students working on a laptop In Austin ISD elementary students use technology as a tool to promote and extend learning on a daily basis. Our approach is to provide teachers with the skills and tools they need to integrate technology into the core curriculum.

Tech Apps IPGs-Contains curriculum-related technology projects for each grade level.

AISD Digital Classrooms

Lauren Fox

  Lauren Fox, Mathews Elementary, Middle Childhood Generalist, National Board Certified Teacher, iInnovate Teacher


Lauren Fox is a reading specialist and technology teacher at Mathews Elementary.
On any typical day, Lauren works with her reading groups, plans with classroom teachers and implements technology integrated lessons in the computer lab. Depending on the assignment, Lauren leads students in developing communication and collaboration skills, technology skills, research and information fluency, creativity and innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. It is not unusual to see students working individually or in small groups with several technology tools at a time such as a combination Web 2.0 tools and software. Lauren is skilled at designing and developing digital-age learning experiences, and modeling digital age work and learning. In addition, Lauren engages in professional growth on a regular basis. Kudos to Lauren! *Lauren attended last summer's iInnovate training and is an iInnovate teacher. "I am so proud to be part of a learning community where technology is a highly supported priority. It makes a world of difference!"



Robbie Polan

Robbie Polan and Jenny PencisJenny Pencis (left) and Robbie Polan

"I am pleased to announce that Oak Hill Elementary has received a grant of $5160 from Synopsys, Inc.," Robbie Polan wrote to her Kindergarten parents in January 2010. Jenny Pencis, mother of Nate, in Mrs. Polan’s class, had alerted her about the grant. "The application process is not too difficult," says Mrs. Pencis. "This year, two out of the three applications were awarded." In Austin, Synopsys annually grants money to teachers whose application focuses on technology, engineering or science, except robotics. In addition, the company usually supports the Texas Science Fair with an annual $10,000 grant. Interested teachers should send an email to Liz Rush, liz.rush@synopsys.com, to be included in the application requests (this year it will be in the fall). Proposals are sent to the Synopsys corporate office in California for criteria qualification. Qualified grants are evaluated by the local Austin office for monies to be awarded.

With the grant money, four Proscope digital microscopes and dedicated Macbook computers will be bought for Kindergarten classrooms at Oak Hill. Mrs. Polan is a great believer of using technology in instruction. She is part of the Technoscientist learning community in AISD. "All kids should have access to the same technology" says Mrs. Polan.