|Cara Jackson, Executive Director - Instructional Technology|
|Harry Tschoerner, Technology Asset Manager|
|Chris Coldwell, Imaging Software Specialist|
|Teri Maxwell, Administrative Assistant|
The Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) found in 19 TAC Chapter 126 describe what students should know and be able to do using technology. As a part of the enrichment curriculum, these TEKS are to be used as guidelines for providing instruction. The goal of the Technology Applications TEKS is for students to gain technology-based knowledge and skills and to apply them to all curriculum areas at all grade levels. There are benchmark years at Grades 2, 5, and 8 with courses specified at the high school level. The TEKS are organized with four common strands for Grades K-12: Foundations, Information Acquisition, Work in Solving Problems, and Communication.
Pre-kindergarten guidelines for Technology Applications articulate what three- and four- year old students should know and be able to do using technology.
Students gain basic skills such as inputting information, beginning touch keyboarding and becoming familiar with the computer. Using technology, students access information that can include text, audio, video, and graphics. They use computers and related technology to make presentations and prepare projects for foundation curriculum areas.
Students use proper keyboarding techniques and acquire information by selecting the most appropriate search strategies. Students use word processing, graphics, databases, spreadsheets, simulations, multimedia, and telecommunications. They solve problems and communicate information in various formats and to a variety of audiences and evaluate their results.
Students become fluent in using multiple software applications and applying them across the curriculum. They build on the Grades 3-5 knowledge and skills. The students continue to demonstrate keyboarding proficiency in technique and posture while building speed. The TEKS can be taught integrated into other areas (such as English Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science), as a separate class, or both.
Students have a variety of options from the adopted courses which allow for growth, specialization, integration into other curriculum areas, and preparation for the technological world. The high school courses in Technology Applications, Chapter 126 include: Computer Science I, Computer Science II, Desktop Publishing, Digital Graphics/Animation, Multimedia, Video Technology, Web Mastering, and Independent Study in Technology Applications.
SBEC - State Board for Educator Certification
Profiler - inspires cooperation and collaboration among teachers to help them improve their skills around a general topic. You can take a survey to assess your technology abilities and find someone who can help you strengthen these skills.
TTCC - The Education Service Centers in Texas have joined together to offer a statewide certification program designed to meet the needs of teachers, districts, and the state of Texas.
MTTC - The Master Technology Teacher Certification Program is to ensure that all Texas students and educators have an individual whose major focus is to teach with technology and technology integration strategies and to serve as a mentor to other teachers.
TATC - Technology Applications Teacher Certification preparation program offers the opportunity for an intensive and rigorous online program of study in Technology Applications. The TATC program prepares teachers to take the Technology Applications High School (8-12) or All-level (EC-12) Technology Applications TExET for certification.
Instructional Technology Coaches are available to you at each campus. Their role is to coach and support classroom teachers in the planning, integration and implementation of technology easily into their curriculum. They also provide professional learning in order to promote the integration of technology.