Friday, December 21, 2012

Today is the last day of the first semester of the 2012-2013 school year and what a year it has been! Words cannot express how exciting and motivating it has been to be a part of the Engaged Learning Initiative at HHS. We have the most outstanding group of teachers and staff members who work hard everyday to do what is best for our students. The initiative has forced us out of our comfort zone in so many ways and has challenged us all to be better, learn more, and challenge ourselves daily to stay current and relevant. It has NOT always been EASY, but I can honestly say that it think it has been well worth it.

Although it is Friday there is not Fun Fact for today, just some bloopers to hopefully make you smile!

FFF Bloopers:

We did want to include the first survey that we posted for Seniors for you to see.

Hoover High School
Senior iPad Survey
First Semester 2012-2013

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Festive Sweater Day 2012!!

Flex Days are Professional Development days where teachers can receive credit for attending workshops or participating in PD opportunities outside of the normal school day and basically swap that time for the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving off. This year, those who chose to complete PD offered by HHS, we created an Edmodo group and gave teachers choice in the activities in which they completed and post responses online. One of the activities was to read 2 articles about using Twitter to increase your PLN and share on the page 5 people who you choose to follow. I wanted to share some of these so that others can check them out. The assignments is posted as well.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Arab City Schools visit HHS

Last Thursday we had the pleasure of visiting with a group of educators from Arab City Schools. Arab has not yet implemented a common educational platform like Edmodo and wanted to see what we were doing to incorporate Edmodo and other types of technology into the classrooms here at HHS. The group was introduced to Edmodo with presentation by Dana Depew (Using Edmodo to individualize in Special Education), Brad Coltrane (Using Edmodo daily, posting weekly assignments, etc...), Melissa Hamley (Using Edmodo with Advisory), and then we visited the classrooms of Mark Conner and Teddie Butcher. The groups was impressed with how each of these teachers are individualizing instruction and increasing communication using Edmodo. Thanks to all of these presenters for giving your time to help others grow and learn!

Ms. Butcher also shared how she takes photos of the cooking process while students are in the foods lab and then posts the complete recipe with these photos on Edmodo for the students to access as they practice cooking at home. She also prepared Gumbo for the group which was outstanding.

Out goal will be to collaborate with Arab as they implement the use of Edmodo into the classrooms. We love to learn with other schools and share the great things you are doing at HHS with them!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Happy Friday!! It is an extremely busy time at HHS, but a wonderful time as well. Our football team won the State Championship last weekend in Auburn, our Math team is rocking tournaments, our Scholars Bowl team is doing great, our basketball teams are winning- It is great to be a Hoover Buc. We would also like to congratulate Coach Chad Eads for being selected the 6A Assistant Coach of the Year in Football. Could have not gone to a more deserving coach.

This week's Fun Fact Friday is posted below. Enjoy!

Tweets from Around HHS:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Wecome to the team!!!
Much needed technology help!!

Please welcome the newest staff member of Hoover city schools.  Denise Heywood is going to be working with us , Spain Park and the technology office at Crossroads.  Most of the time she will spend a couple of days with us and 3 days with Spain Park and then the next week 3 days with us and 2 days with Spain Park.  
    She will mainly be processing broken Ipads and helping us prepare for the handout next semester and working out the process of sending apps to students.  Students are welcome to stop by the library and see her when they have ipad issues. Please make her feel welcome.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Friday! It is Championship Day at HHS and we are going Buc Wild! It has been a wonderful week at HHS and yesterday was Buc Dynasty Day. Check out our Fun Fact Friday with a focus on using Pinterest. Go Bucs!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan...

Freshman Faces visit advisory classes to help their peers prepare for semester exams. Great job Freshmen! 
Setting Goals Website:

From the iPad of Judy Kehr...

Join us for the next Emerging Tech webinar!
Digital Citizenship
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 -  5PM ET
In This Session
Digital citizenship has many meanings to many people, and our ability to teach it is sometimes contingent upon the tools to which we have access in school. We will explore strategies to embed citizenship in core curricular lessons as well as review existing curricula that is available for adoption. We will discuss the librarian’s role in digital citizenship training, and discuss the advantages and challenges involved in teaching citizenship in the 21st century.
To Participate in the Live Session
- Login at at the scheduled time.
- There is no pre-registration for this event.
- This webinar will be recorded and archived in this community for viewing at anytime.
About the Presenter
Michelle Luhtala is the Head Librarian at New Canaan High School in New Canaan, Connecticut.  She is the winner of the 2011 "I Love My Librarian" Award, the 2010 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY), and the Connecticut Library Association's 2012 Outstanding Librarian Award.
This program is sponsored by Follett Software Company.
Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

From the iPad of Andy Urban...

