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Katy ISD Named 2017 Winner of CoSN Digital Equity Awardhttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=20Katy ISD Named 2017 Winner of CoSN Digital Equity Award2017-10-02T16:34:08Z<div class="ExternalClass78B46892B56746B0943CD39A8739212C"><div><p>The Katy ISD Technology Department was recognized by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) as the 2017 winner of the Community Leadership in Digital Equity Award at its 2017 national conference in Chicago on April 3rd, 2017.</p><p>Katy ISD is in the fourth year of bridging the digital divide, helping many of its students who do not have high-speed Internet or devices at home. Through the district’s Digital Divide Program, Katy ISD is providing students the opportunity to loan devices and WiFi hotspots from each campus library. As a result of the program, Katy ISD has increased digital accessibility for its students at all levels.</p><p>Hear from the district’s students, teachers and leadership about the impactful program <a href="https://youtu.be/QJ_AYHD0TSQ">here</a>.</p><p> For more information about this award <a href="http://cosn.org/about/awards/digitalequity#sthash.sLS8fk99.dpuf">click here</a></p></div></div>
Katy ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategieshttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=19Katy ISD Honored for their Innovative Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies2016-11-17T14:36:31Z<div class="ExternalClassBCFAC87E8C474A758F775E2681ABF24B"><p>The Learning Counsel recognized Katy ISD for their work to integrate digital curriculum and technology into the teaching and learning process. The announcement was made on November 15th at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Orlando.</p><p>Katy was among 12 school districts from across the nation who were honored.</p><p>For more information and to read more about this award, see the link at <a href="http://thelearningcounsel.com/article/12-school-districts-honored-their-innovative-digital-curriculum-transition-strategies">http://thelearningcounsel.com/article/12-school-districts-honored-their-innovative-digital-curriculum-transition-strategies</a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content & Curriculum http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=18Katy ISD Earns Top Honors for Digital Content & Curriculum 2016-07-06T13:44:08Z<div class="ExternalClassDBE5E928F37846C1ADE3285BD0FE5509"><p>The Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) announced their Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCA) in Denver on June 29, 2016. High performing school districts from all over the country were honored for "taking the practice of education to new heights that show great promise for other districts to follow."</p><p>Katy ISD was honored as a K-12 Large District/School for "Connecting Learners to Create Unparalleled Learning Experiences".  For more information about the Katy ISD program and to see the full list of honorees, <a href="http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-content-curriculum/Schools-Honored-for-Innovative-Implementations-of-Digital-Content-and-Curriculum.html"><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>click here</strong></span></a>. </p></div>
Katy Named to Top Ten Districts for Digital Education for Third Consecutive Yearhttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=17Katy Named to Top Ten Districts for Digital Education for Third Consecutive Year2016-03-31T15:36:07Z<div class="ExternalClass6314BA8C598F46C29988F4B7C655BA16"><p>​Katy Independent School District was recently ranked sixth among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's Digital School Districts Survey.<strong> </strong>This is the third year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the Nation.</p><p>School districts' use of technologies such as digital literacy training for parents, student-run technology support centers, robotic systems that record classroom teaching and learning, and data analytics earned top rankings in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's annual <a href="http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/National-Survey-Recognizes-School-Districts-for-Innovative-Uses-of-Technology.html">Digital School Districts Survey.</a> </p><p>Now in its 12th year, the Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize exemplary use of technology by school boards and districts. </p><p>"School districts, with the support of their school boards, are increasingly focused on learning through innovative technologies," said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director for the Center for Digital Education. "As a result, students are using all kinds of cutting-edge tools that assist learning, inspire creativity and help prepare them for the future. It's my privilege to congratulate these school districts that are making exceptional gains to transform education systems with effective uses of technology." </p><p>"The results of the Digital School Districts Survey exemplify how visionary leadership in the board room supports the innovative use of technology in the classroom and in the delivery of district services," said National School Boards Association Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. "The annual survey questions incorporate the latest technology trends and allow district leaders to utilize the survey instrument as a quick self-assessment tool to compare their own districts' use of technology against national trends." </p><p>The Digital School Districts Survey top-ten rankings are awarded to the school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate in the Digital School Districts Survey.</p></div>
