Digital Learning Day (February 1, 2012)

Several Round Rock campuses participated in activities to celebrate National Digital Learning Day. Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience. Below are a few examples of how some of our campuses participated.

“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

Cedar Valley Middle School:
Matt Groff, principal of Cedar Valley encouraged his staff to participate in the Digital Learning Day. Some of the activities the teachers and students participated in were:
-Poll Anywhere
-Khan Academy
-QR Codes
-Screen Castomatic

Round Rock Leader article hightlighting Principal Matt Groff campus leadership with technology http://rrleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=11&subsectionID=11&articleID=28901

Laurel Mountain Elementary:
Laurel Mountain participated in a Skyping activity with Tom Angleberger, author of The Strange Case of Origami Yoda and Horton Halfpott.

Hernandez Middle School:
Eighth graders learned about blogging and digital citizenship through a New York Times website. Teachers used Moodle, an online learning management system, as the vehicle to present the information and for students to complete the assignment.
http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2012/02/digital-learning-day-at-hernandez.html

Caldwell Heights Elementary:
Physical Education teachers at Caldwell signed up for Digital Learning Day. These teachers shared their teaching strategies with others by filming a game that the students were playing and then uploading it to the collaborative online site, PE Universe.
http://www.peuniverse.com/Videos/VideoDetail/tabid/221/IndexID/718/Default.aspx

Gattis Elementary and Double File Trail Elementary:
Angie Hintz, the instructional technology specialist at these campuses, used the Digital Learning Day as a way to get teachers thinking about technology by sending the teachers QR codes. When teachers opened the QR code, they were instructed to send an email back to Angie letting her know that they were hip to QR. You can visit her blog to learn more about QR Codes. http://techhintz.blogspot.com/

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

Kinder
– Blackland Prairie on Remember How to Cut Paper Snowflakes at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/remember-how-to-cut-paper-snowflakes.html
– Forest Creek on Mrs. Teeler’s Class Go Digital in Class at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/01/mrs-teelers-class-go-digital-in-class.html
– Forest Creek on Mrs. Smith’s Kindergarten Navigates Netbooks at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/01/mrs-smiths-kindergarten-navigates.html
– Forest Creek on Whitfield’s Munchkins Compose in Word at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/01/whitfields-munchkins-compose-in-word.html
– Teravista on Kindergarten at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/kindergarten.html

1st Grade
– Teravista on First Grade Technology-January at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-grade-technology-january.html

2nd Grade
– Voigt on 2nd Grade Research at http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/01/2nd-grade-research.html
– Spicewood on 2nd Grade Podcasts Their Poetry at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/2nd-grade-podcasts-their-poetry.html
– Double File on Poetry at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2012/01/poetry.html

3rd Grade
– Teravista on Me on the Map at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/me-on-map.html
– Gattis on 3rd Grade Letters at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2012/01/3rd-grade-letters.html

4th Grade
– Teravista on 4th Grade Language Arts at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/4th-grade-language-arts.html
– Teravista on Fourth Grade Technology at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/fourth-grade-technology.html
– Chandler Oaks on 4th Grade Students Create Book Trailers at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2012/01/4th-grade-students-create-book-trailers.html

5th Grade
– Teravista on 5th Grade-Researching Climate and Weather at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/5th-grade-researching-climate-and.html
– Teravista on Science Fair Research at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/science-fair-research.html
– Deepwood on Deep Wood Online Newspaper at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/01/deep-wood-online-newspaper.html
– Double File Trail on Alternative Energy Project at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2012/02/alternative-energy-project.html

Art
– Teravista on Technology used in art room at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/technology-used-in-art-room.html
– Spicewood on Art Kicks Off Claymation Movie Shorts with 5th Grade at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/art-kicks-off-claymation-movie-shorts.html

Physical Education
– Gattis on Fuel Up Video on Broadcast at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2012/01/fuel-up-video-on-broadcast.html

Library
– Old Town on Venn Diagrams in the Library at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/01/26/venn-diagrams-in-the-library/
– Voigt on Let’s Make A Timeline at http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/01/timelines.html

Enrichment and Multi-Grade
– Teravista on Using technology during social skills at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/using-technology-during-social-skills.html
– Teravista on Achieve at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/achieve.html
– Teravista on TAG Math Technology Update at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/tag-math-technology-update.html
– Spicewood on Where We Are in Time and Place at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/where-we-are-in-time-and-place.html

