Instructional Technology

  • The Instructional Technology Team is committed to implementing the digital transformation by engaging, empowering, and assisting all teachers, students, and stakeholders to become lifelong learners who are prepared to thrive in the future.

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    Dr. Elizabeth Hancock
    Instructional Technology Coordinator
    205-759-3625
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    Aishia Daffin
    Instructional Technology Coach
    Westlawn  Middle School
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    Keith Summerford
    Instructional Technology Coach
    Rock Quarry Middle School
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    Cherelle Young
    Instructional Technology Coach
    Eastwood Middle School
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    Alicia Sewell
    Instructional Technology Coach
    Elementary Schools
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    Miyoshi Juergensen
    Instructional Technology Coach
    High Schools
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TCS Instructional Technology Blog

  • Digital Age Parenting

    Posted by Elizabeth Hancock on 10/10/2017

     

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    Digital Age Parenting

     

    • Digital devices are amazing, expensive windows to the world - in all of its lightness and darkness.
    • Our children must learn to navigate this world. Parents must help them do that independently and well. We must remember that the bad things, the things we worry about, come from the choices we make when using devices.
    • These videos are an excellent introduction to the role of technology in the lives of children.
    • TCS is working hard to prepare students for success in the future and all of the digital skills and experiences needed for that. We use Common Sense Media’s educational materials to teach digital citizenship K-12. The topics include cyberbullying, digital footprints, privacy, and information literacy.
    • One area of concern is the apps children use and how they use them. There is a great deal of information available about specific apps and the issues associated with them. Parents should be aware that some apps allow children to connect with strangers, allow communication that is anonymous, and allow users to hide other activities and materials. Parents should also attend to the age restrictions on many social media apps. We recommend that parents review and approve all apps before their children use them.
    • Parents should be reminded that most gaming systems are connected to the internet and can allow children to connect with strangers.
    • Here are our specific suggestions for families:
    1. Set and know the password on your child’s phone (and other devices)
    2. Set the parental controls built into phones
    3. Be a part of your child’s digital life
      1. Consider shared social media accounts
      2. Follow each other on social media
      3. Game together
      4. Make creative products
    4. Establish, Articulate, and Reinforce Expectations for
      1. The rights and responsibilities of each family member
      2. Device use at meals, in bedrooms, times of day, etc.
      3. Use of social media, live video, etc.
      4. Connecting with strangers online
      5. Challenges of feeling included or excluded on social media
      6. Netiquette
      7. What information should be kept private
      8. Use and types of games
      9. What to do when something seems wrong, hurtful, dangerous, etc.

     

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  • Chromebook Camp

    Posted by Elizabeth Hancock on 7/26/2017

    Chromebook Camp

     

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  • Online Summer Learning

    Posted by Elizabeth Hancock on 6/8/2017

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    The links below are to online summer learning for middle school students, especially those with 1:1 Chromebooks. 

    Of course, all students should practice their keyboarding skills at TypingClub.com . They can log in with their Google accounts, and it keeps track of their progress. 

    Eastwood Middle School

    Rock Quarry Middle School

    University Place Middle School

    Westlawn Middle School

     

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