Katy ISD Named District of Distinction by District Administrator Magazinehttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=16Katy ISD Named District of Distinction by District Administrator Magazine2016-03-10T15:54:31Z<div class="ExternalClass30712E75393744A6BD1980D81C225836"><p>​Katy ISD was selected for <strong>District Administration’s District of Distinction Award</strong> this month. <a href="http://www.districtadministration.com/dod" target="_blank">This national honor </a>recognizes school districts that use technology in transformational ways to improve learning.  </p><p>Katy ISD was chosen from districts across the country for its use of innovation to increase access to data for all users. The District has been working for more than a year and a half to develop dashboards and data tools to improve decision making and learning at all levels of the organization.</p><p>The article <a href="http://www.districtadministration.com/dod/awards/Improving-Access-Data-All-Users">Improving Access to Data for All Users</a> outlines the steps Katy ISD Technology has taken to earn this recognition.</p></div>
Katy ISD Technology Recognized as Data All-Starshttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=15Katy ISD Technology Recognized as Data All-Stars2016-01-15T17:51:27Z<div class="ExternalClass311DF5972F184784BE4799C7B1BD4FEE"><p>The Business Intelligence Department of Katy Independent School District, Texas, has been recognized as Data All-Stars in the <a href="http://sungardk12.com/lead-without-limits-awards-program/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Lead without Limits Awards program</span></a>, sponsored by FIS (formerly SunGard K-12 Education). From nominations from school district personnel from across the country, the team of administrators was selected as those who best use data to positively affect student achievement. Read the full article at <a href="http://sungardk12.com/lead-without-limits-wisdom-from-katy-isd-five-keys-to-visionary-initiatives/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://sungardk12.com/lead-without-limits-wisdom-from-katy-isd-five-keys-to-visionary-initiatives/</span></a>. </p><p>The Lead without Limits Awards program recognizes school districts, schools, departments, administrators, and educators that leverage technology to help improve student achievement and/or school or district efficiency. Data All-Stars, one of the Lead without Limits Award categories, use data to positively affect student achievement by applying best practices or innovating processes. Whether their initiatives are impacting one student or hundreds of students, recipients are unlocking student potential by applying insights gained from an analysis of data.</p><p>According to Jamey Hynds, Katy ISD's director of business intelligence, district leadership charged the Business Intelligence Department with launching an initiative to support the use of analytics to improve decision making in the district. In a district with more than 70,000 students and almost 10,000 employees, the team elected to focus on creating a performance management portal, called the Principal Dashboards, to support informed decision making by the district's 250 to 300 campus principals and assistant principals. </p><p>"The project started with the development of a complete enterprise data warehouse that is linked to our student information system, eSchoolPLUS, and to our business information system," he explains. "By pulling all those data elements into one place, we are able to allow leadership throughout the district to really drill into the data they need to make decisions from a single screen." </p><p>Frank Lavelle, president and chief executive officer of the FIS education business unit, celebrates Katy ISD's efforts on behalf of all educational stakeholders. "This visionary new tool puts the power of integrated data at the fingertips of the district's educational leadership," says Lavelle. "With the insights they glean from a single screen, principals and assistant principals can envision district initiatives that support student success and enhance district efficiency."</p></div>
CIO Named Volunteer of the Year by the Consortium for School Networkinghttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=14CIO Named Volunteer of the Year by the Consortium for School Networking2015-03-26T14:17:40Z<div class="ExternalClassA875F419D8C34BE3B330EFA14A225920"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD Chief Information Officer <strong>Dr. John Alawneh</strong> was recently honored with the </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Volunteer of the Year</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;"> award by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) at the annual conference in Atlanta. This award recognizes volunteers who provide exemplary voluntary support to the association. </span>He was selected from all inductees to the CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2015. For more information about the award <a href="http://cosn.org/about/awards/volunteer-year-award"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">click here</span></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Surveyhttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=13Katy ISD Ranked Second in Nation in Digital School Districts Survey2015-03-26T13:59:52Z<div class="ExternalClassAC4B0C391F0C4E669289D25E9B3A73DB"><p>The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education's and National School Boards Association's 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.