National Event: 2nd Annual Digital Learning Day, February 6, 2013

At the local level: In order to highlight and celebrate examples of the ways RRISD educators use technology to provide exemplary instructional environments, the Round Rock ISD Instructional Technology Department began this “Getting I.T. Right! Digital Showcase” a little over 4 years ago during the month of November 2008.

On the national level: Tomorrow, February 6, 2013, a number of RRISD campuses will join with thousands of teachers and students by participating in the second annual nation-wide Digital Learning Day. To learn more about this effort which will highlight digital learning environments and events taking place throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, visit

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In the Spotlight (Secondary – 5/16/2012)

“We need to replicate in the classroom, the world in which students are living.”
– unknown


C.D. Fulkes Middle School

Stop Bullying – Discovery classes produce videos to address the problems with bullying and cyberbulling.


Inventor in Gateway – Gateway students using Inventor to design and build race cars that are propelled by compressed air.


In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/10/2012)

Wells Branch: 4th Grade House Builders!
Wells Branch 4th graders are currently working on a house-building project using an application called Google Sketch-Up. This free program from Google allows them to build 3 dimensional models. Students are putting their geometric skills and knowledge to create these awesome 3-D model homes!

Paper Slides
– Herrington: Second Graders Create Paper Slide Videos
– Canyon Creek: Paper Slide Shows

Digital Book Reports
– Voigt 4th grade students: Digital Book Trailers
– Voigt 5th grade students: Novel Study Movies

Animal Research and Presentations
– Old Town 1st grade students
– Spicewood 2nd grade students
– Caldwell Heights 2nd grade students  (May 4th posting)

Community Service/Awareness
– Spicewood: 5th Grade Students Spread Awareness Using Weebly
– Spicewood: Prezi Spices Up Our Presentations!

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
– Double File 2nd grade students create online poems. Visit “Poetry Online” at
– Robertson 3rd grade students use technology to prepare for their Living History Museum. Visit “Online Databases Help With Biographical Research” at
– Wells Branch 5th grade students take a closer look at owl pellets in their science lesson. Visit “Owl Pellets Up Close!” at
– Gattis students use technology as a tool. Visit “Technology as a Tool” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/30/2012)

Bluebonnet: Teacher on Maternity Leave Skypes with Third Grade Class
Mrs. Finlayson left her third grade class only days before the STAAR test to go on maternity leave. Realizing that this time might be stressful for the students, who have not taken a standardized test before, the thoughtful teacher decided that she wanted to set up a video conference with her students. This was such a wonderful example of a teacher using technology to support the learning in the classroom and bring the world to her students.

Great Oaks 2nd grade students have their claymation videos shown at the Alamo Drafthouse:
Visit “Taking It to the Another Level” at
Students love seeing their work published posted on teacher websites, so you can imagine how excited they are to have their work shown in a public movie theater.


More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Anderson Mill 1st grade students study metamorphosis. Visit “Samsung Digital Presenter” at
Old Town 2nd grade students focus on science vocabulary words. Visit “Word Skills” at
Forest Creek 2nd grade students use Kidspiration to study the life cycle of butterflies. Visit “Canizales’ Cuddly Bears Brainstorm about Butterflies” at
Forest North 4th grade students have new ways to publish what they write. Visit “Honing those Writing Skills” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/23/2012)

Caraway: Gaming at Caraway
Calling all gamers! After having the opportunity of going to the Conference, Mr. Sosa’s 3rd grade class is creating their own games on-line using Gamestar Mechanic. Gamestar Mechanic is a game and on-line community that teaches kids how to design their own games! Through Gamestar Mechanic, the students are learning about the elements of game design which include: space, components, mechanics, goals, and rules.
Designing games also builds:
•Systems Thinking,
•21st Century Skills,
•Creative Problem Solving,
•Art and Aesthetics,
•Writing and Storytelling,
•and creates a motivation for STEM learning.
Visit Mr. Sosa’s website and click on “Class Made Games” to start playing some of these games. Remember to leave a comment with your suggestions on how the students can improve their games.
Happy Gaming!

