Canyon ISD named one of 12 Google Reference Districts in the state of Texas

Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 6:06 PM CDT
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CANYON, TX (KFDA) - With recent recognition as a Google Reference District, the Canyon Independent School District is working to ensure digital readiness in both students and teachers.

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Google Reference Districts are ones that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.

"If you look at Google and Apple, over technical aspects, companies like this look for social skills," said Director of Digital & Academic Innovation for CISD Christopher Norton.  "Companies want to know, 'Are they able to communicate? Are they able to collaborate?'"

Norton said technology transforms the educational process by allowing students to learn at their own pace, becoming problem-solvers in the process.

As one of 12 Google reference districts in the state of Texas and the only district within a 200-mile radius, Canyon ISD is a point of contact for other schools looking to incorporate Google for Education into their current curriculum.

"Schools are able to come in, see our program, walk through our program and learn how we put that together and learn how we're moving forward with that," said Norton.

With Google for Education, Canyon ISD collaborates with parents to ensure they are up-to-speed with what their student is learning throughout the school year.

"We want parents to understand how the Google products work and how our students are being creative and collaborative with these tools," said Michael Keough, CISD's Chief Technology Officer. "Our goal is train the parents so that when the students come home they have a good understanding of what students are doing at school."

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