In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/18/2012)

Blackland Prairie 5th grade students are currently producing PowerPoint projects showing geometric shapes around the school. Digital cameras are used to capture the images then the pictures are downloaded for use in PowerPoint and Photostory. Visit “Captured: Geometric Shapes!” at

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Blackland 1st grade students use PowerPoint to practice making inferences. Visit “Riddle Me – Inferencing Game” at
Purple Sage 2nd grade students create digital timelines of biographies. Visit “Timelines with Inspiration” at
Purple Sage 2nd grade students make the most of their netbooks. Visit “Students at Work on Netbooks” at
Purple Sage students benefit from a “tech-savvy” librarian. Visit “National Library Week Spotlight” at
– Students across the district complete the RRISD Student Climate Survey. Visit “Callison Third Through Fifth Graders give Input!” at or “Old Town: Fourth Graders take the District Climate Survey” at
Old Town publishes new issue of campus newsletter. Visit “Old Town Times – March and April Issue” 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 – 4/5/2012)

“Teachers need to stop saying, ‘Hand it in,’ and start saying ‘Publish It.'” Alan November

Forest Creek’s Morning Broadcast
The morning broadcast at Forest Creek has been expanded this year to be much more interactive and engaging for the students. Visit “Coyotes Go Live on Ki O T News” at


More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
– Sommer kindergarten students develop basic technology skills as they learn writing skills. Visit “Kindergarten uses Word” at
– Purple Sage 1st grade students find numbers around the library. Visit “Numbers EVERYWHERE!” at
– Herrington 1st grade students expand their knowledge of other countries. Visit “Country Research by 1st Graders” at
– Caldwell Heights 3rd grade students collect and display their work in ePortfolios. Visit their March 30, 2012 posting at
– Caraway 3rd grade students conduct surveys, collect data, and analyze results. Visit “Data Graphing Projects” at
– Forest Creek 3rd grade students use technology to study and present their understanding of fractions. Visit “Washburn’s 3rd Graders Choose Technology” at
– Spicewood students become digital authors. Visit “Primary Students Create Digital Books: at
– Laurel Mountain students research and report on their favorite animals. Visit “Research and Presenting” at
– Herrington students enhance their dual language skills with Read Naturally. Visit “Students Practice Spanish with Read Naturally” at
– Berkman TAG students experience a dynamic learning environment through embedded technology integration. Visit “TAG Tech Integration” at
– Old Town students and staff enjoy computer refresh. Visit “New Computers at Old Town” at

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 – 3/8/2012)

Round Rock ISD will be closed for Spring Break during the week of March 12th – March 16th. In the meantime, enjoy these current Getting I.T. Right postings.

– Chandler Oaks Kindergarten students create and publish a video on the research they did on Cheetahs. Visit “Kindergarten Investigates: Cheetahs” at

– Sommer 1st grade students research and publish their findings on penguins. Visit “First Grade Research Project on Penguins” at

– Caldwell Heights 2nd grade students create comics and movies to use images and sounds to persuade. Visit the March 6, 2012 posting at
– Old Town 2nd grade students use spreadsheets to create graphs of temperature. Visit “Rising and Falling Temperatures” at
– Sommer 2nd grade students produce news-broadcast weather reports based on their weather research. Visit “Second Grade Meteorologists” at

– Bluebonnet 4th grade students and their parents get a little homework help with a “how-to” video library. Visit “Can’t Remember How the Teacher Did That Problem In Class?” at
– Wells Branch 4th grade students use digital thermometers. Visit “4th Graders Using GoTemp!” at

– Spicewood 5th grade students use technology as a major component of their PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program) exhibitions. Visit “5th Graders Explore Technology for Their Exhibition” at

– Old Town students demonstrate their knowledge of the Bluebonnet books which they read. Visit “Voting with TurningPoint” at
– Double File library book fair goes digital. Visit “Library doing Digital Book Fair” at

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

“There can be infinite uses of the computer and new age technology, but if the teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.”
Nancy Kassebaum, US Senator

– Deepwood students design T-shirts for their school. Visit “Digital T-Shirt Design” at
– Forest Creek students study scientific tools and crystals. Visit “Mercado’s Students Explore Science with Technology!” at
– Fern Bluff and Jollyville students compete against other students and campuses on their knowledge of Bluebonnet books. Visit “Battle of the Bluebonnets” at and

– Old Town kindergarten students study symbols and leaders. Visit “Be a Leader” at
– Old Town kindergarten students use laptops. Visit “Kinder Stations” at
– Wells Branch kindergarten students research animals. Visit “Kinder Kids are WILD Animals!” at

– Herrington 1st grade students write digitally. Visit “1st Graders Learn Microsoft Word Skills” at
– Old Town 1st grade teachers incorporate interactive technology in lessons. Visit “Teachers Learn Too” at
– Spicewood 1st grade students study the importance of water to all living things. Visit “Google Earth Helps 1st Grade Explore Water Around the World” at
– Chandler Oaks 1st grade students practice identifying and counting coins using Smart Table. Visit “1st Grade Students Get Smart with the Smart Table” at

– Teravista 2nd grade students create digital book reports. Visit “Second Grade” at
– Laurel Mountain 2nd and 3rd grade students express themselves through student created movies. Visit “Second and Third Grade Movie Makers” at

