Monday, October 19, 2015

Digital Citizenship Week Oct. 19-23

Digital Citizenship Week October 19-23digitalcitizen
All around the world and throughout RRISD students, teachers and families are celebrating Digital Citizenship Week.  We encourage families to “Have the Talk” with their students. We want our students to be responsible, respectful and safe citizens in the digital world.  Visit Common Sense Media for resources and ideas on how you can promote Digital Citizenship at home.

​See the RRISD Digital Citizenship Site for more.

Monday:  "Stay Safe Online"
What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?  Keep online experiences safe and secure. 

Tuesday:  "It's Hip to be Aware"
Be aware that everywhere you go online, everything you post leaves a trail.  It's called your digital footprint. 

Wednesday:  "Stand up to Cyberbullying"
Treat people the way we want to be treated. This day is Unity Day. Wear Orange to show your stand against bullying online or in person.

Thursday:  "Give Credit Where Credit is Due"
Just because you found it on the internet, doesn't mean you can use it. Copyright laws protect creative work.  

  "Balance is Best!"
A healthy balance between technology and other activities is key. Be with the ones you're with!

ABCya Math = Happy 1st Grade

Mrs. Weimann's class explored ABCya's Numbers activities online at  Students work on laptops in the classroom and were able to select a numbers activity to work on. After you get a certain amount right you get a "bonus game" one student told me.  Several students were very excited to show me how well they could solve the math problems. Great thing about is that students can choose their grade level, then the subject and then a more specific topic.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Reading Books on an iPad

Mrs. Carter taught PreK students how to navigate to BookFlix on the iPads and have the iPad read to them!  Students were very excited to pick their own book and it is an awesome example of how tablets are way more than just games, they can be educational especially with the right Teacher or Librarian.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Google Cardboard at Gattis for a Day

On October 7th students in Grades 2, 3 and 5 were able to take virtual field trips without leaving the school.  Google came to Gattis for today and brought Google Cardboard and phones for 2 classes of students to explore with. Teachers and students were able to pilot a new program called Google Expeditions that hasn't been released to the public yet. Through the Google Cardboard lenses students were able to visit, Australia, Antarctica, Mount Rushmore, Great Barrier Reef, Wave Rock and many more destinations. Teachers were able to utilize these field trips to teach their students key points that relate back to their curriculum.  Here are some of the students in action.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Kinder at Spanish Playground

Mrs. Negron’s Dual Language Kinder classroom has been visiting the online Spanish Playground at  to learn and practice a variety of skills. Students successfully navigate the school website to Mrs. Negron’s website and are able to open the playground themselves. Here are a few of her students in action!