Innovate to Educate Entry

United Independent School District

Susan Carlson, Director of Instructional Television

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

UISD is proud of the 21st century technology roll out plan that it has implemented to integrate Mobile Learning Devices and Interactive Flat Panels in classrooms throughout the district. By incorporating this technology, classroom teachers and students have positively benefited from the new methods of 21st century teaching and learning, which includes a flipped classroom model of student led learning.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

First and foremost, the teachers must be open and willing to take technologically innovative education to the next level in their classrooms. By doing so, our students receive the most current education that prepares them to be successful post-secondary. Secondly, instruction that focuses on new methods of teaching and learning is a necessary component to ensure educational success. Lastly, the technological resources (such as Interactive Flat Panels, Chrome books, iPads, applications, Chrome extensions, wifi access, etc.) are crucial in order for innovative technology in education to succeed.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Currently, our Wi-Fi solutions are adequate for our technology plan. Additionally, it will be expanded to meet the needs of our technology roll out to guarantee adequate bandwidth for mobile learning device access.

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