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Ninth Grade Technology Literacy Assessment Scheduled for October

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has requested a report of all 2007-2008, 8th grade students’ technology literacy, for districts receiving federal funds from the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Title II, Part D, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT). The first assessment and report will require all 9th grade Judson ISD students be given the assessment because the progress data requested is for all 2007-2008 8th graders (who are now 9th graders). Why 8th Grade? NCLB SEC. 2402, 2A states:

“To assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finishes the eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location, or disability.”

Judson ISD plans to administer the online assessment in mid-October so that results can be sent to TEA by the November 30, 2008 deadline and meet NCLB compliance requirements. The current 2008-2009, 8th graders will take the technology literacy assessment at the end of the year sometime in April or May.

NCLB Compliance Key Points:

• Students included in this report are those exiting 8th grade in 2007-2008
• Technology literacy for 8th graders is defined as Mastery of the Technology Application TEKS for Grades 6-8 as demonstrated by 70% or higher accuracy.
• The number of technology literate 8th graders may be derived from measurements conducted during the 2007-2008 school year or a measurement conducted during the fall of 2008 for the 2007-2008 8th graders.

Engaging Students by Engaging Technology (Discovery Streaming at JISD)

Have you ever tried to teach a difficult concept to students and wished that you had images to illustrate your point? Have you ever wished for a comprehensive library of pictures, videos, and diagrams that you can to use to create a stimulating learning environment? Discovery Streaming is just such a resource. The district has contracted with Discovery Education to offer teachers and students over 20,000 images and 8,700 videos all geared to enhance K-12 curriculum. With over 50% of the content has a copyright date of 2000 or newer, the site has up to date content in all curricular areas.

You can search the Image and Video Library by keyword, by subject, or by exploring all images. Discovery Streaming's is a service of KLRN. Log on to If you are new to Discovery Streaming, be sure to watch the Getting Started videos. Once you have chosen the images or videos your lesson, you can incorporate them into your lessons by embedding them in PowerPoint, Word, or Inspiration.

In addition to images and videos, a teacher can find several useful tools:

1. Calendar - Help students connect the past and present with videos tied to historical events.
2. Lesson Plan Library - Tap into more than 200 lesson plans designed for Discovery Education™ streaming videos.
3. Thematic Focus - Browse weekly teaching topics that include video segments, lesson plans, and student activities.
4. Discovery Education Atlas - Inspired by Discovery Channel's landmark Atlas series, Discovery Education™ streaming gives you a unique video
guide to our world.
5. Newsletter and Teacher Network

Obtaining Your Own Discovery Streaming account

1. Obtain a passcode from your campus librarian
2. Login at Discovery Streaming
3. Follow the New User? prompts

Texas provides online educational resources for all!

In 2005, the state passed Senate Bill 483 which specifies that monies from the technology allotment be used to provide students and teachers with online research and information resources. The two databases we currently receive through this funding are EBSCO and Encyclopedia Britannica.


EBSCO and Britannica provide students and teachers with the opportunity to gather information in a safe, organized and copyright clear web-based environment.

Both resources offer platforms for all levels – elementary, middle, and high school. Database content includes newspaper and magazine articles, biographies, book reviews, country reports, images, and more. They can be accessed at school or in the comforts of your own home.


Users need a username and password to access the databases. Usernames and passwords are unique to each campus and can be acquired from your school librarian!


Teachers can use the databases to –

Generate a list of research topics for students; by generating your list from the databases, you can be assured each student already has one resource to gather information on their topics.

Find current events articles related to your subject giving them opportunities to learn vocabulary, increase reading comprehension levels, and see real world applications on your subject matter.

Research your own topics! The Professional database provided by EBSCO give access to many professional journals and topics which can be used for personal use or graduate studies.

Take advantage of these wonderful resources! If you need help or more information, stop by the library!


Technology Services Web Site | Help Desk: (210) 945-JISD