Electronic Devices for Teens: Holiday Contract Cards for Families

You might find the link below a good resource for facilitating discussions you plan on having with your teen on guidelines for using the electronic device you purchased as a holiday gift for him/her. Even if you don’t use the posted material, what you find might enhance that all-important conversation.

Holiday Contract Cards for Families: (http://tinyurl.com/qe2bsmd)

The vision of the organization called A Platform for Good (PFG) is:
“to start a dialogue about what it means to participate responsibly in a digital world. While recognizing the potential risks, we will celebrate technology as a vehicle for opportunity and social change. We hope to achieve this goal by providing parents and teachers with the resources to learn about and interact with new technologies, and by giving teens the ability to engage and teach their peers, family members, and educators. Through this approach, we hope to encourage good digital citizenship, responsible online behavior, and the use of technology for positive change and making a difference.” (http://www.aplatformforgood.org/)

Round Rock ISD and Atomic Learning

Round Rock ISD has partnered with Atomic Learning to provide high quality technology training resources to Round Rock ISD staff, students, and parents. Our subscription to Atomic Learning allows for 24/7 access to video content which includes:
• 21st century concepts and content
• Tech Integration ProjectsAtomicLearning
• Workshops on emerging tech topics, such as blogging
• Applying 21st century skills in the classroom
• 50,000 step-by-step technology tutorials
• Tech Skills Assessment based on ISTE NETS-S
• 21st Century Skills Assessment for teachers based on ISTE NETS-T
Staff and students can use their computer log on to access Atomic Learning at school. Parents need to contact their child’s campus to get their user name and password to access Atomic Learning at home.

Technology (and other) Training Opportunities for Parents: RRISD Resource Center for Parents

A new facility opened this week in RRISD. The State and Federal Programs and Special Education opened the district’s resource center for parents. The building houses three classroom areas – one for the early literacy classes, one for the computer lab, and one as a general classroom. This center is a one-stop place for RRISD families and parents seeking education or support to help their children become college and career ready. It will host adult ESL classes, Atomic Learning technology classes, early literacy skills for families, Rosetta Stone tutorials in a variety of languages, and many other workshops. In the future, the team plans to host SAT/ACT preparation classes, resume writing, interview skills and financial aid workshops. The resource center is located in Portable 020, across from the district’s Central Administration Building, 1311 Round Rock Ave.

For more information regarding the Family Resource Center, call (512) 464-5614. To register for classes, call (512) 464-5983. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening and Saturday classes will be scheduled to accommodate parent schedules.

Instructional Technology Presentation at “Leadership Round Rock ISD”

As part of the district’s efforts to engage members of the community and to develop interest in future Board of Trustees candidates, Round Rock ISD created “Leadership Round Rock ISD” which offers district stakeholders the opportunity to go “behind the scenes” of Round Rock ISD, meet the people who are responsible for programs and services, and see first-hand how the district creates a climate of success for our rapidly growing, diverse student population.
( https://www.roundrockisd.org/index.aspx?page=3858 )

Representatives from the RRISD Instructional Technology Department were invited to present a brief overview of how instructional technology is being implemented in the district at their February 19, 2013 meeting. Below are links to the presentation document and sample classroom learning experiences using technology.

Link to Presentation Document:
https://docs.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/file/d/0B5yBjHR-1VLgYU9KSk4tenRMeDQ/edit

Sample Links from the campus Getting I.T. Right Blogs:
– McNeil High School – BYOD
http://mcneil-technology.blogspot.com/?view=sidebar#!/2012/10/last-friday-students-were-using.html
– Round Rock High School – Laptop initiative
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2013/01/9th-grade-students-receive-laptops-at.html
– Deerpark Middle School – Robotics
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/12/gracious-professionalism-and-robotics.html
– Grisham – PSA
http://grishamtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/12/gtv-grisham-tv-video-production.html
– Bluebonnet Elementary – Video Learning
http://bluebonnetelementary.blogspot.com/2013/01/ms.html
– Chandler Oaks Elementary – Paper Slides (Kinder)
http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/12/kindergarten-paperslides.html
– Brushy Creek Elementary – Science Collaboration
http://teachingitbces.edublogs.org/2013/02/11/around-the-world/
– Callison Elementary – Robotics
http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2013/02/junior-lego-league.html

“Homework” requested of the attendees: Please visit the various campus blogs, look for posts that you find particularly interesting, and leave a comment.

Video of ITS explaining her role on the campus:
ITS-Duties-Video-Mattingly

Article by Patrick Ledesma on October 23, 2012:
Technology Experts in Schools: Teacher Leaders or Technicians?
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/leading_from_the_classroom/2011/10/technology_experts_in_schools_teacher_leaders_or_technicians.html

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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

Home Access Center for Parents and Students

Do you want to stay informed about your child’s report card grades, attendance, class schedule, and student progress?
If so, be sure to sign up for the district’s Home Access Center. You can sign up online or by going to your child’s campus and talking to the Home Access Campus Coordinator. You must have proper identification, such as a driver’s license, and sign the “Home Access Center Use Agreement.”

If you are a high school student you will be given your user name and password for the Home Access Center at school after you have signed the “Home Access Center Use Agreement.”

It is important for parents and students to keep the user names and password secure at all times to avoid anyone else from accessing your information. For more information on the Home Access Center and to register online, visit http://www.roundrockisd.org/Index.aspx?page=1730.

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