McNeil High School Hosts the Third Annual Round Rock ISD Robotics Showcase

On May 15 several Round Rock ISD schools participated in a Robotics Showcase at McNeil High School. The goal of the showcase was for schools to display and show off what they have been working on throughout the year. It is always amazing to see the enthusiasm in the students as they describe their robots and what they can do. The Sumo-bot playground was a huge hit with the students with many exciting matches taking place. It was difficult to tell who enjoyed it more, the students or the parents.

Some Individual Participating Campuses Blog
about the Robotics Showcase:
Callison: Callison showcases in RRISD Robotics Showcase!
http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/callison-showcases-in-rrisd-robotics.html
– Great Oaks: Get Down Dunegan!
http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2012/05/get-down-dunegan.html


In the Spotlight (Secondary – 5/16/2012)

“We need to replicate in the classroom, the world in which students are living.”
– unknown
http://schools.archmil.org/Educators/ACT21/Digital-Toolkit/Using-Digital-Tools.htm

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C.D. Fulkes Middle School

Stop Bullying – Discovery classes produce videos to address the problems with bullying and cyberbulling.
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/05/stop-cyberbullying.html

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Inventor in Gateway – Gateway students using Inventor to design and build race cars that are propelled by compressed air.
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/05/inventor-in-gateway.html

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 2/28/2012)

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“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.”
Jean Piaget
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/jean_piaget.html#ixzz1nEkGjPEY

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Schools implementing QR codes!

Deerpark Middle School
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-qr-codes-everywhere.html

Ridgeview Middle School
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/02/qr-codes-hit-library.html

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Presentations:

Hopewell Middle School
http://hwms.weebly.com/

Chisholm Trail Middle School
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/13069573/the-rock-cycle

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Career Development:

CD Fulkes Middle School
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/01/career-development.html

Cedar Ridge High School
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/02/13/crhs-students-learning-hi-tech-at-samsung/

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 2/13/2012)

“This is just the beginning of incorporating technology in the classroom,” Groff said. “This is something each teacher can do on their own. It’s about getting technology in students’ hands since teachers are using it anyway. All the research we have seen shows students want to have engaged and relevant learning in the classroom.”

Matt Groff, Principal of Cedar Valley Middle School, as quoted in the Round Rock Leader

Middle School

– Cedar Valley Middle School “Leading the Way in STEM”
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2011/11/leading-way-in-stem.html

– Chisholm Trail Middle School “Tag Students Use Edmodo”
http://chisholmtrail.edublogs.org/2012/02/08/tag-students-using-edmodo/

– Deerpark Middle School “Mr. Teal’s Math Classes Take on Moodle”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/02/mr-teals-math-classes-take-on-moodle.html

– Cedar Valley Middle School is highlighted in the Round Rock Leader
http://rrleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=11&subsectionID=11&articleID=28901

High School

– Cedar Ridge High School “Theatre Students Use 3M Shoot and Share”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/02/02/171/

– Cedar Ridge High School “Student Videos Explain Protein Synthesis and Natural Selection”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/01/31/student-videos-explain-protein-synthesis-and-natural-selection/

– Stony Point High School “IB Student Creates Gifted and Talented Video”
http://sptigertech.edublogs.org/2012/01/12/ib-student-creates-gifted-and-talented-video/

– Round Rock High School “Engineering Students Visit Samsung”
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2012/02/kxan-video-of-rr-engineering-students.html

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 1/30/2012)

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Campus and Teacher Websites Recognized by Others
Hernandez Middle School was recently mentioned on Moodle News for embracing moodle.
Read the post at the following link:
http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2012/01/moodle-at-hernandez-gets-mention-on.html

Westwood High School teacher Mr. Williams had his Google Earth website featured on the Google Earth Blog. Click on the link below to read more.
http://westwood-technology.blogspot.com/2012/01/mr-williams-google-earth-website.html

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Career exploration and hands on learning takes place at many of our campuses. Students are given many opportunities to work on real life problems as they try to decide what they want to pursue in their future.

