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How Texas Schools Are Integrating the TA-TEKS

by Shari Tomlinson
How Texas Schools Are Integrating the Tech App TEKS with Learning.com.

Exciting developments are on the horizon for K-8 schools across Texas as they gear up to implement the new Technology Applications TEKS (Tech Apps/TA-TEKS) in the upcoming school year. With a focus on integrating the Tech Apps TEKS into core curriculum areas, schools and districts are charting their unique paths to ensure seamless adoption and effective instruction.

The essence of the new TA-TEKS lies in their integration into existing curriculum, rather than being taught in isolation. While this vision aligns with a holistic approach to education, many districts are grappling with the challenge of implementation. Understaffing and the rollout of new initiatives are causing administrators to tread cautiously and be mindful of not overwhelming classroom teachers already overwhelmed with responsibilities.

The Benefits of a Phased Approach

Learning.com's Tech App TEKS resources support computational thinking, digital literacy, and creativity.
Screenshot by Emily Horn | Learning.com’s TechApps for Texas

Districts like Deer Park ISD are launching an initiative that unpacks the new Tech Apps TEKS and provides comprehensive guidance for teachers. Kelly Grigg, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, highlights the dual purpose of this initiative: to visually introduce and embed Technology Applications TEKS into teaching practices, and to serve as a checklist for seamless integration across departments and grade levels.

Integrating TA-TEKS into core subjects emerges as a natural progression for many districts. English language arts and science curricula, for instance, seamlessly accommodate elements of the TEKS, fostering a symbiotic relationship between technology and traditional subjects. Moreover, districts with computer labs leverage these resources to cover additional TA-TEKS, supplementing classroom instruction effectively.

The phased approach not only cultivates teacher comfort with the technology curriculum but also sets the stage for broader adoption in subsequent years. Despite varied implementation strategies, the underlying consensus remains steadfast: the imperative to equip students with essential technology skills transcends any challenges encountered along the way.

How Learning.com Can Help

Learning.com offers supporting resources for integrating the Tech App TEKS.
Screenshot by Emily Horn | Learning.com’s TechApps for Texas

At Learning.com, we stand committed to supporting educators in this pivotal journey to implement the new TA-TEKS. The recent adoption of Learning.com’s TechApps for Texas further fuels our mission to empower teachers with equitable and easily implementable resources. From fostering digital literacy to promoting safe and responsible device usage, Learning.com is dedicated to ensuring that every student receives the essential tools to thrive in today’s digital landscape.

As Texas schools embark on this transformative endeavor, we invite educators to join us in shaping a future where technology empowers every learner to succeed. Together, let’s embrace the opportunities that lie ahead and equip our students for a world driven by innovation and digital fluency.

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