Technology Initiatives in Round Rock ISD

We have expanded the High School Laptop Initiative to include both 9th and 10th grade students at Round Rock High School and McNeil High School. These students have the opportunity to check out a laptop that they can use at school and at home. Along with the High School Laptop Initiative, Round Rock ISD also has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program that lets students bring in their personal devices that can be joined to the Round Rock ISD wireless network. An advantage of this program is that students can use a device that they are familiar with and makes using it a more personal learning experience for them.

Electronic Devices for Teens: Holiday Contract Cards for Families

You might find the link below a good resource for facilitating discussions you plan on having with your teen on guidelines for using the electronic device you purchased as a holiday gift for him/her. Even if you don’t use the posted material, what you find might enhance that all-important conversation.

Holiday Contract Cards for Families: (http://tinyurl.com/qe2bsmd)

The vision of the organization called A Platform for Good (PFG) is:
“to start a dialogue about what it means to participate responsibly in a digital world. While recognizing the potential risks, we will celebrate technology as a vehicle for opportunity and social change. We hope to achieve this goal by providing parents and teachers with the resources to learn about and interact with new technologies, and by giving teens the ability to engage and teach their peers, family members, and educators. Through this approach, we hope to encourage good digital citizenship, responsible online behavior, and the use of technology for positive change and making a difference.” (http://www.aplatformforgood.org/)

Round Rock ISD Google Summit: Google Ninja Academy

The first annual Google Ninja Academy will be hosted by the Round Rock ISD Instructional Technology Department on November 2, 2013 at Round Rock High School. This high intensity one-day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in K-12. The program features Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, teachers, librarians, and students. You may read more about the event on our academy Website.
Google Ninja Academy website

Student Response Devices

Teachers use a variety of methods to keep students engaged and to gather feedback on material presented in class. Integrating student Response Devices in the classroom is just one way to accomplish this. Student Response Devices include commercial products, such as Turningpoint and Promethian ActiVotes, or can include web-based software, such as Poll Everywhere. The web-based programs take advantage of student owned devices, such as cell phones, tablets, or computers.
The benefits of implementing Student Response Devices includes collecting immediate feedback on student learning and progress, providing an engaging learning environment for students, and allowing students a non-threatening way to participate.
Integrating student owned devices into the classroom as response devices also fits with Round Rock ISD’s Bring Your Own Device inititiative.

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Be sure to click on your school in the side bar to see examples of how
technology is being integrated into the curriculum.
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Instructional Technology Presentation at “Leadership Round Rock ISD”

As part of the district’s efforts to engage members of the community and to develop interest in future Board of Trustees candidates, Round Rock ISD created “Leadership Round Rock ISD” which offers district stakeholders the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” of Round Rock ISD, meet the people who are responsible for programs and services, and see first-hand how the district creates a climate of success for our rapidly growing, diverse student population.
( https://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=3858 )

Representatives from the RRISD Instructional Technology Department were invited to present a brief overview of how instructional technology is being implemented in the district at their February 19, 2013 meeting. Below are links to the presentation document and sample classroom learning experiences using technology.

Link to Presentation Document:
https://docs.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/file/d/0B5yBjHR-1VLgYU9KSk4tenRMeDQ/edit

Sample Links from the campus Getting I.T. Right Blogs:
– McNeil High School – BYOD
http://mcneil-technology.blogspot.com/?view=sidebar#!/2012/10/last-friday-students-were-using.html
– Round Rock High School – Laptop initiative
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2013/01/9th-grade-students-receive-laptops-at.html
– Deerpark Middle School – Robotics
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/12/gracious-professionalism-and-robotics.html
– Grisham – PSA
http://grishamtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/12/gtv-grisham-tv-video-production.html
– Bluebonnet Elementary – Video Learning
http://bluebonnetelementary.blogspot.com/2013/01/ms.html
– Chandler Oaks Elementary – Paper Slides (Kinder)
http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/12/kindergarten-paperslides.html
– Brushy Creek Elementary – Science Collaboration
http://teachingitbces.edublogs.org/2013/02/11/around-the-world/
– Callison Elementary – Robotics
http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2013/02/junior-lego-league.html

“Homework” requested of the attendees: Please visit the various campus blogs, look for posts that you find particularly interesting, and leave a comment.

Video of ITS explaining her role on the campus:
ITS-Duties-Video-Mattingly

Article by Patrick Ledesma on October 23, 2012:
Technology Experts in Schools: Teacher Leaders or Technicians?
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/leading_from_the_classroom/2011/10/technology_experts_in_schools_teacher_leaders_or_technicians.html

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Technology: Hot Item on Holiday Wish Lists

Technology in different forms is a hot item on wish-lists and shopping-lists for students, parents, and teachers this holiday season. The increased role technology is playing in education and instructional technology initiatives, such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), is influencing and impacting those lists. If this is the case with you or someone you know, please consider:

– Be aware of the following from the district’s BYOD documents. (Student/Parent Handbooks – http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=1219 ) Acceptable BYOD Technology includes laptops, cell phones, smart phones, iPads, iPods, and Android tablets. (Note: Nintendo DSi and or other gaming devices with internet access are not permissible at this time.) Some suggested minimum requirements are: Word Processing Capability, 802.11 a/b/g/n Connectivity.

– Visit the Technology Showcase blogs for your specific campus, as well as campuses across the district, to see technology tools that are enhancing educational environments in the classroom.

– Understand the purpose for which the tool will be used. Will the device be used primarily for research, communication, or creating products? (i.e. consumption of information on the web such as browsing, email, reading, games/apps, movies vs. creation of products using tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, movie or photo editing)? This helps determine if additional drives/connection options are necessary (are they going to be hooking it up to a TV for a better screen size, etc) and also helps to understand what kind of processing power is necessary. Will the device work well with the current home systems/configuration?

– Here are links to some interesting and informative “gift recommendation” blogs which highlight and discuss current technologies. Keep in mind that these contain items which may not have an educational focus.
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/buying-advice/gadget/3408207/best-christmas-gifts-2012-christmas-gift-guide/
http://www.jasonslater.co.uk/2012/11/22/ten-christmas-2012-technology-and-gadget-gifts-for-kids-under-10part-1/3/
http://www.squidoo.com/best-tech-top-gadgets-for-christmas-holidays