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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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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Educational Uses of QR Codes

Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) are 2 dimensional barcodes which were originally created to facilitate tracking and inventory of products. Innovative educators and librarians have begun to creatively use this tool for a multitude of educational purposes. Visit the online October 2012 Round Rock ISD Community Bulletin to read a recent article on how students are benefiting, by going to http://tinyurl.com/9e4fkg7 or by using a QR reader to scan the image on the right.

 

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RRISD Library Online Resources

Because the internet continues to play an increasing role in the sharing and acquisition of information, students are provided a balance between:
– learning how to tell if an internet site or electronic
resource is accurate, useful, or safe
– having sites that contain accurate information and
good quality materials provided for them

Round Rock ISD, as well as each individual campus, provides online resources for teachers, students, and parents to use. These electronic resources are excellent tools for research and learning enrichment. Please encourage your children to use them.

Because they are fee-based, you will need to enter a password (which cannot be made openly available here). Visit your campus library for a copy of the log-in information that is specific for your campus.

The district web page with links for each Campus Library Research Resources for the entire district is located at
http://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=345

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/18/2012)

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.

Graphic Organizers
Caraway 4th grade students: Brainstorning Web of Prior Knowledge
http://kcesitech.blogspot.com/2012/05/brainstorning-web-of-prior-knowledge.html
Pond Springs students: Classifying Animals with Kidspiration
http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2012/05/classifying-animals-with-kidspiration.html

Living History Museum
Live Oak 3rd grade students
http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/05/08/third-grade-researches-for-their-living-history-museum/
Old Town 3rd grade students
http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/05/08/third-grade-researches-for-their-living-history-museum/

Interactive Boards
Callison: Advanced Promethean Training!
http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/advanced-promethean-training.html
Pond Springs: Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader?
http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2012/05/are-you-smarter-than-third-grader.html

Response Devices
Berkman: Let’s Vote
http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/05/lets-vote.html
Deepwood: TurningPoint Response System.
http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/05/mrs.html

Video Productions/Presentations
Spicewood: 1st Grade Expressions
http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/1st-grade-expressions.html
Canyon Creek: Hatchet Retold Using Paper Slides
http://ccetech.blogspot.com/2012/05/hatchet-retold-using-paper-slides.html
Fern Bluff: Stop Motion Movies on Energy Sources
http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2012/05/09/stop-motion-movies-on-energy-sources/

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Deepwood: Favorite Things Tagxedo
http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/05/fourth-graders-created-favorite-things.html
Bluebonnet: Second Grade Creates Powerpoint Presentations to Display Research
http://www.bbestech.blogspot.com/2012/05/second-grade-creates-powerpoint.html
Cactus Ranch: Animal Skull Examination
http://crelonghorncelebrations.blogspot.com/2012/05/animal-skull-examination-ms.html
Callison: Online Resource Training!
http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/online-resource-training.html
Live Oak: Fifth Grade is Going Places with Moodle
http://liveoakit.blogspot.com/2012/05/fifth-grade-is-going-places-with-moodle.html
Live Oak: Fourth and Fifth Graders Learn Science with STEMscopes
http://liveoakit.blogspot.com/2012/05/fourth-and-fifth-graders-learn-science.html
Pond Springs: Fourth Grader Make Cartoons with ToonDoo
http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2012/05/fourth-grader-make-cartoons-with.html
Pond Springs: First Grade Creates Animal Photo Stories
http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2012/05/first-grade-creates-animal-photo.html
Purple Sage: New Technology at Purple Sage
http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2012/05/new-technology-at-purple-sage.html
Purple Sage: Student Created Newsletter
http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2012/05/student-created-newsletter.html
Purple Sage: Intervention Software
http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2012/05/intervention-software.html
Purple Sage: QR Codes used at our Book Fair
http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2012/05/qr-codes-used-at-our-book-fair.html
Spicewood: Public Service Announcements
http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/public-service-announcements.html

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/10/2012)

Wells Branch: 4th Grade House Builders!
http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/05/01/4th-grade-house-builders/
Wells Branch 4th graders are currently working on a house-building project using an application called Google Sketch-Up. This free program from Google allows them to build 3 dimensional models. Students are putting their geometric skills and knowledge to create these awesome 3-D model homes!

