The ICATS are Innovation, Curriculum and Technology Specialists for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Our primary mission is to advocate for, inspire and empower excellent Digital Age teaching and learning. We work to achieve this mission through our many projects and initiatives as well as through a daily commitment to support and promote the efforts of educators as they shift their pedagogy to take advantage of media-rich learning environments.
Our primary role is supporting educators in their efforts to integrate technology into their daily practice within their schools and classrooms. The ICATS are available throughout the year to help plan and implement lessons that utilize technology or to consult with educators who are looking for technology solutions to enhance the classroom.
If you would like to request help for a particular project, you can use our PD Request Form on this site.
After the Bell, Tech Tuesdays, and Digipalooza Days
Throughout the school year, ICATS offer After the Bell professional development on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays of every month after school. Educators can participate in specific training sessions or can consult with the ICATS to answer specific questions that they have. Similarly, the ICATS offer half-day and full-day training on several Tech Tuesdays throughout the Summer to support teachers as they plan for the new school year. Additionally, schools can request the ICATS for Digipalooza Days, in which the ICATS come and meet with teachers during team planning meetings or teacher plan periods to address specific teacher or team needs.
District Initiative Support
As needed, the ICATS play a direct support role in training teachers to take full advantage of technologies that are made available to them through district initiatives. All hardware and software elements that the district provides have specific ICATS and technology personnel responsible for their support.
Educators can refer to our support page to best direct their inquiries.
1:1 Classroom Support
Several of the ICATS have been assigned the role of supporting our schools that have 1:1 implementation in grades 6-12. Their focus in this role is to help teachers and administrators to more effectively take advantage of the opportunities that 1:1 computing offers.
The EVSC eRevolution Conference
The eRevolution is a 2-day conference designed to help educators envision and prepare for excellent teaching and learning in the Digital Age. The conference’s 3 learning strands include: Digital Content and Tools, Teaching and Learning, and Leadership and Vision. The eRevolution is a regional conference that serves more than 900 attendees from across the state and region. Typically, the conference is held the second week in July.
The Community of Digital Educators (CODE)
CODE is an initiative that was created for the 2012/2013 school year through a grant from the Indiana Department of Education. The Community of Digital Educators is designed to create and support models of replicable digital classrooms. When talking about 21st century skills and teaching methods in media-rich classrooms, educators say “I want to do this, but I don’t know what it looks like.” The focus of the CODE’s work includes answering that question through modeling student-centered learning that is globally-connected, real-world and project-based. Participants of the CODE work together to critically examine, design and share effective practices that redefine learning for the Digital Age. You can learn more about the CODE at their website.
CODE has since been expanded to our CODE 2.0 initiative in 2013/2014. CODE 2.0 teachers have been helping explore Google Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education, and have been working together to create resources that will be posted on the ICATS site.
Google Apps for Education Summit
On February 15 and 16, the ICATS will host the 1st ever Indiana Google Apps for Education Summit. Educators from all over are invited to join us at Harrison High School for 2 days of amazing learning provided by the Google EdTech Team. Additionally, there will be a 2 Day Pre-Summit Educator Bootcamp Workshop for interested educators at the EVSC Technology and Innovation Center. You can learn more about these events at the GAFE Summit website.
The ICATS Website
The premiere ICATS resource and the hub for all of the digital content we create, the ICATS website has more than a million hits annually, and has visitors from all over the globe. In the spring of 2013, the ICATS website underwent a major overhaul, refining it’s resources while also expanding its focus to include even more professional development and curriculum resources.
Digital Content Development
The ICATS are continuously locating, creating, curating and sharing digital content through their various online and social media outlets. The content we share centers on supporting pedagogical, technological and curricular expertise for EVSC educators, but we share these resources publicly to help drive this work at a state and national level.
Curating Online Resources for Educators (CORE)
The CORE group began in the spring of 2013 with the mission of curating useful digital resources that align with the EVSC curriculum maps. These resources are discovered, vetted and organized by teacher leaders inside the EVSC, and they are then linked to digital versions of the curriculum maps for use by EVSC teachers. This is an ongoing project that began with English/Language Arts teachers in grades 6-12 and that will expand to all grades and subjects as curriculum work is completed.
The ICATS Professional Practice Video Library
The professional practice library is an ongoing initiative to create short videos that highlight best practices for teaching in the Digital Age. Many of these videos feature CODE teachers, but the library extends out to include many of EVSC’s master educators.
Connected Educator Month
In October, the ICATS celebrate Connected Educator Month by creating resources that help teachers and administrators effectively build their personal learning networks (PLNs) and communicate and collaborate in the Digital Age. You can see our Connected Educator Month posts on the CEM landing page.
The 30-Day Challenge
The ICATS 30-Day Challenge is an online professional development opportunity that is offered annually and that focuses on building teachers’ digital toolboxes. Each day the blog offers a new tool, some instruction in its use and some suggestions for how to incorporate it in the classroom. The challenge community then discusses each post via the comments section, resulting in a richer understanding of how the tool is being used in many classrooms. While the 30-Day Challenge is a Fall initiative, you can check out landing page for ideas throughout the year.
Digital Heroism Challenge
The Digital Heroism Challenge is a project designed to get educators, students and the community discussing important topics related to digital citizenship. It is a project that is run in conjunction with Digital Learning Month which happens every February.