The 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.
Based 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.
Despite 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:
Students 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 taxpayers.
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.
Students 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 electronically.
CCISD staff will keep their Dell Venue 11 tablets.
INSURANCE RATES REDUCED
Students 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.
The 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.
LinkEd 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 www.ccisd.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 281.284.0020