Paper Slides
– Herrington: Second Graders Create Paper Slide Videos
http://herringtontech.blogspot.com/2012/05/second-graders-create-paper-slide.html
– Canyon Creek: Paper Slide Shows
http://ccetech.blogspot.com/2012/05/paper-slide-shows.html

Digital Book Reports
– Voigt 4th grade students: Digital Book Trailers
http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/05/digital-book-trailers.html
– Voigt 5th grade students: Novel Study Movies
http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/05/novel-study-movies.html

Animal Research and Presentations
– Old Town 1st grade students
http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/05/02/talking-animals/
– Spicewood 2nd grade students
http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/2nd-graders-use-powerpoint-to-share.html
– Caldwell Heights 2nd grade students
http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html  (May 4th posting)

Community Service/Awareness
– Spicewood: 5th Grade Students Spread Awareness Using Weebly
http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/5th-grade-students-spread-awareness.html
– Spicewood: Prezi Spices Up Our Presentations!
http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/prezi-spices-up-our-presentations.html

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
– Double File 2nd grade students create online poems. Visit “Poetry Online” at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2012/05/poetry-online.html
– Robertson 3rd grade students use technology to prepare for their Living History Museum. Visit “Online Databases Help With Biographical Research” at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/hot-tech-at-robertson.html
– Wells Branch 5th grade students take a closer look at owl pellets in their science lesson. Visit “Owl Pellets Up Close!” at http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/05/03/owl-pellets-up-close/
– Gattis students use technology as a tool. Visit “Technology as a Tool” at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2012/05/technology-as-tool.html

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/4/2012)

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.

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Deepwood 5th grade students create math reviews. Visit “Geometry Review Apps” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/05/geometry-review-apps.html.
Fern Bluff 2nd grade students take virtual field trip of the Indianapolis Zoo. Visit “Amazing Amazon Virtual Fieldtrip” at http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2012/05/01/amazing-amazon-virtual-fieldtrip/.
Deepwood 2nd grade students create presentations on animals. Visit “Voice Thread Presentations in Second Grade” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/05/voice-thread-presentations-in-second.html.
Caldwell Heights 4th grade students study science with the help of Jeff Ferris from The Natural Gardener of Austin. Visit the May 1st posting at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html.
Herrington 3rd grade students create Texas Bluebonnet Award book reviews for campus library. Visit “Students Review Books for Library Display” at http://herringtontech.blogspot.com/2012/04/students-review-books-for-library.html.
Jollyville students conduct electronic surveys. Visit “TAG Students Use Survey Tool to Gather Data about their Classmates” at http://www.jvestech.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag-students-use-survey-tool-to-gather.html.
Anderson Mill 1st grade students use technology to learn math concepts. Visit “Math Stations” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/05/math-stations.html.
Old Town students use Today’s Meet to collaborate and brainstorm. Visit “Today’s Meet” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/04/27/todays-meet/.
Old Town 5th grade students create brochures of Texas facts. Visit “Stating the Facts” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/05/01/stating-the-facts/.
Sommer 2nd grade students produce videos of Rossini. Visit “Animoto Research Projects” at http://sommerit.blogspot.com/2012/05/animoto-research-projects.html.

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 5/1/2012)

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Cedar Valley Middle School “QR-azy for QRs”
CeVMS has gone a little QR-azy for QR Codes! They are popping up all over the hallways, in emails, in the cafeteria, and even in the Library.
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/01/qr-azy-for-qrs.html 

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Cedar Valley Middle School “Ms. Lake’s Class is SMART”
Ms. Lake has incorporated the use of a SMART board in her FAC class this semester. The students look forward to getting up and interacting with the board daily.
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/ms-lake.html

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C.D. Fulkes Middle School “8th Grade Moodles”
Students in 8th grade science classes are using Moodle calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration.
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/04/8th-grade-moodles.html

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Grisham Middle School “Is this a Hoax?”
Students in our 8th grade Language Arts classes have been working on a research unit. One aspect of that unit is web site evaluation. Students were given the 5 W’s of web site evaluation.

http://grishamtechnology.blogspot.com/

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Ridgeview Middle School “Virtual Microscopes in 6th Grade Science”
Mr. Hardesty is introducing microscope skills to his sixth grade science students with the help of a virtual microscope.
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/03/virtual-microscopes-in-6th-grade.html

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/23/2012)

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:
•Systems Thinking,
•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.
Happy Gaming!

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
– Blackland 1st grade students research and create presentation on famous inventors and animals. Visit “First Grade has been hard at Work” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-grade-has-been-hard-at-work.html
– Old Town 1st grade students research animals and create projects. Visit “Animal Research for First Grade” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/04/18/animal-research-for-first-grade/
– Chandler Oaks 5th grade students create pie graphs and convert fractions. Visit “5th Grade TAG Students Tackle Graphing – with Technology!” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/04/5th-grade-tag-students-tackle-graphing.html
– Spicewood 5th grade students broaden their historical perspectives. Visit “5th Grade Teachers Create a Website to Support Student Research” at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/5th-grade-tecahers-create-website-to.html
– Sommer 5th grade students create claymation videos. Visit “Getting Animated!” at http://sommerit.blogspot.com/2012/04/getting-animated.html
– Cactus Ranch students acquire weather station. Visit “Cactus Ranch Weather Station” at http://crelonghorncelebrations.blogspot.com/2012/04/cactus-ranch-weather-station.html
– Anderson Mill students use technology of expand their physical classroom. Visit “Netbooks Anywhere” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/04/netbooks-anywhere.html
– Herington students create public service video. Visit “Students Create Video to Honor Auxiliary Employees” at http://herringtontech.blogspot.com/2012/04/students-create-video-to-honor.html
– Blackland TAG students raise the level of collaboration during poetry lesson. Visit “Let’s Meet on Today’s Meet!” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/lets-meet-on-todays-meet.html
– Berkman students use mix fun with learning as they practice their skills of using a coordinate grid. Visit “Coordinate Grid Online” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/students-enjoyed-online-math-game-to.html