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
– Blackland 1st grade students research and create presentation on famous inventors and animals. Visit “First Grade has been hard at Work” at
– Old Town 1st grade students research animals and create projects. Visit “Animal Research for First Grade” at
– Chandler Oaks 5th grade students create pie graphs and convert fractions. Visit “5th Grade TAG Students Tackle Graphing – with Technology!” at
– Spicewood 5th grade students broaden their historical perspectives. Visit “5th Grade Teachers Create a Website to Support Student Research” at
– Sommer 5th grade students create claymation videos. Visit “Getting Animated!” at
– Cactus Ranch students acquire weather station. Visit “Cactus Ranch Weather Station” at
– Anderson Mill students use technology of expand their physical classroom. Visit “Netbooks Anywhere” at
– Herington students create public service video. Visit “Students Create Video to Honor Auxiliary Employees” at
– Blackland TAG students raise the level of collaboration during poetry lesson. Visit “Let’s Meet on Today’s Meet!” at
– Berkman students use mix fun with learning as they practice their skills of using a coordinate grid. Visit “Coordinate Grid Online” at

Great Oaks: Take a Look at Kidcaster Lauren!!!
Take look at Lauren Bradley. She got a rare opportunity thanks to Zack Shields of Fox 7 News. Lauren was able to appear on live television and give the morning forecast. What a wonderful opportunity! If you want your child to appear with Zack, just apply through his Kidcaster website:

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 4/20/2012)

Wells Branch 5th grade students create movies to explain addition and subtraction of fractions. Visit “Fraction of a Fifth Grader” at
Students were able to choose one of the following as the video they wanted to create:
1. Make a how-to video that would teach other students your age how to put fractions in order from least to greatest.
2. Create a commercial that advertises a special item for sale. It should use equivalent fractions to try and trick the buyer into paying more for the same amount of product.

Forest Creek Coyotes Service Learning Club Learns about Commercials and Promotes Empty Bowl Project Event: (
The Service Learning Club is a group of fourth and fifth grade students who do community-focused activities throughout the year at Forest Creek Elementary. One of the many activities they are involved with is the Empty Bowl Project, a fund raiser for the Round Rock food pantry. People create empty bowls which are sold at a fund raiser; all proceeds benefit the Round Rock Area Serving Center. The students wanted to advertise the event to the other students at Forest Creek, so they decided to create a commercial. The students researched what they wanted the commercial to say and wrote the script. The students filmed the commercial with teacher support.
During the course of this month long project, the students learned about writing to a specific audience and creating a focused message. They also learned about public speaking and memorized their parts. They learned about technology as they filmed and helped put together the project. We are very proud of these students and their finished project. We are hoping that this not only encourages people to come to the Empty Bowl Festival on Saturday, April 14th, but also inspires them to try a project-based learning experience also! Please enjoy the commercial our students worked so hard on. Click here ( if you would like to view the commercial on YouTube.

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Voigt Kindergarten students illustrate their knowledge of organisms and their environments. Visit “What Do Plants Need?” at
Teravista Kindergarten students categorize living and non-living in science. Visit “Kindergarten” at
Pond Springs Kindergarten student use technology to vote for and graph results on their favorite Armadillo books. Visit “Kindergarten Students Create Graphs with TurningPoint!” at
Anderson Mill 1st grade students learn about animal characteristics. Visit “Animals” at
Berkman 1st grade students learn about and illustrate life cycles in science. Visit “Life Cycle Illustration” at
Great Oaks 1st grade students use video to observe and study hatching of eggs in classroom project. Visit “First Grade Chicks Hatching” at
Forest Creek 1st grade students create video of animal research. Visit “Heinzen’s Honeybees Buzz about PhotoStory” at
Berkman 2nd grade students make technology part of their daily routine. Visit “Daily Routines Not So Routine” at
Blackland 2nd grade students use TurningPoint response devices. Visit “Student Response Devices…being Paper-Lean and Green” at
Chandler Oaks 2nd grade students create public service announcement videos on making safe choices. Visit “Second Grade Responds to Problems” at
Teravista 2nd grade students combine puppets and technology to present student created stories. Visit “2nd grade in art” at
Teravista 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Second Grade Creates Creative Presentations” at
Spicewood 2nd grade students use webcams to monitor life cycle of Monarch butterflies. Visit “Live Streaming of 2nd Grade Monarchs” at
Deepwood 2nd grade students use blogs as part of their learning process. Visit “Second Grade Blogs” at
Forest Creek 2nd grade students create PowerPoint presentations on their animal research. Visit “Fulp’s Flashy Fish and Kelso’s Critters Tackles Power Point!” at
Blackland 3rd grade students create presentations of their online research. Visit “Third Graders are working on research projects” at
Chandler Oaks 3rd grade students use technology to investigate probability in math. Visit “Third Graders Get “SMART” with Probability” at
Teravista 3rd grade students use Google Earth to gather data on natural and man-made wonders. Visit “TAG” at
Forest Creek 3rd grade students use Word Clouds to write descriptive sentences. Visit “Shogan’s Salamanders Used TAGXEDO” at
Teravista 4th grade students to write a Leadership book. Visit “4th grade uses Technology To Promote Leadership” at
Bluebonnet 5th grade students make the most of their laptop computers. Visit “5th Grade Superstars” at
Teravista 5th grade students use StemScopes and TurningPoint to review their understanding of Science concepts. Visit “STAAR Science Practice” at
Anderson Mill students take advantage of the Round Rock ISD’s eLibrary system. Visit “In the Library” at
Blackland students use digital Avatars to narrate book reports. Visit “Avatars” at
Berkman students move forward in creating their websites on Greek mythology and paper toys. Visit “Student Web Designers” at
Old Town students use Book Flix to combine art and Book Flix. Visit “Art and Technology” at
Live Oak students use Google Docs to collect data. Visit “TAG Students create surveys using Google Docs” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 3/28/2012)

