Round Rock ISD Celebration of Families

Celebration of Families

Round Rock ISD will be hosting its annual Celebration of Families on March 1 from 9:00 to 3:30 at McNeil High School. As part of the celebration, the instructional technology department will be hosting a Learners Playground for parents and students. The Learners Playground will provide hands on activities covering the following topics: Think Through Math, IStation, Atomic Learning, Google Apps for Education, and Common Sense Media for acceptable use and cybersafety. If you are planning to attend the Celebration of Families, please stop by the Learners Playground to learn more about these programs.

Instructional Technology Presentation at “Leadership Round Rock ISD” (2/18/2014)

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.
( http://www.roundrockisd.org/about_r_r_i_s_d/citizens__committees/leadership_round_rock_isd/)

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 18, 2014 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/presentation/d/1DFoUr6wfWQzJPo1lETZBFYJQaM4x0WcqJ7KyQB8oXTY/edit

Sample Links from the campus Getting I.T. Right Blogs:
McNeil High School – Twitter in the classroom
Round Rock High School – Digital Learning with Apex
Deerpark Middle School – Engaging Girls in Engineering
Grisham – Texas History Digital Classroom
Spicewood Elementary – Digital Postcards to Read, Write, Think
Laurel Mountain – First Lego League
Bluebonnet Elementary – Technology in the Art Classroom
Purple Sage – Google Presentation and Science
Great Oaks – 3D Shapes with 1st Grade
Blackland Prairie – The Wilderness Classroom

“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?

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Digital Learning Day: Celebrating the impact technology has had on education

Last week on February 6, 2014, individuals, classrooms, and campuses in RRISD joined with thousands of teachers, students, and educational organizations across Texas (and beyond) to celebrate, learn-from, collaborate, and/or participate-in this year’s annual Digital Learning Day. To learn more about this effort which highlights digital learning environments and events (such as lessons, activities, and student debates) taking place throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org/.

Some of the campuses taking advantage of the opportunity to post their specific activities for this day to the official Digital Learning Day site were:
– Forest North Elementary: Speakers in digital careers will speak to every class in a career fair of sorts with a monthly competition among classes for most digitally literate.
https://sites.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/fne-tech/special-activities/digital-learning-day-and-month
– Cactus Ranch Elementary: A special guest speaker from Google will be telling kids about how he uses technology and showcasing some cool tech tools.
– Kathy Caraway Elementary: A day of learning with all assignments completed and turned in online! We will use a variety of websites to engage digital learners throughout the content areas.
http://mrsosasclass.blogspot.com (Jesse Sosa)
Texas Education Agency: TCEA 2014 offered more than 600 quality educational sessions, nationally-known keynote speakers, hands-on learning workshops, an educational technology exhibit hall with solutions and innovative products on display, as well as the opportunity to network with like-minded educators, professionals, and product and service providers. Educators built on their content knowledge while learning new strategies; Gained resources and hands-on teaching strategies to implement immediately for classroom engagement; Brought back valuable information and ideas to improve campus and district success. The conference was held in Austin from February 3-7, 2014.
http://www.tceaconvention.org/2014 .

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School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart

Campus Instructional Technology Specialists have been working with their campus principals to develop a professional development plan for integrating technology into the curriculum. As part of this plan, data from previous years Texas Teacher STaR (School Technology and Readiness) Chart is analyzed to identify areas for growth. Teachers will complete the Texas Teacher STaR Chart in the spring and the results will again be analyzed. The Texas Teacher STaR Chart has been developed around the four key areas of the Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020: Teaching and Learning; Educator Preparation and Development; Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support; and Infrastructure for Technology. The Texas Teacher STaR Chart is designed to help teachers, campuses, and districts determine their progress toward meeting the goals of the Long-Range Plan for Technology, as well as meeting the goals of the district. For more information on the Texas Teacher STaR Chart visit  http://starchart.epsilen.com/.

“Clue-In” Student and Parent Orientation Course for Online Learning Available Through TxVSN

RRISD students and parents who are interested in expanding their learning opportunities beyond face-to-face might find this news item from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) of value.

“The Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN) online learning initiative offers a free orientation course for students interested in taking an online course through the TxVSN. The game-based course, Clue-In Orientation to Online Learning, helps students and their parents better understand what to expect in online courses and to become familiar with the tools and skills needed to be successful in an online learning environment. More information about accessing Clue-In is available at http://cluein.txvsn.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

Round Rock ISD Robotics Showcase

Round Rock ISD held its annual Robotics Showcase at McNeil High School on April 30. It was an exciting time for the students, sponsors, coaches and parents. The students were very enthusiastic as they shared what their robots could do. A highlight of the evening was the informal Lego Mindstorms Sumo Bot competitions. Students enjoyed participating and a great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a huge success. Click on the link to view a video of a Robotics Sumobot competition.

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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Digital Learning Month and TCEA 2013

Not only was Wednesday, February 6th, recognized as Digital Learning Day, but states such as Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, and others are celebrating the entire month of February as Digital Learning Month. Also, taking place last week at the Convention Center in Austin, Texas was TCEA 2013: Fusion, Learning in a New Light. Visit the Texas Computer Education Association’s TCEA 2013 website to take a look at the many events, presentations, workshops, speakers, and more. (http://www.tceaconvention.org/2013/public/Content.aspx?ID=1231)

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technology is being integrated into the curriculum.