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1 TEA Update: Online Resources for Teachers and Students Kerry Ballast, Director of Educational Technology TCEA 2016 Convention February 4,

2 2016 by the Texas Education Agency Copyright Notice The Materials are copyrighted and trademarked as the property of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of TEA, except under the following conditions: 1) Texas public school districts, charter schools, and education service centers may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for the districts and schools educational use without obtaining permission from TEA. 2) Residents of the state of Texas may reproduce and use copies of the Materials and Related Materials for individual personal use only, without obtaining written permission of TEA. 3) Any portion reproduced must be reproduced in its entirety and remain unedited, unaltered, and unchanged in any way. 4) No monetary charge can be made for the reproduced materials or any document containing them; however, a reasonable charge to cover only the cost of reproduction and distribution may be charged. Private entities or persons located in Texas that are not Texas public school districts, Texas education service centers, or Texas charter schools or any entity, whether public or private, educational or non-educational, located outside the state of Texas MUST obtain written approval from TEA and will be required to enter into a license agreement that may involve the payment of a licensing fee or a royalty. For information contact Office of Copyrights, Trademarks, License Agreements, and Royalties, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress Ave., Austin, TX ; phone ; 2

3 Agenda Online Resources for Teachers Online Resources for Students STaR Chart eplan E-rate Public School Network Capabilities Study Project Share 2.0 Contact Information Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 3

4 Professional Development Courses With the close of the Epsilen contract, professional development (PD) courses were paused in fall In early spring 2016, enrollment in online courses will resume. The first courses to go live will be Science Safety Training for High School and CTE 101. Watch for Fine Arts TEKS K 12 Overview and the nine CTE courses, beginning with Forensic Science in late February and Advanced Animal Science in early March. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 4

5 Professional Development Courses What is currently available? Math TEKS ELPS Academies Write for Texas Upon successful completion of a course, a teacher may generate a certificate that verifies completion of the course and the award of continuing professional education (CPE) credits. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 5

6 ESTAR/MSTAR Universal Screener and Diagnostic Assessment ESTAR (grades 2 4) MSTAR (grades 5 8) Fall, winter, and spring assessment windows Information and support at Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 6

7 TxAIR TEKS-aligned question repository Science and mathematics (grades 3 8) Biology Physics Chemistry Integrated Physics and Chemistry Algebra I and II Geometry Information and support at Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 7

8 OnTRACK Lessons TEKS-aligned supplementary lessons Grade 8 and English I and II Grades 7 and 8, Algebra I and II, and Geometry Grade 8, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics U.S. History and World Geography Available on the Project Share Gateway Information and support at Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 8

9 OnTRACK Lessons Syllabi with links to lessons at node/93206 Information and support at Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 9

10 Texas Education on itunes U Closed captioned OnTRACK Kid2Kid Chemistry videos are available. Visit Texas Education on itunes U to see the latest collections. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 10

11 Texas Education on itunes U 11

12 TexQuest The Texas State Library and Archive Commission has established TexQuest, a collection of digital resources for K 12 public and openenrollment charter schools. Contact for information and support. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 12

13 Math and Reading Programs for Accelerated Instruction (Texas Success) Online math and reading resources have been selected for the following grade levels and courses: Reading, Grades 3 5 Reading, Grades 6 8 English I and II Math, Grades 3 5 Math, Grades 6 8 Algebra I Successful bidders were announced in To the Administrator Addressed correspondence dated December 11, Vendors will begin working with districts as contracts are negotiated and finalized. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 13

14 Texas STaR Chart Participation continues to be optional. The system remains available to all Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charters. STaR Chart data will be used in the 2016 Progress Report on the Long- Range Plan for Technology. For districts using other survey tools but that wish to be included in STaR Chart data, a voluntary district survey will be posted in March Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 14

15 eplan (Online Technology Plan) District technology plans continue to be required. The eplan system is open for the school year and is located at eplans continue to undergo a peer-review at the education service center (ESC) level before moving to TEA for final review and approval. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 15

16 E-rate To date, Texas public schools and libraries have received approximately 10% of all E-rate funding since the program began in That 10% amounts to $35+ billion in funding for telecommunications and Internet access since the beginning of the program. E-Rate 2.0 offers the opportunity for more funding for WiFi expansion and fiber ownership for school districts. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 16

17 E-rate The E-rate filing window is scheduled to open in January The window is scheduled to close in March The filing window is dependent on the successful launch of USAC s new online system, E-rate Productivity Center, or EPC. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 17

18 E-rate and EPC EPC accounts must be established for all applicants, consultants, and service providers. EPC Account Administrators must add all necessary users to their accounts and must assign individual user permission rights. Permissions may have to be updated as new forms are added to EPC. User passwords need to be reset every 60 days to stay current. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 18

19 Public School Network Capabilities Study Texas Education Code (TEC), Study to assess each district s network capabilities and to determine if Internet and wide area network (WAN) connectivity targets are met INTERNET WAN Campus 1 Campus 2 Response rate of 89.8% DISTRICT Campus 3 Campus 4 Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 19

20 Public School Network Capabilities Study Internet connection target Set at 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff Met by 26% of campuses WAN connection target Set at one Gbps per 1,000 students and staff Met by 62% of campuses Details and more information in final report DISTRICT INTERNET Campus 1 Campus 2 Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 20

21 Project Share 1.0 Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 21

22 Project Share 2.0 Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 22

23 Texas Gateway Online Resources for the Classroom TEKS-aligned Designed for general instruction, intervention, acceleration, and additional practice Online Resources for the Teacher Professional development courses Personalized collections of resources Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 23

24 Texas Gateway Search for content by TEKS, keyword, subject, grade, audience, and other targeted facets. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 24

25 Texas Gateway The Texas Gateway is a public, open interface accessible by all Texas teachers, parents, and students. Teachers and parents may voluntarily sign up for dashboards that allow them to save their favorite content and organize personal lists of resources. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 25

26 Texas Gateway Teachers enroll in professional development courses through a self-registration process. Once enrolled, teachers may easily track their progress and obtain certificates upon successful completion. Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 26

27 Texas Gateway Easy-to-use application and voluntary teacher self-registration minimize the need for platform adoption, account management, and system training and support at the district level. Localization options will be available for district content delivery and customization. Watch for a spring 2016 pilot for porting state-provided content to local, district-managed learning management systems (LMSs). Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 27

28 Contact Us @projectsharetx listserv public.govdelivery.com/accounts/txtea/subscriber/new Copyright Texas Education Agency, All rights reserved 28

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