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

– Forest Creek kindergarten students become critical consumers of information and wise shoppers. Visit “Sanders’ Bugs Advertise!” at
– Great Oaks kindergarten students use robotics to become engineers. Visit “What??? Kindergarten Robotics???” at

– Berkman 1st grade students use a webcam in order to have anytime, anywhere, real time observation of their classroom science lesson. Visit “The Eggs Have Arrived & They Have Their Own Channel” at
– Forest Creek 1st grade students enhance their writing skills. Visit “Delgado’s Dragons Publish” at
– Gattis 1st grade students use Skype to take a virtual trip to Canada. Visit “Skype to Saskatchewan, Canada” at

– Berkman 2nd grade students use blogs as a communication tool and to post what they find during research. Visit “Students Begin Blogging” at and “Enrichment Through Technology” at
– Great Oaks 2nd grade students combine writing and robotics. Visit “Absolutely Adorable Lego WeDo Projects” at
– Great Oaks 2nd grade students create a Claymation video as part of a service learning project on conserving natural resources. Visit “Joy’s Joys Amazing Claymation Project” at
– Old Town 2nd grade students use Kidspiration to study the food chain. Visit “What do second graders eat?” at
– Voigt 2nd grade students study media literacy and communicate using blogs. Visit “Students Begin Blogging” at
– Voigt 2nd grade students use spreadsheets to record and graph collected weather data. Visit “What’s the Weather Like?” at

– Brushy Creek 3rd grade students create and edit classroom videos of themselves and their school to share with students in another state. Visit “Third Grade MovieMakers” at
– Anderson Mill 3rd grade students use interactive technology to expand their math skills. Visit “Fractions” at
– Voigt 3rd grade students learn about Internet Safety. Visit “Internet Safety Lesson with Little Red” at

– Caraway 4th grade students combine physical activity and technology to graph data and develop deeper math skills. Visit “How High Can We Jump?” at

– Deepwood 5th grade students experience architectural design. Visit “Google SketchUp” at
– Fern Bluff 5th grade students use technology to create videos of their poetry projects. Visit “Poetry Videos using Animoto”
– Jollyville 5th grade students talk about their efforts to prepare for the upcoming RRISD Robotics Showcase. Visit “Robotics Special Projects” at

– Double File students use technology to document their reading comprehension and personal reading goals. Visit “Accelerated Reader” at
– Live Oak students use online resources as part of their Famous Americans research. Visit “Who am I?” at
– Ponds Springs students use response devices to participate in Battle of the Bluebonnets. Visit “Battle with TurningPoint” at
– Purple Sage students take second place in Battle of the Bluebonnets. Visit “Purple Sage takes 2nd Place in the Bluebonnets. at
– Pond Springs students use Google Docs to participate in a survey to select their enrichment class choices. Visit “Fridays are Sweeter with Google Docs” at
– Voigt students enrich their learning using technology. Visit “Enrichment Through Technology” at

– Voigt teachers use Wikispaces to collaborate and plan technology integration. Visit “Technology Workshops” at

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 

Cedar Valley Middle School “Erasing the R Word”
Public Service Announcement

Cedar Valley Middle School “This is how you do it”
Students create How To’s

Grisham middle School “Hero’s Journey”
Students integrate Moodle to collaborate online as they write myths or folktales.

