The Digital Learning Team is made up of Instructional Technology Specialists, Technology Facilitators, Eduphoria and Library Media Specialists.
The Digital Learning Team supports the use of technology in creating 21st-century learning environments and ensuring that students develop the skills necessary to be future ready.
The Instructional Technology Department uses BrightBytes Clarity to gather data about how technology is used in our district. Surveys are completed each year by students in grades 3-12, instructional staff, and parents.
Connecting Around the World
Digital technology will play an important part in ensuring students are ready for the future. For students and teachers alike, Technology will allow them to transcend the limitations of a physical building and school day. Teachers can connect with one another virtually, not just to share lesson plans but also to mentor and share strategies for effective teaching through online collaboration.
Six schools in Lewisville are in the initial phase of connecting with the Surana schools in Chennai India. They will focus on a cultural exchange and a robotics contest using EV3 robots to solve a current issue. The schools participating are Central Elementary, McAuliffe Elementary, Donald Elementary, Delay Middle School, Flower Mound High School, and Marcus High School. The robotics competition is scheduled for some time at the end of January.
Technology is also making it possible to blend online and face-to-face learning, which enables teachers to group students flexibly and offers educators rich data on students' progress. With LISDblendED, students have course choice and some level of control over time, place, path and or pace. Students choose from face-to-face, blended, and online course options during the school day and supplemental online course options outside the school day. Flexible mobility is available for students taking online and blended courses during the school day. LISDblendED also supports the online content recovery, credit recovery, and secondary summer school programs at all of Lewisville’s eleven high school campuses. In 2012-2013, the LISDblendED program served over 3,000 high school students. Access to high quality online and blended learning is made possible through collaboration across the district: Technology, Learning and Teaching, Special Education, Guidance and Counseling, and Student Information Services.
The 1:X initiative guarantees that all students have access to the devices needed to participate.1:X is a trademarked program based on the understanding that students will have the right device for the task at hand. The 1 represents the student and X is a variable representing the type of device(s) used simultaneously to best complete a task to demonstrate learning. The devices listed below are the ones currently being employed by Lewisville ISD.
- The iPad provides mobile access to a device that allows students to not only access information, but to create content at school and at home.
- The MacBook Air allows students to move to a more powerful laptop to create complex media-rich content, iBooks, Google Sites and more. This allows students to combine files and complete more complex tasks.
- The Chromebook allows low-cost access to digital resources and the collaboration tools in Google Apps for EDU that are used across the district. While it requires Internet access and cannot produce media-rich content, the Chromebook is an outstanding tool to complete the device options in a 1:X environment.
- Students may bring their own devices (BYOD) from home to use in conjunction with their 1:X device or in lieu of a district-issued device.
Lewisville ISD is in the second phase of a three-stage implementation plan for the devices listed above. As of 2014, over 35,000 students have received an iPad which they keep year-round and use at school and at home.