An Important Message from Dr. Howell Wright, Huntsville ISD Superintendent of Education re: Digital Textbook Adoption
In today’s world, most students come to school technology savvy. With their mobile devices, electronic games, social media, and text messaging, students are using technology every day. Development in this area has resulted in changes in the way students learn. To keep students fully engaged, HISD schools are adapting to this changing environment.
In the spring of 2015, Huntsville ISD adopted a Five Year Plan. Part of this plan puts digital resources in the classroom and supports our children’s need to learn anywhere, anytime, “any path, any pace.” Their learning will be a combination of learning at school, virtual learning, learning at home, and in the community. Huntsville ISD is committed to serve, support, and ensure that student engagement remains the first focus of our work. Part of this effort includes using technology to capture the hearts and minds of the first digital generation, so that the work designed for them is more engaging and respects their talents with digital devices.
Paper textbooks are expected to serve students in public schools for eight to ten years. Due to our rapidly changing world, they are usually outdated after five years. However, digital textbooks can be updated each year, giving students the most recent information available. This year students enrolled in most high school math courses will be assigned a digital textbook and online resources that they will access with a Chromebook. Chromebooks have been used as a learning tool in various classes across the district over the last three years.
To support this initiative HISD is committed to teaching students the appropriate use of digital media and the devices that support it. HISD math teachers are excited to engage our students and your child in a 21st century learning environment. Additionally we have planned parent meetings to explain the use of our Math digital textbooks and the Chromebooks. Together we are investing in our future!
On Thursday, September 10th at 6 pm the first parent meeting will be held in the auditorium at Huntsville High School. At this time, parents will learn more about the new program and have the opportunity to ask questions during a presentation given by the math teachers. Additional parent meetings will be held on Monday, September 14th at 7 am, 4 pm, and 6 pm, and following Open House on Monday, September 21st at 6 pm. Parents of students currently enrolled in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and Math Models must attend one of these scheduled meetings to sign the agreement, so their student can get a Chromebook issued to them to access the online resources. Our teachers are excited about this change and can’t wait to share the information with you!