Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sharing Information with Google Sites

For Google users, Google Sites is a quick and fairly simple way to set up a website. It is included with Round Rock ISD's Google Apps for Education package, so all students and staff have access to Google Sites.

Reece, in Ms. Salvati's language arts class, created a Google site for his ISP project about dragons. Check it out - it looks great!

Reece's Dragon Project

Teachers have also been learning how to create Google sites. Most currently have their websites with a vendor that will not be available after June 30. So I have been working with the teachers to create new websites that will be ready for the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Our teachers are learners, too! And even as the 2014-15 school year winds down, we are getting ready for a new school year.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

First Graders Research Careers

First grade students have been researching careers, and Mrs. Moeller's students created videos to share what they've learned. The students used PebbleGo to learn about different jobs. Then they searched for and downloaded images from Britannica Imagequest, which is a library resource with "millions of rights-cleared images" for student use. They uploaded their images to Photo Story 3 and then recorded narration to tell their viewers about the career they learned about. Mrs. Moeller then uploaded the students' videos to her YouTube channel. Please visit YouTube and watch some of these awesome videos!

Mrs. Moeller's YouTube Channel

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Creating Pictures with Two-Dimensional Shapes

Kindergarten students have been learning about two dimensional shapes in math. They read a book called Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh, and they saw how shapes could be manipulated to make pictures. Then students in Mrs. Manibusan's kindergarten class used two dimensional shapes found in the computer program Kidspiration 3 to create pictures of their own. Students added a sentence about their picture.

Mrs. Manibusan printed her students' work. When she showed me the pictures, I asked her to choose two or three for me to feature on this tech blog. Instead, Mrs. Manibusan sent me the whole stack of pictures with a note that said, "Please choose your favorite ones . . . I love them all." Take a look at the slideshow below, and you will see why it was too hard to choose just a few. That's why I published ALL of them!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

TAG Students Use Kahoot for Game-Based Review

Fourth graders in Mrs. Salvati's language arts class have been using Kahoot!, a game-based program, for reviewing material. In Kahoot!, teachers create questions to assess student knowledge and then save their game. To play Kahoot!, students join a game by entering a specific game code on a device, like a smart phone, tablet, or computer. When the teacher launches the game, students view the projected questions and input their answers on their devices. Kahoot! keeps score, based on correct answers and speed the answers are received. It's a fast-paced, engaging way to question students and have everyone participate. And after the game ends, the teacher can download a spreadsheet with details of the students' performance.

Click the link and select "What is it?" to learn more:  Kahoot!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Publishing Super Hero Poems

Students in Ms. Neubauer's first grade dual language class wrote poems that they published using Microsoft Word. Students continued their work to master the basics of word processing. They learned how to center text. They also worked on capitalization and punctuation skills. After they printed their poems, they illustrated them. I think you'll agree that these Super Hero poems are Super CUTE!

Stop by Ms. Neubauer's classroom soon, and read all of these
Super Hero poems.

Creating Genre Reviews Using Google Slides

Third graders in Ms. Pinali's class created presentations using Slides in Google Apps for Education (GAFE.) Their presentations reviewed characteristics of the literature genres they learned in reading this year. Students collaborated in small groups on the project. This is one of the strengths of GAFE, because ALL students in the group are able to log on and work on their presentation at the same time. Students are also able to share their work easily with others. The links to their projects listed below were created to allow anyone with the link to view their work. Enjoy!

Biography by Zach, Garrit, Kacy, and Daniel S.

Fiction by Stephanie, Kira, Maggie, and Angel

Nonfiction by Faith, Ben, Vivian, and Victoria

Poetry by Daniel G., Abby, and Robel

Maddison works with her group
on planning the traditional
literature presentation.
Students collaborate to plan their project content.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Online Testing Expands for 2014-15

Students across the state of Texas - and at Herrington - are taking state-mandated STAAR and TELPAS tests online this spring. This week, our second, third, fourth, and fifth graders who are English language learners took the TELPAS (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System) reading test online. This test assesses students' growth in learning the English language.

Second graders complete the TELPAS tutorial on March 11
 to prepare for their online reading assessment this week. 
To prepare for the online TELPAS reading assessments, students completed tutorials the week before spring break that presented them with sample questions so they would be comfortable with the format of the questions and navigation through the tests. Students in grades three through five also learned how to use online tools, like the highlighter and pencil tools, and the X-out tool, which are available during their tests.

Links to the TELPAS tutorials are included, if you'd like to see what these assessments are like:

TELPAS Tutorial Gr. 2
TELPAS Tutorial Gr. 3
TELPAS Tutorial Gr. 4-5

New this year to online testing is the STAAR A, an online version of the STAAR tests, for some students with disabilities that includes embedded accommodations. Fourth and fifth grade students will be taking the STAAR A for the first time on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31.  Learn more about STAAR A by visiting the Texas Assessment web site.

STAAR A Resources