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Responsible Use Policy
In 2013 our team updated our Responsible Use Policy.  The RUP document outlines the guidelines for using technology in Bastrop ISD.  Every user must have a signed RUP document on file before they are able to access our technology.  Click on the links to view/download our RUP documents
 
 
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education is a suite of online tools that Google has made available to educational organizations for free.  Find out more from Google here.  Bastrop ISD has taken advantage of this offer and we are providing access to these tools for our staff and students.  However, in order for our students to be able to have their accounts created their parent/guardian must give us permission to create a third party account for their child (via our RUP document).

The Google Apps tools allow for dynamic collaboration of content.  For a quick overview of these tools you can watch this 12 minute youtube video.

Having trouble with this resource?  For login issues, connection issues, or other technical problems please turn in a helpdesk work ticket.  For more training on the use of this resource please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.
 
Accounts and Passwords
Accounts and passwords are controlled by our Information Technology team.  In order for a staff member to receive their accounts and passwords they must first take the RUP training and sign a copy our RUP. All staff members will receive a computer account.  Substitute teachers may receive a computer account at the request of a principal.  Long term substitute teachers may receive an email account at the request of a principal.  Students must return a signed copy of the RUP form in order to receive their computer account.  Students whose parent/guardian does not give us permission to create third party accounts (via our RUP document) will not receive a Google Apps account.

Having trouble with this resource?  For login issues, connection issues, or other technical problems please turn in a helpdesk work ticket.  For more training on the use of this resource please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.
 
K-12 Databases
Access the state funded K-12 databases 24 hours a day 7 days a week here (internet access required).

Elementary Resources - Online resources for preschoolers and students in the early grades.  Find articles, atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, kids magazines, interactive activities, maps and flags, math games, and timelines.

Secondary Resources - Find newspaper and magazine articles, atlases, biographies, country and state reports, encyclopedias, photos and illustrations, primary source documents, radio and TV transcripts, video clips and timelines.

Professional Resources - Find professional journal articles, lesson plans, TEKS aligned activities and state standards.  These are updated regularly so educators may stay current.

General Interface - Search within all 34 EBSCO research databases and the elementary, middle, and high school Britannica Digital Learning encyclopedias.

Having trouble with this resource?  For more training on the use of this resource please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.
 
Student Email
Student email accounts are currently being provided to all students through their Google Apps for Education accounts.  These accounts will be created for all students, unless their parent/guardian does not give us permission to do this.  Each parent/guardian has this option on the RUP document that is sent home in our first day packets.  Currently we have configured these accounts to restrict incoming and outgoing mail to/from the internet.  This means that these accounts can only be used to email teachers and other students. 

Having trouble with this resource?  For login issues, connection issues, or other technical problems please turn in a helpdesk work ticket.  For more training on the use of this resource please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.
 
Bring Your Own Technology
Starting in the Fall of 2013 the district implemented policy that allowed all students and staff to bring their own technology provided they have signed and returned our updated RUP document.  BYOT devices can be connected to the BISDGuest wireless network, which is filtered by our content filter.  This initiative covers a wide range of devices, from cell phones and iPods to laptops. Though BYOT is allowed on all campuses, use in the classroom is at direction of the classroom teacher and all users should review district policy pertaining to BYOT before bringing a device to school.
 
Starting in the Fall of 2013 the district implemented policy that allowed all students and staff to bring their own technology provided they have signed and returned our updated RUP document.  BYOT devices can be connected to the BISDGuest wireless network, which is filtered by our content filter.  This initiative covers a wide range of devices, from cell phones and iPods to laptops. Though BYOT is allowed on all campuses, use in the classroom is at direction of the classroom teacher and all users should review district policy pertaining to BYOT before bringing a device to school.
Do you have questions about this initiative?  Please contact the Coordinator of Digital Learning or Coordinator of IT Services for more information.
 
Destiny
This site welcomes you to the Bastrop ISD libraries.  First came card catalogs, then singular computer look up by the librarian, and now any device with internet access can determine if a book is available. Additionally, students may look to see if there are authorized, web links, videos, or other resources available within the system.  Click here to start your search!

Having trouble with this resource?  For login issues, connection issues, or other technical problems please turn in a helpdesk work ticket.  For more training on the use of this resource please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.
 
Video Conferencing
If you can't bring your students to the expert, bring the expert to your class through technology! Region XIII provides many TETNs relevant to our curriculum that allow students to interact with experts and take virtual field trips. These tools allow staff and students to participate in presentations and interactive conversations that are taking place at a different campus, in a different state, or even a different country!

Having trouble with this resource?  For login issues, connection issues, or other technical problems please turn in a helpdesk work ticket.  For more training on the use of this resource please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.
  
Technology Applications TEKS
TEA has created Technology Applications TEKS for grades Pre-K-12 which all teachers are expected to help cover throughout the year. The TEKS can be found here. We have created a reference document that breaks the TEKS down into different subject groups by grade level.  This document can be found here.

Do you have questions about this resource?  Please contact the Coordinator of Digital Learning for more information.
 
Social Media Guidelines

Bastrop ISD supports the use of social media by its campuses and staff as a way to facilitate communication. Bastrop ISD strongly encourages campus news contacts, faculty, or administrators to submit campus news to the Communications Department, so that it may be posted on the BISD Facebook, Twitter, YouTube page, BISD phone application, the BISD website, or School Messenger.  Our Social Media Policy serves as a guideline for those initiating a social media feed for their department, classroom, campus, or organization, and can be found here.

 TEA Information
You can find all of the TEA Educational Technology information here.

Do you have questions about this resource?  Please contact the Coordinator of Digital Learning for more information.
 
Digital Citizenship
Our children are growing up in a digital age, where more and more of their time is spent learning and interacting in digital environments.  Teaching students to be safe and responsible learners within digital environments is the responsibility of parents and teachers.  To learn more about digital citizenship review the resources located here.  

Do you have questions about this resource?  Please contact the Coordinator of Digital Learning for more information.
 
Technology Planning Committee
Our Technology department has created a Technology Planning Committee that helps to provide feedback and suggestions as we create and update our district technology plans.  This committee is made up of staff, students and community members.  We have one major meeting every year, usually in the fall. 

Do you have questions or wish to join this committee?  Please contact the Coordinator of Digital Learning for more information.
 
 
Eduphoria

Eduphoria is one of our data disaggregation tools.  Our district staff can login to our Eduphoria site here (requires a district login).

Please see the following reference documents below for help with Eduphoria:

Do you have questions about this resource?  Please contact one of our Digital Learning Specialists.