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 – 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 – 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 – 1/9/2012)

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Stony Point High School students create the school’s first Android Application which gives students and staff quick access to school information. Click the link below to read more about the app.
http://sptigertech.edublogs.org/2011/12/05/ib-students-create-stony-points-first-android-app/

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Campuses use a variety of methods to communicate with all stakeholders. Some of the methods include QR Codes, videos, digital newspapers, and Twitter.
Cedar Valley Middle School “Skills for Life”
http://cevmstech.blogspot.com/2011/12/technology-skills-for-life.html

Deerpark Middle School
“Communicating Through Art”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/12/communicating-through-art.html
“QR Codes”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/qr-codes-on-campus.html
“Twitter”
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/11/tweeting-president.html

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Canyon Vista Middle School “Technology Applications
Students at Canyon Vista Middle School in the Mustang Discovery class are educated in Cybersmarts, Cyberbullying Awareness, Web Browsing Basics, Computer Fundamentals, Keyboarding Instruction, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and Introduction to Multimedia Applications. Click the link to read more about the program.
http://canyonvistams.weebly.com/1/post/2011/11/mustang-discovery-technology-applications.html

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 10/31/2011)

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Google Earth is a tool used by both teachers and students. It presents information in a geographical context that can be used in all subject areas. It can be used with inquiry-based activities and is a great research tool. Click the links below to see how Google Earth is being implemented in Round Rock ISD.
– Cedar Ridge High School “Traversing the Globe with Google Earth & Midpoint Formulas”
http://cedarridgeit.edublogs.org/2011/09/29/traversing-the-globe-with-google-earth-midpoint-formulas/
– Westwood High School “Engaging Students with Google Earth at Westwood High School”
http://westwood-technology.blogspot.com/2011/10/josh-williams-uses-google-earth-for.html

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Teachers are combining whiteboards with the power of a computer to create interactive lessons. Students are no longer just active listeners, but they are also active participants in the presentations. An advantage of the interactive Smartboard is that it allows the teacher to save the notes taken on the whiteboard during class to the web page. Click the link to view how the interactive whiteboard is being implemented at Deerpark Middle School.
http://deerparkits.blogspot.com/2011/10/beyond-blackboards.html

Hopewell Middle School Students Take an Interactive Field Trip

Mrs. London’s  6th grade World History classes went on an interactive field trip using  Google Earth.  The students were able to visit various locations  on the earth while learning how to read a map using latitude and longitude lines.  Google Earth displays satellite images of varying resolution of the Earth’s surface, allowing users to see things like cities and houses.  

Engaging Students with Google Earth at Westwood High School

Josh Wlliams, a teacher at Westwood High School, created his own webpage to engage students by using Google Earth. He states, “Like most people I have lost many hours to Google Earth. As a geographer and teacher I have been trying to find ways to incorporate this tool into the social studies classroom. Over a year ago I started making my own Google Earth files to use with my classes. I created a webpage that uses public domain NASA images with Google Earth.” Here is an example:Earth Screen