Coding is a great skill for students to learn. Learning to code involves problem solving and abstract thinking. It also allows students to analyze numbers and data in new ways. Below are a few resources to help teaching coding to students that Killeen ISD has used.
- Kodable (free/limited)
- Hopscotch (free)
- Code.org (free)
- Scratch (free)
- Tynker (monthly subscription)
- Texquest - KISD Students have access to several research databases including Britannica School, EBSCO eBooks, Gale, and SIRS
- World Book Online - A rich online encyclopedia avail not all KISD students
- Pebble Go - Multimedia animals and biographies databases for elementary students.
- Discovery Education - A vast collection of instructional videos on all subject areas available to KISD students both at school and at home.
- Infobase Learning Cloud - Online training in a variety of topics including software programs and teaching strategies, avaialbe to all staff and students
- Lending Library - All middle and high school campuses have laptops available for student check-out to use at home. Please check with your librarian for more information.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Killeen ISD offers robust network for students to use their own personal devices. The authorization of the use of personal devices is determined by the school and teacher. Please reach out first to your students' teacher to determine the policy of personal devices in the classroom.
To connect to the Bring Your Own Device network, ask your Campus Technology Support Specialist.
Please check out these online articles for parents.
- Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents
- Coding for Parents on Common Sense Media
Technology Applications TEKS
Instructional Technology Projects
Learning Management Platforms
Killeen ISD provides two robust learning management systems to maximize learning. PreK - 2nd grade students have access to Seesaw, and 3rd - 12th graders have access to Schoology. Free online training is available to students, teachers and parents. Please feel free to email InstructionalTechnology@killeenisd.org for additional Information.
Each of the elementary libraries have a selection of items to establish a Makerspace allowing for hands-on learning. These spaces include 3D printers, paper circuitry, simple electronics, LEGO, robotics and more. Talk to your campus librarian to find out how your student can take part in this innovative learning.
Battle of the Books
Several elementary school campus librarians have received yearly grants to engage in district-wide Battle of the Books. Teams of up to 5 students per campus compete by answering questions based on up to 20 books. Elementary students, grades third through fifth, answer questions from the previous year's Bluebonnet Reading List, while middle school students compete based on the Lone Star Reading List, also of the previous year.
Killeen ISD promotes digital wellness across all grade levels for both staff and students. It is important to know how to be good digital citizens, making smart choices online, not engaging in cyberbullying, knowing how to determine quality and factual information, finding and using resources without breaking copyright, and being aware of the dangers of social media.
Killeen ISD Learning Services provided drones to every elementary and middle school campus to use in after-school clubs. With cutting-edge technology, we are able to promote STEM learning and potentially open doors to future career interests!