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Austin Independent School District

1111 W. 6Th Street

Austin, Texas 78703

United States

Company Description

Austin ISD educates approximately 84,000 students and embraces 130 diverse school communities in one of the fastest-growing, ever-changing metroplexes in the country. In partnership with parents and our community, AISD's mission is to provide a comprehens ... more

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Employment History

Chief Information Officer

Katy Independent School District

Chief Information Officer

Austin Independent School District

Executive Director Information Technology

Plano Independent School District


Chair for the National Committee On School District Technology and Standards
Consortium for School Networking


Bachelor of Science degree

electrical engineering


Master of Business Administration ( MBA

operation management

New Mexico State University



University of Texas at El Paso

bachelor's degree

University of Texas at El Paso

bachelor's degree

electrical engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso


computer engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso

master's degree

University of Texas at El Paso

master's degree

computer engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso

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Caroline Sweet, 2011 AISD Teacher of the Year discusses the impact of Generation Z in the classroom and AISD Director of Technology John Alawneh offers a vision of where AISD classrooms will be heading in the next few years.
John Alawneh, AISD's executive director of technology, has also noticed the differences between Generation Z and previous generations.
"Generation Z students want to be valued and expect participation," he said. "They need to feel as if they are contributing and someone is listening."
By posting comments on each other's work, they are contributing and included in the process.
And being a part of the decision-making process, Alawneh added, is key to Gen Zers.
An interview with John Alawneh.
Sitting behind a classmate among rows of desks is gradually becoming just a memory for AISD students. Classroom designs are adapting to new physical and virtual learning environments in an attempt to keep up with students of a new era - Generation Z.
Generation Z students (born between the mid-1990s and today) are demanding strong collaborative environments, according to John Alawneh, AISD's executive director of technology.
"If these Generation Z students cannot connect with each other, it can feel like solitary confinement to them," Alawneh said.
It's important not to block this connectivity when Gen Z students come into a classroom, he said. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to engage them.
Gen Z students don't want to just listen to someone lecture at them, Alawneh added.
They expect to be able to express themselves, he said, and want their contributions to be valued.
Since 2008, AISD has invested significantly in wireless technology in all its schools to keep students engaged in the learning process. After a recent upgrade, AISD's wireless connections can now support everything from multimedia applications to video conferencing, making the mobile experience throughout the school district equal to or even better than accessing a desktop computer, Alawneh noted.
Though AISD has implemented much new technology in its schools, preparing Gen Z students for the future can be challenging.
"Every time you move an organization of this size [toward a new technology], it requires a lot of resources and funding," Alawneh said.
For AISD, moving to a new technology also means having the time and money to train staff and teachers how to use it effectively and to educate parents about the new technologies and their safety.
In the coming decades, Alawneh sees the lines between physical and virtual learning environments blurring in AISD classrooms.
Already, AISD is testing a project called AISD Smart Cloud Computing with six schools. It would make every AISD online resource that's now available in the classroom available from anywhere and from any device. Students would no longer have to be on an AISD computer on the AISD network to access all the software that the school district licenses.
"We've opened the gates," Alawneh said. "This is a major technological change that satisfies the needs of this generation."
AISD hopes to implement this change in all schools in the coming year.
Alawneh believes there are pieces of the classroom of the future already in place at many AISD classrooms, but the resources are not yet consistent.
For example, he sees all future AISD classrooms having video conferencing capabilities and good quality sound systems for presentations.
"The classroom of the future is not a science fiction world," Alawneh said. "We want to make [the technologies that are] available outside, also available inside the schools."
AISD classrooms of the future, he said, will have no physical boundaries. Rather, he added, future classrooms will create an environment where everyone is a teacher and a student, learning and working together.
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