ISTE Update: Frisco ISD Embraces Moodle for Professional Development, Student Instruction

Posted by Matt Berringer on June 25, 2013

FriscoFor the past decade, Frisco ISD, Texas, has been at the top of the list of the fastest growing schools districts in the nation—expanding at a rate of 10 to 30 percent a year. With its steadily increasing student population and more than 5,400 full- and part-time employees, the school district has embraced Moodle as a tool for managing professional development and the delivery of blended learning for its students.

At ISTE 2013, Kimberly Hampton (shown right), technology integration facilitator, and Brandy Wall, professional development coordinator, presented the poster presentation, Online Learning: Moving Forward with Moodle, to share their findings.

“Moodle was first adopted by Liberty High School in Frisco in 2007. [The school] began by using its site to house faculty information and some teachers began using Moodle as their web presence. The following year, the Career and Technical Center picked up Moodle for the same purpose, and the Professional Development Department jumped on board creating its own Moodle site. This site was used for new teacher courses, like the mentor program and the alternative certification courses.

“In 2001, the district began allowing campus-level administrators to create courses for their teachers in Moodle, and Curriculum and Instruction began using this site as a collaborative platform. Also in 2001, the director of career and technology education opened up that Moodle site to CTE teachers at the five high school campuses who didn’t have a Moodle site of their own. This was done as a response to requests from teachers who wanted to build their own courses."

In spring 2012, Frisco began preparing for a consolidation of its Moodle sites. “The Staff Learning Hub is a place where professional development and collaborative platforms are held, and the Student Learning Hub houses all FISD student courses. All FISD staff members are now automatically assigned Moodle accounts and any teacher in the district may create courses for use with students, for collaboration with peers, or for professional development.”

What’s next? “The 2013-2014 school year will mark the first time that a FISD-created online course will be open for students. Middle school pre-AP geometry students will participate in this blended class that will be taught by two high school teachers. The course will be open to all pre-AP students in the 2014-2015 school year."

Frisco ISD is a SunGard K-12 customer—using both the eSchoolPLUS student information system and the eFinancePLUS, enterprise resource planning tool.

Topics: Blended Learning