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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England Class Submits Projects To ExploraVision Competition

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 2/6/15

Students in Melinda Schermerhorn’s fifth-grade class at England Elementary School are thinking toward the future for ExploraVision, a competition that tasks teams to research and develop ideas for what current technology will look like in 20 years. ExploraVision, a science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) competition sponsored by Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association,…(Read More)

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Stony Point computer science students win at ‘Code Day’

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 1/6/15

Computer science students at Stony Point High School, fueled by caffeine and programming knowledge, received some of the top awards after competing in an Austin marathon coding event. Code Day is a worldwide student coding event, which tasks participants to write an application in 24 hours. The Austin competition hosts student programmers from high schools …. (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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Students learn internet safety in Google presentation

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 10/13/14

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October 13 2014 –   With the helps of Google and State Rep. Larry Gonzales., Hernandez Middle School students learned the ins-and-outs of being smart on the web last Thursday at the Good to Know Roadshow.

The Good to Know Roadshow made a stop at Hernandez on October 9 to teach students five tips to stay protected on the Internet during an interactive and engaging 45 minute presentation.

“Middle school students are increasingly connecting more with each other and technology is starting to play a larger role in their education,” Google spokesperson Jamie Hill said. “It’s a great time where they can start developing best practices early on so they’re set up for a lot of success.”

Gonzales, who collaborates with Google while working on public school technology curriculum in the state legislature, recommended Hernandez when the company was looking for a middle school in Round Rock ISD to bring the assembly.

“It’s most important for middle school kids because they’re just beginning to learn how to use these social media tools,” Gonzales said. “They’re starting to get their phones, they’re starting to learn how to share information and it’s critically important that they recognize how wonderful the internet is, but how they must also be very safe and very smart about what they post on social media.”

The five tips are as follows:

  • Think before you share: People base opinions off of what is posted from social media accounts. Job or leadership opportunities could be influenced by what is shared or who individuals share with. Private messages can also be shared and go viral.

  • Protect your stuff: Strong passwords help safeguard information online. Stay away from bad passwords like “12345” or “Password.” Instead, have a password that is at least eight characters with a mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Each new account should have a new password.

  • Know and use your settings: Teenagers don’t always want to share the same content with their friends and parents. To solve this problem, students should get to know social media settings so their privacy is protected.

  • Avoid scams: Don’t respond to suspicious posts, emails or requests for passwords. If it sounds too good to be true, like a free vacation or electronic device, it is most likely a scam.

  • Be positive: Being kind on the internet can lead to making the web a better place. Individuals have the opportunity to make someone’s day with encouraging comments and its up to everyone to make the online community a great place.

Sixth through eighth grade students can access the Internet 24 hours a day and while educators can protect the school from physical concerns, Hernandez Middle School Principal Mario Acosta said it’s nearly impossible to monitor and protect students from the cyber environment.

“One of our roles as educators is to provide safe learning environments for students, and the internet is a learning space for our students,” Acosta said. “We are very grateful and excited to work with a company like Google and Rep. Gonzales for helping organize this valuable tool for our students.”

 

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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