Category Archives: Announcements

Google Read & Write Teacher Signup

One of the most well-reviewed services that we’ve implemented in recent years in the Iowa City Schools is Read&Write for Google Chrome, which is designed to improve the accessibility of web resources.  While we have pushed this service out to all students using their ICCSD Google accounts, the service’s publisher – Texthelp – requires that teachers sign up in order to receive premium access.  

This service is available to all district teachers; ICCSD teachers can sign up at this link: https://www.texthelp.com/en-us/products/read-write/free-for-teachers/ 

You’ll need to enter your ICCSD email address as your email address, and can enter the following information for the district administrator section: 

School/District Admin Name: Justin Miller
School/District Admin Email: miller.justin@iowacityschools.org 

I hope that you enjoy and benefit from this resource!

Staff Device Distribution Update

Halfway through our scheduled distribution of new staff devices, the process has gone very smoothly!  We upgraded 440 staff devices on Thursday (May 4th), and upgraded another 135 devices on Friday (May 5th).  We began with a bang – about 30 people arrived before 6:40 AM on Thursday – but after refining our process a bit, were able to process upgrades for the majority of users within our 15-minute target timeframe.  

Here are a few key pieces of information and takeaways that might be useful for staff who will be upgrading this week:  Continue reading Staff Device Distribution Update

1:1 Initiative Launched this Fall in Junior High Schools

Updated: May, 2018

As of Fall, 2018, the Iowa City Community School District’s 1:1 Chromebook program has been launched in all of the districts junior highs and high schools.

district-profile-gilrs-at-compuersAs we move into our second year of program implementation – our first year in the junior high buildings – reports indicate that the initiative thus far has been a success.  With that said, our 1:1 program – as with all of our technology initiatives – is ever-evolving.  We continue to utilize lessons learned from our first year of the high school 1:1 program to improve program offerings and support resources.   Continue reading 1:1 Initiative Launched this Fall in Junior High Schools