Richardson ISD is committed to a positive transformation of teaching and learning that brings digital resources, access, expertise, and skills to our school’s historical success and development of its 21st Century Learners. Through our vision, mission and goals, along with the support of community stakeholders through the passage of the Bond 2016, the district will be able to enrich all learning environments with additional devices over the next few years, creating a 1:1 environment – one device for every one student.
We Grow with Technology is a plan aimed at ensuring our students have equitable access to technology that transforms learning. With greater access to technology also comes the need for educators and parents to work together to help students understand how the digital world works.
To learn more about technology in RISD, please select a link from the navigation menu.
New technology tools provide opportunities for students, staff, and the community to grow together as we develop skills for the future. Richardson ISD wants to communicate the most current campus information and share technology integration successes with all of our community stakeholders. Please check back frequently for updates to this page.
This summer, teachers will be provided with an exciting opportunity to learn and grow at the first #GrowRISD Professional Learning conference. This two-day event is free for RISD staff and will include nationally recognized guest speakers and breakout sessions to focus on technology integration, leadership development, and many other teacher-selected topics. Additional job-embedded professional development will continue to be offered throughout the school year.
The beginning of the the 2017-18 school year is the perfect time to attend one of these events to learn more about technology integration on your student’s campus. All four RISD high schools have been planning outreach and educational activities to prepare for the Fall 2017 Chromebook rollout. Please click the link for your high school to find out more.
RISD supports lessons and programs to ensure students are safe and responsible online, and we encourage families to continue the development of these important skills at home. Please click the links below for more information.
Technology allows teachers to engage students and model learning and working in today’s interconnected digital world. Teachers create inclusive learning opportunities for all students and integrate authentic learning experiences using a variety of digital tools. We believe technology in the classroom allows students to get connected with life outside the classroom. Whichever path a student explores after graduation, our goal is to provide meaningful experiences that will empower him/her for their future.
Bond 2016 has allowed us to refresh existing devices and equipment while planning some exciting new projects on each RISD campus. Over the next few years, our students will have access to more devices and a variety of interactive tools.RISD 2016 Bond Website
Students and their families have access to a variety of online resources to allow them to stay informed and participate in the learning process. Here are some of RISD’s most used tools and along with some helpful information on how to login.
View your student's grades for assignments, average grades for courses, report cards, progress reports, attendance, unofficial transcripts, and schedule. Need help logging into Focus?Focus Login
A core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools,including district-wide accounts for students in grades 2-12. For more information, see the Google FAQ. Need help logging into Google?GSuite Login
A Single Sign On launchpad that allows students to quickly access district tools. ClassLink is available from any internet connected device on or off-campus. Need help logging into ClassLink?ClassLink Login
Library Media Resources provides a collection of educational research tools for students of all age groups. Need help for Library Media Resources?Visit Library Website
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about student technology usage in RISD. If you have additional questions, please feel free to submit them using our new “Glad You Asked” form.
What does 1:1 mean?
1:1 access refers to one device being available for every student. Many districts seek to achieve a 1:1 device ratio using a variety of devices in different ways, depending on their vision and resources.
Why did RISD decide to go 1:1?
The district is committed to a positive transformation of teaching and learning that brings digital resources, access, expertise, and skills to our school’s historical success and development of its 21st Century Learners. Through the district’s vision and mission, along with the support of community stakeholders through the passage of the Bond 2016, the district has a goal to enrich all learning environments with additional devices, creating a 1:1 environment for all students.
What surrounding districts (if any) have assigned a device to each student 7-12? Has RISD reached out to any of those districts about their experiences?
There are many other North Texas districts working to provide 1:1 access to their students using different types of devices. McKinney ISD, Garland ISD and Lewisville ISD, are among the districts that already provide devices for secondary students, and many others are in the planning and funding stages to do the same.
What is the timeline for the 1:1 initiative?
As of January 2017, all junior high students were issued Chromebooks to use as part of their on-campus learning experience. Richardson West Arts and Technology Magnet became a 1:1 campus in 2008. As part of the magnet program, these students take devices home for 24/7 access.
Beginning in the fall semester of 2017, all students in grades 9-12 will be issued a Chromebook for 24/7 access to learning activities. At the elementary level MST and Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet currently have 1:1 student access with iPads that remain on campus overnight. Starting Fall 2018, all elementary students will be issued an iPad to use as part of their on-campus learning experience.
Why were iPads selected for elementary students?
