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Welcome to the new KISD Instructional Technology Page. We have migrated our website over to Google Apps for Education to learn how to use this resource to really share and collaborate in real time. Check back often as we discover and implement new interactive areas for our visitors!

Revised District Technology Plan for 2012-2015

posted May 23, 2012, 6:48 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

Our District Technology Plan is up for revision and resubmission. This is part of eRate and how we receive and use funding. Districts are required to submit a plan that shows how money will be spent and how the goals are tied to the Long Range Technology Plan, eRate, No Child Left Behind, and CIPA requirements. Each strategy and goal is tethered to specific requirements in each of these federal and state plans.

I have revised the District Technology Plan for the next 3 years and replicated the edits and revisions made from the 2009-2012 version to the new one submitted for review. I feel most of the changes made were really on the evaluation side of our plan. I wanted to share more of how we really do evaluate the goals and we share those results in committees, in meetings and even here online.

Feel free to download and comment on our Technology Plan.

Infographic - Analytics

posted Apr 2, 2012, 8:42 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

I made my first Infographic today using the free tool online Piktochart. It was really easy using their designed templates and having patience to add my data. I can see where I should make some changes but that will be in my next one. I may pay for the full version to let me do it.

Infographics are great because you can summarize a lot of information on one page that is colorful and easy to navigate. I plan to make these more often when sharing data.


Infograph web stats Jan 1-March 31

Mobile Tech Discussion

posted Feb 16, 2012, 2:03 PM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net   [ updated Feb 17, 2012, 7:59 AM ]

On Wednesday, February 29 we are co-hosting an event at the Cailloux Theater in Kerrville to discuss mobile devices in 21st Century education. Maria Henderson is our keynote speaker and she is coming from Apple Education. Maria is a Development Executive in Apple and has over 20 years experience as an educator and advocate for Instructional Technology.

The event is Wednesday, Feb 29 at the Cailloux Theater downtown from 4:30 to 6:30pm. It is a free event and open to anyone with a stake in public education in Kerrville who wants to start a conversation about mobile devices in the classroom. This event is FREE!!

We have information posted on http://www.techpalooza.net as well as a Google Moderation to gather topics and ideas for our evening together. Feel free to contribute to the conversation!

Mobile Device Q&A

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TCEA Resources

posted Feb 13, 2012, 7:06 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net   [ updated Feb 13, 2012, 11:02 AM ]

After a week of TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) and all the resources have been sorted, it is time to start sharing what we discovered in one place. Feel free to access these resources for your own classes!

Our KISD TCEA Blog
Web 2.0 Tools for Creativity - Google Document
Livebinder full of resources - presenter Tracene Nechamkin's livebinder of apps and resources
NBC Education Nation article on Top 5 Teacher Web Tools

Our Collaborative TCEA Notes - Google Document from Twitter notes

TCEA Recommended iPad Apps - Google Document
TCEA iPad Apps  - by content area - multiple handouts
Template for designing iPad Apptivities - Google Document

Flipped Classroom explained - Prezi with embedded video links
Flexbooks directory - Flexbooks made by students for students on variety of topics

Video - Joel shows how he harnesses Twitter searching to gather notes from a conference:


Summer Staff Development

posted Feb 6, 2012, 9:27 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net   [ updated Feb 16, 2012, 2:28 PM ]

We are gathering your advice for planning summer staff development. Feel free to contribute to the conversation!

Staff Development Ideas

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Holiday Card

posted Dec 7, 2011, 1:23 PM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

Designed in Pages and exported as a PDF, this card is a list of all principals and directors sharing their favorite technology. Clickable links take you to the resources if you want to learn more or download for yourself.

Leadership Presentation Dec 2011

posted Dec 7, 2011, 10:02 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

Holiday Shopping

posted Nov 30, 2011, 6:46 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

Tis the season!

The season when people call, email, text or stop by because they want to know "what computer do you recommend we buy for _____?". This is a difficult question for me to answer. Being the CTO for a district, I don't get into the age-old argument of which computer is better. I actually feel that it is a conflict of interest for me to recommend one product over another. So the best I can offer is a way for people to find the best deals for what they are needing. There isn't one product better than all. There is only one product that may work best for whoever is going to use that device.

So to help everyone out, here is my list of places I go to shop for the best deals.

1. Knowledge First - this is a holiday shopping guide I made in 2009 to help explain differences between netbooks and laptops. It is a good first step on a journey to find what you need.

2. CNET - reviews each product and they offer a shopping page to help you find exactly what you need.

As for pricing, I suggest you look to Amazon or use a search tool like Google Shopping or Bing Shopping to find price ranges for what you want.

And my last recommendation is to find a concrete store that sells the device you are looking into purchasing. Drive yourself or the person you are buying for to said store and get your hands on the device first. Like selecting a vehicle or home, you need that hands-on experience of seeing how it feels first before spending the money on it.




Google Docs Through the Eyes of a Student

posted Nov 22, 2011, 8:16 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

Someone sent me a link today to this video that shows an elementary student's use of Google Docs for creating a story. Interesting perspective to see collaboration on the screen as it is taking place.

YouTube Video


Info About Google Sites

posted Sep 14, 2011, 10:14 AM by joel.adkins@kerrvilleisd.net

The look and function of this site is different than other KISD sites. The reason? We are using Google Sites to manage our web presence.

This is a video about what Google Sites offers. If you are interested in building a site for your class, club, office, department or school, let Joel know so he can help you set one up easily. We already have Google accounts tied to Kerrville ISD and we are getting ready to roll them out. If you are ready and can't wait, let him know and he will show you.

Google Video


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