Monday, November 26, 2012

Robotics Class Engages ASPIRE Students

Engaged learning. Hands-on instruction. STEM  (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Union Hill students who select robotics for one of their ASPIRE after-school program activities experience all of this and more! Students use Lego® Mindstorms NXT kits to build and program robots that can perform a variety of tasks, such as following a path or picking up things.

"Robotics is fun because I love playing with Legos® at home. My favorite thing at school is technology, and I love robotics!" stated Keagan.

Cassie builds her robot. Each kit comes with a variety of parts to build several different models of robots.
Once the robots are built, students then use the Mindstorms NXT software to program them. After test runs, students make adjustments to their programming to fine-tune their robot's performance.

Kelly (left) and Brandon collaborate on their project, which is another important skill that robotics teaches.

TAG teacher Sherry Yesenik teaches robotics at Union Hill. The Round Rock Education Foundation funded the grant proposal Ms. Yesenik wrote several years ago to purchase the Lego® Mindstorms kits.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sharing Learning with a Paper Slide Video

First graders have been learning the basics of doing research. In Ms. Makawi's class, students learned from online resources, like PebbleGo. They also read books to learn more about snakes. Students each created a drawing to illustrate a fact they learned. Then the class made a video using the video recording feature of the document camera software. Click on the link below to hear and see what these first graders learned about snakes!

Friday, November 9, 2012

If Kinder Kids Were President . . . .

On election day, students in Ms. Sickert's kindergarten class read an online version of Madam President by Lane Smith. They pondered what they might do if they were president. Using Kidspiration, students chose an image that they felt represented themselves as president, and they wrote a sentence about what they would do as president.

By Lana.

By Adriana.
Our kindergartners are growing as readers, writers and technology users!

4th Graders Use Blabberize to Share Research Info

Fourth graders in Ms. Vasquez' class have been doing research on topics of their choice. Several students used a Web 2.0 tool called Blabberize to create short videos to share what they learned. With Blabberize, users start with a photo and add a hinged "mouth" that moves. Then students record their audio and save their products as video.

Check out their creations!

Frogs by Jordyn:

Hiding Hamsters by Milo:

Chihuahuas and Labs by Jade:

Taylor Swift by Sydney: 

The students used photos from World Book Online and Discovery Education. They forgot to document their sources on their videos, but they will be sure to do so next time.