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Technology Department

"We believe that the school system is a learning organization that focuses on continuous learning at all levels."

 Technology in the Classroom

   

Enter a classroom in Trussville City Schools and you may visit Cambodia through Skype to learn about their big backyard, publish an alphabet book online after consulting with an author, practice math skills with iPods, observe penguins live through webcams, fly to other schools using Google Earth, be a guest on a school television show, Wii bowl to understand fractions, collaborate with classmates to participate educate and organize community projects about Darfur, publish online stories about the Holocaust, take a virtual field trip to Madrid using Google Maps, partner with NASA to design parts for the Ares rocket, publish digital photography for the world to see and discuss, etc.

 Training & Support

  

  

The Technology Department trainings and supports many users on a daily basis through the Help Desk, virtual interaction and face to face.  The District Technology Integration Specialist, Lead Technology Teachers, and SWAT members also provide support within the schools through workshops and individual assistance.

 

The Technology Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at 228-3006.

 Technology Quick Links

  Internet Use and Equipment Agreement
  Software Installation Link
  Frequently Needed Links
  Technology Course of Study, 2008
  Textbook Software - requires login
  STI PD
  ALEX, Alabama Learning Exchange - locate lessons and resources
  eLearning - online technology professional development
  iNow Directions for Parents
  Approved Hardware List

 What we are involved in

In order to be continuous learners, we are members and attend various state and national conferences such as: National Educational Computing Conference, International Society for Technology in Education, Consortium for Social Networking, K12 Online Conference, Alabama Educational Technology Association and the Alabama Educational Technology Conference.

 

Trussville City Schools has been selected as one of 13 leading-edge districts to share experiences, challenges and best practices for innovative uses of new media in K-12 education, as part of an initiative launched by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). In September, CoSN announced a nationwide search for innovative districts throughout the country that are leading the way in the use of social media, Web 2.0 and student-owned mobile devices to participate in peer-to-peer groups of district leaders or “cadres.” The goal of the cadre is to foster the sharing of ideas, best practices and challenges and to discover new ways to leverage new media to reenergize, rethink and reimagine teaching and learning.

 

Along with other district leaders, the Trussville City Schools’ team will participate in an online community of practice (CoP), including CoSN’s Access4ed.net, which focuses on innovative approaches to providing access to technology in K-12 schools and school districts. Based on the cadre’s work, in the coming months, CoSN will release progress reports, consisting of concise syntheses of “lesson learned” as promising and best case findings, which will be shared with the broader education and educational technology community.

 

This effort is part of CoSN’s Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy initiative, which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

 

To learn more about the initiative, visit: www.cosn.org/web20/.

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