This was on my heart and I wanted to share.

Brady Quinn video about the Belcher situation. 

Why we all got in this business.  Hit home with me.  DON’T FORGET THE REALTIONSHIPS!!!!

From the iPad of Jill Westerlund...

Mrs. Westerlund is working collaborating to increase potential for Computer Science students at Hoover High and around the state!

From the iPad of Madge Gregg...

Enhancing 21st Century Skills with iPads
Attend this webinar to learn about some of the best iPad apps to use with your students to enhance their 21st century skills. Shelly Mowinkle has been using iPads in her classroom for over 2 years, and will share her enthusiasm and knowledge for using this tool in your classroom.
Presenter: Shelly Mowinkel
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Time: 7 PM EST
To Register:
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Registration will close 24 hours before the start of the webinar.

Monday, December 3, 2012

From the iPad of Deborah Wilson...

My classes are going great!  I went to a workshop with the Federal Reserve last night and it was awesome!  I am always encouraged when I go to these because I get great ideas, but I also realize I am doing some of the same things that teachers are doing across the area.  Last night was on the Federal Reserve, monetary policy, and banking.  We saw parts of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and received lots of ideas on how to implement it into our class.  It fits perfectly with what we are about to do and a lot of what we have already studied.

From the iPad of Esabeth Gannon...

Webinar: Our Students All Have iPads: Now What?
With more and more schools using iPads, many teachers are left wondering how to adapt their instruction to take full advantage of them. Join this webinar as experienced technology teacher Brad Flickinger shares resources to set your teachers up for success. Register Today!

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

In one of my many edmodo communities today, I saw a post about a cite that will help you gather research from a variety of places, and automatically keep up with your citations using MLA, APA or Chicago method of citation.  I shared it with my AP students immediately (since they were coming into class), and will be posting it on my Moodle page for all of my students.  I wanted to share it with all of you as well.  It really is pretty impressive, and I’ve only checked out the free version so far.  The site address is  There is a video tutorial that explains how it works.  It likes firefox, chrome or safari better than explorer.  The initial registration process appears to use flash technology so signing up on the iPad wasn’t successful for me.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Happy Friday! I hope everyone comes out tonight to support the Bucs and Black out Clay! We have a great week at HHS and I am encouraged and excited daily by the teaching and learning that I am seeing in our classrooms! This week's Fun Fact Friday is about Flipping the Classroom. A relatively new concept that maybe is not fully understood by all of our students at this time :)

From the iPad of Kellye Self....

I filled out a technology work order this week to integrate both Google Docs and Dropbox with Moodle for direct uploads.  If you have been working with Moodle and seniors, then you are aware that the only way to upload work from the iPad has been by taking screen shots and uploading from the camera roll, OR by buying the Moodle app.  This integration gives them the option of uploading full documents saved into dropbox or google docs.  OUR TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT ROCKS IN HOOVER!  They finished full integration this morning (turn-around just a couple of days), so for those of you using Moodle for your classes, both google docs and dropbox will now show up in the “file picker” when you choose to upload a document.  It is a one-time integration with login and password and clicking a button at the outside spot, allowing Moodle access to your files.  This opens up so much more for our students turning in work through Moodle so I’m really excited and wanted to share it with you….I just didn’t know who all was using it!

Seniors make video about Beauty Walk:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Our chemistry department is doing some great things with flipping the classroom. Mr. Walding has made an EduCreating for almost every concept he has covered. The students join his chemistry group on Edmodo and have access to all the mini lessons. Great job Chemistry department and Mr. Walding!

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan...

At this link,, you will find an updated copy of the exam planning guide I sent out last year. With it, students can learn how to calculate the grade they must make on the semester exam to get the grade they want in the class. Also, it is a planning schedule to organize study times. I encourage everyone to share the link on websites, edmodo pages, blogs, emails, etc.  and encourage students to print it and use it! Teachers with freshmen advisories: The Freshmen Faces will be coming to your advisories to visit and do a presentation, much like they did prior to the Explore Test. Be on the lookout for an email from the sponsors, Jill Thomas and Rob Hamlin. Also, we will print these for advisories who request it. Just send me or Torino a number of copies you need and we will put it in your boxes.

Don’t assume your students know all there is to know about taking exams… give direct instruction on organizing time, planning, studying tips, etc. Let’s do all that we can to help them be armed and ready!

Thank you for all you do,

Jennifer Hogan, Ed.S.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

From the iPad of Melissa Cantley...

Here is the "virtual PD" that I made for accommodating tests for ELLs.  

This is awesome! Ms. Cantley used EduCreations to create this tutorial for our teachers at HHS. This is a great way to share information inorder to help others. Thanks Ms. Cantley!!

From Twitter- Mrs. Westerlund...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Happy Monday! It is hard to believe that we are on the home stretch before the holidays. We are very excited to be hosting several tours over the next three weeks. We want to share the great things that are going on here at HHS and also listen and learn what others are doing in their schools.

From the iPad of Martin Rushano...

Two articles on I-pad uses in education I thought I would share.  First is how a group of teachers are trying to show the I-pad as a meaningful learning tool.  The second I call the APP FINDER.   I will try to “tweet” about them later today. 

Tweets from around HHS:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Why am I thankful? Such a simple question with such a complex answer. As we begin Thanksgiving week, I wanted to write a post and attempt to share why I am thankful to work in the Hoover City School system at Hoover High School.

I am thankful to work in a school where students are the first item on the priority list- Daily I receive emails from teachers about how they have reached out to the parents of our students. These teachers are reaching out when students have personal issues, are struggling academically, or might have expressed a concern in their classroom. I also interact with teachers daily about how they can better meet the needs of their students in their classrooms. These discussions and interactions are not just about meeting the accountability standards and expectations, they are focused on helping students. Teachers at Hoover High School really care about students and put them first in all they do. I am thankful to be able to work with such an outstanding group of educators!

I am thankful to work in a school where we have the resources needed to be successful. I often hear stories of schools where they struggle to meet the needs of students because their resources are so limited. In Hoover, our community has made our schools a priority and support us at levels that make our jobs much easier. Our PTSO and the Hoover Foundation also work hard to support special projects and initiatives at our school. Our School Board is visionary and seeks ways to keep Hoover ahead to the curve with technology and instruction. This is not always the case. Jeff Johnson, a Physics teacher at HHS and an ACCESS teacher, works with Marion High School. When he visited Marion this past weekend, he found that it was not intelligence or work ethic holding students back- it was resources.

These are the 14 girls I teach ACCESS Physics to in Marion, Alabama. They have been working with substandard equipment all year. They were getting behind so I felt a responsibility to them to go have a work day with them. When I arrived I discovered that the computers they had to work with were very substandard, did not have the appropriate software on them and many would not even load the software. This was so unfair to these intelligent young women. We worked from 9 AM to 1:30 PM that day to get caught up. They were so intent on getting caught up they would  not take a break.

They really left a mark on me. I was really down driving back to Birmingham, AL. The next day I spoke with a wonderful woman from my church about the Marion girls, and as it turns out, she owns a computer recycling business. She is donating newly refurbished computers with all of the necessary software to these girls. Also, a Samford professor who also attends my church, is sending his tech people to Marion once or twice a year to make sure the computers are serviced and updated. YAAAAA for our side!

I am also thankful to be a part of the most caring and compassionate group of educators I have ever worked with. We take care of each other and we take are of our students. Mr. Johnson is just one of the thousands of things that our staff does outside of their job requirements to help students, the community, and each other on a daily basis. When someone needs help or support, we are there. I believe that a supportive and caring environment makes all the difference in the world. I look forward to coming to school each day and working with not only outstanding teachers and administrators, but outstanding people. People who will be there to dust you off when you fall and will celebrate your accomplishments. People who know that everyone and every job is important. I am thankful for everyone at HHS and I am a better person and administrator because of them.

Hoover High School is know for academic excellence, superior athletics, award winning band and fine arts programs, and much more. At the end of the day these are all important, but what I will always be thankful for are the students, teachers, staff members, and administrators who have make an impact on my life and always will. WE ARE HOOVER and I am thankful just to be a part of it!

Friday, November 16, 2012

It is Friday! I think everyone is looking forward to some time off to recharge and spend some quality time with our friends and family during the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We hope you all of you know who much we appreciate the hard work and dedication that you show the students of HHS on a daily basis and we are so extremely thankful for you!!

If you think that our students are not following what we are doing on Twitter, see what happened when I tweeted the the Pep Rally would be inside today:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

 Mr Powers had his Econ students complete the following activity using the World in Figures app. Great use of Tech in the classroom!

Intro by Powers: 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

We hosted our first #ALedchat last night and had a positive response. We had peers from Hoover, Homewood, Huntsville, Piedmont, Sulligent, Texas, Missouri, and even Canada Tweet in to connect and collaborate with us. These educators were classroom teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school level, special ed teachers, consultants, administrators, ISS teachers, and athletic directors. Our goal for our first chat was to find out what tech was being used and gather insight into the overall perspectives of tech by our group. Great discussions were held, which is one key to personal and professional growth. We will be archiving the chats here on our Engaged Learning Initiative blog. Thanks to all who participated. We love learning with you!

#ALedchat Archive #1:

Tweets to Think About:


See you all and your peers Monday, November 19th @9:00!