2011 – 2012: A School Year Rich in Technology Integration

As we close another school year, we reflect on the many examples of lessons and activities which we have proudly had the privilege to post on this blog. They are representative of the commitment by educators throughout the district to meet the needs and learning styles of today’s 21st Century learners.

Until the new school year starts, please enjoy the previous postings on this district blog and be sure to check out the other postings by the individual campuses by clicking on the elementary school name on the right or the secondary school name on the left.

McNeil High School Hosts the Third Annual Round Rock ISD Robotics Showcase

On May 15 several Round Rock ISD schools participated in a Robotics Showcase at McNeil High School. The goal of the showcase was for schools to display and show off what they have been working on throughout the year. It is always amazing to see the enthusiasm in the students as they describe their robots and what they can do. The Sumo-bot playground was a huge hit with the students with many exciting matches taking place. It was difficult to tell who enjoyed it more, the students or the parents.

Some Individual Participating Campuses Blog
about the Robotics Showcase:
Callison: Callison showcases in RRISD Robotics Showcase!
– Great Oaks: Get Down Dunegan!

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/24/2012)

Voigt: Graphing Energy
Fifth grade students in Mr. Halsell’s science class created comparative bar graphs from data gathered in a potential/kinetic energy investigation using online graphing tools. Once complete, the students added their graphs to a Powerpoint presentation on potential and kinetic energy.

Berkman: Fifth Grade Video & Music Producers
In their final session of Aspire, fifth grade students explored the world of video and music production. Students worked in small groups to retell or transform scenes from a short story they had read. Their project plan included storyboarding, script writing, role assignment and lastly shooting the video. Students also explored an online music creation program called Soundation Studio which was very easy to use yet complex enough that they felt like they were actually in a real recording studio! This was a great introduction into the world of multimedia!

Old Town: Providing Goods and Services
2nd graders finished up their goods and services unit by interviewing someone and choosing a final project to present their information. This student chose an interview using the broadcast greenscreen and software.


In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/22/2012)

Berkman: Year End Photostories
First grade students in Mrs. Duffy’s class enjoyed learing about Photostory as they incorporated photos from their classroom into a year end movie. Students learned how to import images, add text to each photo, and create music. They each enjoyed viewing their own finished product as well as their classmates’ movies.

Double File: Wellness, Cooking & Technology
As part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program happening at Double File Trail, students were challenges to track their movement, eat healthy and much more! Here First Grader Gavin and his cousins Alyssa and Gabriel teach you how to make a healthy smoothie! The family created the video at home and uploaded to our DFT School Tube account. See if you can learn from their home cooking show! Vote for Gavin on his School Tube Video at http://bit.ly/rqyuBj

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Blackland Prairie PPCD students: “Touch” Me a Story!
Caraway: Book Trailers from TAG
Gattis 2nd grade students: Food Chain in Kidspiration
Old Town 5th grade students: Animal Adaptations and Ecosystems
Sommer: Second Grade Poetry
Caraway 1st grade students: Happy Mother’s Day
Forest Creek: Fourth Grade Practices Surgery—in the lab!
Forest Creek: Fifth Grade creates Brain Pop Videos
Forest Creek: Fifth Grade Creates IO Machines
Old Town: Kinder Reading
Purple Sage 5th grade students: Photo Story3 Used as Background for Live Performance

Canyon Creek: Stop Motion Geometry
Mrs. Mitchell’s class used stop-motion animation to to demonstrate their understanding of translation, rotation and slide. The students collaborated with partners to create their videos. One student held the camera and the other moved the object in small increments to create movement when turned into a video. The photographs were moving!

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/18/2012)

Jollyville Robotics Students give Demonstration at Barnes and Noble
Jollyville Elementary school held a book fair at Barnes and Noble near Lakeline Mall. A percentage of the day’s purchases went to Jollyville’s library. Librarian, Mrs. Carter, organized lots of events for the day, like a pet parade, flip flop fashion show and a robotics demonstration. At 10:30 on Saturday morning, the robotics club met in the store’s story area to show off some things that they have been working on this year. Children gathered around to watch and the to use the robots, created with Lego NXT kits, themselves.

Wells Branch: 5th Graders Keeping Current!
Students in Mrs. Wilson’s 5th grade class have been keeping up with current events within our community and around the world. The students presented a news worthy event that occurred within the past week. The students can present their articles in a variety of ways. Some students use technology such at Prezi, Windows Live Movie Maker, Office Powerpoint, and Office Publisher, while other students use their creative side with the arts. Creativity and learning comes alive with re-enactments of the article through a skit, anchoring a newscast , while other still create sculptures and book covers for the article. This allows the students to keep current with news worthy events through all different learning styles and media.

Graphic Organizers
Caraway 4th grade students: Brainstorning Web of Prior Knowledge
Pond Springs students: Classifying Animals with Kidspiration

Living History Museum
Live Oak 3rd grade students
Old Town 3rd grade students

Interactive Boards
Callison: Advanced Promethean Training!
Pond Springs: Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader?

Response Devices
Berkman: Let’s Vote
Deepwood: TurningPoint Response System.

