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. 

Document Cameras in the Classroom

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
– calculators
– timers
– 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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Be sure to click on your school in the side bar to see examples of how this,
as well as other, technology is being integrated into the curriculum.
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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 4/24/2012)

When students do work and know that it is going to be published on the internet for everyone to see, they make sure it is good. When they do work to turn in for a grade, they make sure it is good enough.

C.D. Fulkes Middle School “8th Grade History/ Civil War”
Mr. Delacruz and Mrs. Ufomata used their Activ Panels to demonstrate significant individuals of the Civil War.

Chisholm Trail Middle School “Class Elections”
Here is a great use of Vimeo in Ms. Green’s 7th LA class.

Deerpark Middle School “Socrative and Mobile devices”
Ms. Cameron’s 6th Grade ELA classes recently read Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo, and she wanted to provide an interactive review for students before she gave her test on the book. Ms. Cameron set up a series of multiple choice and short answer quizzes in a free Web 2.0 tool called Socrative.

Hernandez “Parent Involvement Night Highlights Math Technology”
Hernandez Parent Night in April focused on the Math STAAR state assessment and Math teachers at Hernandez Middle School showcased the technology used to teach math concepts to students and prepare them for the new STAAR test.

Hopewell Middle School “Skype”
Texas History students in Mr. Nugent and Robertson’s classes participated in a project that used the web-based application SKYPE.

Ridgeview Middle School “BYO and Prezis”
BYO comes to science.
In Mrs. Gibson’s 7th Grade Science classes the students were needing to use timers to complete the lab assignment.

Mrs. Klaus’ Leadership Classes were asked to present on several topic this spring including great Leaders and tips to help students be more successful.


Cedar Ridge High School “”
Many of our teachers and students are now using to facilitate the grading of student work.


Westwood High School “Language labs and Yearbook”
Language Labs
We’re using the language lab to prepare teachers for the AP exams to do simulated conversations and to do presentational speaking practice. It’s really good for paired activities.

Journalism creates yearbook.


In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/20/2012)

Wells Branch 5th grade students create movies to explain addition and subtraction of fractions. Visit “Fraction of a Fifth Grader” at
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: (
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 ( if you would like to view the commercial on YouTube.

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Voigt Kindergarten students illustrate their knowledge of organisms and their environments. Visit “What Do Plants Need?” at
Teravista Kindergarten students categorize living and non-living in science. Visit “Kindergarten” at
Pond Springs Kindergarten student use technology to vote for and graph results on their favorite Armadillo books. Visit “Kindergarten Students Create Graphs with TurningPoint!” at
Anderson Mill 1st grade students learn about animal characteristics. Visit “Animals” at
Berkman 1st grade students learn about and illustrate life cycles in science. Visit “Life Cycle Illustration” at
Great Oaks 1st grade students use video to observe and study hatching of eggs in classroom project. Visit “First Grade Chicks Hatching” at
Forest Creek 1st grade students create video of animal research. Visit “Heinzen’s Honeybees Buzz about PhotoStory” at
Berkman 2nd grade students make technology part of their daily routine. Visit “Daily Routines Not So Routine” at
Blackland 2nd grade students use TurningPoint response devices. Visit “Student Response Devices…being Paper-Lean and Green” at
Chandler Oaks 2nd grade students create public service announcement videos on making safe choices. Visit “Second Grade Responds to Problems” at
Teravista 2nd grade students combine puppets and technology to present student created stories. Visit “2nd grade in art” at
Teravista 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Second Grade Creates Creative Presentations” at
Spicewood 2nd grade students use webcams to monitor life cycle of Monarch butterflies. Visit “Live Streaming of 2nd Grade Monarchs” at
Deepwood 2nd grade students use blogs as part of their learning process. Visit “Second Grade Blogs” at
Forest Creek 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Fulp’s Flashy Fish and Kelso’s Critters Tackles Power Point!” at
Blackland 3rd grade students create presentations of their online research. Visit “Third Graders are working on research projects” at
Chandler Oaks 3rd grade students use technology to investigate probability in math. Visit “Third Graders Get “SMART” with Probability” at
Teravista 3rd grade students use Google Earth to gather data on natural and man-made wonders. Visit “TAG” at
Forest Creek 3rd grade students use Word Clouds to write descriptive sentences. Visit “Shogan’s Salamanders Used TAGXEDO” at
Teravista 4th grade students to write a Leadership book. Visit “4th grade uses Technology To Promote Leadership” at
Bluebonnet 5th grade students make the most of their laptop computers. Visit “5th Grade Superstars” at
Teravista 5th grade students use StemScopes and TurningPoint to review their understanding of Science concepts. Visit “STAAR Science Practice” at
Anderson Mill students take advantage of the Round Rock ISD’s eLibrary system. Visit “In the Library” at
Blackland students use digital Avatars to narrate book reports. Visit “Avatars” at
Berkman students move forward in creating their websites on Greek mythology and paper toys. Visit “Student Web Designers” at
Old Town students use Book Flix to combine art and Book Flix. Visit “Art and Technology” at
Live Oak students use Google Docs to collect data. Visit “TAG Students create surveys using Google Docs” 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 (Secondary – 3/6/2012)

