Monday, December 10, 2012

Physics students learn momentum using Gizmos! program

One of the challenges to teaching Science is managing to perform experiments in a limited laboratory environment.  When I taught Biology, for instance, it was difficult to conduct genetics experiments without breeding dozens of mice.  Gizmos to the rescue!  Gizmos is a program brought to us by Explore Learning that allows students to conduct laboratory experiments that they could not otherwise perform in a classroom.

Mrs. Winkles' Physics students are learning about momentum by adjusting the mass and velocity of gliders on a frictionless air track - all from the convenience of a laptop!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

IPC Students use Glogster to showcase their knowledge

Christin Angirasa’s Integrated Physics and Chemistry class recently finished studying toxins. Each student was assigned a particular toxin and assigned a project to create a Glogster about it. The result was spectacular! Kids were able to incorporate a variety of different media into their projects that would not have been available using a simple poster.




Monday, November 5, 2012

Pre-AP Biology students use technology to demonstrate understanding in creative ways

Miss Burgess's Pre-AP Biology class was given an assignment to demonstrate their understanding of cell processes and they chose to demonstrate their knowledge using different technological tools.  The results were amazing!  Students used Flip Cams, Prezi, Glogster, and other programs to create outstanding projects.

Cell Energy
Photosynthesis and Respiration
Cell Energy
Specialized Cells

Friday, October 5, 2012

Teachers record lessons so students do not miss instruction


When Physics teacher Jennifer Winkles knew she was going to have to miss a day of school she did not feel comfortable with letting her students fall a day behind in their instruction.  As a solution, she used to record the lesson herself.  It was a great success and students learned just as if she were in the classroom.  Feel free to watch her video above.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

SPHS IB and CTE students created a video about what it means to be Gifted and Talented

Click here to see video.

SPHS IB and CTE students created a video that was shown at the beginning of the general session of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented annual conference at the Austin Convention Center on December 1. The students interviewed gifted and talented elementary, middle, and high school students at Union Hill Elementary, Blackland Prairie Elementary, Hopewell Middle School, and Ridgeview Middle School.

Union Hill Elementary TAG teacher, Sherry Yesenik, said, “The TAGT video was very impressive and so professionally done. I was deeply touched by the video. As I bent down to get a tissue from my purse, I noticed the person next to me also had tears. To see my current students on the screen was exciting, but I recognized former students, too.”

Students regain credit with E2020

E2020 is a credit recovery program that allows students to regain lost credits through web-based lessons and assessments.  Without this opportunity many students would fall behind and be unable to graduate with their classmates.  Additionally, the opportunity to make up credit is vital to encouraging students not to drop out when they fall behind.  This year Stony Point has seen a huge increase in the number of students taking advantage of the E2020 program.

Stony Point students present at SXSW

Five of our Stony Point students participated in a panel at South by Southwest to talk about technology in the classroom.  Their focus was on a “flipped” classroom, meaning a classroom in which the teachers do not simply present the information for the students to digest.  Instead, the students are the ones presenting the information.  See below for the article in the Round Rock Leader:

Stony Point students talk technology at SXSW