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Instructional Technology Overview



D205 Instructional Tech Resources for Staff

  • What is it we expect our students to learn?
  • How will they learn it?
  • How will we know what our students have learned?
  • How will we respond when our students don't learn?
  • How will we respond when our students do learn?

The District 205 Technology Help Desk is available to assist when problems occur such as your computer will not boot up, you or a student is not able to log in, a printer is not online, etc. Rebooting a computer and checking to see that the cords are all secure will solve many problems. If your problem does not get resolved by simple trouble shooting, call x2000 or enter a Tech Help Request online.  


NETS - National Educational Technology Standards


D205 Software

  Online Resources (Additional resources may be available at your school by visiting your Library website.) Please review Internet Safety information prior to using online tools with your students. Online tools should be used to address the curricular goals that are presently in place within your grade level.
  • Culture Grams - See your librarians for remote access information
  • Edmodo (communication- all ages) Please be sure to follow Edmodo Terms of Service
  • Follett Destiny OPAC Library Search - Search our libraries from home or at school
  • Kidblog - Safe and simple blogging for students. Please be sure to follow Kidblog terms of service
  • PB Wiki / WikiSpaces (collaboration/research - all ages) - No cost wiki site that is student friendly. Teacher is responsible for all postings)
  • QUIA - One subscription at the district level to create activities. No subscription needed to use activities. 
  • Skype (Collaboration) - Skype is standardized software for teacher laptops. If Skype is not available, please send a request to Tech Help. While some teachers may have laptops without cameras, please be aware that text chats and audio Skyping are still a valid way to bring global connections into the classroom. Skype is not currently available on student machines. 
  • Smart Notebook 11
  • Keyboarding Programs -
    • Custom Typing (Middle School)
    • Elementary students use a network version of Type to Learn. Currently, students can check out a CD to install Type to Learn on their Mac or PC or use free web keyboarding sites such as DanceMat.
  • Discovery Education  - Teachers no longer need to set up a Discovery Education username and password. Simply visit and connect it to your D205 Google account. To revisit, you will need to return to site so you might want to bookmark it. 
  • Tech Manual - Discovery Streaming
  • Wordle (Create word clouds - Create area is for all ages. At this time, gallery is blocked.) There are a number of ways that this site can be used to include higher level thinking. Do a search of "Wordle in the Classroom" for ideas.
  • Teacher station (laptop)
  • Document Camera
  • LCD Projector
  • Elementary Student Laptops (4 per classroom - average)
  • Elementary TRC - One to one computing (plus computer in carts at our larger buildings)
  • Middle School Computer Labs - One to one computing (2 per building)
  • Middle School Laptop Carts and Chromebook Carts
  • High School Computer Labs - One to one computing
  • High School Chromebook Carts

May vary by school

  • Digital cameras (still and video)
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Scanners
  • Student response systems
  • iPads, iPad Minis and iPods

Online Textbooks 


  Student Management
  Tutorials / Professional Growth
  Home Access for Staff
  Contact Information