The 2011 BOND provided all elementary classrooms bundles of iPads and class sets in the library and labs. Currently all elementary teachers are issued a Macbook. The lab and libraries utilize iMac desktops. The 1:1 initiative in the 2016 BOND built on the previous BOND by providing the opportunity to issue each elementary student an iPad, creating an environment where all the technology is familiar and works together. Apple has the most self-contained ecosystem available for technology. When technology is used in the classroom to augment classroom learning, it is transforming for both teachers and students.
Why were Chromebooks selected for secondary students?
Chromebooks were selected after various pilot programs and stakeholder surveys as a cost-effective, functional device that meets the needs of various subject areas. Based on feedback, it was important for the device to have a full keyboard and touch-screen capabilities. The devices are durable, easy to use, and fully compatible with current use of G-Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education) tools.
Are teachers prepared to embed the use of the laptops into their instruction?
Through careful planning and conversations with campus tech teams over the last year, district staff have been helping teachers prepare for 1:1 device access. Campus leadership, curriculum teams, Instructional Technology, and the Professional Development department have been working together to provide teachers with updated curriculum materials, professional learning support, and opportunities to provide feedback along the way.
How will the 1:1 initiative change the classroom environment?
Technology is a tool that can enrich student learning and prepare our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in our connected, digital world. The introduction of 1:1 devices will empower students to collaborate, communicate, discover, explore, and solve problems. Simply put, technology in the classroom empowers student-centered learning.
Will my student be expected to complete all of his/her work on a device?
Teachers can take full advantage of new learning technologies and online educational resources now that all students will be equipped with a device. However, classroom teachers will continue to use a wide variety of hands-on teaching strategies and methods to meet the needs of all students. Teachers will not be expected or encouraged to provide all instruction using technology.
What steps have been (or will be) taken to educate students about the use of their assigned device?
Each campus has created a tech team and worked through various planning documents to ensure the success of the 1:1 device rollout. Student and parent readiness is an essential part of these discussions. These customized plans also include sections on how to best communicate student expectations, define device policies and procedures, and provide technical support. Each secondary campus also has a Chromebook Help Center website to assist students in troubleshooting or reporting broken or stolen devices. Every elementary campus has a Technology Assistant (TA) to help troubleshoot or report broken or stolen devices.
How is RISD funding the purchase of these additional student devices?
Bond 2016 provided the funds required to refresh and enhance access to technology for teachers and students. For more information about the status of this and other bond programs, please visit the RISD Bond 2016 website.
What equipment will be issued to my student?
All K-6 students will be issued an iPad with charger and case. HP touch-screen capable Chromebooks are being issued to junior high and high school students (7th-12th grade). In addition, students at the high school level will also receive a charger and a protective case. Plans for elementary student device rollouts are still in progress and expected in a upcoming school year.
In addition to being issued an iPad or Chromebook for individual use, students will continue to have access to instructional labs with a variety of Windows and Mac-based devices for content-specific courses.
Will my student be taking a device home or will it remain on campus?
Junior high students’ devices will remain on campus overnight, and each campus has a defined pick-up/drop-off procedure built into the school day. High school students will be issued a device similar to how a textbook has been issued in the past. Students will be responsible for bringing the device to and from school each day and making sure it is charged and ready for use.
What happens if my student’s device is lost or stolen?
All RISD-issued iPads and Chromebooks will be tracked using theft recovery software on and off campus. If a device is believed lost or stolen, students should contact a campus administrator or School Resource Officer (SRO) immediately.
Is it possible for students to bypass device security settings or download programs to access inappropriate content?
No system is fail-safe, including RISD internet filters and technology safety nets. Students who violate any part of the Student Code of Conduct or Responsible Use Guide (RUG) by misusing technology tools will be subject to disciplinary consequences. Please click here to read more about the RISD RUG.
Can my student customize his/her device? Stickers, labels, cases, etc?
Please contact your campus principal for specific school guidelines.
Can students take the devices with them to the next grade level?
Elementary, junior high and high school students will be issued a device at the beginning of the school year for use throughout the entire year. All devices will be checked into campus administrators before leaving for summer vacation to be cleaned/reset to factory settings. Students will receive a device if they return the following school year, but it will probably not be the same one.
Does my student have a Google account?
RISD is a G Suite-district (formerly known as Google Apps for Education). All staff and students K-12 are provided g.risd.org domain accounts to access the core suite of productivity applications that Google offers to schools and educational institutions for free. The apps include Docs, Sheets, Slides, Google Classroom, and more. A parent/guardian signature on the annual Acknowledgment for the Student and Parent Guidebook and Student Code of Conduct serves as the parent’s consent for his/her student(s) to have access to these services under school district supervision.
Does my student have a Google email?
