G-Suite Transition and Domain Change

This is copy and pasted from District communication sent on 3/13/19. We are very excited to announce that, as part of our student device rollout next fall, we will be transitioning to a new CRCSD email domain: CRschools.us!  This will eventually replace our current CR.K12.IA.US brand. We will also be transitioning from Outlook to Google Suite…

Accessibility Coach

CRCSD Teachers: First, the Office of Digital Literacy wants to take a moment and celebrate Rose Hays.  She was a trailblazer in the area of access and helped deploy hundreds of devices for students.  She worked to create equitable access for students by creating an environment in which accessibility tools were the norm.  Thank you,…

Building a Vision for What Learning Could Be…

Friday was a really good day!  Kevin Honeycutt was here at CRCSD.  From 7:30 AM to about 12:45 PM he presented to a group of about sixty comprised of principals, IDLs, IDSs, content leads, librarians, and computer science teachers.  From 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM he shared ideas with all high school teachers and principals….

Google Resources and Supports

We are in the transition phase!  We have been to a few schools to cast the vision of digital literacy in CRCSD.  However, this is just a drop in the bucket. One thing we want people to feel is comfort.  We know that comfort comes with familiarity with the tools. While we are developing a…

2018’s Top Ten List

As some may know, and many may not, the Office of Digital Literacy was a new department formed as of July 1, 2018.  The department was created through reorganization of roles throughout the ELSC. For example, the Associate Superintendent position was not hired, but re-casted into the Executive Director role Craig Barnum holds.  Additionally, the…

Google Suite it is!

Cedar Rapids Community School District staff, the Office of Digital Literacy has more exciting news to share!  The device steering committee analyzed over 200 survey responses and has recommended that we shift to Google Suite (Gmail, Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, etc) for our student productivity and collaboration system.  The committee came to this recommendation based on…

Department of Digital Literacy First Quarter Review

T It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of the school year is already over!  The Digital Literacy team has been very active to start the year.  Here’s a quick summary of some of the work that’s underway.  SIS Work  The Student Information System (SIS) study process has been completed.  The SIS steering committee, using stakeholder feedback around…

Student Information System Recommendation

At our meeting on 10/22/18, the Student Information System Steering Committee has reached a strong consensus for a recommendation regarding a product.  The study process was part of our district’s Technology Plan. The voting process was conducted through a two-tiers –both individually and in small groups.  The steering committee has recommended that we adopt Infinite Campus as our SIS for the…

Friendly Disruption at ITEC

Maggie, Patrick, and I have just published a new episode of our podcast, Friendly Disruption.  Our conversation was recorded live at ITEC this month.  We discuss the excellent keynote from Ken Shelton and his concept of “techquity” among other things. We spent a lot of time processing bold statements such as, “True access and equity…