Video Productions/Presentations
Spicewood: 1st Grade Expressions
Canyon Creek: Hatchet Retold Using Paper Slides
Fern Bluff: Stop Motion Movies on Energy Sources

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Deepwood: Favorite Things Tagxedo
Bluebonnet: Second Grade Creates Powerpoint Presentations to Display Research
Cactus Ranch: Animal Skull Examination
Callison: Online Resource Training!
Live Oak: Fifth Grade is Going Places with Moodle
Live Oak: Fourth and Fifth Graders Learn Science with STEMscopes
Pond Springs: Fourth Grader Make Cartoons with ToonDoo
Pond Springs: First Grade Creates Animal Photo Stories
Purple Sage: New Technology at Purple Sage
Purple Sage: Student Created Newsletter
Purple Sage: Intervention Software
Purple Sage: QR Codes used at our Book Fair
Spicewood: Public Service Announcements

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
http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html  (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 http://dfttech.blogspot.com/2012/05/poetry-online.html
– Robertson 3rd grade students use technology to prepare for their Living History Museum. Visit “Online Databases Help With Biographical Research” at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/hot-tech-at-robertson.html
– Wells Branch 5th grade students take a closer look at owl pellets in their science lesson. Visit “Owl Pellets Up Close!” at http://wellsbranchtech.edublogs.org/2012/05/03/owl-pellets-up-close/
– Gattis students use technology as a tool. Visit “Technology as a Tool” at http://gattistech.blogspot.com/2012/05/technology-as-tool.html

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


“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


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.


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

In the Spotlight (Elementary – 5/4/2012)

Sommer Elementary: First Grade Commercials
First Grade students participated in a media literacy unit. As a part of this unit of study, students created a product as if it would be sold in the marketplace. To complete this project students wrote and produced commercials for the products that they invented. These commercials were filmed using the green screen technology and equipment that we have in our broadcast room. They had a blast staging their commercials and choosing the pictures that would be their background.

Callison Elementary: Congratulations, Ms. Schlung!
On Saturday, April 28th, fourth grade teacher Ms. Brianna Schlung had an opportunity to showcase her Promethean skills as eager Texas State students watched. Ms. Schlung was asked to visit with the Texas State students after she was observed by Texas State interns on Callison’s campus.

More Great Technology Happenings on Elementary Campuses Around the District:
Deepwood 5th grade students create math reviews. Visit “Geometry Review Apps” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/05/geometry-review-apps.html.
Fern Bluff 2nd grade students take virtual field trip of the Indianapolis Zoo. Visit “Amazing Amazon Virtual Fieldtrip” at http://fernbluffit.edublogs.org/2012/05/01/amazing-amazon-virtual-fieldtrip/.
Deepwood 2nd grade students create presentations on animals. Visit “Voice Thread Presentations in Second Grade” at http://dwesits.blogspot.com/2012/05/voice-thread-presentations-in-second.html.
Caldwell Heights 4th grade students study science with the help of Jeff Ferris from The Natural Gardener of Austin. Visit the May 1st posting at http://stayingactivelyengaged.blogspot.com/p/getting-it-right-at-ches.html.
Herrington 3rd grade students create Texas Bluebonnet Award book reviews for campus library. Visit “Students Review Books for Library Display” at http://herringtontech.blogspot.com/2012/04/students-review-books-for-library.html.
Jollyville students conduct electronic surveys. Visit “TAG Students Use Survey Tool to Gather Data about their Classmates” at http://www.jvestech.blogspot.com/2012/04/tag-students-use-survey-tool-to-gather.html.
Anderson Mill 1st grade students use technology to learn math concepts. Visit “Math Stations” at http://ames-it-right.blogspot.com/2012/05/math-stations.html.
Old Town students use Today’s Meet to collaborate and brainstorm. Visit “Today’s Meet” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/04/27/todays-meet/.
Old Town 5th grade students create brochures of Texas facts. Visit “Stating the Facts” at http://oldtowntech.edublogs.org/2012/05/01/stating-the-facts/.
Sommer 2nd grade students produce videos of Rossini. Visit “Animoto Research Projects” at http://sommerit.blogspot.com/2012/05/animoto-research-projects.html.

In the Spotlight (Secondary – 5/1/2012)

Cedar Valley Middle School “QR-azy for QRs”
CeVMS has gone a little QR-azy for QR Codes! They are popping up all over the hallways, in emails, in the cafeteria, and even in the Library.


Cedar Valley Middle School “Ms. Lake’s Class is SMART”
Ms. Lake has incorporated the use of a SMART board in her FAC class this semester. The students look forward to getting up and interacting with the board daily.

C.D. Fulkes Middle School “8th Grade Moodles”
Students in 8th grade science classes are using Moodle calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration.

Grisham Middle School “Is this a Hoax?”
Students in our 8th grade Language Arts classes have been working on a research unit. One aspect of that unit is web site evaluation. Students were given the 5 W’s of web site evaluation.


Ridgeview Middle School “Virtual Microscopes in 6th Grade Science”
Mr. Hardesty is introducing microscope skills to his sixth grade science students with the help of a virtual microscope.