Community Involvement and Service Learning
– Old Town on Pasta for Pennies at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/01/26/pasta-for-pennies/

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 http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/callisons-wake-up-wednesday-get-wired.html

Virtual Communication and Field Trips:
– Fern Bluff on Penguins: Columbus Zoo Virtual Fieldtrip at http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2012/01/05/penguins-columbus-zoo-virtual-fieldtrip/
– Old Town on Artists take a Virtual Field Trip at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/01/17/artists-take-a-virtual-field-trip/
– Voigt on Google Earth to Visualize A Paradise Called Texas at http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-earth-to-visualize-place-called.html
– Teravista on First Grade Flat Stanley Project at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-grade-flat-stanley-project.html

Physical Education:
– Fern Bluff on Fuel Up to Play 60 at http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2012/01/06/fuel-up-to-play-60/

Art:
– Old Town on Art and Technology at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/01/04/art-and-technology/

Science:
– Callison on Discovery Dome comes to Callison! at http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/discovery-dome-comes-to-callison.html
– Caldwell Heights on Fifth grade students at Caldwell Heights used Learning.com at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html

Organizing and Expressing Ideas, Insights, and Opinions:
– Spicewood on 1st Grade Students Explore and Share Ideas Using Wallwisher at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/1st-grade-students-explore-and-share.html
– Purple Sage on More Third Grade Biographies at http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2012/01/more-third-grade-biographies.html
– Double File on Writing in 4th Grade at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2012/01/writing-in-4th-grade.html
– Jollyville on Third Grade Students Publish their Research at http://www.jvestech.blogspot.com/2012/01/third-grade-students-publish-their.html
– Wells Branch on It’s Time to Start the Music, It’s Time to…Make Movies! at http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/01/11/its-time-to-start-the-music-its-time-to-make-movies/
– Teravista on Second Grade Research Project at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/second-grade-research-project.html

Service Learning:
– Brushy Creek on Glog? I thought it was Blog… at http://teachingitbces.edublogs.org/2012/01/10/glog-i-thought-it-was-blog/
– Old Town on Online Tutorials for Library Workers at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/01/11/online-tutorials-for-library-workers/

Instructional Tools:
– Purple Sage on Activoting Going Strong at http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2012/01/activoting-going-strong_17.html
– Teravista on Miss Allen’s Class is Using Google Docs for an Online Portfolio at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/miss-allens-class-is-using-google-docs.html
– Forest Creek on Johnson’s Jaguars Moodle! at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/01/johnsons-jaguars-moodle.html
– Forest Creek on Bartholomew’s Bats Moodle! at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/01/bartholomews-bats-moodle.html
– Forest Creek on Ginapp’s Fifth Graders Discover Moodle at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2012/01/ginapps-fifth-graders-discover-moodle.html
– Gattis on 5th Grade Presents with Prezi at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2012/01/5th-grade-presents-with-prezi.html
– Fern Bluff on Landforms Webquest at http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2012/01/12/landforms-webquest/

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 11/21/2011)

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Today’s students are not just consumers of the media around them; they are participants and producers of that media. Read these recent posting by some of our campuses:
– Chandler Oaks on “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Why do We Learn Spanish?” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2011/11/inquiring-minds-want-to-know-why-do-we.html
– Pond Springs on “Broadcast Students Create Fantastic Science Night Ads!” at http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2011/11/broadcast-students-create-fantastic.html
– Voigt on “Spotlight on Writing Wall” at http://gettingitrightvoigt.blogspot.com/2011/11/spotlight-on-writing.html
– Teravista on “Librarian Uses Student Book Trailers for Bluebonnet Advertisements” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/librarian-uses-student-book-trailers.html
– Laurel Mountain on “Lights! Camera! Action! Movie-Makers!” at http://lmetech.weebly.com/1/post/2011/11/lights-camera-action-movie-makers.html
– Laurel Mountain on “Claymation” at http://lmetech.weebly.com/1/post/2011/11/claymation.html
– Chandler Oaks on “Techno Art Club is Making Movies!” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2011/11/techno-art-club-is-making-movies.html
– Caldwell Heights on “Flip Video Cameras November 8, 2011” at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html
– Great Oaks on “Veteran’s Day Animoto” at http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2011/11/veterans-day-animoto.html
– Great Oaks on “Great Slideshow and Blog by KVO” at http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2011/11/great-slideshow-and-blog-by-kvo.html

