Round Rock ISD Next Generation Digital Classroom Pilot

Through the Next Generation Digital Classroom (NGDC) strategic design and implementation, Round Rock ISD intends to create “incubator classrooms” at each school designed to foster the integration of new teaching and learning with the help of mobile/tablet technology. Currently, this means one classroom at all 51 campuses will be a designated Next Generation Classroom. Fifteen district libraries have been selected to be included in this pilot initiative. The next generation classroom will set standards for what the digital classroom can look like in the future and will redefine the way teaching and learning take place. We will investigate the educational impact of a variety of digital classroom designs, across a multitude of diverse environments in order to determine the best investments to be made for maximum effect. Click here to learn more about the Next Generation Classrooms. 

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/23/2012)

Caraway: Gaming at Caraway
Calling all gamers! After having the opportunity of going to the Conference, Mr. Sosa’s 3rd grade class is creating their own games on-line using Gamestar Mechanic. Gamestar Mechanic is a game and on-line community that teaches kids how to design their own games! Through Gamestar Mechanic, the students are learning about the elements of game design which include: space, components, mechanics, goals, and rules.
Designing games also builds:
•Systems Thinking,
•21st Century Skills,
•Creative Problem Solving,
•Art and Aesthetics,
•Writing and Storytelling,
•and creates a motivation for STEM learning.
Visit Mr. Sosa’s website and click on “Class Made Games” to start playing some of these games. Remember to leave a comment with your suggestions on how the students can improve their games.
Happy Gaming!

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
– Blackland 1st grade students research and create presentation on famous inventors and animals. Visit “First Grade has been hard at Work” at
– Old Town 1st grade students research animals and create projects. Visit “Animal Research for First Grade” at
– Chandler Oaks 5th grade students create pie graphs and convert fractions. Visit “5th Grade TAG Students Tackle Graphing – with Technology!” at
– Spicewood 5th grade students broaden their historical perspectives. Visit “5th Grade Teachers Create a Website to Support Student Research” at
– Sommer 5th grade students create claymation videos. Visit “Getting Animated!” at
– Cactus Ranch students acquire weather station. Visit “Cactus Ranch Weather Station” at
– Anderson Mill students use technology of expand their physical classroom. Visit “Netbooks Anywhere” at
– Herington students create public service video. Visit “Students Create Video to Honor Auxiliary Employees” at
– Blackland TAG students raise the level of collaboration during poetry lesson. Visit “Let’s Meet on Today’s Meet!” at
– Berkman students use mix fun with learning as they practice their skills of using a coordinate grid. Visit “Coordinate Grid Online” at

Great Oaks: Take a Look at Kidcaster Lauren!!!
Take look at Lauren Bradley. She got a rare opportunity thanks to Zack Shields of Fox 7 News. Lauren was able to appear on live television and give the morning forecast. What a wonderful opportunity! If you want your child to appear with Zack, just apply through his Kidcaster website:

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
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: (
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 ( 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
Teravista Kindergarten students categorize living and non-living in science. Visit “Kindergarten” at
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
Anderson Mill 1st grade students learn about animal characteristics. Visit “Animals” at
Berkman 1st grade students learn about and illustrate life cycles in science. Visit “Life Cycle Illustration” at
Great Oaks 1st grade students use video to observe and study hatching of eggs in classroom project. Visit “First Grade Chicks Hatching” at
Forest Creek 1st grade students create video of animal research. Visit “Heinzen’s Honeybees Buzz about PhotoStory” at
Berkman 2nd grade students make technology part of their daily routine. Visit “Daily Routines Not So Routine” at
Blackland 2nd grade students use TurningPoint response devices. Visit “Student Response Devices…being Paper-Lean and Green” at
Chandler Oaks 2nd grade students create public service announcement videos on making safe choices. Visit “Second Grade Responds to Problems” at
Teravista 2nd grade students combine puppets and technology to present student created stories. Visit “2nd grade in art” at
Teravista 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Second Grade Creates Creative Presentations” at
Spicewood 2nd grade students use webcams to monitor life cycle of Monarch butterflies. Visit “Live Streaming of 2nd Grade Monarchs” at
Deepwood 2nd grade students use blogs as part of their learning process. Visit “Second Grade Blogs” at
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
Blackland 3rd grade students create presentations of their online research. Visit “Third Graders are working on research projects” at
Chandler Oaks 3rd grade students use technology to investigate probability in math. Visit “Third Graders Get “SMART” with Probability” at
Teravista 3rd grade students use Google Earth to gather data on natural and man-made wonders. Visit “TAG” at
Forest Creek 3rd grade students use Word Clouds to write descriptive sentences. Visit “Shogan’s Salamanders Used TAGXEDO” at
Teravista 4th grade students to write a Leadership book. Visit “4th grade uses Technology To Promote Leadership” at
Bluebonnet 5th grade students make the most of their laptop computers. Visit “5th Grade Superstars” at
Teravista 5th grade students use StemScopes and TurningPoint to review their understanding of Science concepts. Visit “STAAR Science Practice” at
Anderson Mill students take advantage of the Round Rock ISD’s eLibrary system. Visit “In the Library” at
Blackland students use digital Avatars to narrate book reports. Visit “Avatars” at
Berkman students move forward in creating their websites on Greek mythology and paper toys. Visit “Student Web Designers” at
Old Town students use Book Flix to combine art and Book Flix. Visit “Art and Technology” at
Live Oak students use Google Docs to collect data. Visit “TAG Students create surveys using Google Docs” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/16/2012)

