POWER ON TEXAS: Building a New "Toolbox" for Today's Learners in El Paso ISD

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>>Like many districts, El Paso is in the early stages
of technology adoption.
As is often the case, momentum for digital learning has come
from the ground up, driven by a few dedicated teachers who early
on saw the transformative possibilities.
>>I think that there are tons of teachers out there
who use different and varied technology.
I think that I bring it all together in one place.
I fought really hard to get all the computers
that I finally have.
>>Ms. Tipton, who recognized
that today's digital natives are more engaged
when technology's involved, was a step ahead of her district
in her push for technology.
She took the initiative, gradually integrating technology
into her classroom and proving its value to the administration.
>>So over time, slowly but surely, I was able to talk
to all of the right people, and all of the right people being
at the district level and saying this is what I want to do,
how can you help me, how can I help you?
>>Once Ms. Tipton had the attention of the administration,
she began to receive the assistance she was after.
>>And so once I got them involved and they saw
that I was very serious about it,
they were more willing to back me up.
>>Today, technology has become more common
in El Paso classrooms, most notably
in the form of videoconferencing.
The technology provides an eye-opening link
to students in other cities.
>>I think the greatest thing that children can get is
that not only are there other children
in the world the same age besides just their school
and neighborhood, but that they're able
to see different cultures, different cities.
>>Videoconferencing is also being used within the district
to make up for a shortage of AP teachers.
Broadcasting a single teacher's instruction
to several classrooms allows more students
to earn college credit, a major initiative in El Paso.
>>Is what we're seeing is that the enrollment
in dual-credit classes is exploding in our district.
A few years ago it was, it was just a few hundred students
and now there's thousands of students in our high schools
that are actually taking, enrolled in dual-credit classes.
At the end of the day it's not the technology that's important,
it's not how many wires we've got or how much money we spent.
What's important at the end of the day is
that the students are learning
and that the students are taking those courses
and that the students are succeeding, and that's,
that's the most important thing.
>>I think if I could speak to every teacher in Texas
about technology, I would just simply say no matter what your
comfort level is, just tip your toes in the water.
That's all it takes to start.
>>To find out more about how El Paso ISD joined the digital
learning revolution, go to Power On Texas dot com.