is available for free in both the AppStore, Google Play Store and Amazon AppStore. The app provides access to a variety of information to help parents stay up-to-date with their student’s academic progress. It provides up-to-date access to a student’s attendance, class schedule, teacher’s gradebook, missing assignment roster and report cards and progress reports. It also allows the parent to view all student accounts, human resource records and district contact information.

“The Skyward App provides instant access to grades, schedules and more for parents, teachers and students on the go,” said Angie Bakke, Carroll ISD Instructional Technology Specialist. “The app is intuitive and the instant feedback and ease of use is a great addition for our digital-age students.”

The Skyward app will also be accessible within Carroll ISD’s upcoming mobile app set to launch later this school year. This app will include multiple features including school contact information, event calendars, lunch menus and much more.