Reposted from Round Rock ISD Press Release 1/28/15
Planning an urban agriculture system for a future city of 84,000 people only took a month for the Chisholm Trail Middle School Advanced Science Technology Engineering and Math club to complete, and they hope they won’t need to use the model any time soon. The group of 15 students created the city plan for the… (Read More)
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.
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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
– 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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as well as other, technology is being integrated into the curriculum.
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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.
*********** 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
“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.
“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
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:
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/
Teachers are implementing online tools to help check for understanding. Using tools such as Poll Everywhere, teachers are able to check for understanding on topics recently covered in class. Students can respond using either their own devices or district provided laptops or netbooks. Click the links below to see Poll Everywhere in action.
Hopewell Middle School “Poll Everywhere” http://hwms.weebly.com/
Round Rock High School “RRHS Students use Poll Everywhere” http://rrhsits.blogspot.com/2011/11/rrhs-students-use-poll-everywhere.html
Students have many different ways to present their learning and knowledge about topics they study. Students use Prezis, Animotos, videos, brochures, and digital posters. Click the links below to see great examples of student work.