Grisham, Texas Folklife Partner To Create Audio Documentaries

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

Telling the stories of Grisham Middle School’s students, staff and community was the center of an assignment for Jennie Tidwell’s seventh-grade language arts class this semester as groups of students created audio documentaries through a Texas Folklife partnership. Tidwell brought the program to Grisham after attending Texas Folklife’s “Stories From Deep In The Heart” 2014…(Read More)

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Ninth Grade Students at McNeil High School and Round Rock High School to Receive Laptops

In January, as part of the High School Laptop Initiative Pilot, Ninth grade studentsat McNeil High School and Round Rock High School will be receiving Dell laptops. The laptops will allow teachers and students to work and learn using 21st century skills and tools. Along with the laptops, students will get a Google Apps for Education account which will allow for easier collaboration and sharing between students and their peers and teachers. Integrating the laptops into the classroom, along with the use of Learning Management Systems such as Moodle or Edmodo, provides a blended learning environment that is accessible 24/7.

Students will be encouraged to use EverNote as an organizational tool for taking notes and tracking assignments. Other web 2.0 tools that students will have the option of using are LiveMocha (online language learning), Turnitin.com (originality check), Khan Academy (math videos), eBooks and online textbooks.

More information about the High School Laptop Initiative can be found at:
https://sites.google.com/a/roundrockisd.org/rrisd-laptop-initiative/

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Document Cameras in the Classroom

PreK through 12th grade teachers are discovering not only the instructional power, but the ease and flexibility of the document camera. It is capable of projecting, magnifying, and recording easily seen images and video of books, objects, documents, maps, drawings, activities, experiments, people, animals, etc. This tool is quickly becoming a favorite of teachers, individual students, and groups of students during lessons, demonstrations, and presentations:
– monitoring eggs hatching, butterflies emerging, plants growing, etc.
– graphic organizers
– modeling math and writing/editing
– math manipulatives
– art work
– science experiments and dissections
– student work
– show and tell
– “Big Book” reading and activities
– calculators
– timers
– note taking
– (the list can be endless)

All of this can be captured through video so that it can be reviewed later, for providing it to absent students, or providing a tool to help parents to support their children at home.

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 5/9/2012)

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“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.
–Jean Piaget
http://psychology.about.com/od/profilesofmajorthinkers/p/piaget.htm

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Cedar Ridge High School “LOTE Students Create Glogster Biopics”
Glogster is an interactive posterboard, that allows students to post videos, pictures, text, and sound files.
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/05/08/lote-students-create-glogster-biopics/

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Ridgeview Middle School “ELA Explores the 1960’s”
Ms. Copley’s and Mrs. Mark’s 8th grade ELA classes recently researched the 1960s as part of their book study, The Contender. Read more at
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/05/ela-explores-1960s.html

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 4/24/2012)

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When students do work and know that it is going to be published on the internet for everyone to see, they make sure it is good. When they do work to turn in for a grade, they make sure it is good enough.

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C.D. Fulkes Middle School “8th Grade History/ Civil War”
Mr. Delacruz and Mrs. Ufomata used their Activ Panels to demonstrate significant individuals of the Civil War. http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/04/8th-grade-historycivil-war.html

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Chisholm Trail Middle School “Class Elections”
Here is a great use of Vimeo in Ms. Green’s 7th LA class.
http://chisholmtrail.edublogs.org/2012/04/13/ms-greens-class-elections/

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Deerpark Middle School “Socrative and Mobile devices”
Ms. Cameron’s 6th Grade ELA classes recently read Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo, and she wanted to provide an interactive review for students before she gave her test on the book. Ms. Cameron set up a series of multiple choice and short answer quizzes in a free Web 2.0 tool called Socrative.
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/04/socrative-and-mobile-devices.html

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Hernandez “Parent Involvement Night Highlights Math Technology”
Hernandez Parent Night in April focused on the Math STAAR state assessment and Math teachers at Hernandez Middle School showcased the technology used to teach math concepts to students and prepare them for the new STAAR test.
http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2012/04/parent-involvement-night-highlights.html

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Hopewell Middle School “Skype”
Texas History students in Mr. Nugent and Robertson’s classes participated in a project that used the web-based application SKYPE.
http://hwms.weebly.com/

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Ridgeview Middle School “BYO and Prezis”
BYO comes to science.
In Mrs. Gibson’s 7th Grade Science classes the students were needing to use timers to complete the lab assignment.
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/byo-comes-to-science.html

Prezis
Mrs. Klaus’ Leadership Classes were asked to present on several topic this spring including great Leaders and tips to help students be more successful.
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/04/leadership-class-uses-prezi.html

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Cedar Ridge High School “Turnitin.com”
Many of our teachers and students are now using Turnitin.com to facilitate the grading of student work.
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/

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Westwood High School “Language labs and Yearbook”
Language Labs
We’re using the language lab to prepare teachers for the AP exams to do simulated conversations and to do presentational speaking practice. It’s really good for paired activities.
http://westwood-technology.blogspot.com/2012/04/brian-mcdonough-spanish-teacher-on.html

Yearbook
Journalism creates yearbook.
http://westwood-technology.blogspot.com/2012/04/judy-gaines-journalism-teacher.html

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 4/10/2012)

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“The technology itself is not transformative. It’s the school, the pedagogy that is transformative.” – Tanya Byron