Jollyville 4th Grade Students Create Voki’s of Characters from Books of Elsewhere.
After reading the second book in the series The Books of Elsewhere, students created a Voki for their final project. Visit “Books of Elsewhere – Presented by Voki” at

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Berkman 2nd grade students use Web 2.0 tools to publish and share their research. Visit “Sharing Research with the World” at
Caldwell Heights 2nd grade students express their love of math in song and video. Visit the April 4, 2012 posting on “Getting I.T. Right at CHES” at
Gattis 2nd grade students create stories online. Visit “Create a Story Online” at
Union Hill 3rd grade students use technology to write reports on animals. Visit “3rd Graders Publish Animal Research” at
Double File 5th grade students enhance their science skills and knowledge using technology. Visit “5th Grade on StemScopes” at
Jollyville 5th grade students share their math skills. Visit “Student Centered Math” at
Brushy Creek students take a virtual field trip as a follow-up to reading the book Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum. Visit “Virtual Field Trip” at
Cactus Ranch students participate in the Battle of the Bluebonnets. Visit “Taking Technology into Battle” at
Chandler Oaks students write digital stories to increase their Spanish vocabulary. Visit “Students Take Their Spanish Skills Up a Notch!” at

Family Literacy Night at Blackland Prairie
Visit Family Literacy Night at

Cactus Ranch 2nd Grade Student Presentation Wins an Award.
2nd grade student Colin P was awarded 1st place in the annual RRISD Black History Month Essay Contest. Colin submitted his presentation about Harriet Tubman for the contest. He says that he first became interested about Harriet Tubman after studying about her in 1st grade. Click on the image above to view Colin’s presentation. Way to go Colin!


In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/2/2012)

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” Henry Ford

– Voigt kindergarten students use Kidspiration for science study. Visit “Living or Nonliving” at
– Robertson kindergarten students use Discovery Education Streaming videos to enhance learning. Visit “March 22, 2012: Discovery Education Streaming Introduces Science Topics” at

– Forest North 1st grade students create a collaborative video to publish research findings. Visit “1st Grade Writing Turned Video” at
– Teravista 1st grade students become media literate and wise consumers of information. Visit “Media Literacy” at

– Sommer 2nd grade students create book report videos. Visit “2nd Grade is making movies!” at
– Voigt 2nd grade students study the water cycle. Visit “Illustrating the Water Cycle” at

– Canyon Creek 3rd grade students use technology to study animal adaptation. Visit “Keeping Warm with Animal Adaptations” at

– Old Town 4th grade students publish products from their week long writing camp. Visit “Final Publishing During Camp Write-a-Lot” at

– Old Town 5th grade students study career choices and budget planning. Visit “Fiscal Fifth Graders” at
– Spicewood 5th grade students use response devices to collect and analyze data. Visit “5th Grade Uses Audience Response Devices to Analyze Research” at

– Brushy Creek and Teravista students participate in Battle of the Bluebonnets. Visit “Tweetle Beetle Puddle Paddle Battle” at and “Teravista Students Use Turning Point for the Battle of the Bluebonnet” at
– Fern Bluff students use response devices as they work toward maintaining their Math Pentathlon State Champions status. Visit “Back by popular demand…” at
– Forest North students go online with campus newspaper. Visit “Campus News Paper Goes Digital” at
– Great Oaks students submit contest entry for Doodle for Google artwork. Visit “Congratulations to the Doodle for Google Finalists” at

– Spicewood teachers use online video tutorials to reinforce learning. Visit “Spicewood Teachers Use Kahn Academy to Support Diverse Learners” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 3/28/2012)