“The future belongs to young people who know where the knowledge is, how to get it, how to think about it, and how to turn it into better work, better products, and better lives.”
Rexford Brown, Executive Director, P.S. 1 Charter School and Urban Learning Communities, Inc.


C.D. Fulkes Middle School
Mrs. Walden’s Journalism Class sses Adobe Photoshop and Indesign to create the yearbook

Cedar Valley Middle School

This is How You do It

Cedar Valley is in the News for DLD

Commercial Espanol

Deerpark Middle School

Super Source Citing with Animoto

QR Codes Everywhere

Ridgeview Middle School

Brain Pop Helps with Clauses!/2012/03/brainpop-helps-with-clauses.html

Netbooks Make a Splash in Dance!/2012/02/netbooks-make-splash-in-dance.html

Bring Your Own Technology

Ridgeview Middle School!/2012/02/mrs-pickles-class-uses-cell-phone-to.html

Walsh Middle School

Cedar Ridge High School

Tech Tuesday – Smart Slates

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 (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”

– Chisholm Trail Middle School “Tag Students Use Edmodo”

– Deerpark Middle School “Mr. Teal’s Math Classes Take on Moodle”

– Cedar Valley Middle School is highlighted in the Round Rock Leader

High School

– Cedar Ridge High School “Theatre Students Use 3M Shoot and Share”

– Cedar Ridge High School “Student Videos Explain Protein Synthesis and Natural Selection”

– Stony Point High School “IB Student Creates Gifted and Talented Video”

– Round Rock High School “Engineering Students Visit Samsung”

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

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 1/20/2012)

RRISD classrooms throughout the district serve as evidence of support for this statement by Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia: “Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning. The time has come to ensure that every child has access to the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning.”

Parent and Community Activities:
– Callison on Callison’s Wake Up Wednesday “Get Wired!” at

Virtual Communication and Field Trips:
– Fern Bluff on Penguins: Columbus Zoo Virtual Fieldtrip at
– Old Town on Artists take a Virtual Field Trip at
– Voigt on Google Earth to Visualize A Paradise Called Texas at
– Teravista on First Grade Flat Stanley Project at

Physical Education:
– Fern Bluff on Fuel Up to Play 60 at

– Old Town on Art and Technology at

– Callison on Discovery Dome comes to Callison! at
– Caldwell Heights on Fifth grade students at Caldwell Heights used at

Organizing and Expressing Ideas, Insights, and Opinions:
– Spicewood on 1st Grade Students Explore and Share Ideas Using Wallwisher at
– Purple Sage on More Third Grade Biographies at
– Double File on Writing in 4th Grade at
– Jollyville on Third Grade Students Publish their Research at
– Wells Branch on It’s Time to Start the Music, It’s Time to…Make Movies! at
– Teravista on Second Grade Research Project at

Service Learning:
– Brushy Creek on Glog? I thought it was Blog… at
– Old Town on Online Tutorials for Library Workers at

Instructional Tools:
– Purple Sage on Activoting Going Strong at
– Teravista on Miss Allen’s Class is Using Google Docs for an Online Portfolio at
– Forest Creek on Johnson’s Jaguars Moodle! at
– Forest Creek on Bartholomew’s Bats Moodle! at
– Forest Creek on Ginapp’s Fifth Graders Discover Moodle at
– Gattis on 5th Grade Presents with Prezi at
– Fern Bluff on Landforms Webquest at