C.D. Fulkes Middle School “Career Development”
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/01/career-development.html

Deerpark Middle School “Engineers Helping Engineers Using Skype”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/01/engineers-helping-engineers-using-skype.html

Grisham Middle School “Bridge Building Design and Construction”
http://grishamtechnology.blogspot.com/2011/12/bridge-building-design-and-construction.html

Ridgeview Middle School “Career Exploration in 7th Grade”
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2011/10/career-exploration-in-7th-grade.html

McNeil High School “Engineering Students Build Prototype Calendar”
http://schools.roundrockisd.org/McNeil/pages/getting-it-right.aspx

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 1/3/2012)

Teachers are implementing online tools to help check for understanding. Using tools such as Poll Everywhere, teachers are able to check for understanding on topics recently covered in class. Students can respond using either their own devices or district provided laptops or netbooks. Click the links below to see Poll Everywhere in action.
Hopewell Middle School “Poll Everywhere”
http://hwms.weebly.com/
Round Rock High School “RRHS Students use Poll Everywhere”
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2011/11/rrhs-students-use-poll-everywhere.html

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Students have many different ways to present their learning and knowledge about topics they study. Students use Prezis, Animotos, videos, brochures, and digital posters. Click the links below to see great examples of student work.

Deerpark Middle School
Theatre: http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/robotics-tournament-at-westwood-high.html
Social Studies: http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/constitution-animotos.html

Grisham Middle School
Dance: http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/constitution-animotos.html

Hernandez Middle School
Multi-Media Classes: http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2011/11/multi-media-class-creates-public.html
Spanish Class: http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/

Hopewell Middle School
Science: http://hwms.weebly.com/

Ridgeview Middle School
Social Studies: http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2011/11/texas-ecoregions-project.html
World Cultures:  http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2011/09/world-cultures-brochures.html

Walsh Middle School
Social Studies: http://walsh2011technology.blogspot.com/view/snapshot#!/2011/10/celebrating-freedom-week.html

Cedar Ridge High School
Music: http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/12/06/154/
 Business Education: http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/11/15/diversity-means/

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 11/14/2011)

Many of our campuses provide students with real life, hands on learning while working with engineering and computer aided design (CAD) software to solve problems. Students are learning to manipulate and utilize software programs such as Inventor, CAD, and the Fischer Factory. Click on the links below to see how the campuses are using these programs to create engaging learning environments.
C.D. Fulkes Middle School “Coordinate Geometry Using Inventor”
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2011/10/coordinate-geometry-using-inventor.html
Cedar Ridge High School “Computer Aided Design”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/11/03/115/
McNeil High School “The Fischer Factory”
http://schools.roundrockisd.org/McNeil/pages/getting-it-right.aspx

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Robotics is alive and well at many of our campuses. Robotics provides students an interactive way to apply knowledge and skills they learn in all of their other classes. Many of our campuses compete in First Lego League competitions across the central Texas area and have been recognized for their outstanding achievement. Click on the links below to see how campuses are integrating robotics.
Ridgeview Middle School “SumoBots”
http://ridgeviewms.tumblr.com/post/10566467636/sumobots-2011-twenty-five-students-met-every
Round Rock High School “Capitol Area BEST Robotics Competition”
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2011/11/rrhs-students-compete-in-capitol-area.html
Deerpark Middle School “Engineering, Robotics, and Food”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/10/engineering-robotics-and-food.html

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Project Gateway Underway at Hernandez Middle School

Mr. Scott Smith’s Gateway to Technology class is exploring Engineering. Students are learning about careers in Engineering and what engineers do. Students have been researching answers to questions about the engineering field. Students will explore design and modeling and robotics throughout the year. The class is open to 7th grade students for the 2011-2012 school year. Students are able to obtain 1/2 High School credit for each year of Project Gateway they take in Middle School.

Third Annual Round Rock ISD Robotics Showcase will Take Place on May 9th

You’re invited to see the fantastic creations of some of Round Rock ISD’s most innovative students. Watch their exciting demonstrations in action! Students will present robots created throughout the school year. This showcase will demonstrate the problem solving and programming skills students learned using Lego NXT and other applications.

See what the robotics teams from elementary, middle, and high schools have created both in the classroom and in competition.

The Robotics Showcase will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on May 9th in the McNeil cafeteria.

Berkman Elementary: Initiates RoboKids Opportunity

 Through the “Partners in Education Foundation – Excellence in Education Grant”, Berkman Elementary had the opportunity to introduce its 5th grade students to Lego Robotics. Robokids began meeting every Wednesday in February to learn the different ways to construct, program and maintain their robot creations. Students have been excited from day one, even requesting additional time on other days to further advance their design. Robokids will be ending its first session before Spring Break but will kick off its 2nd Session for 4th Graders after Spring Break.

Visit their website for further dates, pictures, blogs and more. The site was just recently created and is a work in progress.
http://teacherweb.com/TX/Berkman/RoboKids/apt1.aspx