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

– Forest Creek kindergarten students become critical consumers of information and wise shoppers. Visit “Sanders’ Bugs Advertise!” at
– Great Oaks kindergarten students use robotics to become engineers. Visit “What??? Kindergarten Robotics???” at

– Berkman 1st grade students use a webcam in order to have anytime, anywhere, real time observation of their classroom science lesson. Visit “The Eggs Have Arrived & They Have Their Own Channel” at
– Forest Creek 1st grade students enhance their writing skills. Visit “Delgado’s Dragons Publish” at
– Gattis 1st grade students use Skype to take a virtual trip to Canada. Visit “Skype to Saskatchewan, Canada” at

– Berkman 2nd grade students use blogs as a communication tool and to post what they find during research. Visit “Students Begin Blogging” at and “Enrichment Through Technology” at
– Great Oaks 2nd grade students combine writing and robotics. Visit “Absolutely Adorable Lego WeDo Projects” at
– Great Oaks 2nd grade students create a Claymation video as part of a service learning project on conserving natural resources. Visit “Joy’s Joys Amazing Claymation Project” at
– Old Town 2nd grade students use Kidspiration to study the food chain. Visit “What do second graders eat?” at
– Voigt 2nd grade students study media literacy and communicate using blogs. Visit “Students Begin Blogging” at
– Voigt 2nd grade students use spreadsheets to record and graph collected weather data. Visit “What’s the Weather Like?” at

– Brushy Creek 3rd grade students create and edit classroom videos of themselves and their school to share with students in another state. Visit “Third Grade MovieMakers” at
– Anderson Mill 3rd grade students use interactive technology to expand their math skills. Visit “Fractions” at
– Voigt 3rd grade students learn about Internet Safety. Visit “Internet Safety Lesson with Little Red” at

– Caraway 4th grade students combine physical activity and technology to graph data and develop deeper math skills. Visit “How High Can We Jump?” at

– Deepwood 5th grade students experience architectural design. Visit “Google SketchUp” at
– Fern Bluff 5th grade students use technology to create videos of their poetry projects. Visit “Poetry Videos using Animoto”
– Jollyville 5th grade students talk about their efforts to prepare for the upcoming RRISD Robotics Showcase. Visit “Robotics Special Projects” at

– Double File students use technology to document their reading comprehension and personal reading goals. Visit “Accelerated Reader” at
– Live Oak students use online resources as part of their Famous Americans research. Visit “Who am I?” at
– Ponds Springs students use response devices to participate in Battle of the Bluebonnets. Visit “Battle with TurningPoint” at
– Purple Sage students take second place in Battle of the Bluebonnets. Visit “Purple Sage takes 2nd Place in the Bluebonnets. at
– Pond Springs students use Google Docs to participate in a survey to select their enrichment class choices. Visit “Fridays are Sweeter with Google Docs” at
– Voigt students enrich their learning using technology. Visit “Enrichment Through Technology” at

– Voigt teachers use Wikispaces to collaborate and plan technology integration. Visit “Technology Workshops” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 2/3/2012)

Teachers all across Round Rock ISD leverage the excitement of learning with technology to raise the level of engagement throughout all learning and activities in the classroom.
“If we teach as we taught yesterday, then we rob our children of tomorrow.” John Dewey

– Blackland Prairie on Remember How to Cut Paper Snowflakes at
– Forest Creek on Mrs. Teeler’s Class Go Digital in Class at
– Forest Creek on Mrs. Smith’s Kindergarten Navigates Netbooks at
– Forest Creek on Whitfield’s Munchkins Compose in Word at
– Teravista on Kindergarten at

1st Grade
– Teravista on First Grade Technology-January at

2nd Grade
– Voigt on 2nd Grade Research at
– Spicewood on 2nd Grade Podcasts Their Poetry at
– Double File on Poetry at

3rd Grade
– Teravista on Me on the Map at
– Gattis on 3rd Grade Letters at

4th Grade
– Teravista on 4th Grade Language Arts at
– Teravista on Fourth Grade Technology at
– Chandler Oaks on 4th Grade Students Create Book Trailers at

5th Grade
– Teravista on 5th Grade-Researching Climate and Weather at
– Teravista on Science Fair Research at
– Deepwood on Deep Wood Online Newspaper at
– Double File Trail on Alternative Energy Project at

– Teravista on Technology used in art room at
– Spicewood on Art Kicks Off Claymation Movie Shorts with 5th Grade at

Physical Education
– Gattis on Fuel Up Video on Broadcast at

– Old Town on Venn Diagrams in the Library at
– Voigt on Let’s Make A Timeline at

Enrichment and Multi-Grade
– Teravista on Using technology during social skills at
– Teravista on Achieve at
– Teravista on TAG Math Technology Update at
– Spicewood on Where We Are in Time and Place at

Community Involvement and Service Learning
– Old Town on Pasta for Pennies at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 1/20/2012)

RRISD classrooms throughout the district serve as evidence of support for this statement by Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia: “Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning. The time has come to ensure that every child has access to the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning.”

