Friday, January 31, 2014

Can't make it to EdCamp Round Rock ISD tomorrow? Watch and participate from home!

Even if you can't make it to the inaugural EdCamp Round Rock ISD tomorrow, we have many options for you to share in the learning and make connections. Three of our sessions will be streamed in the Hangout below. Just click play and take a look starting at 9:00 a.m. If you would like to ask any questions of the group, there is a Q&A option in the Hangout if you click here. 

Here is a link to the session board and all sessions will have shared notes if you would like to see what is being shared at each session.

Follow #rrisdpd during the day tomorrow to read the tweets going out from EdCamp Round Rock ISD. Also, you can check out the RRISD Professional Development G+ Community to see what people are sharing during the day.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Still time to sign-up or just show up for EdCamp Round Rock ISD Saturday, 8:30 at Walsh MS.

Over the last month, attendees of the inaugurals EdCamp Round Rock ISD have been suggesting sessions and voting on their peers recommendation's in the RRISD Professional Development G+ Community. It is shaping up to be a very well-rounded day of learning that is driven by the participants. About 60 RRISD teachers and principals are expected 25 non-RRISD teachers have signed up. If you want to attend, feel free to just show up and sign in that morning.

Click Here for the Session Board

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where Does Your Creativity Come From?

Here is our latest video put up for discussion. Where do we find our ideas? We can't discount some simple ideas and Adam Savage @donttrythis shows us how some simple ideas have inspired him. Comment below or in the Google+ community on your thoughts on this video.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Looking for your first Twitter Chat? Join The Buck Institute for a Hip Hop Ed and PBL chat Tuesday night at 8:00. Get an hour of PD credit!

@RRISDPD will Tweet out a sign-in sheet at 8:00 Central on Jan. 28th. Sign in and then sign out when the chat is over and you will receive one hour of PD credit in eCampus. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Jumping Into the Twitter Chat Game with #rrisdpdchat. Third Thursday, 7-8 PM.

Let's take your Twitter experience to the next level.

Most of you probably have a Twitter account and know how to follow interesting people. You may even re-tweet (RT) from time to time. Perhaps you use a Twitter account to make announcements. That is all great, but it's time to take advantage of the learning opportunities your Twitter account provides.

Round Rock ISD has always been on the forefront of technology application. We were one of the first to incorporate Google+ into staff Google accounts. We host an annual district-led Google Summit and employ more Google-certified teachers than any other district in Texas.

Now, we are heading down the Twitter Chat path. And we are making it official. Round Rock ISD folks who participate, contribute or even just lurk will get one-hour of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit.

If you have never participated in a Twitter Chat, you will need to use the right tools. It takes a bit more than your basic Twitter account. I prefer It will allow you to simply follow #rrisdpdchat and not get lost in anything else happening on Twitter. Just log into Tweetchat with your regular Twitter account and follow #rrisdpdchat.

At 7:00 p.m. I will tweet out a sign-in sheet from the #rrisdpd account. In order to get your one-hour of CPE credit, sign in by 7:05 pm and sign out no earlier than 8:00 pm. Stay tuned to the RRISD PD Google+ Community for other tutorials on how to use Twitter and Twitter Chats in particular. Please direct any questions to the community.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hang Out with Buck Institute and Learn about Project Based Learning Wednesday Night

One of Round Rock ISD's key partners in our Project Based Learning initiatives will be featured in this week's Buck Institute Google Hangout Wednesday night at 7:00. +Jennifer Cruz will be holding a discussion among campus principals and other leaders who have recently initiated PBL focuses on their campus. If you would like to watch and comment among other Round Rock ISD folks, watch the Hangout in the RRISD Google+ Community. It will be playing live and the recording will be placed there following the Hangout as well.