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Instructional Technology

Mission and Vision

In combination with great teaching, instructional technology empowers learners to undertake authentic projects for learning and for personal productivity. Every student will participate in engaging experiences that are associated with critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Instructional technology integration promotes exemplary practices by incorporating effective learning environments, positive attitudes and behaviors, a sense of community, and meaningful professional development.

The Hour of Code is a global movement sponsored by Code.org that gives every student the opportunity to learn computer science. During this week, Spicewood students will spend one hour or more coding in school.

Common Sense Education – Best Coding Tools for Elementary

As parents and educators, we want to raise kids to be safe, responsible, and ethical in the digital world. Giving kids a solid understanding of how we expect them to behave — both online and off — starts everyone off on the right foot. Join us by continuing the conversations at home as our students learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship.

 

Common Sense Digital Citizenship

PBS Kids Webonauts Internet Academy

Disney Family Internet Safety

Common Sense Media

Media Smarts Internet Safety Tips 

Family Contract for Online Safety

Digital Citizenship in Round Rock ISD

Timeline of when Tech Clubs are in session.

First Lego League Competition Team Robotics

Students in fifth grade can participate in our First Lego League (FLL) competition robotics team which introduces them to real world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots to complete tasks on a themed competition mat.

Coding For A Cause

This year we will be continuing Coding Club which is open to all students in grades K-5! We will be taking ACTION in our community by donating all club proceeds to a local charity.  We will host three 8-week sessions, meeting on Mondays. 

Innovators Club

Students in grades 3-5 work in the Inquiry Lab to Learn, Create, and Innovate! We will explore creativity and innovation by designing for printability using Tinkercad and Morphi software. Students will  learn how to design 3D models, create 3D scans, perfect models for print, and more.

Round Rock ISD and Spicewood provides students the opportunity to bring a personal electronic device to school for instructional use. This opportunity is optional and at the discretion of the student’s parent(s) / guardian(s) and classroom teacher. Please refer to the district BYOD information page for additional information on guidelines and agreements. Currently, our WiFi supports the following devices: Apple devices, Android devices with access to Google Play, Microsoft Windows, and Chromebooks. Kindle Fire tablets will not connect to the WiFi. Students will have to go through an onboarding process where they register their device to the network. Each device will need to have access to an Internet browser to complete this process. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Haney, Instructional Technology Specialist.