Monday, April 4, 2016

T-TESS: Technology Integration

During the 2016-2017 school year, the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) will be rolled out to all districts in Texas.  Many teachers across Texas will be trained in this new evaluation system this summer.  As we transition to this new system, I will share my thoughts and tips on how technology can support teachers in the context of T-TESS.  Since I'm new to the T-TESS system, I will be learning many things along with you, so your understanding is appreciated.

After examining the Teacher Handbook, it is apparent that in order for technology integration to facilitate and enhance learning outcomes for students, it must be purposefully incorporated in lesson design.  Integrating technology should become a routine practice that is seamless and readily available for students. 

TEA explains that there are four critical elements which must be present to integrate technology effectively.  They include;
  1. Knowledge of Content and the Discipline
  2. Knowledge of Instructional Practices
  3. Knowledge of Technology
  4. Knowledge of Students

What are your initial thoughts about T-TESS and technology integration?  Look for future posts on this topic over the next few months.  Your comments and questions are welcome.