Five years ago, the Area Education Agencies in Iowa made the decision to provide Iowa school districts with access to the Clarity BrightBytes technology program evaluation survey. Administered to teachers and students annually by the Iowa City Community School District, the data collected provides each district with a technology program evaluation tool that provides an overview of the whole educational technology environment. This includes device and infrastructure quality, support, instructional technology, technology integration, and digital literacy, among other areas.
This year, I believe that our results are worthy of celebration, and are reflective of the outstanding work done by our IT team, innovation coaches, principals, teachers, students, and board members in pushing for and actively utilizing technologies in the district. Continue reading Celebrating Tech Program Evaluation Results
The Canvas Parent Portal App (available on iOS and Android) allows parents to follow their child(ren)’s Canvas courses. In order to get started, check out the video and/or written instructions below.
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Updated: May, 2018
In Fall, 2017, the Iowa City Schools launched its Chromebook 1:1 initiative in all high school grade levels (9th – 12th). In August, 2018, the initiative will be extended to include grades 7 and 8 district-wide.
Accounts from our students, teachers, principals, and families indicate that the first year of our 1:1 initiative in the high schools has gone well. With that said, our 1:1 initiative – and all of our technology initiatives – are ever-evolving. As we look to roll devices out to junior high school students in August, 2018, we will be utilizing lessons learned from our first year of the high school 1:1 program to make the transition as smooth as possible from both a logistical, as well as a teaching and learning perspective. Continue reading 1:1 Initiative Coming to Junior Highs in August