Wrapping up 2012-2013

Technology Guide for Wrapping up the 2012-2013 School Year

Upgrading NetSchool

You heard that right, friends. We are upgrading to NetSchool 2.4.3 over the summer break. Your current course will be upgraded during the first couple weeks of summer break.


What do I need to do to prepare my course for the upgrade? To help ensure that nothing is lost in the upgrade, it is vital that you reset your course. Detailed instructions are below. Your current class will be upgraded just the way it is.

Is there any training available? The training course is called NetSchool Necessities and will be available as soon as netSchool is upgraded. In addition, we also offer two other netSchool face to face training courses, NetSchool for Beginners and NetSchool Advanced during the summer.

Will I have access to my course this summer? You will have full access to netSchool all summer.

When can I dive in to the new netSchool? During the first couple weeks of summer break, you will receive an email notifying you of the upgrade. The email will provide you with further steps.

Reset Your NetSchool Course

To help elimate errors during the upgrade process, you need to properly reset your netSchool course before you leave for summer break. Watch the following video if you need a how to guide.
Reset NetSchool

Staff Development for Summer 2013

The Northwest ISD Instructional Technology Department offers various cross platform courses. These courses are now in Eduphoria and are filling up fast!


Infographics are visual ways to tell a story or present data. They can be inspiring and thought-provoking, and creating an infographic is engaging. In this workshop, we will look at ways to teach with infographics, more importantly, how to create them to support teaching, and learning. No prerequisites.

iPad Academy:

The iPad Academy will be a 2 day hands-on workshop where we will cover productivity apps, how to get products off the iPads once they are created and classroom management apps for teachers. Please bring your charged laptop and an iPad to play. No prerequisites required.

TechnoBootCamp for New Teachers:

This course covers the critical technology applications that teachers regularly use including training

Technology Integration Academy:

This is a three day course for staff to obtain their required technology integration proficiency (levels 2 and 3). Participants MUST attend all three full days. Participants must bring their laptop with power cable. Level one technology proficiency is a pre-requisite for this academy.

Digital Storytelling:

Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Join us to learn how to use FREE online programs such as Tiki-Tiki, SlideBomb, TikaTok, LittlebirdTales, StoryBird and more! Targeted audience is elementary and middle school teachers - but high school teachers are welcome.

netSchool for Beginners:

netSchool is a platform for teachers to build their classes online. This course for beginners ill include basic page navigation, settings, groups, blocks, folder organization, resources, activities as well as other features for the netSchool novice.

netSchool for Advanced Users & Quizzes:

Learn to use the advanced features of netSchool and create quizzes. Learn how to create and organize question categories, grade essay questions, re-grade, and export an ExamView test into netSchool. You will create a variety of quiz questions complete with audio, images, web links, and video! Come prepared with tests that you will use next year.

Flipping Classrooms:

The flipped classroom is an innovative way to deliver information to students through technology. The basic information is delivered outside of class through a variety of media, then the analysis and application of that knowledge is practiced in class. Through this method you can truly implement the "Every kid, every day" philosophy. In this course you will learn the basics of flipping the classroom, how to create and deliver instructional videos, how to deliver instruction through other media pointers for classroom structure and time management, and create your own flipped unit.

Learning Social:

Leverage the power of social networking for learning. Participants will explore the educational applications of Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networking applications.

Screencasting 101:

If you are familiar with Khan Academy Tutorials and the Flipped Classroom Model, this class is for you! Learn how to create your own Video tutorials for your students. Use tools that you already have in your classroom or that are available FREE. Best suited for: Math and Science Teachers who want to post video tutorials online for student/parent connections. Bring ideas to create your own screencasts during class!

Web 2.0 & Beyond:

Web 2.0 Resources for all teachers. Spend the day learning, playing and integrating cool web 2.0 resources into your curriculum. You will not be disappointed! Resources like Animoto, Stixy, Voki , Xtranormal, LiveBinder .... and MORE!!!

Digital Timelines:

Digital Timelines are visual representations of events throughout specific periods of time represented via technology. The course will teach you cool tools that make it easier to deliver (the teacher) and study (the student) the concepts from any content area. The benefits: you can zoom in and out, minimize and maximize text boxes, add pictures and video, cooperate, share, etc.


A two day conference devoted to technology integration strands such as Twitter, Edmodo, iTunes U, Flipping the Classroom, Web Literacy, Google Apps, and more! Complete with well-known keynote speakers. Join the fun as our Vision Becomes Reality! Participants may attend one or both days.

Meet Your Instructional Technology Team

Karla Burkholder, Ed. D., Director of Instructional Technology

Rory Peacock, Coordinator of Instructional Technology

Cara Carter, Instructional Technology Support

Ashley Chapman, Instructional Technology Support

Charles Cooper, Instructional Technology Support

Rene Egle, Instructional Technology Support

Cathy Faris, Instructional Technology Support

Kirsten Wilson, Instructional Technology Support