Chisholm Trail A-STEM club places 2nd at ‘Future City’ contest

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)

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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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as well as other technology, are being integrated into the curriculum.
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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 – 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 – 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

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 (Secondary – 1/23/2012)

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Teachers need to stop saying, “Hand it in,” and start saying “Publish It.”- Alan November
Digital Media enables us to build more stages for our kids to express themselves. – Marco Torres
(http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2008/04/ten-21st-century-education-quotes-i.html)
Round Rock ISD teachers provide students many stages to publish their work.
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– C.D.Fulkes Middle School Publisher – Family Recipes
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2012/01/publisher-family-recipes.html

– Deerpark Middle School “How To” videos
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2012/01/8th-graders-writing-flip-cams-movie.html

– Walsh Middle School Geometry Review videos
http://walsh2011technology.blogspot.com/view/classic

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

– Hopewell Middle School Anti-bullying comic strip
http://hwms.weebly.com/

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 1/3/2012)

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

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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.

Deerpark Middle School
Theatre: http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/robotics-tournament-at-westwood-high.html
Social Studies: http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/constitution-animotos.html

Grisham Middle School
Dance: http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/constitution-animotos.html

Hernandez Middle School
Multi-Media Classes: http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/2011/11/multi-media-class-creates-public.html
Spanish Class: http://hemsbulldogbytes.blogspot.com/

Hopewell Middle School
Science: http://hwms.weebly.com/

Ridgeview Middle School
Social Studies: http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2011/11/texas-ecoregions-project.html
World Cultures:  http://ridgeviewtechnology.blogspot.com/#!/2011/09/world-cultures-brochures.html

Walsh Middle School
Social Studies: http://walsh2011technology.blogspot.com/view/snapshot#!/2011/10/celebrating-freedom-week.html

Cedar Ridge High School
Music: http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/12/06/154/
 Business Education: http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/11/15/diversity-means/

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 12/05/2011)

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Students are introduced to specialized software to create web pages, interact with music, and to create art work. Students get hands on experience using Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, and Smart Music software. Click on the links below to see their work.
Stony Point High School “Web Design Students Create Efficient CSS Pages”
http://sptigertech.edublogs.org/2011/11/18/web-design-students-create-efficient-css-pages/
Cedar Ridge High School “Adobe Illustrator with Wacom Tablets”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/11/10/adobe-illustrator-with-wacom-tablets/
Cedar Valley Middle School “Sing and Make Music”
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2011/11/sing-and-make-musicfor-your-computer.html

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Students get creative as they re-create book covers. Some students created new book covers for stories they have read while others participated in the contest to create the cover for the district course catalog. Click on the links below to see their work.
Chisholm Trail Middle School “Ms. Sisolak’s 7th Grade Language Arts – Outsiders”
http://chisholmtrail.edublogs.org/2011/11/16/ms-sisolaks-7th-language-arts-outsiders/
Westwood High School “Westwood High School Student Wins the District’s Course Catalog Contest”
http://westwood-technology.blogspot.com/2011/10/chloe-s.html

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C.D. Fulkes Middle School is utilizing software to personalize instruction in math for students. Students are able to manipulate the software as they work through mathematical concepts and procedures. Click the link to watch a short video of students utilizing the software.
C.D. Fulkes Middle School “Compass Learning”
http://cdfmstechlizards.blogspot.com/2011/11/compass-learning-engage-think-learn.html

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