</p><p>The <strong>Digital School Districts Survey</strong> showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and community, and improve district operations. </p><p>Katy ISD's second-place rank in the large student population category demonstrates how the District is adapting curriculum, communication and collaboration by embracing digital technologies. </p><p>The top 10 rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. </p><p><a href="http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/Top-Digital-School-Districts-2014-15.html"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</span></a> to view the full list of school districts honored, and selected survey findings and trends.</p></div>
Katy ISD's CIO Named to CoSN's 2015 Hall of Fame http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=12Katy ISD's CIO Named to CoSN's 2015 Hall of Fame 2015-01-15T15:34:26Z<div class="ExternalClass5395BB46D78A49E9887FD004547EDEC2"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">Katy ISD's Chief Information Officer, Dr. John Alawneh, was recently selected to be honored in the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) </span><strong style="line-height:1.5;">2015 Volunteer Hall of Fame</strong><span style="line-height:1.5;">. Dr. Alawneh was selected for his tireless service, leadership and vision, as well as his work as Chair for the national committee on school district technology and standards for CoSN.</span></p><p>As the premier professional association for district technology leaders, CoSN provides management, community building and advocacy tools leaders need to succeed. CoSN currently represents more than 10 million students in school districts nationwide, and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.</p><p>Dr. Alawneh will join other Hall of Fame inductees for a special recognition event at the 2015 CoSN Annual Conference in March. For more information, visit the <a href="http://cosn.org/" style="text-decoration:underline;">CoSN website</a>.</p></div>
Katy Named to Top Ten U.S. Schools for Moving to Digital Curriculumhttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=11Katy Named to Top Ten U.S. Schools for Moving to Digital Curriculum2014-12-03T19:18:12Z<div class="ExternalClassE628D0C722E54C44B77BF1F1E34FA9BD"><p>​Thanks to the great work of the Technology and Teaching and Learning teams at Katy ISD, The Learning Counsel has selected Katy ISD as one of its "Top 10 U.S. Districts." Katy was awarded third place nationwide in the category of Suburban School Districts for their excellence in integrating digital curricula and content into their teaching and learning. Following a survey of hundreds of U.S. K-12 public schools, the Learning Counsel selected the schools based on their strategy elements; digital curriculum tactics and content coverage models; organizational practices and systems; successful shift in teaching; and educator and student technology provisions, training, and active use of digital curriculum. The Award of Excellence for Digital Curriculum & Content Strategy was presented at a special ceremony on November 3, 2014, at the annual national conference for education executives.</p><p>For more information, see <a href="http://thelearningcounsel.com/archives/School-Awards-Digital-Curriculum"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">http://thelearningcounsel.com/archives/School-Awards-Digital-Curriculum</span></a>.</p></div>
Katy ISD Named to Top Ten Digital Schoolshttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=10Katy ISD Named to Top Ten Digital Schools2014-04-08T14:39:00Z<div class="ExternalClass90A41D79FC074657921B0D0CAD259DB9"><p>​<span style="line-height:1.5;">The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked among the top 10 school districts in the nation by the Center for Digital Education and the National School Boards Association for</span><span style="line-height:1.5;"> expanding the use of innovative technologies district-wide, as well as in the classroom.</span></p><p>The <strong>Digital School Districts Survey</strong> showcases exemplary school boards' and districts' use of technology to govern the district, communicate with students, parents and community, and improve district operations. </p><p>Katy ISD's sixth-place rank in the large student population category demonstrates how the District is adapting curriculum, communication and collaboration by embracing digital technologies. </p><p>The top 10 rankings are awarded to the school boards and districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. </p><p><a href="http://www.centerdigitaled.com/awards/digital-districts/2013-14-Digital-School-Districts-Survey.html" style="text-decoration:underline;">Click here</a> to view the full list of school districts honored, and selected survey findings and trends.</p></div>
