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Welcome to our Double File Trail Elementary Technology Blog. Here you will find fantastic examples of how our elementary classrooms are integrating technology into our everyday lives and lessons. Come back to see what we are doing!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

1st graders using paper slides

Our first graders have been very busy creating paper slides.  Mrs. Grimes's class, shown here, created a paper slide show to demonstrate what they learned about bats.

Great job 1st grade!!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Students using Activotes

Students were able to provide the teacher using ActiVotes, some data about what they know about energy before beginning their study in class.

Students working with Edmodo

Students have been enjoying working with Edmodo to complete assignments and projects. Edmodo provides teachers and students a secure place to connect and collaborate, share content and educational applications, and access homework, grades, class discussions and notifications. Here you see students creating a calendar to help pace themselves through an independent study.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Technology as a reading tool

In the Resource classrooms there are some great individualized programs that students can use and set their own pace. Students are motivated by the interactivity of the programs and teachers are able to monitor progress. Students in Ms. Juarez's class have access to books that will read to them to help them with sight words and new vocabulary.  

Kindergarten learning about recycling

Mrs. Hewitt's class is learning about the importance of reycling and ways to help at school through ThinkQuest, a website created by students around the world who have participated in a ThinkQuest Competition.  

Monday, September 10, 2012

Reviewing Proteins with Promethean

Mrs. Delahoussaye's class is reviewing items that contain proteins.

Fractions on Promethean

Mrs. Bales's students are learning about comparing fraction using cross multiplication and the help of visual models of the fractions.

Monday, May 14, 2012

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  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Poetry Online

ReadWriteThink at http://www.readwritethink.org is a fantastic resource and tool for teachers and students.  Second Grade students created online Acrostic Poems to go along with their poetry unit.  Check out Payton's Poem.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Preparing for STAAR goes interactive

As classes prepare for the upcoming STAAR Tests, they get interactive with Promethean Boards and Voting Devices.  Here are just a few examples of a 5th Grade Science, 4th and 3rd Grade Math Review Flipcharts.  Using the voting devices is a great way for teachers to get instant feedback on what skills need further review.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

5th Grade on StemScopes

As part of the Fifth Grade Science Curriculum, Students are exploring StemScopes interactive Science website. This site has great activities, lesson and media to support the RRISD standards aligned curriculum. Ask a Fifth Grader about the site!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Accelerated Reader

At Double File Trail, students are READING! If they read a book associated with Accelerated Reader, they can take an assessment on how well they comprehended the book. If you look on our "For Students" page at http://schools.roundrockisd.org/doublefiletrail/students/students.htm , you can see an up to date widget showing just how many books DFT has read this month, and how many words! How many do you see today?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Library doing Digital Book Fair

We had our Annual Spring Book Fair in the DFT libaray last week to support purchasing new books for our library. For those parents and staff that love to shop online, there was an online Book Fair as well! There is still time to purchase online and have the books delivered to the student here at schoool! The online book fair is open until March 9th, 2012 http://goo.gl/tlddx

Friday, February 17, 2012

Activotes for the Whole Class

Mrs. Bridendolph's third grade class was expanding their use of the interactive Promethean Board with the student response systems called Activotes. These devices are a great tool and an easy way to assess and include all of the students throughout the lesson. Miss Hintz went over Cause and Effect with the class to help review the different types of questions we can ask and vote on. Here a student is writing their opinion and the class will vote A for Thumbs up (they agree) or B for thumbs down (disagree). Great news, they all agreed that the causes would make the audience cheer!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Alternative Energy Project

Mrs. Delahoussaye’s 5th Graders worked on an Alternative Energy Source Challenge. The challenge included several activities to complete including crossword puzzles, collages, posters, powerpoints and more. Students were encouraged to investigate conservation efforts in our community. Check out some of the projects.

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Friday, January 27, 2012


2nd Grade Poets

Second Grade has been publishing our poetry on the computer. We used word. They typed it, changed the font, and size, and saved it in their folder. We printed and illustrated them. Some are already in the hall to see!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Writing in 4th Grade

Mrs. Small’s 4th Grade class have been working on writing and typing skills. Students were able to choose a topic to write factual topic sentences and supporting details about. Additionally they practiced different kinds of leads in each paragraph. In the word processing application, students work on their typing skills, using the shift keys, enter, centering, underlining, etc., as well as copying and pasting images into their documents. A huge thank you one of our WATCH Dogs for helping our class one day running around the room to help our class.