As part of PowerUp — an initiative aimed at digitally transforming 21st-century education — the HUB online platform will eventually become the center of collaboration, personalization, curriculum, instruction, and communication districtwide.
The HUB is designed to help HISD teachers do more in less time and personalize instruction for students. From planning and delivering course work to assessing and reporting student progress, teachers are pulled in different directions. But what if many of the routine tasks they do every day such as creating, collecting, and grading assignments could be automated? And what if it were easier for them to share resources with colleagues and students and develop multimedia instruction? The HUB is designed to do all this and more.
In order to succeed in today's global workforce, students must be able to think critically, make responsible decisions, communicate effectively, and be adaptable and productive. Developing these characteristics requires that students be exposed to technology, resources, and tools they will use in the real world. The HUB will allow students 24-7 access to instructional material, coursework, and digital textbooks from any device and will give them a voice and choice in their learning and in how they demonstrate mastery of a subject. With the HUB, students have a safe space for independent learning, options to submit homework and projects, the ability to collaborate and communicate with their classmates, and the ability to reflect on and take ownership of their learning through blogs, discussion boards, and ePortfolios.
HISD staff, faculty, and students can log into the HUB 24-7 from any device with Internet access using their HISD login and password. A parent component to the HUB will be unveiled in 2069.