NEW [Northside Created] TEA Unique ID Search Website

October 16, 2014

NEW Northside Created TEA Unique ID Search Website

TEA Unique ID Search

All NISD Staff can login to check on the status of a TEA Unique ID and whether it has been assigned.

Several online instructional programs associated with TEA have a required field for a TEA Unique ID. Before student and/or teacher account can be created for these programs, a Unique ID must be assigned to the student and/or teacher and be available for the individual uploads to these programs. 

If a student or teacher is missing an account to one of these online instructional programs, the most common reason is because a Unique ID has not yet been assigned to them. The purpose of this web site is to give you access in determining if a Unique ID has been assigned or not to a student and/or teacher who is missing an account. 

For students, please check the date the Unique ID was assigned. If you see the Unique ID was recently assigned, please allow 2 full days for the student's account to appear in the system in question. 

If a student or staff Unique ID is missing, there are many reasons this may be the case. Human Resources and the PEIMS staff are working to get all staff and students assigned a Unique ID. Check this website frequently for updates. 

Online Instructional Programs Requiring the Unique ID: 

Student Unique ID Required Staff Unique ID Required
Fitnessgram Yes Yes
iStation Yes No
Stemscopes Yes No
Think Through Math Yes No

#nisdengange Google Apps for Education and Students

September 8, 2014

#nisdengage Google Apps for Education and Students

shared with Elementary C&I large group on Monday, September 8, 2014

Google Apps for Education (GAFE) and students is coming soon!

The GO LIVE date has been set for October 6, 2014.

I wanted to share a bit of information with you on this topic...also to continue the dialog as we dive into all of the awesomeness this opens up for instructional opportunities and learning!

The plan at the elementary level is to integrate exposure for students K-5 to GAFE (Email and Drive) through the ECT rotation lab. This will not happen immediately. We will be working with the ECT group to get them trained and their curriculum updated to include GAFE components. Again, the intention isn't that students will know all of the "ins and outs of GAFE, the teach piece will be ongoing and will include multiple staff members:

Technology Support Specialist - TSS (campus-based, 2 campus split at elementary) - will support teachers and staff with GAFE basics

Elementary Computer Technologist (ECT) (campus-based - facilitate lessons in the rotation lab providing exposure for students K-5 to GAFE (Email and Drive)...this plan will develop over time as we prepare the ECTs and modify their current curriculum to include GAFE

Campus Instructional Technologist (campus-based, 2 campus split at elementary) and Academic Technology Coach (district-staff, 6-7 campus split at elementary) - will support teachers and staff with integrating GAFE and students, how it can look in the classroom, what are the possibilities with students, best practice with students, etc.

As you can see, GAFE is definately going to be supported via a team effort!

Google Classroom will also be an EXTREMELY helpful tool to teachers as we move forward with using Google Apps for Education in the Classroom. Check out this short video overview!


Let’s Connect!!!

July 10, 2014

Let's Connect!!!

Social Media

With SOOOO much amazing information to find and share, I'm finding more and more how valuable social media is to me...and myself as a professional learner. 

I would love to connect with you!

Twitter @danabickley

Department Twitter @NISDTechnology

Pinterest @danabickley

Instagram @danabickley

Vine @danabickley

I am also actively sharing information with the following hashtags. Join me...and let's create a really active social media PLN in Northside!

#nisdcit (NISD CIT share)

#nisdcoach (NISD Academic Technology Coach share)

#nisdect (NISD ECT share)

#nisdgoogle (NISD GAFE share)

#nisdipad (NISD iPad share)

#nisdtwitter (NISD using Twitter in the classroom and for PD share)

#nisdengage (NISD instruction share)

Let me know if you have hashtags you are using already with NISD PLNs and I'll add them to this list!

#nisdsalibs (NISD librarian share)

#hgmsteach (Garcia MS instruction share)

MS AD Meeting – Academic Technology Updates

May 2, 2014

MS AD Meeting - Academic Technology Updates

Kelly Smith Technology EXPO & Film Festival


Kelly Smith Technology EXPO & Film Festival Flyer for Printing (PDF)

2014 1st Annual EXPO Campus Participation...YAHOO!!!

49 Elementary Campuses

15 Middle Schools

10 High Schools

Camp TECH 2014


Camp TECH 2014 Flyer for Printing (PDF)

Camp TECH 2014 Session Preview (URL only viewable within Northside)

ERO Registration is OPEN...sessions fill up quickly!

Questions? Email Dana Bickley  

TCEA Summer Pass 2014

April 30, 2014

TCEA Summer Pass 2014



TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) is offering an amazing Summer Pass to all teachers in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. They are offering a FREE "summer pass" to all new or returning members.

You MUST register during the week of May 5-9!

This Summer Pass will allow you to access webinars, teaching and learning tools, and more...all summer!!!

