Tuesday, August 21, 2012

All of this and we haven't even given our students their iPads yet...

Excitement and engagement are at an all time high at Hoover High School- not only for students, but for teachers as well. In my 5 years at HHS, I have never heard such a buzz about kids learning, the quality of instruction, student engagement, and an overall increase in transformational teaching strategies. It makes me proud just to be a part of such a wonderful team of educators! I visited several classrooms today and the following explains some of the instruction going on in our classrooms.

I first visited with Mrs. Self's government class. They were using the Socrative App (Socrative.com). Students were reviewing concepts that had been discussed by taking a 20 question quiz using this app.
According to the website, "Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational exercises and games via smart phones, laptops, and tablets". Visit http://socrative.com/ for more details about using this technology in your classroom.

Next I visited Mr. Powers room where students were using the CRS Student Response Systems to assess their initial understanding and knowledge of Economics. It was interesting to see students reaction to the fact that they have a lot to learn! Mrs. Glass is a co-teacher in Mr. Powers class and she tweeted while in his class today as well.

Ann Wascomb Glassawglass
Mr. Powers Econ class "you will want to impress your date with the meaning of economy" #HHSiBucs


Mr. Cable was my next visit and as always he was engaging students with his historical stories and passion for teaching. He was using an interactive Power Point to engage students in learning. Ms. Glass the Co-Teacher and I tweeted the following from his class:
I will tell you the stories- what I want you to do is THINK. Try to understand history so you can do better, be better~ Mr. Cable #HHSiBucs
Ann Wascomb Glass‏@awglass
Ethnocentrism is Mr. Cable's favorite word today. Students are already using iPads to look up word meanings #HHSiBucs

Mrs. Self invited me back to see her AP Government class using Nearpod during her next class. According to their website, Nearpod is "An all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom. The student logged into Nearpod and during the discussion about voting, the students sent questions and topics of discussion to Mrs. Self and she sent them things to read or think about. This was really cool! Below you will see her text about her first Nearpod lesson.
I’ve just launched one of my :"Chapter 1 AP Introduction 2012 part I"on @. #hhsibucs


Next I visited with Mr.Windle's Class. Mr. Windle is the beginning stages of Flipping the Classroom. He is using the Explain Everything App to develop online presentations. He is uploading his traditional Power Point presentations and narrate them. For now, the class is using the presentation in class. The presentations are uploaded in Edmodo for the students to access. Once the students and Mr. Windle are comfortable with the online presentation format, the students will start watching the presentations online before class and then the class time will focus on discussing the content.


My last visit today was Mr. Johnson's AP/IB Physics class where the students were learning about using Quest Learning and Assessments to individualize instruction and sometimes even remediation for his students. According to the Quest website, "Quest provides tools to incorporate online multimedia content and assessments into your course". Mr. Johnson told me that this assessment program allows students to take online assessments and complete homework assessments that are individualized for each student. It even grades these assessments and the teacher can easily see areas of weaknesses for each student according to the content being assessed.

WOW! An awesome day at HHS!

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