Instructional Technology Focuses

ePortfolios
As 21st century citizens, students must be prepared with high levels of academic strengths including literacy, digital skills, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication. ePortfolios give students a space of their own where they can showcase authentic learning and share their work. Creating and maintaing an ePortfolio helps prepare all students to be successful, productive citizens that are future ready. At Northwest ISD, third through twelfth grade students utilize Google Sites as their primary platform for ePortfolios. For Kindergarten through second grade, the campus leadership team can make the determination regarding whether the SeeSaw or Google Sites platform best meets their learners' needs.  

Making IT Click Blog - Showcasing Authentic Student Learning
Student work should be at the forefront of any successful school district. The Instructional Technology Department uses the Making IT Click blog as a vessel to showcase this work. We update the blog each week in order to maintain the integrity and quality of the work shown. In addition to providing an broad audience for our student's work, we are also being transparent in what we value as quality evidence of authentic and innovative learning. 

Tools that Make IT Click
When integrating digital tools into the classroom, its important to first determine the purpose and define the goals of the lesson. Once the goal is clearly defined, teachers and students can then select a tool that matches their needs and complements the purpose of the lesson. Tools That Make IT Click is a curated list of tried and true tools that have been used in classrooms across NISD. This quick reference guide allows us to focus on quality pedagogy and instruction while leaving the choice of the tool up to the teachers/students. Visit it any time at tinyurl.com/toolsthatmakeitclick

Expo
Expo celebrates future-ready learning by involving fellow students, teachers, and the community in an exhibition of Northwest ISD’s innovative and inspiring educational opportunities.

At Northwest ISD, we believe authentic and innovative learning should be celebrated and shared with the community. Expo is an annual, district-wide event where students have the opportunity to showcase their work to a broader audience and involve all stakeholders in their learning. The event gives students the chance to shine as they fine tune their presentation skills and communicate their innovative ideas in a variety of ways. Come see our world at expo.nisdtx.org

Moodle
Northwest ISD utilizes Moodle as our primary Learning Management System. The Instructional Technology team works with educators to design and build their own digital learning environment in Moodle to interact with their students in a variety of ways, including discussion boards, assignments, digital resources, quizzes, class announcements, etc. Students can access Moodle on any device with an internet connection to interact with the digital environment and complete assigned tasks. Parents can visit Moodle to stay current on student assignments, important dates, and general information about student courses. Moodle best practices, tutorials, and FAQS can be found here.