Please pass along to your teachers...what a terrific opp :)



AGENDA: Elementary CIT Meeting – March 21, 2014

March 20, 2014

AGENDA: Elementary CIT Meeting - February 21, 2014


8:30 - 8:35 Welcome and Agenda Overview w/ Doug and Dana

8:35 - 9:30 Using Edmodo in the Classroom w/ Michelle Fikac

9:30-10:30 Kelly Smith Technology Center Tour w/ Anthony Edwards and Tech Services Team

10:30 - 11:00 Security and Filtering Updates and Tips w/ Chuck Prouse

11:00 - 11:30 Executive Director Welcome and Technology Initiatives Updates w/ Lori Jones and Melissa Oshman

AGENDA: Elementary CIT Meeting – February 21, 2014

January 22, 2014

AGENDA: Elementary CIT Meeting - February 21, 2014

NOTE: This agenda includes items from the January 24, 2014 meeting, which was canceled due to a bad weather day.


Welcome and Meeting Overview w/ Dana

Announcements and Updates w/ Doug

CIT Advisory Update w/ Francisco - February 2014 Notes

Video Moment shared by Susan Mohler :)


Video Moment by Kid President


Camp TECH 2014 w/ Dana

  • Camp TECH Site
  • June 10-12, 2014 @ Stevens High School
  • 2014 Updates
    • Expanded Digital Lounge
    • Keynote on Tuesday morning - Todd Nesloney @TechNinjaTodd
    • "Powered by Edmodo"

2014 Technology EXPO w/ Dana


  • Susan Mohler
  • Michelle Fikac
    • doing staff development ON Edmodo by modeling a "class environment" with your teachers as students
    • Blendspace
  • Jennifer Ritchey
    • Coding resources posted in CIT Edmodo group
  • Stacy Bergman
  • Francisco Alderete
    • Interactive resources posted in CIT Edmodo group
  • Elizabeth Garvic - instaGrok and Mozilla Popcorn Maker
    • resources posted in CIT Edmodo group

Technology Literacy Assessment

Are you connected on Twitter?

  • Follow @NISDTechnology
  • Check In on #nisdcit
  • Check-In on #nisdtechexpo
  • Check-In on #camptech14
  • Check-In on #nisdipad

Next Meeting: Friday, March 21, 2014

Surge Protector Recall Info

November 14, 2013

Surge Protector Recall Info

researched, written up, and shared by Stacy Bergman...thank you Stacy!

CIT's there have been some questions on how to handle the surge protector recall if you want to submit your own claim so that your campus gets the replacement surge protectors rather than buying them.

Here are the steps :)

1. Go to and scroll down to submit a claim.

2. I did this on my ipad and it was super easy. You fill out your info (school name, address etc.) and then you have to select the model of the surge protector from the list and type in the serial info. You also have to include a picture of the bar code - on the iPad it was super easy because when I had to choose the file one choice was my camera and I snapped a picture and accepted it. ( Of course you could use a camera or may be an Ipod touch). The website will let you add 10 surge protectors on one request -- this is nice because I only had to retype my school info twice.

3. After you submit you will get an email saying APC is processing your request. The next day I got an email saying the claim had been accepted and the new surge protectors should arrive in 12 weeks. I let my bookkeeper know so she wouldn't wonder who had ordered them :)

4. The APC website says to dispose of the old surge protectors properly. For NISD that means you box up the surge protectors and clearly label them that they are recalled and have all ready been submitted for replacement (see label that you can attach to the boxes)

5. If you have five boxes or less, just put the boxes in the Pony pick up area of your campus and the Pony service will pick them up. If you have more than 5 boxes, email Jason Bandy and he will schedule a pick up.

AGENDA: Elementary CIT Meeting – November 8, 2013

November 7, 2013

AGENDA: Elementary CIT Meeting - November 8, 2013 ATconnected WELCOME w/ Dana DIRECTOR WELCOME w/ Doug
  • Alan November speaker notes from Admin session
    • students owning their own learning
    • thinking... Is this assignment Google-able?
    • What does it look like for US (teachers, CITs, etc.) to own our learning?
    • Twitter as an educational tool
  • Taking advantage of all of the resources we have available through social media (YouTube, Twitter, etc.)
  • Upcoming Bond updates
  • New filter pilot update
  • New Google Apps for Education for students pilot update
  • QuickList (bookmark items for quick access)
  • My DE Services (profile settings)
  • My Content (organize your content with folders, etc.)
  • Builder Tools (Board Builder)
  • Interactive Map
  • Advanced Search
  • My Content Uploads (teachers can upload their own content)
  • Top Tips for Using DE Streaming
NETS- C w/ Dana
  • NETS for Coaches Rubrics for Self-Evaluation in Edmodo
GOOGLE w/ Eric Laszakovitz
  • Google Drive
  • Google Q and A with a Guru!!!

Secondary CIT Meeting Updates – October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

Secondary CIT Meeting Updates - October 11, 2013 ATconnected   GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES w/ Dana
  • Texas SUCCESS in Northside Updates and Clarifications
  • Camp TECH 2014 - June 10-12 "Powered by Edmodo"
  • Kelly Smith Digital Media Fair 2014 - May 28 (Elementary) and May 29 (Secondary)