Monday, December 17, 2012

QR Codes

Art Teacher, Ms. St. John, recorded her students voice using and created QR codes that play an artist statement. Scan the code above to hear a statement from Cate, 4th grade.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Cactus Ranch Choir Teacher, Rachel Walker created a digital video to provide a quick glimpse into the world of The CRE Longhorn Choir.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Avatars for Social Studies

5th Grade students create Voki Avatars to express their knowledge of the original 13 colonies.

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Robotics Club students use light sensors to guide their robots through a complicated maze.

Observing the Sun

Ms. Carter's 4th grade class celebrates "Astronomy Day" by participating in a video conference with McDonald Observatory. The students were introduced to high-powered telescopes that enabled them to observe many of the incredible features of the sun.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Math Lessons on YouTube

Ms. Kirk records multiplication tutorials using her FlipCam and posts the 
videos on YouTube for her students to access at school or home.

Monday, May 14, 2012

CRE Students Get SMART for Field Day

Cactus Ranch students visit the SMART booth to learn about healthy living.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Animal Skull Examination

Ms. Carter's 4th grade class participates in a video conference about examining the skulls of various animals.

Friday, April 20, 2012


Cactus Ranch 3rd graders use an interactive keyboard to gain knowledge about the layout of the notes before beginning a keyboard unit in music class.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Cactus Ranch Weather Station

A big thanks goes out to one of our many invoolved parents, Bob Eckstein, who donated  a Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station to Cactus Ranch. Teachers and students can now monitor numerous amounts of data including temperature, wind speed and direction, rainfall, barometric pressure, humidity, and UV index.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Student Presentation Wins an Award

2nd grade student Colin P was awarded 1st place in the annual RRISD Black History Month Essay Contest. Colin submitted his presentation about Harriet Tubman for the contest. He says that he first became interested about Harriet Tubman after studying about her in 1st grade. Click on the image above to view Colin's presentation. Way to go Colin!

Taking Technology into Battle

Cactus Ranch 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had the opportunity to participate
in the Battle of the Bluebonnets this spring. Students qualified for the
battle by reading at least 10 books off of this year's Bluebonnet Award
nominee list. Almost 30 students met the challenge and got the chance to go
head-to-head to show their knowledge about the books on this year's list.
The Battle of the Bluebonnets was held in the library and students used
TurningPoint clickers to record their answers as they competed in the
trivia game. The competition was intense, and the students had fun
celebrating each time they got a question right! The top 5 scorers won a
spot on the Cactus Ranch Battle of the Bluebonnets team and went on to
represent our school in a disrict-wide competition held at Patsy Sommer
Elementary. Our Cactus Ranch team did a great job competing against teams
from the other Round Rock ISD elementary schools and came in 6th place!