Longhorn Technology

January Technology News

Make Technology your New Year's Resolution!

Welcome back! We hope you had a relaxing break and are ready for the second semester! Having trouble with your New Year's Resolution? Why not make technology your resolution? Try using one new technology tool (this includes websites) for yourself. If you're feeling really adventurous, try using technology with your students. Keep it simple and start slow and remember we can help you!
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The Force is Awaken

You have mastered the basics of your iPad, continue your training you must! With your iPad Initiate Training complete, it is now time to explore how your iPad can be used and advance through the iPad Knight ranks from initiate to iPadawan to iPad master! See below for specific trainings below to assist you in your journey towards iPad Knight!

Initiate Training

Begin your journey, receive your iPad.

  • January 26 @ 4:15 p.m. - Third Floor Training room at the Government Center
  • February 22 @ 4:15 p.m. - Third Floor Training room at the Government Center

iPadawan Training

You've mastered the basics of setting up your iPad, now explore some basic apps that you can use to manage your classroom and personal productivity.

  • Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:30 p.m. - Live Webinar
  • On-Demand Webinar with Follow-up activity to receive credit (This course will be available after the live webinar on January 19.)


iPad Jedi Master Training

To become a true iPad Master, content you must create.

This training includes a 1 hour face-to-face session to learn and use a variety of creation apps. To complete your Jedi Master Training submit a product that you created with your students or a lesson. You will receive an additional hour of credit.


  • February 18 @ 4:15 p.m. - Third Floor Training room at the Government Center
  • Follow-up training/project due by March 11 to receive an additional hour of credit. Note: you must attend the Feb. 18 training to receive an additional hour of credit for completing the project.
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Google Apps for Education

We are a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) district. In the fall, we offered a series of webinars which explained the Apps in more detail. We will be offering these webinars in an online course available for credit. Check Eduphoria for more information.


Watch for our February newsletter to have more Google training opportunities.


We will be fully implementing and transitioning from Microsoft to Google in the 2016-2017 school year so start learning now.

Congratulations - Shandria Russell @ Collegiate Academy

Shandria Russell at Collegiate Academy is the winner of our super cool Hour of Code swag bag for sharing and promoting the Hour of Code with her students.

Reminders for the New Year

Password Security

Just a gentle reminder that you should be extremely mindful about protecting your login and password information as well as the login information of your students. All students and staff with the exception of Pre-K and Kinder students have their own login. They should be using this login whenever logging in on any computer or accessing the network on their own devices. Your login should not be shared with anyone - this includes fellow teachers, students, and even your own children. Remember, you are responsible for all activity tied to your login. If you feel that your login information has been compromised, change your password immediately. This can be done by using the CTRL+ALT+DEL function and selecting "Change Password"

Eduphoria Updates

Over the next several months, Eduphoria is expected to begin rolling out updates of their different applications. You may have already noticed some of the big changes in AWARE. There is a tutorial in AWARE available if you haven't yet familiarized yourself with the changes. In the next couple of weeks, they will be pushing out some new and improved search capabilities within AWARE and releasing a new Online Help feature. We will do our best to keep you posted of any major changes. Click here to learn about the most recent updates.


Reminder - Eduphoria works best in Chrome or Firefox. Explorer is not recommended or supported by Eduphoria.

Doing Great Things with Technology in Your Classroom? LET US KNOW!

Please share with us the great things you and your students are doing with technology. You can send pictures, videos or an email to intech@chisd.net. We may even feature you in our newsletter and earn a newsletter shout out badge! (Watch for news about badges.) You can also Tweet about it. Make sure to mention @CHISDTechnology

Instructional Technology

Our Mission: Engaged Learning Initiatives - To improve instruction in every classroom by supporting, training, and implementing technology across the curriculum.
Tracey Willyard

Instructional Coordinator - Elementary Technology

Claudio Zavala

Instructional Coordinator - Secondary Technology