Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Powtoons in Second Grade!

Mrs. Smith's second grade TAG students used Powtoons to create videos about famous Americans in their biography study. The activity was a blend of the Texas Performance Standards Project and a Boundary Pushers project created by MaryEllen Frick.

Check out some of the Powtoons created by these creative youngsters! See how much you can learn about these famous Americans just from viewing their videos! Great job, Second Graders! These are awesome.

Leonardo da Vinci by Lucas

Alexander Graham Bell by Jack

Ernest Shackleton by Colton

Walt Disney by Sarah

Helen Keller by Rory

***Want to make your own Powtoon? Click here to learn more about Powtoons.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Google "Hanging Out" with Callison

Mrs. Zirlott's fifth grade class had the opportunity to share what they were thankful for with Mr. Reye's fifth graders from Callison Elementary here in Round Rock ISD. 

Instructional Technology Specialists Linda Nichols and Anita Oliver used their Google Accounts to set up the "Google Hangout" in the Library, and students at Teravista were able to have a video communication with students at Callison Elementary.

Each class took turns sharing and students, and both classes enjoyed seeing and hearing one another. One student who transferred from Callison to Teravista was able to visit her former classmates.

With this experience, the teachers are planning to use this technology for other classroom uses, such as book shares and showing products.