Tech Bytes

Carthage ISD Technology Department June 2015

End-of-Year Report


The school year is coming to a close, but the technology department will still be working through the summer to prepare for the new school year. This report will summarize all that has been accomplished through the year.

Technology Ticket report

From June 1, 2014--June 1, 2015, the technology department has completed 2,366 tickets. Below is a summary of the problems that were reported in the ticket system:


Document Camera--18

Event Set-ups--133

Login Account--59



Not Sure--644






Keep in mind that these totals do not include all the phone calls and last minute emergencies. We appreciate our ticket system for helping us be more efficient in helping you with technology problems.

Monthly report

June--Staff attended TCEA Area conference in White Oak. Helped in setup for Summer School. Began summer jobs.

July--Installed additional memory in computers. Imaged computers. Began upgrades to wireless system. Began monthly newsletter for all teachers and staff to introduce tech tools.

August--Began configuration for Google Apps for Education since the introduction of the free Google Classroom. SchoolMessenger training for office staffs with this access. Rolled files for DMAC, Renaissance, TxEIS, txGradebook, and Texas Success Inititive programs, Think Through Math & iStation. Created accounts for new staff. TxEIS Summer Release #2 & rebuid #25 installed.

September--Updated DMAC Class Roster files. Trained new subs in Aesop. Attended Region VII Technology Coordinator's Meeting. TxEIS Summer Release Patch #2 and rebuild #26 installed. TxEIS Summer Release Patch #3 installed.

October--Introduced Digital Citizenship Month to all students. Attended Fall Innovative Teaching and Technology conference at Region VII. Updated DMAC Class Roster Files. TxEIS & txSuite Fall Release updated. All teachers and students participate in the Clarity Bright Bytes survey.

November--Attended E-rate training at Region VII. Added JH to Aesop and trained all staff. All Staff completed the Star Chart survey.

December--Added Baker-Koonce to Aesop and trained all staff. TxEIS Fall Release Patch 2.0.0001 Build 39 and 40 installed. Filed for E-rate, federal technology funds.

January--Google Vault became free. Uploaded classes into FitnessGram. DMAC Class Roster files updated. TxEIS Winter Release PATCH 2.0.0002 Build 0054 installed. Added Aesop to Libby and trained all Staff. Uploaded 8th graders to for Technology Assessment.

February--Setup for Career & Tech Fair. Started talking to staff about Patch Tuesdays and how to more efficiently work with these installs. Continued to test Google Apps before going live with staff/students.

March--Updated all labs for latest TestNav. Assisted with online testing for TELPAS, STAAR, and EOCs. DMAC Class Roster files updated.

April--Assisted with online testing for STAAR and EOCs. Assisted with software and scoreboard for track meet.

May--Assisted with EOCs online at CHS. Migrated Exchange/Outlook email to Gmail district-wide and offered training to all staff. DMAC Class Roster files updated.

Summer Trainings Available

Just a reminder that Region VII has lots of online courses and workshops on technology including everything Google. Click here to access their lists of dates and times.

I have also added a link to the school website that offers short tutorials on all the Google apps available to you. These tutorials include very short videos with a complete overview of each app. Google offers certifications if you are interested in those.

TCEA is offering two opportunities that you may be interested in. Please click these links to find out more information or to register:

Tots & Technology in Galveston June 14-16

Adobe Summer Academy in Austin June 23-24

Technology Staff

Annette Johnson--Technology Director

Debby Simpson--Administrative Assistant

Richard Sullivan--Network Administrator

Terry Caudle--Systems Administrator

Mark Baisden--Technology Specialist

Martin Martinez--Technology Specialist

Message from the Director

Just a reminder...If you have technology needs in your classroom this summer, please put in a Tech Ticket. Click here to login and fill out a detailed ticket so your needs are taken care of over the summer months.

The Technology summer office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8 am-4 pm.

Starting next month, the Tech Bytes will feature a different Google App. each month. Feel free to call or email if you need assistance with the Google Apps.

Have a great summer!