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Cedar Valley Middle School “PBS Webquest Africa”
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/03/from-sahara-to-serengeti.html  

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Cedar Valley Middle School “Taking Advantage of Testing”
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/04/taking-advantage-of-testing.html

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Chisholm Trail Middle School “CTMS Counselor”
http://chisholmtrail.edublogs.org/2012/04/05/ctms-counselor/

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Deerpark Middle School “Photo Manipulation Assignment”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/04/photo-manipulation-assignment.html 

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 4/3/2012)

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“It is important to remember that educational software, like textbooks, is only one tool in the learning process. Neither can be a substitute for well-trained teachers, leadership, and parental involvement.” Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3747612

C.D. Fulkes Middle School “Academic Night and Mr. Maitland’s Interactive Classroom”
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/03/cd-fulkes-academic-night.html
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/03/mr-maitlands-interactive-classroom.html

Cedar Valley Middle School “Figurative Language Webquest
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/03/roses-are-red-violets-are-blue.html

Ridgeview Middle School “Texas History Writes Civil War Diaries with the help of Voicethread
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/02/texas-history-writes-civil-war-diaries.html

Round Rock High School “SMART Future Teachers at RRHS”
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2012/03/smart-future-teachers-at-rrhs.html

Stony Point High School “Students Regain Credit with the Help of E2020
http://sptigertech.edublogs.org/2012/01/12/students-regain-credit-with-e2020/

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 3/20/2012)

“The need to know the capital of Florida died when my phone learned the answer. Rather, the students of tomorrow need to be able to think creatively: they will need to learn on their own, adapt to new challenges and innovate on-the-fly.” Anthony Chivetta, high school student in Missouri 
(http://www.lasalleschools.net/technology.cfm)

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Cedar Valley Middle School “Erasing the R Word”
Public Service Announcement
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/03/erasing-r-word.html

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Cedar Valley Middle School “This is how you do it”
Students create How To’s
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/this-is-how-you-do-it.html

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Grisham middle School “Hero’s Journey”
Students integrate Moodle to collaborate online as they write myths or folktales.
http://grishamtechnology.blogspot.com/2012/03/myth-heros-journey-using-moodle.html

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Hernandez middle School “Technology Helps Students Prepare for STAAR Writing”
Students use an online resource to help them with their writing.
http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2012/03/technology-helps-student-prepare-for.html

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Hopewell Middle School “Movie Maker in Science”
http://hwms.weebly.com/

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Ridgeview Middle School “Stop Action Animation
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/03/stop-action-animation.html

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Stony Point High School students talk technology at SXSW.
http://www.rrleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=29046&TM=55580.98

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 3/6/2012)

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“The future belongs to young people who know where the knowledge is, how to get it, how to think about it, and how to turn it into better work, better products, and better lives.”
Rexford Brown, Executive Director, P.S. 1 Charter School and Urban Learning Communities, Inc.

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C.D. Fulkes Middle School
Mrs. Walden’s Journalism Class sses Adobe Photoshop and Indesign to create the yearbook
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/02/mrs-waldens-journalism-class-uses-adobe.html

Cedar Valley Middle School

This is How You do It
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/this-is-how-you-do-it.html

Cedar Valley is in the News for DLD
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/cedar-valley-is-in-news-for-dld.html

Commercial Espanol
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2012/02/comercial-espanol.html

Deerpark Middle School

Super Source Citing with Animoto
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/02/super-source-citing-with-animoto.html

QR Codes Everywhere
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/02/more-qr-codes-everywhere.html

Ridgeview Middle School

Brain Pop Helps with Clauses
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/03/brainpop-helps-with-clauses.html

Netbooks Make a Splash in Dance
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/02/netbooks-make-splash-in-dance.html

Bring Your Own Technology

Ridgeview Middle School
http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2012/02/mrs-pickles-class-uses-cell-phone-to.html

Walsh Middle School
http://walsh2011technology.blogspot.com/view/classic

Cedar Ridge High School

Tech Tuesday – Smart Slates
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/02/28/tech-tuesday-smart-slates/

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 2/13/2012)

“This is just the beginning of incorporating technology in the classroom,” Groff said. “This is something each teacher can do on their own. 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, Principal of Cedar Valley Middle School, as quoted in the Round Rock Leader

Middle School

– Cedar Valley Middle School “Leading the Way in STEM”
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2011/11/leading-way-in-stem.html

– Chisholm Trail Middle School “Tag Students Use Edmodo”
http://chisholmtrail.edublogs.org/2012/02/08/tag-students-using-edmodo/

– Deerpark Middle School “Mr. Teal’s Math Classes Take on Moodle”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/02/mr-teals-math-classes-take-on-moodle.html

– Cedar Valley Middle School is highlighted in the Round Rock Leader
http://rrleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=11&subsectionID=11&articleID=28901

High School

– Cedar Ridge High School “Theatre Students Use 3M Shoot and Share”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/02/02/171/

– Cedar Ridge High School “Student Videos Explain Protein Synthesis and Natural Selection”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2012/01/31/student-videos-explain-protein-synthesis-and-natural-selection/

– Stony Point High School “IB Student Creates Gifted and Talented Video”
http://sptigertech.edublogs.org/2012/01/12/ib-student-creates-gifted-and-talented-video/

– Round Rock High School “Engineering Students Visit Samsung”
http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2012/02/kxan-video-of-rr-engineering-students.html