RISD G-Suite accounts include a g.risd.org email address for all K-12 and staff users. However, email access is disabled for students below 2nd grade. Students in 2nd - 6th grades are limited to sending and receiving email within the RISD domain.
Do all students have the same access to Google?
Based on the student’s grade-level, access to certain tools and functions may be limited. For example, students below 2nd grade do not have access to email in their g.risd.org account. Students in 2nd grade-6th grade are restricted from receiving email from addresses outside of the g.risd.org domain.
Does Google own my students’ data? Will my students’ information be sold to third parties?
Per their legal documentation, Google does not assume ownership of any user data in its core suite of tools. G Suite data is not sold to third parties and personal information will not be shared unless a user explicitly asked for it to be shared or if it is required by law. For more information, please visit the Google for Education website
Can a parent/guardian access Google Classroom?
Google Classroom is a tool that some teachers use to manage digital learning activities and assignments. At this time, parents do not have full access to the Google Classroom stream for their students’ courses. However, parents/guardians can sign up for automatic daily digests that will compile information from all your students’ courses into one email. Contact your student's teacher for more information.
My student is having trouble with his/her Google account. Who do I contact?
Please contact your campus librarian for support with Google accounts and passwords.
Which devices require insurance payments?
Devices that leave the campus will require purchase of an insurance policy. This includes all devices issued at high schools and those from the RWJH magnet program. Junior high devices that remain on campus overnight do not require the purchase of insurance.
What company do you use and what does insurance cover?
Insurance will be provided through Worth Ave. Group for under $30 per device.Insurance covers the device for accidental damage and theft (verified by a police report). It will not cover a “lost” or missing device, and students/parents/guardians will be held accountable if the device cannot be found through Go Guardian or other methods.
If my student breaks or loses his/her device, will a new one be issued?
Broken devices at all campuses should be reported using the campus-specific procedure. A work order will be created and technicians will work to repair broken devices as quickly as possible. In some cases, a loaner device may be issued temporarily to ensure that students can continue to participate in all classroom activities. Lost or stolen devices should be reported to the campus administrator or School Resource Officer (SRO) immediately. Devices can be tracked using theft-tracking software, but a police report will be required for any insurance theft claims.
What is Apple Classroom?
According to Apple’s website, “Apple Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time, or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.”
What is Go Guardian?
GoGuardian is a web-based tool that offers protection specifically for student Chromebooks. It allows teachers to harness the power of the internet for learning, blocking harmful content and limiting distractions. This software is automatically loaded on all student Chromebooks, and allows teachers and administrators to monitor Chromebook use in the classroom and redirect students to educational resources. Go Guardian also provides a system to track lost or stolen Chromebooks.
Are either of these programs monitoring or filtering my student’s usage at home?
Apple Classroom and Go Guardian monitors student devices during the school day hours of 7:30am-4:30pm. GoGuardian also provides limited filtering off-site when devices are taken home.
Is it possible for a student to remove Apple Classroom or Go Guardian or get around it to access inappropriate content?
Apple Classroom and Go Guardian tools will be automatically installed on all student iPads and Chromebooks through our district management systems . However no system is fail-safe. Students who are bypassing district filters are in violation of RISD’s Responsible Use Guide (RUG) and will be subject to disciplinary consequences. Please click here to read more about the RISD RUG.
Is there any way for students to purchase or access Microsoft Office products on a personal device at home?
Yes. As part of RISD’s district license, students can get free access to the full suite of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and others) on a personal device at home through Office 365. Students will be able to use the cloud-based versions of these programs online or download a copy for use on a personal device. To access these tools, please go to portal.office.com. Students will enter their g.risd.org email address and the Active Directory password they use to login to desktop computers on campus. If you have trouble logging into Office365 at home, students can contact their campus account administrator (librarian or campus technician) for assistance.
What steps will be taken to educate students about best practices related to digital citizenship, appropriate & inappropriate uses of their device and being informed about the dangers of things like sharing passwords, exposing their information or data through use of unsecure public networks etc.?
Digital citizenship and digital literacy broad topics that must be addressed with students throughout their K-12 education. Campus leadership, curriculum teams, the Library and Media Services Department and Instructional Technology are partnering together to support teachers as they integrate these essential skills into instruction for students at all levels.
What kinds of resources are available for me to keep my students safe online at home?
RISD supports lessons and programs to ensure students are safe and responsible online, and we encourage families to continue the development of these important skills at home. Please visit our We Grow Safely page for resources and information.
My student has unique needs in regards to devices and technology usage. Who should I contact?
Please contact your campus principal or your student’s counselor to address any unique circumstances that might affect your student and technology.
Any violation of the Student Code of Conduct related to technology is subject to disciplinary consequences