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No time? No budget? No means to take the students out for an on-site field trip? No problem! Virtual Field Trips can make it possible for students to gain that rich experience and almost feel like they are really there. Read this recent posting:
– Old Town on “The First Thanksgiving for First Graders” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/08/the-first-thanksgiving-for-first-graders/

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Bringing Experts in the Field into the classroom is among the best uses of technology to help enrich the students’ educational experience. Read these recent postings by two of our campuses:
– Chandler Oaks on “Skyping with the Author of Origami Yoda” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2011/11/skyping-with-author-of-origami-yoda.html
– Jollyville on ” Update: Jollyville Skypes with Author Tom Angleberger” at http://jvestech.blogspot.com/2011/11/update-jollyville-skypes-with-author.html

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Robotics has earned a place as an educational and life-skills building tool in the culture and hearts of many elementary campuses throughout the district. Read these recent postings by two of our campuses:
– Berkman on “Robots Rule” at http://gettingitrightberkman.blogspot.com/2011/11/robots-rule.html
– Callison on “Callison Teams compete in FLL Tournament!” at http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/callison-teams-compete-in-fll.html

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There is still a need to provide opportunities for acquiring basic technology skills.
– Robertson on “Kindergarten Mouses Around” at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/hot-tech-at-robertson.html

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Teachers across the district are using technology to provide their students with a deeper and richer learning experience in Science. Read these recent posting:
– Cactus Ranch on “3rd Grade Students Discover Simple Machines” at http://crelonghorncelebrations.blogspot.com/2011/11/3rd-grade-students-discover-simple.html
– Caldwell Heights on “LoggerLites November 15, 2011” at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html
– Double File Trail on “Science Fair on the Web” at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2011/11/science-fair-on-web.html
– Forest Creek on “Bartholomew’s Bats Explore Science Through StemScopes” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2011/11/bartholomews-bats-explore-science.html
– Pond Springs on “Pond Springs teachers use technology to explore butterfly life cycles” at http://pondspringsit.blogspot.com/2011/10/pond-springs-teachers-use-technology-to.html

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 11/17/2011)

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Teachers and students are discovering the power of digital Graphic Organizers to sort, group, map-out, and put logical order to their thoughts and information. Read these recent posting by
– Blackland Prairie on “Kidspiration Is One Way to Organize Thoughts” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/kidspiration-is-one-way-to-organize.html
– Chandler Oaks on “Kidspiration helps 4th grade organize their family tree at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2011/11/kidspiration-helps-4th-grade-organize.html

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Having experience with and a strong understanding of the Research Process will benefit students throughout their school years and beyond. Involving technology to streamline and enhance the steps of research, compilation of data, analyzing data, organizing data, and publishing findings can lead to a deeper understanding and knowledge gained of not only the subject being studied but the process as well. Read these recent postings on this topic by some of our campuses:
– Purple Sage on “Independent Study Projects” at http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2011/11/independent-study-projects.html
– Teravista on TAG Using Technology to ….” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/tag-is-using-technology-to.html
– Double File Trail on “Graphing in Grade 3” at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2011/11/graphing-in-grade-3.html
– Old Town on “The Backyard Getaway for 4th Grade Students” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/16/the-backyard-getaway-for-4th-grade-students/
– Old Town on “Pet Parade – Independent Study Projects for 3rd Grad” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/16/pet-parade-independent-study-projects-for-3rd-grade/

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By being discriminating consumers and guides of educationally sound Online Resources, teachers across the district are making an impact on the acquisition and reinforcement of student problem solving abilities and knowledge of basic skills. Read these recent postings:
– Forest Creek on “Fulp’s Flashy Fish Explore Literature with the Web ” at
http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2011/11/fulps-flashy-fish-explore-literature.html
– Herrington on “Using Encyclopedia Britannica Online” at http://herringtontech.blogspot.com/
– Old Town on “Third Grade Research” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/15/third-grade-research/
– Bluebonnet on “Explore the World with PebbleGo” at http://bbestech.blogspot.com/2011/11/explore-world-with-pebblego.html

