Big Changes in Technology, Communication, and Student Engagement for 2015-2016
Clear Creek Independent School District is continuously evolving to
meet the needs of students. In order to improve, CCISD relies on
feedback from students, parents and staff. Based on input and results
from an interim study, the school district is making adjustments and
improvements to the one computer per student initiative known as Latitude 2 Learn.
on a recent survey of students, 62% percent of respondents say their
teachers encourage them to use technology to create projects or
presentations. Seventy percent of student respondents say they use their
tablet to explore or learn more about a topic mentioned for their own
benefit and equally as many say they use their tablet in core courses.
these gains, technical issues with charging the Dell Venue tablets, the
lack of keyboards at the high school level, and the inconsistent
internet access in classrooms have slowed the progress of this
initiative. In response, the school district will implement the
following changes this fall:
in grades 8 through 12 will now receive a Dell laptop versus the Dell
Venue tablet. It is clear students need the keyboard for their school
work. Dell Computers is exchanging the Venue tablet to a Dell Latitude
11 laptop at the high school level with no additional cost to
Students in grades 5 through 7 will receive Dell Latitude 10 tablets. These tablets were at the high school and 5th grade levels and will be moved to the intermediate level.
in grades 4 through 5 will receive class sets of either a new or
refurbished Venue 11 tablet to address the issues with charging the
device. Since these devices will remain at the school, the devices will
be placed on charging carts every day.
The devices will be
distributed to students in grades 4-12 at the beginning of the school
year. If students still choose to opt-out of receiving the
district-issued device, it is highly recommended students bring their
own laptop or tablet to school every day in grades 6 – 12. Cell phones
are not a sufficient replacement for conducting coursework
CCISD staff will keep their Dell Venue 11 tablets.
INSURANCE RATES REDUCED
have been responsible with the district-issued tablets and computers to
the extent the school district will reduce its optional insurance rate
from $25 to $20 per device and $12.50 to $10 for students who are
eligible for free/reduced meals.
district is making improvements to its available bandwidth to support
the use of tablets in the classroom and around campus. By September
2016, the bandwidth will have more than doubled from 2.1 gigabytes per
second (Gbps) in July 2013 to 5.1 Gpbs. By January 2016, the bandwidth
will reach 15.1 Gbps.
is a new platform to allow teachers, students and parents to connect,
collaborate, create and communicate 24 hours a day. Teachers will create
lesson plans, deliver instruction virtually, and personalize
assignments for individual students. Students will find assignments and
resources from their tablet computer, collaborate on projects with
classmates at school or at home, and even create their own e-portfolio
where the work follows them throughout CCISD and beyond. Parents will be
able to view grades and assignments, fill out back-to-school forms, and communicate with their children’s teachers.
LinkEd replaces CCISD4Me. On August 3, 2015
parents/guardians of registered CCISD students will receive an email
alerting them of their initial login and password. When you receive the
email, follow the instructions to set a new password.
For more information, visit ccisd.ss8.sharpschool.com, email email@example.com, or call 281.284.0020