Parent and Community Activities:
– Callison on Callison’s Wake Up Wednesday “Get Wired!” at

Virtual Communication and Field Trips:
– Fern Bluff on Penguins: Columbus Zoo Virtual Fieldtrip at
– Old Town on Artists take a Virtual Field Trip at
– Voigt on Google Earth to Visualize A Paradise Called Texas at
– Teravista on First Grade Flat Stanley Project at

Physical Education:
– Fern Bluff on Fuel Up to Play 60 at

– Old Town on Art and Technology at

– Callison on Discovery Dome comes to Callison! at
– Caldwell Heights on Fifth grade students at Caldwell Heights used at

Organizing and Expressing Ideas, Insights, and Opinions:
– Spicewood on 1st Grade Students Explore and Share Ideas Using Wallwisher at
– Purple Sage on More Third Grade Biographies at
– Double File on Writing in 4th Grade at
– Jollyville on Third Grade Students Publish their Research at
– Wells Branch on It’s Time to Start the Music, It’s Time to…Make Movies! at
– Teravista on Second Grade Research Project at

Service Learning:
– Brushy Creek on Glog? I thought it was Blog… at
– Old Town on Online Tutorials for Library Workers at

Instructional Tools:
– Purple Sage on Activoting Going Strong at
– Teravista on Miss Allen’s Class is Using Google Docs for an Online Portfolio at
– Forest Creek on Johnson’s Jaguars Moodle! at
– Forest Creek on Bartholomew’s Bats Moodle! at
– Forest Creek on Ginapp’s Fifth Graders Discover Moodle at
– Gattis on 5th Grade Presents with Prezi at
– Fern Bluff on Landforms Webquest at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 1/4/2012)

Item #6 from 12 signs your tech leadership is obsolescent: Your technology program brags about the 5% of the teachers who use technology well instead of the 100% who use it well. Teachers who are early adopters and technology enthusiasts can be found in every district – even those with no technology leadership at all. It’s what’s happening in the other 95% of the district’s classrooms that defines technology leadership.
(Doug Johnson’s 12/19/2011 blog posting, )

Examples such as the ones below demonstrate that technology use in RRISD goes well beyond early adopters and technology enthusiasts. The Instructional Technology Department strives hard to support equity, appropriateness, innovation, and quality of technology’s instructional use for all students and teachers.

– Spicewood on Exploring Elapsed Time in 5th Grade at
– Pond Springs on It’s a Bug’s Life! at
– Robertson on Presenting Science Concepts with PhotoStory at
– Pond Springs on Baby It’s Cold Outside! at
– Forest Creek on Delgado’s Dragons Research Dragonflies at

– Live Oak on Using Excel to Explore Graphs and Charts at
– Forest Creek on Garcia’s Gators Explore Math with Hands On Technology at
– Forest Creek on Peterson’s Leaping Learners Experienced Mechanical Engineering! at

 Research / Reports / Writing Skills
– Union Hill on Kindergartners Write! at
– Caraway on The Grinch at
– Caraway on Elements in Nonfiction at
– Caraway on Word Clouds at
– Purple Sage on Biographies with Vokis at
– Old Town on Fourth Graders Research Explorers at
– Chandler Oaks on 4th Grade Students Study Their Heritage at
– Old Town on Native Americans at

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 1/3/2012)

Teachers are implementing online tools to help check for understanding. Using tools such as Poll Everywhere, teachers are able to check for understanding on topics recently covered in class. Students can respond using either their own devices or district provided laptops or netbooks. Click the links below to see Poll Everywhere in action.
Hopewell Middle School “Poll Everywhere”
Round Rock High School “RRHS Students use Poll Everywhere”

Students have many different ways to present their learning and knowledge about topics they study. Students use Prezis, Animotos, videos, brochures, and digital posters. Click the links below to see great examples of student work.

Deerpark Middle School
Social Studies:

Grisham Middle School

Hernandez Middle School
Multi-Media Classes:
Spanish Class:

Hopewell Middle School

Ridgeview Middle School
Social Studies:!/2011/11/texas-ecoregions-project.html
World Cultures:!/2011/09/world-cultures-brochures.html

Walsh Middle School
Social Studies:!/2011/10/celebrating-freedom-week.html

Cedar Ridge High School
 Business Education: