The Ysleta Independent School District was 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 21st century. The Schoolhouse event took place in January at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

Representing YISD at the event this year was Parkland Middle School, which sent 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 also traveled with the group.

As part of the event, Parkland Middle School students and staff joined other invited participants in setting up a temporary classroom at the Capitol and conducting class as they normally would at their home schools. Throughout the day, state legislators and invited guests had 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.

This year, students worked 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.

This year’s Schoolhouse participants included 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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