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Ysleta ISD Students, Staff head to Austin for Capitol Schoolhouse

The Ysleta Independent School District is among 11 districts in the state invited to participate in the Texas Capitol Schoolhouse, an annual event that brings students and staff to the state Capitol to show legislators how technology is being used in the classroom to prepare students for the 21 st century.

The Schoolhouse event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, in the Texas Capitol Basement Rotunda in Austin. Representing YISD at the event this year is Parkland Middle School, which will send teacher Raquel Kuker and students Rebecca Enriquez, Jesus Garcia, Abraham Haggerty and Marvin Parker to participate in the event.

YISD Director of Innovative Learning Micha Villarreal is also scheduled to be on hand.

As part of the event, Parkland Middle School students and staff will join other invited participants in setting up a temporary classroom at the Capitol at 8 a.m., and conducting class as they normally would at their home schools. Throughout the day, state legislators and invited guests have the opportunity to venture through these temporary classrooms to observe and experience how state-of- the-art educational technology is integrated into students’ daily learning environment.

“We bring the schools together to show our legislators the wonderful things their technology funding has done for Texas classrooms,” said Schoolhouse organizer and Executive Director Dr. Deborah Jolly. “Each time the event becomes more and more impressive as the technology use becomes more and more sophisticated.”

This year, students will be working with video & sound editing, robotics, online virtual learning environments, and 1-to- 1 laptop computing, as well as full video production, developing educational gaming lessons, and robotics. All of these districts are using forms of blended technology, games and simulations, and personal learning environments.

“These students are eager to show their Representatives and Senators how these tools are used in the educational process and how much they benefit from their use,” Jolly said.

This year’s Schoolhouse participants include the Texas School for the Deaf and the following independent school districts: Coleman, Coppell, Deer Parks, Denton, Klein, New Braunfels, Pasadena, San Saba, Temple, and Ysleta.

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