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Collaborative Workshop for Collaborative Teaching

Region 13 EdTech is teaming up with our Special Education group to offer a technology-infused workshop aimed at General Education and Special Education Co-Teachers.

 

What? Learn how to enhance instruction and improve student outcomes by meaningfully integrating technology into your gen-ed/sped collaborative classroom.

Who? This workshop is designed to address the needs of a variety of collaborative instructional arrangements, whether providing co-teaching, inclusion support, or classroom consultation. This workshop is designed for YOU:

  • Edtech
  • Co-teachers
  • Inclusion support
  • Assistive technology
  • ESL support
  • GT
  • Total tech novice
  • I feel pretty confident in my tech skills
  • I don’t have access to technology in my classroom
  • I only have my teacher computer and 1 iPad/Chromebook

How? Through guided practice, you will use a variety of simple yet powerful technology tools for planning, data collection, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and instructional accommodations.

You will also have a chance to explore additional self-selected technology tools relevant to your particular instructional arrangement and student needs.

Why, again? Having participated in examples of meaningful technology integration across varied classroom activities and practiced using the tech tools, you will be able to hit the ground running with engaging strategies for students and strategies for your own productivity and organization.

Where? Region 13

This workshop is a joint effort between Region 13 Specialists including Leslie Barrett (edtech/librarian), Kim West (special educator), Chris Teter (special educator/administrator) and Nichole Kertis Barton (AT/OT).  We’re excited to bring our different perspectives as well as be able to differentiate support based on your needs!  Please let us know if you have any questions.

For more details login to Ecampus and use workshop code SU1736528

Instructional Tech Updates

ViTaL Survey

The Region 13 Technology Team has gotten some inquiries about meetings we used to host called ViTaL.  We are seeking input from district technology staff (information technology as well as instructional technology) about what directions to take with our ViTaL group.  Whether you’ve participated in ViTaL in the past or not, we would love to hear your ideas and opinions related to a regional technology collaborative.  Please take a moment to answer a few survey questions to help us know the best ways to meet your technology-focused needs.

 

Discovery Education

If you are a DE subscriber district, we have a new online course that may be perfect for you our your teachers as the summer PD season approaches. The course covers the basics of DE navigation, and spotlights resources many folks don’t realize are included with a Discovery Education Streaming account. The course is perfect for new DE users (including folks recently added to a campus or district) as well as seasoned DE users who want to refresh their memories of all the wonderful tools and artifacts Discovery Education streaming has to offer!  It’s a self-paced course that teachers can complete on their own or could be used as the content of a summer PD study group.

To register or learn more about Discovery online course, please see our Region 13 eCampus system.

Region 13 also offers DE implementation support. We would love to work with you to develop a customized plan to support effective implementation of DE resources in your district. Please let us know if we can help you make the most of your DE subscription!

 

 

 

 

TexQuest Mini Conference

TexQuest Mini Conference – June 19

If you are a TexQuest subscriber district, make plans to join us this summer at Region 13 for a TexQuest Mini Conference.  This event is open to any district personnel (teachers, ITS, librarians, curriculum folks, instructional coaches, etc.) looking for ways to enhance digital learning environments and incorporate curriculum-aligned authoritative online resources into instruction.

The Mini Conference will consist of breakout sessions where representatives from the TexQuest providers will be present to help you get to know the TexQuest resources and learn about best practice for implementation in your district, school, and/or classroom. There will also be opportunities to process your learning and collaborate with peers during unconference-style collaboration sessions.

It will be a fun day of learning, and registration is FREE for participating TexQuest districts.

Texas Virtual Schools Network (TXVSN) Grants to Rural Schools

TEA is preparing to award Texas Virtual Schools Network grant funding to rural schools who

  • are experiencing a staffing shortage and are unable to assign a teacher to a course or courses needed for students to meet graduation requirements
  • are experiencing scheduling difficulties and are unable to meet the individual needs of students by scheduling them into a course or courses needed to meet graduation requirements
  • do not have resources to offer courses locally and wish to
    • expand course offerings and endorsement options;
    • provide additional Advanced Placement® (AP®) and dual credit options;
    • provide additional accelerated instruction options; and/or
    • provide additional credit recovery options.