– Teravista 3rd grade students create digital book reports. Visit “Book Reports” at
– Bluebonnet 3rd grade students explore media literacy. Visit “Three Media Literacy” at
– Forest Creek 3rd grade students blog about books and kindness. Visit “Couture’s Crocodiles Blog Kindness” at
– Teravista 3rd grade students create travel brochures as they study media literacy. Visit “3rd Grade Media Literacy” at

– Bluebonnet 4th grade students get a little extra help with their math homework using a video how-to. Visit “Can’t Remember How Teacher Did That Problem in Class” at
– Chandler Oaks 4th grade students study and graph the reasons why people migrate. Visit “4th Grade Graphs their Origins” at
– Gattis 4th grade students study geometry. Visit “Angles – What do we know?” at
– Old Town 4th grade students create book report commercials. Visit “Will you read this book?” at
– Sommer 4th grade students create book report videos. Visit “TAG Students are Creating a Book Trailer” at
– Teravista 4th grade students create documentaries. Visit “TAG Update” at

– Deepwood 5th grade students create digital stories for kindergarten students. Visit “Little Bird Tales” at
– Chandler Oaks 5th grade students take a closer look at what makes their school environmentally aware. Visit “5th Grade Investigates: What Makes Us Green?” at
– Teravista 5th grade students create reports and timelines on famous people. Visit “5th Grade Biographies” at
– Teravista 5th grade student study animal adaptations. Visit “5th Grade Science” at
– Union Hill 5th grade students study black history and create digital reports. Visit “Literary Nonfiction + Black History Month = 5th Grade Powerpoints” at

– Blackland TAG students learn how to combine real-time and video learning. Visit “Students in Mrs. Horony’s Classroom” at
– Deepwood TAG students reflect on their week through video blogs. Visit “Students Video Blog on at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 2/24/2012)

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” Bill Gates

– Pond Springs PPCD students classify dinosaurs using an Interactive Whiteboard. Visit “PPCD Students Classify with SMART” at
– Spicewood kindergarten students become media literate. Visit “Kindergarten Creates a Collaborative Newspaper” at
– Brush Creek kindergarten students and their parents have answering the question “What did you learn in school today?” simplified through the creative use of a document camera and a class webpage. Visit “Kindergarten on the Web” at
– Great Oaks kindergarten students use Kid Pix. Visit “Another O-ustanding Student Posting” at

– Teravista 2nd grade students make book trailers on their favorite library books. Visit “Second Grade” at
– Old Town 2nd grade students practice fractions. Visit “Kidspiring Fractions” at

– Canyon Creek 3rd grade students get instant feedback through the use of response devices. Visit “Warm Up Right” at
– Double File Trail 3rd grade students use response devices to make sure everyone’s opinion is heard and included. Visit “ActiVotes for the Whole Class” at
– Fern Bluff 3rd grade students use interactive tools to understand congruent shapes and symmetry. Visit “Interacting With Congruent Shapes” at
– Teravista 3rd grade combine media literacy, technology, persuasive text, advertising, art, science, and literature. Visit “3rd Grade Media Literacy” at
– Teravista 3rd grade students create book reports using PowerPoint. Visit “Book Reports” at

– Blackland Prairie 4th grade students express themselves through poetry. Visit “Color Poems by 4th Graders” at
– Purple Sage 4th grade students participate in a service learning project. Visit “Help Clean Up the Park” at
– Teravista 4th grade students create documentary videos. Visit “TAG Update” at

– Laurel Mountain 4th and 5th grade students use Skype to visit and interact with popular author. visit “Skyping with Tom Angleberger” at

– Caraway 5th grade students study and write poetry. Visit “Poems with Two Voices” at
– Old Town 5th grade students post their February newsletter. Visit “Hot off the Press!” at
– Pond Springs 5th grade students research and present what they learned about famous Americans. Visit “Photostory Biographies” at
– Purple Sage 5th grade students incorporate spreadsheets in their science fair projects. Visit ” EXCELlent Mathematicians!” at
– Teravista 5th grade students use graphing calculators. Visit “TAG Update” at
– Teravista 5th grade students research famous people. Visit “5th Grade Biographies” at
– Teravista 5th grade students study animal adaptations. Visit “5th Grade Science” at

– Live Oak librarian uses Moodle to help students participate and celebrate in reading Bluebonnet books. Visit “It’s Moodle Time in Live Oak!” and “Work Hard, Play Hard” at and
– Robertson Elementary students benefit from teachers’ use of Moodle. Visit ” Moodle Helps Teachers Organize Content” at
– Spicewood students and teachers use blogs to become producers on and not just consumers of the internet. Visit “Blogging at Spicewood” at
– Gattis students use technology to receive a little individualized instruction. Visit “Software for Individual Learners” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 2/10/2012)

In an article by Chris Riedel titled Digital Learning: What Kids Really Want in The Journal: Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans states that “ ‘students want to do real research, using real, relevant, online tools.’ They want to see how the material they’re learning applies to the world around them.”

1st Grade
– Gattis on “1st Grade Writes, Publishes and Reads Books” at
– Teravista on “Mrs. Santiago has been busy…” at

4th Grade
– Old Town on “KTEX News” at
– Old Town on “Famous Guest on KTEX” at

5th Grade
– Double File on “Alternative Energy Project” at
– Spicewood on “5th Grade Created Public Service Announcements” at
– Old Town on “SMART Slates in the Classroom” at
– Great Oaks on “What an amazing stop motion video!” at
– Old Town on “Teaching Elapsed Time is ‘SMART’ ” at

Teacher Training
– Great Oaks on “Mission Accomplished! Vertical team training complete, looking forward to some fresh TeacherWebs” 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