Monday, October 29, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
We have to ask ourselves the following questions: How do we sustain this excitement and make this more than just a shiny new tool? How to we ensure that all stakeholders know and understand the vision that we have for the Engaged Learning Initiative? How do we ensure that this initiative is about improving our instruction with the use of technology?
Follow Chris Lehmann on Twitter: @chrislehmann
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Fun Fact Friday!!! Maybe Mrs. Hogan will forgive me for showing you an reenactment of her losing her phone this week. Although this was obviously staged, I wish I could have videoed the real event :)
From the iPad of Mr. Turner...
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The tweet chat started at 9:00 (although Keith Fulmer tried to cheat and get some tweets in early). The discussion started with everyone tweeting about the presidential debate (on TV) and successes that they had experienced in the past week or two with technology. We had several teachers tweet in that this was their first tweet and many had not participated in a Tweet Chat before. Once everyone got accustomed to the format, the tweeting picked up.
We even had students from both high schools tweet in and give their opinions of the Engaged Learning Initiative. Jordan Laporta from HHS and Houston Pearce from SPHS shared with the group.
We cannot force our teachers into the technology world and we would never want to. We will lead, really we will walk beside them, as they explore all the possibilities out there. We cannot make them "drink" but they seem pretty "thirsty", so I think if we point them in the direction of the water, they will make thier own path and find it themselves with guidance and support.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
Fun Fact Friday: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N90P-KAQ_FQ&feature=em-share_video_user
Mr. Knowles wins at Bluff Park Art Show!!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
The Hoover City Schools technology department is using Moodle to allow teachers to collaboratively complete the ISET Nets Certification, which increases not only our ability to collaborate, but our capacity to learn new strategies, apps, and ideas from each other while gaining certification. Here is just an example of how sharing about using Pinterest in the classroom turned into a collaborative chat. It is not reall clear, but shows how one teacher sharing her idea has created a new and information conversation.
From the iPad of William Richardson and Todd Schaeffer...
Coach Schaeffer is teaching the class US History Tthrough Film this year. One teaching tool we are using is blogging. We have been documenting the films we are using through this blog. The blog is private for the class to use as a resource, but below is a sample of the postings we are making. Great tool for students!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
I am always looking for great organizational tips. This past weekend while at HHS for the SAT, I flipped through the October/November edition of Working Mother magazine. The magazine had an interesting article entitled "Appy-y Helpers" with some apps that could be useful to teachers with busy lives. I have shared some of these below.
Weather Clock Free- Wake up on time and know what to wear for the weather with this double-featured app. The background reflects real-time outdoor conditions, while rise-and-shine sounds awaken you (Free @ iTunes.com)
Voice Secretary- Voice-record you own reminders and have them recited at a set time. You can also email audio messages, back up files and repeat schedules. It's a virtual assistant in your phone ($4.00 iTunes.com)
Remember the Milk- If you are highly dependent on lists to get through the day, this app's for you. Prioritize, set time estimates and get reminders via email. Never forget anything again (free, iTunes.com)
Sticky Note with Alarms and Bump Sharing: Email notes, customize their look, and view them without unlocking your screen. "Bump" devices to share stickers to your iPhone or iTouch ($1.00 for Bump Function, iTunes.com)
Checkbook: It's time for check records to go digital. Manage finances, reconcile transactions, save recurring expenses, and export to MS Excel easily. Secure everything with a password and back up your data online ($2.00, iTunes.com)
Cozi Family Organizer: Keep your entire family on tract by storing every one's activities in one spot. Email important reminders, send text to-dos, even create a monthly e-newsletter (free, sign up and download app at workingmother.com)
Grocery Gadget Free- Shopping List: Scan bar codes to check off your grocery like. Also, cut time by two-cart shopping with someone. All updates are synced across devices, avoiding dupe items between you (Free, iTunes.com)
Goby: Find cool things to do with the family on weekends and holidays.Log in once and receive location-based recommendations, complete with directions and contact information (free, iTunes.com)
* from Working Mother, October/November 2012 workingmother.com $12.00 for online subscription
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
HHS Techaneers Started Today! This is a time during 5th period when students and teachers can go to the library and get assistance with thier technological devices. We started with our SGA, SCO, Student Ambassadors, and Peer Helpers but will be using IT students starting in November as well. The technology department and the library staff will also be of assistance. Any problems that cannot be solved will be recorded and sent to the tech department. Go Techaneers!!
From the iPad of Isabeth Gannon...
My students are using the new learning areas in the library for more than technology. We still see the value in reading books and print on our appropriate reading levels. Students are doing a great job and improving reading skills daily!!