Tech. TidByte

August 18, 2015

A Message from Dr. Melissa Williams-Scott

Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year. It is the Year of The Gator and the 125th Birthday of Dickinson ISD. I can only imagine what those first teachers would think of the classroom of today. And while much of the classroom looks different, we should take a lesson from our predecessors: Put those students to work! No, they won’t be cleaning the erasers, but there are so many opportunities for students to help guide instruction with the technology options in your classroom. The level of engagement will go up, and just like us, students enjoy learning from their peers. We, in the Technology Department, look forward to working with you and your students this year. Go Gators!!

Reminder: Please Do Not Move Technology Equipment

This is a friendly reminder not to move technology equipment without submitting a technology work order. The equipment may not work in the new location, and network drops may need to be adjusted. Also, inventory must be accounted for in the process.

Submitting Technology Work Orders Has Never Been Easier

We are now accepting Technolgoy Work Orders through Eduphoria Help Desk so that you can easily submit requests without calling Extension 6028 or emailing

Here's how:

Student Username and Password Changes

Student usernames and passwords have changed for easier program access. A flyer can be printed at

Username Format: DISD followed by Student ID

  • Example Only (not a real student login)
  • DISD12345

Password Format: Disd followed by the student's 8 digit date of birth

  • Example Only (not a real student password)
  • Disd01082001

  • The password is case sensitive
  • Only the D is capitalized
  • This example student's date of birth is January 8, 2001. Zeroes are necessary for single digit months and days to make the date a total of eight digits.

Elementary Technology Integration Specialist

My name is Jennifer Rushing, and I am super excited about joining Dickinson ISD and becoming a Gator! I have been in education for 11 years. I have taught Special Education, 4th Grade, and Technology Applications. I have a love for teaching and molding young minds as well as a passion for technology. I believe by blending the two, we can accomplish great things here in Dickinson ISD. Starting on September 14th, I will be on the Elementary Campuses and Barber Middle school to help integrate technology into your curriculum and classroom activities. If you have ever been afraid to try a new digital tool or implement a piece of technology into your curriculum, now is the time to try. You can schedule a time with the link below for me to come and assist you with the many digital tools that Dickinson ISD has to offer or just to try something new. I would like to attend your planning meetings when possible so that I can support the classroom digitally and spread all my techie love!

1st & 3rd Mondays - K. E. Little Elementary

2nd & 4th Mondays - Calder Road Elementary

1st & 3rd Tuesdays - San Leon Elementary

2nd & 4th Tuesdays - Hughes Road Elementary

1st & 3rd Wednesdays - Silbernagel Elementary

2nd & 4th Wednesdays - Bay Colony Elementary

Thursdays - Barber Middle School


Secondary Campus Instructional Technology

My name is Caroline Lightfoot, and I am so excited to be able to spend more time on campuses this year working with teachers on instructional technology. If you need help with lesson ideas, how to use a digital tool, or want some help trying something new, please schedule me. I will be on campuses weekly starting September 21st. While I know a lot about technology, I am a teacher first and can share ideas from all of the digital resources available in Dickinson ISD. I'd like to attend planning meetings when possible so that I can support your classrooms digitally!

My calendar is located at, and you can make an appointment directly from here.

Mondays - Dunbar Middle School

Tuesdays - McAdams Jr. High School

Wednesdays & Thursdays - Dickinson High School


Monthly Google Workshops

Please join us for in-depth Google in Your Classroom training each month! We'll have door prizes, after school snacks, and innovative ways to adopt Google in Your Classroom. Our schedule and registration information can be found at The workshops will meet at the Food and Nutrition Services Training room in the center of the district, located at 4003 Video St., Dickinson, TX 77539.

Password Blues

Would you like to make your Skyward, Eduphoria, and Computer/Email Password match? This video will show you how:

Icons & Software

If it looks like there is no software loaded on your computer, please see the video located at It's most likely there; it just may appear to be hidden. This tutorial also shows how to create desktop icons for websites and software programs.


If your room has changed, or you need anything changed on your phone, please complete the form found at For directions on setting up your voicemail and checking your messages, visit

If you would like to setup email on your personal smart phone, the settings are located at

Email Setup & Contacts

To set up your Outlook Client version of Email, this video will help.

If you have had staff with name changes and your emails are getting returned, please clean out your contacts. Here's how to do that:


vBrick has been updated. Please see the video at to see how the new system works. vBrick allows you access to television channels, on-demand videos, and uploaded district videos.