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Interactive Devices are great tools to involve student and hold their interests during instruction. Because the students have the opportunity to interact they become active participants in the instructional process and not just spectators. Read the recent posting on the use of this tool by:
– Wells Branch on “Mr. Albert’s Student Explain Their Work!” at http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2011/11/15/mr-alberts-student-explain-their-work/
– Old Town on “Second Grade Problem Solving Strategies at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/08/second-grade-problem-solving-strategies/
– Callison on “Wireless Mice In Action!” at http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/wireless-mice-in-action.html
– Gattis on “AcivCafe at Gattis” at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2011/11/acivcafe-at-gattis.html

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Student Health and Life-Time Fitness is being addressed on various campuses throughout the district by utilizing technology.
– Deepwood on “Fuel Up To Play 60 Program @ Deep Wood” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2011/11/fuel-up-to-play-60-program-deep-wood.html

In the Spotlight (Elementary-11/10/2011)

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During a recent activity, students at Caraway Elementary experienced a real world instructional environment for “learning economic and financial concepts they’ll use for the rest of their lives”. Read their recent posting:
– Caraway on “The Stock Market Game” at http://kcesitech.blogspot.com/2011/11/stock-market-game.html

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Among the many afterschool programs and clubs is Blackland Prairie Elementary’s Photography Club. To read their recent posting visit:
– Blackland on “Lights! Action! Cameras!” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/lights-action-cameras.html

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Robotics has earned a place as an educational and life-skills building tool in the culture and hearts of many elementary campuses throughout the district. Read these recent postings by two of our campuses:
– Laurel Mountain on “Lego NXT” at http://lmetech.weebly.com/1/post/2011/11/lego-nxt.html
– Callison on “Teacher receives LEGO grant!” at http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/teacher-receives-lego-grant.html

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Moodle is a web based Learning Management System that allows the classroom to be extended to the students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students use Moodle to access and submit assignments, take quizzes and tests, and collaborate with their classmates and teachers. It has been a huge success throughout the high schools and on many of the district’s middle schools. It is now beginning to be embraced by elementary teachers across the district. Click on the following links to read how Moodle is being implemented at two elementary classrooms on two different campuses.
– Wells Branch on “5th Grade Students are Getting Online with Moodle!” at
http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2011/11/02/5th-grade-students-are-getting-online-with-moodle/
– Forest Creek on “Alvarez’s Fifth Grade Students Moodle” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2011/11/alvarezs-fifth-grade-students-moodle.html

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STEMscopes, an online K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics curriculum program that helps “teachers instruct students in the fundamental science skills and concepts using meaningful, engaging, motivational, and relevant science activities.” Read these recent postings on the use of this tool by:
– Blackland on “Fourth Graders Explore States of Matter via STEMScopes” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/fourth-graders-explore-states-of-matter.html
– Teravista on “First Graders Using Stemscopes” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-graders-using-stemscopes.html

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Bringing Experts in the Field into the classroom is among the best uses of technology to help enrich the students’ educational experience. Read this recent postings by one of our campuses:
– Spicewood on “Author Tom Angleberger Visits Spicewood via Skype!” at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/author-tom-angleberger-visits-spicewood.html

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Interactive Technology is a great tool to involve students and hold their interests during instruction and to assess student understanding before/during/after instruction. Because the students have the opportunity to interact they become active participants in the instructional process and not just spectators. Read these recent postings on the use of this tool by:
– Old Town on “Daily Editing” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/04/daily-editing/
– Old Town on “Kindergarten Testers” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/11/04/kindergarten-testers/
– Old Town on “Document Camera Seal of Approval” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2011/10/31/document-camera-seal-of-approval/
– Brushy Creek on “2nd Grade SMART Slates + Patterns” at http://teachingitbces.edublogs.org/2011/10/27/2nd-grade-smart-slates-patterns/
– Teravista on “PE Using Online Health Quizes in Class” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/10/pe-using-online-health-quizes-in-class.html

