Ron Foster - EISD Instructional Technology Specialist (K-12)
 
Phone: 210-444-8113    Fax: 210-444-4528

Emma Frey Service Center, Room 3
900 S. San Eduardo
San Antonio, TX 78237
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The Instructional Technology Department is in the Edgewood Service Center at Emma Frey.  Members of the department play a central role in planning and implementing EISD's strategies for computing technology.  
 

We offer a variety of staff development sessions on computing technology, ranging from introductory to advanced levels. These sessions are taught throughout the district.  Special staff development sessions may be arranged in response to requests for training that fall outside our regular Staff Development Schedule. We also provide community members the opportunity to learn how to use computers for their personal and community interests.

 

We have partnered with InfoSource to develop the  Phase I - 3 Technology Assessments that evaluate the knowledge and skill development in the use of computing technology. Employees may take these assessments with an Instructional Technology Facilitator on their home campus.
 
Technology Accountability 
 

Texas Star Chart (Teacher and Campus)

The Teacher STaR Chart is designed to help teachers, campuses, and districts determine their progress toward meeting the goals of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, as well as meeting the goals of the district. It can assist in the measurement of the impact of state and local efforts to improve student learning through the use of technology as specified in No Child Left Behind, Title ll, Part D.

 

The assessment can be completed at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer with internet access.

- 100% of all classroom teachers, regardless of their disciplines, and librarians must complete the Teacher STaR Chart online.
Note: Administrators, counselors, clerical and support staff do not need to complete the assessment tool.

 

- Campus Administrators (Principals) must complete the Campus STaR Chart. Note: The Texas Star Chart release dates are subject to change based on the start date determined by TEA.

 

When is it?
For Teachers, Oct. 06-Oct. 17, 2014.
For Campuses, Oct. 13 – Oct. 24, 2014.  

NCLB Administrator Technology Reporting System

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has been required to report on the progress of districts receiving funds from No Child Left Behind, Title ll, Part D as of January 2002. Title ll, Part D reporting requirements for NCLB have been documented as a part of the Texas Campus STaR Chart. The reporting requirements have been an essential part of the process for documenting progress to support continued technology funding. As of 2008, additional data at the district level is requested for districts receiving Title ll, Part D funds (formula and/or competitive). Districts receiving Title ll Part D funding are required to report this additional data annually.

 

The NCLB Technology Reporting System is used to collect the additional data for these Title ll Part D federal reporting requirements.

All NCLB data must be entered by the time the system closes so that data can be aggregated and forwarded to the United States Department of Education.

 

- Campus Administrators (Principals) must complete the Campus STaR Chart & Technology Equipment Survey.

 

When is it?

The assessment’s testing window is Apr. 6 - May 8, 2015.

Digital Citizenship and Cyber Safety

To ensure annual eRate compliance for the 2014-2015 school year, campus professional staff in EISD are required to play a key role in each of the following components of Digital Citizenship and CyberSafety program.

- Campus Educators (Teachers, Campus Administrators, Teacher-Librarians) must take a self-paced online course available through SafeSchools.

 

- All PreK-12 students must have two lessons facilitated for them using the approved curriculum. It is up to the campus principal to decide who exactly will facilitate the lessons, whether it will be a classroom teacher, librarian, ITF, assistant principal, or a combination of these professionals.

- Campus Administrators (Principals) or their designee must verify that
1) All educators have completed the self-paced course and
2) That two lessons have been taught to students on campus.

 

8th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment

The provisions of Title ll, Part D of the NCLB make this assessment and reporting of the data to the state mandatory. Each campus serving 8th grade is accountable. The stated purpose of this mandate is to make sure that every student is technologically literate by the time the student completes the eighth grade regardless of background.

 

- All 8th grade students are required to participate in this online assessment.

 

When is it?

The assessment’s testing window is Apr. 27 - May 8, 2015.