Great Oaks: Take a Look at Kidcaster Lauren!!!
http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2012/04/take-look-at-kidcaster-lauren.html
Take look at Lauren Bradley. She got a rare opportunity thanks to Zack Shields of Fox 7 News. Lauren was able to appear on live television and give the morning forecast. What a wonderful opportunity! If you want your child to appear with Zack, just apply through his Kidcaster website: http://www.myfoxaustin.com/subindex/weather/kidcasters

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 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.

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 http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-do-plants-need.html.
Teravista Kindergarten students categorize living and non-living in science. Visit “Kindergarten” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/kindergarten.html.
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 http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2012/04/kindergarten-students-create-graphs.html.
Anderson Mill 1st grade students learn about animal characteristics. Visit “Animals” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/04/animals.html.
Berkman 1st grade students learn about and illustrate life cycles in science. Visit “Life Cycle Illustration” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/life-cycle-illustration.html.
Great Oaks 1st grade students use video to observe and study hatching of eggs in classroom project. Visit “First Grade Chicks Hatching” at http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2012/04/first-grade-chicks-hatching.html.
Forest Creek 1st grade students create video of animal research. Visit “Heinzen’s Honeybees Buzz about PhotoStory” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/heinzens-honeybees-buzz-about.html.
Berkman 2nd grade students make technology part of their daily routine. Visit “Daily Routines Not So Routine” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/daily-rountines-not-so-routine.html.
Blackland 2nd grade students use TurningPoint response devices. Visit “Student Response Devices…being Paper-Lean and Green” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/student-response-devicesbeing-paper.html.
Chandler Oaks 2nd grade students create public service announcement videos on making safe choices. Visit “Second Grade Responds to Problems” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/04/second-grade-responds-to-problems.html.
Teravista 2nd grade students combine puppets and technology to present student created stories. Visit “2nd grade in art” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/2nd-grade-in-art.html.
Teravista 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Second Grade Creates Creative Presentations” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/second-grade.html.
Spicewood 2nd grade students use webcams to monitor life cycle of Monarch butterflies. Visit “Live Streaming of 2nd Grade Monarchs” at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/live-streaming-of-2nd-grade-monarchs_11.html.
Deepwood 2nd grade students use blogs as part of their learning process. Visit “Second Grade Blogs” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/04/second-grade-blogs.html.
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 http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/fulps-flashy-fish-and-kelsos-critters.html.
Blackland 3rd grade students create presentations of their online research. Visit “Third Graders are working on research projects” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/third-graders-are-working-on-research.html.
Chandler Oaks 3rd grade students use technology to investigate probability in math. Visit “Third Graders Get “SMART” with Probability” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/04/third-graders-get-smart-with.html.
Teravista 3rd grade students use Google Earth to gather data on natural and man-made wonders. Visit “TAG” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag.html.
Forest Creek 3rd grade students use Word Clouds to write descriptive sentences. Visit “Shogan’s Salamanders Used TAGXEDO” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/04/shogans-salamanders-used-tagxedo.html.
Teravista 4th grade students to write a Leadership book. Visit “4th grade uses Technology To Promote Leadership” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/4th-grade-uses-technology-to-promote.html.
Bluebonnet 5th grade students make the most of their laptop computers. Visit “5th Grade Superstars” at http://www.bbestech.blogspot.com/2012/04/5th-grade-superstars.html.
Teravista 5th grade students use StemScopes and TurningPoint to review their understanding of Science concepts. Visit “STAAR Science Practice” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/staar-science-practice.html.
Anderson Mill students take advantage of the Round Rock ISD’s eLibrary system. Visit “In the Library” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/04/round-rocks-elibrary-system-allows.html.
Blackland students use digital Avatars to narrate book reports. Visit “Avatars” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/avatars.html.
Berkman students move forward in creating their websites on Greek mythology and paper toys. Visit “Student Web Designers” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/04/student-web-designers.html.
Old Town students use Book Flix to combine art and Book Flix. Visit “Art and Technology” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/04/13/art-and-technology-2/.
Live Oak students use Google Docs to collect data. Visit “TAG Students create surveys using Google Docs” at http://liveoakit.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag-students-create-surveys-using.html.