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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    Parent Chromebook Camps 2019

    Parent Chromebook Camp is required for all students who will be in the 6th grade in the 2019-2020 school year. It is also required for students in grades 7-10 in the 2019-2020 school year who are new to TCS or who have not participated in the past.

    Parents may drop in to complete camp at any location or date listed below. It takes about 30 minutes, so drop in any time during the times listed. Note that there are a limited number of opportunities, so mark your calendar now!

    Thursday, August 29 from 4:30pm - 6:30 pm at Westlawn, Eastwood*, & Northridge Middle Schools 

    * Spanish translation available.

     

    TCS ClassLink for Parents

    ClassLink is TCS’s one-stop location for online learning resources. The district has launched a new digital tool called ClassLink. It replaced Clever and makes it easier for students to access a wide variety of digital resources. The URL is linked on the district web page and is at https://launchpad.classlink.com/tuscaloosa .

     

    To access ClassLink from home, students should, 

    1. Go to the URL https://launchpad.classlink.com/tuscaloosa
    2. Enter their district username and password. (Information on PK-1 Quick Cards is below.)
    3. Click on the desired learning resource. The application collection differs for different audiences. 
    4. There are ClassLink apps for mobile devices like phones and tablets.  

    ClassLink

    ClassLink Quick Cards

    • Quick Cards are QR codes that can be used to log a student into ClassLink. 
    • Students in grades PK, K, and 1 can use Quick Cards. 
    • Schools may send Quick Cards home with students. The ClassLink OneClick Extension must be downloaded in order for the Quick Card to work. We also encourage families to have their child practice the digital skill of typing in his/her username and password if they cannot get the Quick Card to work. 
    • To use a Quick Card, on the ClassLink login screen, click the Quick Card Button. 

    ClassLink Quick Card

    Note: Students may see a glimpse of Clever when using ClassLink. If you want to know more, read about The Clever Ghost at https://www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/Page/1361 

     

    Accessing Pearson on Tablets

    The TCS elementary math and reading text materials come from the Pearson textbook company. Students and families can access those materials in the following ways. 

    Computer

    • Go to https://www.tuscaloosacityschools.com/ 
    • Scroll down to Links and click ClassLink
    • Enter the student username and password
      • Students in PK-1 have the option of using a Quick Card to log in. Please ask your teacher or librarian for details. 

    Tablet

    • Download and open the app Pearson etext for Schools  (Note that there are multiple apps with similar names. It must be this one.)
    • Click Pearson Easy Bridge near the bottom of the screen. 
    • Enter Tuscaloosa City, click Go
    • Enter the student username and password

    This linked document has details and screenshots. 

     

    Wireless Map of Tuscaloosa

     

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    Instructional Technology
    Dr. Elizabeth Hancock
    Instructional Technology Coordinator
    205-759-3625
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    Aishia Daffin
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    Keith Summerford
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    Cherelle Young
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    Alicia Sewell
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    Miyoshi Juergensen
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    Amanda Walker
    Instructional Technology Coach
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    John Walker
    Instructional Technology Coach
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TCS Instructional Technology Blog

  • Updated Process for Parent Accounts in Canvas

    Posted by Elizabeth Hancock on 8/24/2018

    Canvas has updated the process for the creation of parent accounts in Canvas. These accounts allow parents to have an obesrver role in their student's Canvas courses. Follow these directions to keep an eye on your child's learning. 

    Parent Account in Canvas

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  • Canvas Apps for Parents, Students, and Teachers

    Posted by Elizabeth Hancock on 6/22/2018

    Canvas Apps

    Parents, teachers, and students can use Canvas on the go with their mobile apps. Although some features still work best in the online interface, these apps make it much easier to receive messages and announcements, check feedback and assessment results, and complete some tasks. Detailed information is at https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1045977/pages/canvas-apps . If it prompts you for a URL, use ours - tuscaloosa.instructure.com. 

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  • 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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