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TLC3: a cutting-edge move that makes McAllen ISD a leader in instructional technology



TLC3 (TLC cubed) stands for Transforming Learning in the Classroom, Campus and Community.

It's an innovative teaching and learning framework that leverages powerful new technologies and merges them with an advanced concept known as challenge-based learning. It empowers students to live and learn in a continuously changing 21st century environment and enables them to effectively interact in a global marketplace.

"TLC3 is a game changer"
-James Ponce,
Ed.D Superintendent

McAllen ISD students are engrossed in a world of incredibly thought-provoking, discussion-igniting learning experiences available at the click of a button. It’s inquiry in the classroom, integrating technology, igniting higher-level thinking and prompting students to delve deeper into issues at all levels and in all subjects.

All these experiences illustrate the root concept behind McAllen ISD’s TLC3—transforming learning in the classroom, campus, and community. McAllen ISD may be the largest district in the nation working to place the latest in mobile technology into the hands of all of its students—from high school seniors down to kindergarten—more than 25,000 in all.

TLC3 Chronicling the Transformation

TLC3 Communications Timeline


Stories Videos
Posted Nov. 27, 2012
State educators coming to see mobile-learning methods.

Posted Oct. 30, 2012
TLC3 final rollout of devices to begin.

Posted Sept. 29, 2012
McAllen School Board named best in state.

Posted August 23, 2012
District officials presenting on TLC3

Posted August 20, 2012
Bus decals highlight TLC3

Posted August 10, 2012
McAllen School Board named Best in Region

Posted July 18, 2012
McAllen schools chief talks technology at White House

Posted June 18, 2012
Forbes lists McAllen ISD among world leaders in iPad rollout

Posted May 30, 2012
Teachers celebrating next step in iPad rollout.

Posted May 23, 2012
District now on iTunes U

Posted March 28, 2012
Transforming Learning Conference a big success. Abilene Christian University newsletter.

Posted March 19, 2012
Nearly 300 expected for Transforming Learning Conference.

Posted Feb. 24, 2012
District to begin rollout of mobile-learning devices.

Posted Feb. 22, 2012
New device helps first graders master fluency.

Posted Feb. 3, 2012
TLC3 gaining speed -- iPads on way
Read more
here.

Posted Oct. 18, 2011
Move may be largest of its kind in nation
Read more here.

Posted Oct. 2011
Plan is to place an iPad or iPod Touch into hands of every student
Read more
here.
What is TLC3? Click here.

Parents & students comment on TLC3 plus TLC3 training, Jan. 2012. Click here.

Rowe HILD students receive iPads, Jan. 2012. Click here.

Superintendent's Report to Community, Feb. 2012. Click here.

Forum on TLC3 at Partners Breakfast, Nov. 2011. Part one here. Part two here.

City Leaders on TLC3 Click here.

Transforming Learning Conference: View the videos Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Community Forums on TLC3

Media Buzz
Reading rates on rise following use of reader app on iPads. The Monitor. Feb. 2013.
Bully-prevention app now available on McAllen ISD iPads. The Monitor. Dec. 2012.
School district framework touted in Kings, Queens & Scholars magazine. Dec. 2012
State magazine, Texas School Business, features School Board and TLC3 in Nov.-Dec. 2012 issue.
RGV Academic magazine's debut issue focuses on TLC3. Oct. 2012
National business journal, Bloomberg, highlights district, iPads. Oct. 2012.
Jackson, TLC3 featured among Coolest Schools in America in Parent & Child magazine.
TLC3
, McAllen ISD focus of article in Education Week.
Forbes
lists district among world leaders in iPad rollout. See tablet deployment database.
Scholastic Administrator magazine article on TLC3. Summer 2012 issue. Part 1, Part 2.
Nearly 1,500 teachers receive iPads. Story on KVEO-TV Channel 23.
McAllen city leaders discuss TLC3 on McAllen Cable Network, April 2012.
McAllen ISD among first to be on iTunes U. Stories on KGBT Channel 4, KVEO Channel 23, McAllen Cable Network, The Monitor. Listen to superintendent discuss iTunes U on podcast as heard on the Drive Home with Davis Rankin and Roy Martinez on 710 KURV.
Valley district makes digital leap in technology from San Antonio Express-News April 9.
TLC3 article in Texas Lone Star magazine, March 2012.
Conference panel praises iPads, TLC3. Coverage from March 20 in The Monitor, Channel 23.
TLC3 makes national news again! NBC Latino story from March 7.
iPad in Schools website highlights McAllen ISD rollout March 2.
McAllen students to study in an Apple world, KRGV-TV Channel 5, March 1
'Is McAllen ISD the most forward-thinking district in America?' -- Texas Monthly Daily Post, Feb. 29.
Superintendent discusses TLC3 on Texas Public Radio. Feb. 29.
Huffington PostColorado, Canadian newspapers pick up Associated Press report on McAllen ISD plan.
iPad rollout begins. Story reported in The Monitor, KVEO-TV Channel 23
Why McAllen ISD's iPad push is just a start. McAllen Chamber of Commerce. Click here.
McAllen schools prepare for iPads, security deposit, The Monitor, Jan. 2012. Click here.
District discusses TLC3 with community, The Monitor, Jan. 2012. Click here.
Texas School Business magazine spotlights Superintendent and TLC3 (Part 1, Part 2), Jan. 2012.
McAllen Cable Network interviews McAllen ISD Superintendent on TLC3, Nov. 2011. Click here.
Telemundo (KTLM-TV) show Bien Aca interviews McAllen ISD Superintendent on TLC3, Nov. 2011. Click here.
TLC3 launch coverage on KGBT-TV, Channel 4, Nov. 2011. Click here.
Valley school district plan gives students iPad, Ocober 18, 2011, Click here.
TLC3 launch coverage in The Monitor, Oct. 2011. 
TLC3 launch coverage in San Antonio Express-News, Oct. 2011. 
TLC3 launch coverage on KVEO-TV, Channel 23, Oct. 2011.

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