Laurel Mountain team advances to world championship tournament

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 3/26/15

The Laurel Mountain Elementary School Lego Robotics team, Lego Lions, has advanced to the First Lego League World Championship after winning the Central Texas first place championship award March 7. The Lego Lions advanced to the world competition with their Haptic Vision project, which is also one of 20 semi finalists for the Global Innovation Award. (Read More)

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Stony Point Computer Science Receives $6,000 In Grants

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 2/17/15

The Stony Point High School computer science department has received a total of $6,000 in grants from IBM and the National Center for Women and Information Technology to purchase devices and improve the program in an effort to integrate more female students. Stony Point computer science teacher Deborah Kariuki applied and received a $5,000 grant…(Read More)

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RRISD Celebrates Career And Technical Education Month

Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 2/12/15

Students and faculty in Round Rock ISD have joined others across the nation during the month of February to celebrate national Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month. National CTE Month, “Recognizing Classroom Innovators!,” provides CTE programs across the country an opportunity to highlight how CTE educates students to be college and career ready while preparing them for high-wage,… (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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Robotics Showcase

Round Rock ISD will host its annual Robotics Showcase on May 20 from 5:00 to 6:30 at Cactus Ranch Elementary. There will be several schools from across the district displaying and demonstrating what they have accomplished in their robotics programs throughout the year. The highlight of the showcase is usually the Sumo Bot competitions. These matches are student led and are exciting for the the participants involved. Below are some samples from Ridgeview Middle School.

Round Rock ISD Robotics Showcase

Round Rock ISD held its annual Robotics Showcase at McNeil High School on April 30. It was an exciting time for the students, sponsors, coaches and parents. The students were very enthusiastic as they shared what their robots could do. A highlight of the evening was the informal Lego Mindstorms Sumo Bot competitions. Students enjoyed participating and a great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a huge success. Click on the link to view a video of a Robotics Sumobot competition.

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:
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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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Robotics in Round Rock ISD

Several schools in Round Rock ISD have robotics clubs or programs. Students in these clubs have the opportunity to build, program,and test robots that they have created. Robotics supports STEM education which incorporates science, technology, math, and engineering. It provides hands on, multidisciplinary, collaborative, and authentic learning experiences. Working with robots also creates a very engaging environment for our students. Please click on the links below to see some examples of robotics in action. Also be sure to click on your child’s school link to see other great examples of how technology is enhancing the learning process.

McNeil High School Hosts the Third Annual Round Rock ISD Robotics Showcase

On May 15 several Round Rock ISD schools participated in a Robotics Showcase at McNeil High School. The goal of the showcase was for schools to display and show off what they have been working on throughout the year. It is always amazing to see the enthusiasm in the students as they describe their robots and what they can do. The Sumo-bot playground was a huge hit with the students with many exciting matches taking place. It was difficult to tell who enjoyed it more, the students or the parents.

Some Individual Participating Campuses Blog
about the Robotics Showcase:
Callison: Callison showcases in RRISD Robotics Showcase!
http://callisontechnology.blogspot.com/2012/05/callison-showcases-in-rrisd-robotics.html
– Great Oaks: Get Down Dunegan!
http://zapp314.blogspot.com/2012/05/get-down-dunegan.html


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