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Read these recent postings on how some of our elementary classrooms are combining various presentation techniques and tools to help students acquire effective verbal and written communication skills.
– Forest Creek on “Kaynes’ Kinkajous create Photostories” at http://forestcreekcoyotech.blogspot.com/2011/11/kaynes-kinkajous-create-photostories.html
– Spicewood on “Important Public Service Announcements from 2nd Grade” at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/important-public-service-announcements.html
– Deepwood on “DWES TAG Students create LiveBinders” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2011/11/dwes-tag-students-create-livebinders.html
– Deepwood on “Fifth Graders Design Divisibility Prezis” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2011/11/fifth-graders-design-divisibility.html
– Teravista on “First Grade and Third Grade Teacher Team Up to Work on Poetry Project” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-grade-and-third-grade-teacher.html
– Chandler Oaks on “Ms. Herold’s Class Uses Kidspiration” at http://chandleroakselementary.blogspot.com/2011/10/ms-herolds-class-uses-kidspiration.html

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Having experience with and a strong understanding of the Research Process will benefit students throughout their school years and beyond. Involving technology to streamline and enhance the steps of research, compilation of data, analyzing data, organizing data, and publishing findings can lead to a deeper understanding and knowledge gained of not only the subject being studied but the process as well. Read these recent postings on this topic by three of our campuses:
– Double File on “2nd Grade Classes learn to Research Online” at http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2011/10/2nd-grade-classes-learn-to-research.html
– Blackland on “Going Batty in Second Grade!” at http://anitaoliverblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/going-batty-in-second-grade.html
– Spicewood on “1st Grade Explores Life Cycles Using LIVE Webcams and Records Data using Google Docs!” at http://spicewoodtechnology.blogspot.com/2011/11/1st-grade-explores-life-cycles-using.html

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Teachers at every grade level strive to make sure that the required state standards for Technology Applications are being addressed. Kindergarten is no exception. Read these recent postings by two campuses:
– Teravista on “Kinder is Rocking it!” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/10/kinder-is-rocking-it.html
– Jollyville on “Kinder Comes to the Lab” at http://jvestech.blogspot.com/2011/11/kinder-comes-to-lab.html

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Teachers at every campus are raising the bar for communicating and collaborating with peers, students, parents, and community. Read these recent postings by three of our campuses on their efforts to utilize the power of technology to share, learn, and inform:
– Live Oak on “Live Oak’s Web Site Gets a New Look!” at http://liveoakit.blogspot.com/2011/11/live-oaks-web-site-gets-new-look.html
– Teravista on “Second Grade is Planning on a Wiki” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/10/second-grade-is-planning-on-wiki.html
– Teravista on “Third Grade Keeping Websites Up-To-Date for Communication” at http://teravistatechnology.blogspot.com/2011/10/third-grade-keeping-websites-up-to-date.html

In the Spotlight (Elementary-10/27/2011)

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Students often ask the question “Why?” During a recent activity, Fern Bluff Elementary addressed the students’ need to know why getting an education is important. Read their recent posting on “Reality Check” at http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2011/10/05/reality-check/

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Encouraging and providing various avenues for both Community Involvement in the Schools and Student Involvement in the Community is being raised to a new level through technology. Read these recent postings by three of our campuses:
– Deepwood Elementary on “Parent Information Night Video” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2011/10/parent-information-night-video.html
– Purple Sage on “Skyping at Purple Sage” http://psesitech.blogspot.com/2011/10/skyping-at-purple-sage.html
– Canyon Creek on “Fifth Graders ‘Adopt’ a Soldier” at http://ccetech.blogspot.com/2011/10/fifth-graders-adopt-soldier.html

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Response Devices are great tools to check for student understanding during instruction. Teachers can instantly know if they can move on or need to spend a little more time to make sure the students have mastered the material. Read the recent posting about the use of this tool by
– Gattis on “ActiVotes in 3rd Grade” at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2011/10/activotes-in-grade-3.html

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Student Health and Life-Time Fitness is being addressed on various campuses throughout the district by utilizing the Nintendo Wii. Read the recent posting by
– Deepwood on “Coach Thompson Introduces Technology in DWES Wellness Classes” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2011/10/coach-thompson-introduces-technology-in.html

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Bringing Experts in the Field into the classroom is among the best uses of technology to help enrich the students’ educational experience. Read these recent postings by two of our campuses:
– Cactus Ranch on “Kindergarten Class Visits Stanford University” at http://crelonghorncelebrations.blogspot.com/2011/10/half-of-mrs.html
– Caraway on “El’ Anatsui, the Artist, is Showcased in Art through Technology” at http://kcesitech.blogspot.com/2011/10/el-anatsui-artist-is-showcased-in-art.html