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)
Concept-mapping, described in its most simplistic form, is a visual form of outlining. As with outlining, it captures thoughts and ideas, organizes those thoughts and ideas, and shows dependencies/connections between those thoughts and ideas. However, this technique, also called idea-mapping and mind-mapping, goes beyond the limitations that are inherent in such a linear tool as outlining. Concept-mapping provides a visual representation or diagram for individuals and groups to easily see how ideas connect to each other and relate to a main topic.
Because it is visual,
– ideas can be more easily explained and conveyed
– deeper thinking and understanding is promoted
– problems, possibilities, and scenarios can be more easily analyzed and explored
– engagement in the brainstorming process is encouraged and facilitated
– collaboration is increased
Although this technique can be done with a pencil and paper, chalkboard, marker board, or an easel pad, using digital tools such as concept-mapping software, document cameras, and interactive devices increase flexibility, documentation, and sharing to a much higher and more engaged level.
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PreK through 12th grade teachers are discovering not only the instructional power, but the ease and flexibility of the document camera. It is capable of projecting, magnifying, and recording easily seen images and video of books, objects, documents, maps, drawings, activities, experiments, people, animals, etc. This tool is quickly becoming a favorite of teachers, individual students, and groups of students during lessons, demonstrations, and presentations:
– monitoring eggs hatching, butterflies emerging, plants growing, etc.
– graphic organizers
– modeling math and writing/editing
– math manipulatives
– art work
– science experiments and dissections
– student work
– show and tell
– “Big Book” reading and activities
– note taking
– (the list can be endless)
All of this can be captured through video so that it can be reviewed later, for providing it to absent students, or providing a tool to help parents to support their children at home.
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Voigt: Graphing Energy http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/05/graphing-energy.html Fifth grade students in Mr. Halsell’s science class created comparative bar graphs from data gathered in a potential/kinetic energy investigation using online graphing tools. Once complete, the students added their graphs to a Powerpoint presentation on potential and kinetic energy.
Berkman: Fifth Grade Video & Music Producers http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/05/fifth-grade-video-music-producers.html
In their final session of Aspire, fifth grade students explored the world of video and music production. Students worked in small groups to retell or transform scenes from a short story they had read. Their project plan included storyboarding, script writing, role assignment and lastly shooting the video. Students also explored an online music creation program called Soundation Studio which was very easy to use yet complex enough that they felt like they were actually in a real recording studio! This was a great introduction into the world of multimedia!
Berkman: Year End Photostories http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/05/year-end-photostories.html
First grade students in Mrs. Duffy’s class enjoyed learing about Photostory as they incorporated photos from their classroom into a year end movie. Students learned how to import images, add text to each photo, and create music. They each enjoyed viewing their own finished product as well as their classmates’ movies.
Double File: Wellness, Cooking & Technology http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2012/05/wellness-cooking-technology.html
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program happening at Double File Trail, students were challenges to track their movement, eat healthy and much more! Here First Grader Gavin and his cousins Alyssa and Gabriel teach you how to make a healthy smoothie! The family created the video at home and uploaded to our DFT School Tube account. See if you can learn from their home cooking show! Vote for Gavin on his School Tube Video at http://bit.ly/rqyuBj
Canyon Creek: Stop Motion Geometry http://ccetech.blogspot.com/2012/05/stop-motion-geometry.html
Mrs. Mitchell’s class used stop-motion animation to to demonstrate their understanding of translation, rotation and slide. The students collaborated with partners to create their videos. One student held the camera and the other moved the object in small increments to create movement when turned into a video. The photographs were moving!
Jollyville Robotics Students give Demonstration at Barnes and Noble http://www.jvestech.blogspot.com/2012/05/jollyville-robotics-students-give.html
Jollyville Elementary school held a book fair at Barnes and Noble near Lakeline Mall. A percentage of the day’s purchases went to Jollyville’s library. Librarian, Mrs. Carter, organized lots of events for the day, like a pet parade, flip flop fashion show and a robotics demonstration. At 10:30 on Saturday morning, the robotics club met in the store’s story area to show off some things that they have been working on this year. Children gathered around to watch and the to use the robots, created with Lego NXT kits, themselves.
Wells Branch: 5th Graders Keeping Current! http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/05/08/5th-graders-keeping-current/
Students in Mrs. Wilson’s 5th grade class have been keeping up with current events within our community and around the world. The students presented a news worthy event that occurred within the past week. The students can present their articles in a variety of ways. Some students use technology such at Prezi, Windows Live Movie Maker, Office Powerpoint, and Office Publisher, while other students use their creative side with the arts. Creativity and learning comes alive with re-enactments of the article through a skit, anchoring a newscast , while other still create sculptures and book covers for the article. This allows the students to keep current with news worthy events through all different learning styles and media.
Sommer Elementary: First Grade Commercials http://sommerit.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-grade-commercials.html
First Grade students participated in a media literacy unit. As a part of this unit of study, students created a product as if it would be sold in the marketplace. To complete this project students wrote and produced commercials for the products that they invented. These commercials were filmed using the green screen technology and equipment that we have in our broadcast room. They had a blast staging their commercials and choosing the pictures that would be their background.
Callison Elementary: Congratulations, Ms. Schlung! http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/congratulations-ms-schlung.html
On Saturday, April 28th, fourth grade teacher Ms. Brianna Schlung had an opportunity to showcase her Promethean skills as eager Texas State students watched. Ms. Schlung was asked to visit with the Texas State students after she was observed by Texas State interns on Callison’s campus.
Wells Branch: 5th Grade Science- It’s a breath of fresh Oxygen! http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/04/19/5th-grade-science-its-a-breath-of-fresh-oxygen/
In investigating the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to understand its significance to our survival, 5th grade students conducted a lab to look for evidence of photosynthesis. Students had to put on serious scientist thinking, as they looked for oxygen bubbles in test tubes with water plants, and then used an acid indicator that changes color to prove that photosynthesis had occurred. Students video recorded all their work and thinking. They will be spending the next few weeks editing and creating a final product that will explain what they learned.
Caraway: Gaming at Caraway http://kcesitech.blogspot.com/search/label/Tech
Calling all gamers! After having the opportunity of going to the SXSW.edu 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:
•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.
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.