Hernandez middle School “Technology Helps Students Prepare for STAAR Writing”
Students use an online resource to help them with their writing.

Hopewell Middle School “Movie Maker in Science”

Ridgeview Middle School “Stop Action Animation!/2012/03/stop-action-animation.html


Stony Point High School students talk technology at SXSW.

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 2/24/2012)

“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” Bill Gates

– Pond Springs PPCD students classify dinosaurs using an Interactive Whiteboard. Visit “PPCD Students Classify with SMART” at
– Spicewood kindergarten students become media literate. Visit “Kindergarten Creates a Collaborative Newspaper” at
– Brush Creek kindergarten students and their parents have answering the question “What did you learn in school today?” simplified through the creative use of a document camera and a class webpage. Visit “Kindergarten on the Web” at
– Great Oaks kindergarten students use Kid Pix. Visit “Another O-ustanding Student Posting” at

– Teravista 2nd grade students make book trailers on their favorite library books. Visit “Second Grade” at
– Old Town 2nd grade students practice fractions. Visit “Kidspiring Fractions” at

– Canyon Creek 3rd grade students get instant feedback through the use of response devices. Visit “Warm Up Right” at
– Double File Trail 3rd grade students use response devices to make sure everyone’s opinion is heard and included. Visit “ActiVotes for the Whole Class” at
– Fern Bluff 3rd grade students use interactive tools to understand congruent shapes and symmetry. Visit “Interacting With Congruent Shapes” at
– Teravista 3rd grade combine media literacy, technology, persuasive text, advertising, art, science, and literature. Visit “3rd Grade Media Literacy” at
– Teravista 3rd grade students create book reports using PowerPoint. Visit “Book Reports” at

– Blackland Prairie 4th grade students express themselves through poetry. Visit “Color Poems by 4th Graders” at
– Purple Sage 4th grade students participate in a service learning project. Visit “Help Clean Up the Park” at
– Teravista 4th grade students create documentary videos. Visit “TAG Update” at

– Laurel Mountain 4th and 5th grade students use Skype to visit and interact with popular author. visit “Skyping with Tom Angleberger” at

– Caraway 5th grade students study and write poetry. Visit “Poems with Two Voices” at
– Old Town 5th grade students post their February newsletter. Visit “Hot off the Press!” at
– Pond Springs 5th grade students research and present what they learned about famous Americans. Visit “Photostory Biographies” at
– Purple Sage 5th grade students incorporate spreadsheets in their science fair projects. Visit ” EXCELlent Mathematicians!” at
– Teravista 5th grade students use graphing calculators. Visit “TAG Update” at
– Teravista 5th grade students research famous people. Visit “5th Grade Biographies” at
– Teravista 5th grade students study animal adaptations. Visit “5th Grade Science” at

– Live Oak librarian uses Moodle to help students participate and celebrate in reading Bluebonnet books. Visit “It’s Moodle Time in Live Oak!” and “Work Hard, Play Hard” at and
– Robertson Elementary students benefit from teachers’ use of Moodle. Visit ” Moodle Helps Teachers Organize Content” at
– Spicewood students and teachers use blogs to become producers on and not just consumers of the internet. Visit “Blogging at Spicewood” at
– Gattis students use technology to receive a little individualized instruction. Visit “Software for Individual Learners” at

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 2/10/2012)

In an article by Chris Riedel titled Digital Learning: What Kids Really Want in The Journal: Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans states that “ ‘students want to do real research, using real, relevant, online tools.’ They want to see how the material they’re learning applies to the world around them.”

1st Grade
– Gattis on “1st Grade Writes, Publishes and Reads Books” at
– Teravista on “Mrs. Santiago has been busy…” at

4th Grade
– Old Town on “KTEX News” at
– Old Town on “Famous Guest on KTEX” at

5th Grade
– Double File on “Alternative Energy Project” at
– Spicewood on “5th Grade Created Public Service Announcements” at
– Old Town on “SMART Slates in the Classroom” at
– Great Oaks on “What an amazing stop motion video!” at
– Old Town on “Teaching Elapsed Time is ‘SMART’ ” at

Teacher Training
– Great Oaks on “Mission Accomplished! Vertical team training complete, looking forward to some fresh TeacherWebs” at