Laurel Mountain team advances to world championship tournament

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 3/26/15

The Laurel Mountain Elementary School Lego Robotics team, Lego Lions, has advanced to the First Lego League World Championship after winning the Central Texas first place championship award March 7. The Lego Lions advanced to the world competition with their Haptic Vision project, which is also one of 20 semi finalists for the Global Innovation Award. (Read More)

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Brushy Creek students showcase web design project

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 3/24/15

Jennifer Rubin’s third grade class at Brushy Creek Elementary School showcased their website project that incorporated technology, English and science lessons into an amazing collection of Google sites. How Animals Survive in Polar Climates challenged students to create their own Google sites to share their research on animals in the Arctic. Students included multimedia and… (Read More)

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Digital Learning Day 2015

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 3/13/15

Spicewood students explored Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math experiences during the school’s Digital Learning Day. Held the Friday prior to Spring Break, Digital Learning Day provided opportunities for students to explore STEM experiences throughout the school day. Students took part in a variety of STEM courses, including: coding, architecture, engineering, and geology instruction. The day provided access to…. (Read More)

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Robertson Students Take To Twitter To Talk To Astronaut

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 3/2/15

As students in Mrs. Traci Keffales’s kindergarten class at Robertson Elementary School learned more about objects in the day and night sky, the students wanted to find ways to engage their senses and discover information that wasn’t available in their usual research resources. The class then turned to Twitter for answers so that they could learn…(Read More)

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Double File Trail Students Read To Succeed

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 2/26/15

Students at Double File Trail Elementary School are becoming better readers, thanks to a grant from the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation. Librarian Kay Williams was awarded $700 for a grant to purchase high interest fiction and non-fiction e-books to enhance student’s reading skills and achievement. Teachers in grades 2­-5 collaborated with the…(Read More)

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Minecraft Creates Engaging Lessons In RRISD Schools

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 2/25/15

Round Rock ISD teachers are re-envisioning the educational value of video games after Minecraft has successfully integrated into language arts, social studies and math curriculums across the district. A pilot program to use Minecraft as a tool was started in 2013 at Laurel Mountain Elementary School and Canyon Vista Middle School. Since its success, the…(Read More)

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RRISD Lego robotics teams compete in area competition

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 1/5/15

Legos have become more than building blocks for teams of Round Rock ISD students who take competition and engineering seriously through Lego robotics. Teams from Gattis, Laurel Mountain and Spicewood elementary schools as well as Grisham and Hernandez middle schools competed in the “World Class” themed Central Texas First Lego League Competition last month. During…(Read More)

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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. 
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Campus Visits

Each week the Instructional Technology Department visits campuses to talk with classroom teachers and administrators and to see the technology integration taking place. We are always amazed at the creative and forward thinking teachers we talk to. This week we visited Callison Elementary, Forest Creek Elementary, Spicewood Elementary and Westwood High School. We witnessed teachers implementing interactive white boards with their students, found teachers to follow on twitter, saw students engaged in online learning utilizing their digital textbooks, and sat in on a Skype interview with an expert in the field of accounting. We are looking forward to getting to more campuses next week.

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Robotics Showcase

Round Rock ISD will host its annual Robotics Showcase on May 20 from 5:00 to 6:30 at Cactus Ranch Elementary. There will be several schools from across the district displaying and demonstrating what they have accomplished in their robotics programs throughout the year. The highlight of the showcase is usually the Sumo Bot competitions. These matches are student led and are exciting for the the participants involved. Below are some samples from Ridgeview Middle School.