In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/20/2012)

Wells Branch 5th grade students create movies to explain addition and subtraction of fractions. Visit “Fraction of a Fifth Grader” at http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/04/13/fraction-of-a-fifth-grader/.
Students were able to choose one of the following as the video they wanted to create:
1. Make a how-to video that would teach other students your age how to put fractions in order from least to greatest.
2. Create a commercial that advertises a special item for sale. It should use equivalent fractions to try and trick the buyer into paying more for the same amount of product.

Forest Creek Coyotes Service Learning Club Learns about Commercials and Promotes Empty Bowl Project Event: (http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/coyotes-service-learning-club-learns.html)
The Service Learning Club is a group of fourth and fifth grade students who do community-focused activities throughout the year at Forest Creek Elementary. One of the many activities they are involved with is the Empty Bowl Project, a fund raiser for the Round Rock food pantry. People create empty bowls which are sold at a fund raiser; all proceeds benefit the Round Rock Area Serving Center. The students wanted to advertise the event to the other students at Forest Creek, so they decided to create a commercial. The students researched what they wanted the commercial to say and wrote the script. The students filmed the commercial with teacher support.
During the course of this month long project, the students learned about writing to a specific audience and creating a focused message. They also learned about public speaking and memorized their parts. They learned about technology as they filmed and helped put together the project. We are very proud of these students and their finished project. We are hoping that this not only encourages people to come to the Empty Bowl Festival on Saturday, April 14th, but also inspires them to try a project-based learning experience also! Please enjoy the commercial our students worked so hard on. Click here (http://youtu.be/HQi_imiXqcY) if you would like to view the commercial on YouTube.

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Voigt Kindergarten students illustrate their knowledge of organisms and their environments. Visit “What Do Plants Need?” at http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-do-plants-need.html.
Teravista Kindergarten students categorize living and non-living in science. Visit “Kindergarten” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/kindergarten.html.
Pond Springs Kindergarten student use technology to vote for and graph results on their favorite Armadillo books. Visit “Kindergarten Students Create Graphs with TurningPoint!” at http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2012/04/kindergarten-students-create-graphs.html.
Anderson Mill 1st grade students learn about animal characteristics. Visit “Animals” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/04/animals.html.
Berkman 1st grade students learn about and illustrate life cycles in science. Visit “Life Cycle Illustration” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/life-cycle-illustration.html.
Great Oaks 1st grade students use video to observe and study hatching of eggs in classroom project. Visit “First Grade Chicks Hatching” at http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-grade-chicks-hatching.html.
Forest Creek 1st grade students create video of animal research. Visit “Heinzen’s Honeybees Buzz about PhotoStory” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/heinzens-honeybees-buzz-about.html.
Berkman 2nd grade students make technology part of their daily routine. Visit “Daily Routines Not So Routine” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/daily-rountines-not-so-routine.html.
Blackland 2nd grade students use TurningPoint response devices. Visit “Student Response Devices…being Paper-Lean and Green” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/student-response-devicesbeing-paper.html.
Chandler Oaks 2nd grade students create public service announcement videos on making safe choices. Visit “Second Grade Responds to Problems” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/04/second-grade-responds-to-problems.html.
Teravista 2nd grade students combine puppets and technology to present student created stories. Visit “2nd grade in art” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/2nd-grade-in-art.html.
Teravista 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Second Grade Creates Creative Presentations” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/second-grade.html.
Spicewood 2nd grade students use webcams to monitor life cycle of Monarch butterflies. Visit “Live Streaming of 2nd Grade Monarchs” at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/live-streaming-of-2nd-grade-monarchs_11.html.
Deepwood 2nd grade students use blogs as part of their learning process. Visit “Second Grade Blogs” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/04/second-grade-blogs.html.
Forest Creek 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Fulp’s Flashy Fish and Kelso’s Critters Tackles Power Point!” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/fulps-flashy-fish-and-kelsos-critters.html.
Blackland 3rd grade students create presentations of their online research. Visit “Third Graders are working on research projects” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/third-graders-are-working-on-research.html.
Chandler Oaks 3rd grade students use technology to investigate probability in math. Visit “Third Graders Get “SMART” with Probability” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/04/third-graders-get-smart-with.html.
Teravista 3rd grade students use Google Earth to gather data on natural and man-made wonders. Visit “TAG” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag.html.
Forest Creek 3rd grade students use Word Clouds to write descriptive sentences. Visit “Shogan’s Salamanders Used TAGXEDO” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/shogans-salamanders-used-tagxedo.html.
Teravista 4th grade students to write a Leadership book. Visit “4th grade uses Technology To Promote Leadership” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/4th-grade-uses-technology-to-promote.html.
Bluebonnet 5th grade students make the most of their laptop computers. Visit “5th Grade Superstars” at http://www.bbestech.blogspot.com/2012/04/5th-grade-superstars.html.
Teravista 5th grade students use StemScopes and TurningPoint to review their understanding of Science concepts. Visit “STAAR Science Practice” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/staar-science-practice.html.
Anderson Mill students take advantage of the Round Rock ISD’s eLibrary system. Visit “In the Library” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/04/round-rocks-elibrary-system-allows.html.
Blackland students use digital Avatars to narrate book reports. Visit “Avatars” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/avatars.html.
Berkman students move forward in creating their websites on Greek mythology and paper toys. Visit “Student Web Designers” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/student-web-designers.html.
Old Town students use Book Flix to combine art and Book Flix. Visit “Art and Technology” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/04/13/art-and-technology-2/.
Live Oak students use Google Docs to collect data. Visit “TAG Students create surveys using Google Docs” at http://liveoakit.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag-students-create-surveys-using.html.

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