For more information about timelines and eligibility for TXVSN grants please see the TAA Correspondence issued by TEA on March 15, 2017.

STAAR Technology Exceptions for Eligible Students

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Preparing for STAAR takes a village!

There is information on slide 64 in the 2017 ESC Testing Coordinators Training Presentation on exceptions to the prohibition on internet access for tablets used in STAAR testing that are not in any other TEA document.

These exceptions are important to students who have been using web-based speech-to-text as a support for spelling assistance and transcribing.

Conversation and planning among instructive technology, assistive technology, testing coordinators, and special education teachers will be important.

For discussion and details about this update, please read the Chat Transcript from January 31 on this topic… and consider joining our Accommodation Central Community.

Please contact Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net  for assistance.

STAAR Online Testing Preparation

In preparation for the upcoming testing season, you may want to be making plans to install the STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browser appropriate for your operating system(s).

 

STAAR is now available online to ANY student and required for ALL students who have documentation in their IEPs about the need tof embedded digital accommodations (Text-to-Speech, Content Supports, and Language & Vocabulary Supports via pop-ups and roll-overs).

 

Familiarity and practice using the online platform and tools needs to begin as soon as possible for teachers and students to feel sufficiently prepared.

 

Teachers and students need to plan and coordinate the time in labs to take the STAAR online tutorials… as well as the practice tests.

 

The 2016 STAAR online released practice tests are available through the STAAR Online Testing Platform Secure Browser, which requires a download/installation. Secure Browsers for various platforms are available for download at http://www.texasassessment.com/technology/

 

Should anyone be interested, here is a link https://acentral.mightybell.com/posts/947979 to a chat transcript on this topic:  “Online STAAR: How do I prepare my students?”  It states that providing frequent opportunities for students to experience text-to-speech (TTS), content supports and language supports in any form of practice is useful.  To this end, suggestions for websites and applications that can be used during instruction AND that replicate the STAAR online features are provided.

 

For questions about STAAR online please contact Nichole Kertis at  512-919-5246 or Nichole.Kertis@esc13.txed.net

 

TexasSUCCESS Spring Training

If you missed any of the TexasSUCCESS training sessions this fall, you have another opportunity to attend during the spring semester. Mark your calendars for the following FREE sessions, and click here to register.

TexasSUCCESS spring 2017

TexasSUCCESS Fall Training Schedule

TEA’s TexasSUCCESS program supports students in the SSI areas of reading, English, and math.

Training is available this fall for the vendor-based programs designed to address the critical areas specified below. These trainings will be repeated in the spring semester for anyone who is unable to attend this fall.

For more information or to register for a session, please see our Instructional Technology Workshop page.

TexasSUCCESS 2016

Future Ready Summit – NEW Dates!

ATTENTION #FutureReady Districts – Sign up for the Austin Summit, July 18-19, 2016

Join Future Ready, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, for a 2-day summit focused on district-level planning for elevating instructional outcomes using digital learning and network with other regional leaders who are engaged in Future Ready.

The Summit is open to district leadership teams from districts where the superintendent has signed the Future Ready District Pledge— a commitment to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district’s vision for student learning.

Registration is FREE, and space is limited so register TODAY to save your team’s spot at the Summit.

Dates: July 18-19 2016

Location: TCEA Conference Center (3100 Alvin Devane Boulevard Building B, Austin, TX)

Don’t miss out on this perfect opportunity for your district team to jump-start planning efforts and vision for student learning under direct guidance from Future Ready facilitators.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Sara Hall at 410-279-3368 or shall@all4ed.org

TexasSUCCESS Training

Through the TexasSUCCESS initiative, the state of Texas has made digital resources available to support students who need SSI accelerated instruction in the areas of reading and mathematics. The vendors providing these online services will be conducting Training of Trainers (ToT) sessions this spring and summer at ESC 13 for teachers, instructional leaders, and administrators. Session participants will be able to share the information they learned about each program with interested staff at their campus and/or district.

Texas SUCCESS Spring & Summer Training

For more information about each session, or to register for one or more sessions, please see the Region 13 Instructional Technology Workshop page.

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