Katy OnTheGo! Mobile App NowAvailablehttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=9Katy OnTheGo! Mobile App NowAvailable2014-04-01T20:13:00Z<div class="ExternalClass7140725A07264380BDC13FF31B6C8CE4"><p>We are pleased to announce that the new Katy  OnTheGo! mobile application is available for you to download to your Android or Apple smart phones and devices. Just search for "Katy ISD." This app is designed to keep you in touch with Katy ISD no matter where you may be. There are news feeds which you can customize, and calendar feeds which allow you to download events directly into your personal calendars. You'll also find links to many of the sites that you'd normally access from the main Katy ISD website such as My Payment Plus, bus route information, and the District's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites. </p><p>The Katy mobile app was piloted at four campuses: Tompkins High School, WoodCreek Junior High, Wolman Elementary and Nottingham Country Elementary. It is now being rolled out to the remaining campuses throughout Katy ISD.  </p><p>In addition to the great information that is available to anyone who downloads the app, parents also have access to student information such as grades, attendance and schedules. For more information about Katy OnTheGo!  <strong><a href="/sites/mobileapp/Pages/default.aspx"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">CLICK HERE</span></a>. </strong></p><p><strong><em>*Remember, if you have not yet received information from your campus, you will not have access to the Student Info portion of the app, but can take advantage of all the other great information available with this app.</em></strong></p></div>
District Launches New Public Dashboardhttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=8District Launches New Public Dashboard2014-01-27T16:23:54Z<div class="ExternalClass65ADD9FA4BB241ADB59D325B5FFFB7CF"><p><span style="line-height:1.5;">The District recently announced the launch of the Katy ISD Public Dashboard, a website component that displays student, staff and operational data in one intuitive platform.</span></p><p>The <strong>Katy ISD Public Dashboard</strong> is a way of further embracing transparency and engagement with the community by offering a new perspective on the District's performance and operation. The highly visual format provides easy access to a variety of information in the areas of human resources, financials, student achievement, assessment and operation.</p><p>Data sources for the Dashboard include the Texas Education Agency website, PEIMS Data, AEIS Report, STAAR EOC Summary Reports, College Admissions Testing (SAT and ACT), Annual Financial Report, Student Information System, County Appraisal Districts, and Financial and HR System.</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="/Pages/Public-Dashboard.aspx">Click here</a></span> to view the Katy ISD Public Dashboard.</p></div>
Katy ISD Employs Best Practices http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Katy ISD Employs Best Practices 2013-09-06T01:42:59Z<div class="ExternalClass73384334929E41888EC96F033B29EF7A"><p>​Katy ISD Employs Best Practices in selecting and implementing eSchool Plus.  </p><p><a href="http://blogs.sungard.com/ps_k12/2013/07/11/katyisd/">http://blogs.sungard.com/ps_k12/2013/07/11/katyisd/</a></p><p> </p></div>
Dr. Alawneh named as featured Scholastic leaderhttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=6Dr. Alawneh named as featured Scholastic leader2013-09-06T01:43:15Z<div class="ExternalClass71722FBF18D04B4E90C547D8048F8ECE"><p></p><p>Scholastic recently released an article featuring five school district leaders who overcame change in their districts to create success stories. Katy ISD’s Chief Information  Officer, Dr. John Alawneh, was one of the five leaders featured in the article.  The article highlights Alawneh’s work in Austin ISD, as well as his current work in Katy ISD.  While working as the executive director of technology at Austin ISD, he focused on innovation  by getting the community, teachers, students and administrators plugged in to technology. His priorities were to update the data warehouse and develop tools for principals to use in  analyzing student data. In the article, Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking (CosN) says of Alawneh, “He is able to work with others, understand the education environment, and understand what emerging technologies and standards mean and how to apply them to education.”​</p></div>
BYOD http://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=5BYOD 2013-09-06T01:42:40Z<div class="ExternalClassCC578009EDCF4E099AB0F30486374A26"><p>​2nd - 12th grade Students are welcome to bring their own devices to connect the the Katy ISD public wifi. Usage is governed by the Student Responsible Use Guidelines.  Ask your teacher for classroom and campus guidelines. </p></div>
New Katy ISD Websitehttp://www.katyisd.org/dept/technology/Lists/latestnews/DispForm.aspx?ID=4New Katy ISD Website2013-09-06T01:43:29Z<div class="ExternalClass74D3F31DBA14411988CC49DABFC97CC0"><p>Many of Katy ISD's departments and campuses have been working for nearly a year to bring a new face to Katy ISD's website. ​This website will be launched in the 2013-2014 school year. Thanks to the many people in our district and community who have contributed to this project.</p></div>

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