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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!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Math scavenger hunt

Mrs. Wozny's 4th grade class went on digital scavenger hunt. Students used a QR Code scanner to scan the QR Code to find their next clue.  They then had to find the next item and take a picture of a real world example of the term.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hour of Code

Double File Trail joined millions of people across the world to participate in Hour of Code in honor of Computer Science Education Week.  Students and parents in Kinder-5th were engaged learning computer programming.  5th grade Robotic students loved helping Kinder and 1st grade students think through programming processes.

Monday, December 8, 2014

2nd Graders Using Kahoot

Ms. Hamilton's 2nd grade students were highly engaged as they worked in teams to answer questions about magnets using a highly engaging Kahoot!

Friday, December 5, 2014

A Visit with Mrs. Claus

Ms. Schwartz and Ms. Walker's classes got a special treat when they had they opportunity to listen to a story read by Mrs. Claus and answer questions and riddles.  They were then able to ask Mrs. Claus questions.  Students were able to not only interact with Mrs. Claus, but other classes from DFT and Lago Vista. Ms. Grimes and Ms. Saunder's classes are eagerly awaiting their turn to meet with Mrs. Claus next week.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2nd Grade Students Pre-write about their snowglobe using a Google Doc and Google Classroom

Ms. Coon's 2nd Grade class used a Google Doc that was assigned to them using Google Classroom.  Students were able to complete the assignment and turn it in all via Google Classroom.

Monday, November 17, 2014

1st Graders Making Classroom Maps

1st grade students created a map of their classroom using shapes, filling in the shape with color and then labeling the items they created.

Monday, November 10, 2014

4th grade students still benefit from teacher in her absence

While the teacher was away, students were still able to focus on academics.  The teacher video a lesson on how to create a Patty Paper "protractor" and how to use the new tool while she was away from the classroom.  This allowed the substitute to pause the video when students needed extra time and to rewind for students to hear the information again using the vocabulary and concepts of the classroom teacher.

Art students exploring Africa

4th and 5th grade students used Google Earth and the website Our Africa to explore art, landforms, and life in Africa to be inspired with their Ugly Doll or Sockpuppet creations. Student's Ugly Doll or Sock Puppet will then be donated to the Austin Children's Shelter or Helping Hand Home for Children.

Students were in awe of the culture in Africa.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Technology Rich Faculty Meeting

DFT faculty learned how to use Google Classroom, Padlet, and information about NGDC and SAMR model.

5th grade students using StemScopes

5th grade students were learning about different types of energy sources using STEMscopes. STEMscopes is an online supplemental curriculum program that provides hands-on inquiry activites focused on TEKS.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Students Introduced to Mackin Via

During class library time, students were introduced to Mackin Via with a cooperative lesson from the Librarian, Ms. Williams and ITS, Ms. Torres.  Ms. Torres reviewed with primary grade levels how to log on the computer using their individual computer credentials and how to navigate to the Library Resources on the school website.  Ms. Williams then oriented students on how to navigate Mackin Via and check out e-books.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Student Council Commerical

Mr. Burns, one of our PE teachers and Student Council sponsor, and a few of our Brilliant Braves  created a Student Council Video announcement to advertise Student Council positions that are available for 4th and 5th grade students to run for.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

1st and 2nd grade Art Students Talking about Their Art Via QR Codes

Ms. Granger's 1st and 2nd grade Art students recorded a description to add to their art hanging in the hall.  Their description can be heard by scanning the QR Code attached to the art with a barcode scanner on a smart phone or tablet.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Teachers use Kahoot for assessing learning

4th and 5th grade classes were being assessed using an online assessment tool called Kahoot.  Teacher's enter questions and then display the question for the class to answer using their devices. Student's can use any internet accessible device. This was a great way for Mrs. Small's 5th grade students to Bring Their Own Device and onboard them to the district network.  Mrs. Wozny's 4th grade students were able to use their Dell Venues as part of the district NGDC pilot.

Monday, September 29, 2014

4th Graders Using Dell Venues

After working through the revision and editing process of their personal narratives, these Double File Trail Elementary 4th graders are recording each other in order to present their stories through virtual augmented reality!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5th Graders Use Picmonkey

After 5th graders in Ms. Austen's art class downloaded the Chrome app PicMonkey, they went to work on learning to alter photos taken of classmates. The students learned to open photo under photo editor, use the T icon to add a name to the photo, use the wand button to alter the picture, use the butterfly icon to add an overlay. Some students with more time, added borders using the frame icon, T This digital media will be used to create the cover for the student's altered book.