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.
Voigt: Graphing Energy http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/05/graphing-energy.html Fifth grade students in Mr. Halsell’s science class created comparative bar graphs from data gathered in a potential/kinetic energy investigation using online graphing tools. Once complete, the students added their graphs to a Powerpoint presentation on potential and kinetic energy.
Berkman: Fifth Grade Video & Music Producers http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2012/05/fifth-grade-video-music-producers.html
In their final session of Aspire, fifth grade students explored the world of video and music production. Students worked in small groups to retell or transform scenes from a short story they had read. Their project plan included storyboarding, script writing, role assignment and lastly shooting the video. Students also explored an online music creation program called Soundation Studio which was very easy to use yet complex enough that they felt like they were actually in a real recording studio! This was a great introduction into the world of multimedia!
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.
Wells Branch: 5th Grade Science- It’s a breath of fresh Oxygen! http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/04/19/5th-grade-science-its-a-breath-of-fresh-oxygen/
In investigating the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle to understand its significance to our survival, 5th grade students conducted a lab to look for evidence of photosynthesis. Students had to put on serious scientist thinking, as they looked for oxygen bubbles in test tubes with water plants, and then used an acid indicator that changes color to prove that photosynthesis had occurred. Students video recorded all their work and thinking. They will be spending the next few weeks editing and creating a final product that will explain what they learned.
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! http://crelonghorncelebrations.blogspot.com/2012/04/student-presentation-wins-award.html.
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.”
Mrs. Padilla’s 4th and 5th grade music classes have been using the SMART board in their “Karate Recorder” unit. Students identify notes and they magically disappear when tapped so that eventually they play the entire song from memory.
The SMART board has also been utilized for Music in all other grade levels:
*Form and analysis of new songs
*Dragging cloned rhythms over to make patterns from dictation
*Placing notes on the staff
*Visual representations (ex. contour of a melody)
*Games like Tic Tac Toe -Depending on where they place their “x” or “o”, the box behind it is linked to a different page and they read the new rhythm/pitch in addition to known elements. Lots of practice with lots of fun!
Students in Ballet 3-4 and Jazz 2 took a lesson in dance history and brought it to life for their classmates in 3D. They chose parts from a famous pas de deux, variation or Broadway show and, using the internet, learned the dance to the best of their ability. On the presentation day, dancers performed their piece with the video of the dance projected on a screen behind them. Ballet/Broadway in 3D!! Audience members were able to watch to see the way students matched or made interpretations/modifications on the choregraphy, as well as view a bit of live performance mixed with technology! Students also had to research the history of the dance, choreographer, composer, and dancers and edit it into a program to give to the audience.