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February 12, 2014
February 3, 2014
Eight Round Rock ISD schools submitted videos for the TSPRA competition. Ridgeview and Voigt have advanced to the state round where they are eligible to win $1,000. State winners will be announced at the 2014 TSPRA annual conference in February. To learn more about CTPS go to celebratetps.org.
January 29, 2014
Round Rock ISD students, staff and community members have been reading and sharing "Wonder" throughout the year as part of the “One Book, One Community” initiative funded by the 2013 H-E-B Excellence in Education Large District Award proceeds. In preparation for the author, R.J. Palacio's, visit students were encouraged to create a video submission depicting how they Share Out the Wonder in their community. Voigt students used PowToon to create their campaign that focused on raising the awareness of the value of being kind to others.
December 18, 2013
A small group of students in Mrs. Stockton's class took on the challenge of creating and producing a video for the Celebrate Texas Public Schools Week video contest. They brainstormed all of the qualities they loved about their school and made a plan for how to capture those qualities on video. With lots of quality video footage, it was quite tricky to narrow it down to sixty seconds, but they got it done. Fingers crossed, we win! Great work to all of the kids highlighting why Voigt is the Place to Be!
December 5, 2013
Students in fourth and fifth grade will be participating in The Hour of Code, as part of Computer Science Education Week, December 9th -13th. What is The Hour of Code? It's a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Computer science provides a foundation for virtually any career - everybody can benefit from learning the basics. Visit code.org to learn more and be sure to ask your child about their coding experience!
December 1, 2013
As part of our Google initiative, we continue to explore how we can use Google products to create impact in the classroom. Teachers have been introduced to Google+ which is a social networking site that we use to create online communities centered around education. Teachers have joined our campus G+ Community to share educational research and best practice. We also have a G+ Community called MegaByte Mondays where we share and comment on new technology tools. There are also several district level communities that teachers participate in, professional development being the most prominent, where they can access resources and materials from trainings, ask follow up questions, begin conversations, etc. Google+ Communities have allowed us to create wonderfully collaborative online environments where teachers can share with teachers, both on campus and from around the district.
November 25, 2013
We have expanded the Texas Success Initiative called iStation to our students in kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students in grades K-5 are now using this interactive reading program to bolster their reading skills. Istation Reading is a computer-based adaptive learning system that provides research based reading instruction. Teachers are now accessing the reports to make data driven decisions about instruction and intervention.
November 19, 2013
Word is spreading like wildfire! We have Google accounts?! They have Google accounts?! Yes! The newest batch of students to explore their Google accounts were fourth graders in Mrs. Scott's and Mrs. Vidal's classrooms. Fourth graders focus on writing to a great extent so after the learned how to log in, they began learning about their Google Drive and all of its functionalities. They were surprised at how easy it was to get started, that they no longer have to "save" their documents, and how easy it was to share their work with their teacher. We can't wait to see their writing pieces.
November 18, 2013
Mrs. Ondrey, first grade teacher loves Google! She has found a way to utilized Google Forms to help streamline several processes and make her more efficient as a teacher. Recently, she used a Google Form to communicate with parents regarding materials for a Thanksgiving Break project. She is also using the Forms for running records in her guided reading groups.
November 14, 2013
A very exciting initiative this year involves Google Apps accounts for students in grades two through five! Wow, that means Gmail, Calendar, Drive, and various other apps for 7 - 10 year olds! Yes! Mrs. Rapp's third graders were so excited to log in to their Gmail accounts for the first time. Students are learning the "art" of logging in and navigating their new world. The excitement was contagious and they thoroughly enjoyed sending their test emails to their teacher!
November 12, 2013
First grade students in Mrs. Hamlin's class discovered how to create their very own digital 100s chart using Microsoft Excel as part of their daily math lesson. Once their chart was complete, they used it to practice skip counting, easily shown by using the formatting tools available in Excel.
November 7, 2013
Discovery Education provides quality educational videos and information to our students 24/7. Mrs. Reed along with Mrs. Haney attended the highly acclaimed Discovery Roadshow to learn more about how teachers and students can further utilize DE in their classrooms. Two of the favorites were the Science Techbook and the BoardBuilder.
November 4, 2013
October 21, 2013
First graders in Mrs. Smith's classroom are using their publishing skills to share what they've learned about
September 17, 2013
September 2, 2013
As part of the Texas Success Program, students in grades 3-5 are using interactive math and
reading programs called iStation and Think Through Math. Istation Reading is a computer-based adaptive learning system that provides research based reading instruction. Think Through Math is an adaptive online learning program that deepens students’ understanding of critical math concepts and problem-solving skills. The great thing about being an adaptive programs is that it assess individual students according to his or her skill level and it will automatically deliver appropriate curriculum tailored to each students' abilities. Teachers access the reports to make data driven decisions. Students and teachers have 24/7 access to these online programs.
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August 26, 2013
Voigt classroom teachers are joining Circles and Communities, further developing their Google knowledge. Google+ is enabling teachers to connect both locally at their own campus as well as across the entire district, joining teachers together in their knowledge and love of teaching. Teachers join other teachers' circles and invite others to join theirs with one click of the mouse. They discover new communities that support their interests both personally and professionally. Voigt teachers are Going Google!
May 1, 2013
April 3, 2013
Scratch is a programming language kids can use to imagine, program and share. Students in Mrs. Haney's after school Aspire class learned how to use Scratch to program a dancing queen! By dragging control blocks into their workspace and snapping them together, they were able to control the character, called a sprite, and make her dance. Students will take what they've learned about programming in this initial lesson and apply it to another task next week when they try to create a haunted digital story!