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!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Friday and God Bless our Veterans!! We have had a good week of leading and learning at Hoover High School. Started the week with iBucsPD (which was continued throughout the week by our outstanding teachers) and have keep the learning going with outstanding learning going on in all classrooms. It is an exciting time to be a Hoover Buc!

We have had some issues with getting attendance done in a timely manner, so this week's Fun Fact Friday will address this in a fun way. Jennifer Hogan and I used Toontastic to create a cartoon about taking attendance. I love this program (especially for younger students) because a parent has the option to approve the cartoon before it is published to the Toon Tube. It also teachers about the components of a story and story writing. Good App!

Tweeting the iBucs

Thursday, November 8, 2012

HHSiBucs particpate in iBUCSPD

On Monday, teachers were able to participate in job-embedded PD during their planning time and after school. Below is a list of what was offered during the day: 

1st Period- Jennifer Hogan: Twitter Advanced: How to increase your connectedness, develop your PLN, etc…

2nd Period- Brad Coltrane: Using Notability with Dropbox and other functions of Dropbox

3rd Period- Jill Westerlund: Beyond the basics of Edmodo Kelley Self: Nearpod- How to use Nearpod to connect with students.

4th Period- Holly Sutherland: Twitter 101: Now that you have Twitter, how do I chat, start a PLN, etc…

5th Period- Holly Sutherland Twitter 101: Now that you have Twitter, how do I chat, start a PLN, etc…  Josh Rutsky:GradeCam: Turn your document camera into a scan tron reader and grader

6th Period- Carrie Busby: Using Edmodo to annotate papers, etc…  Carrie will show teachers how to have students submit essays through Edmodo and how to annotate using the highlight, comment, strikeout, and text box features.  

7th Period- Anthony Hamley: Moodle 101 Moodle 101 will be a Moodle for beginners workshop for anyone interested in using Moodle as an online classroom, a place for online class discussions, or even as a class web page. We will get hands-on experience with the basics of starting a course, including ways to format topics (i.e. sections of the page), different ways to embed links, and methods to create a class discussion forum, a survey, etc. all participants need a Moodle login, so register beforehand so that we can get you one.

ALL from 3:30-4:00
** Twitter will be general-what do you need to know.

This day went so well that other sessions will be offered for those who could not attend. I have received many emails asking for additional sessions and praising the format of the PD.

Using Assessment to Drive Instruction

Monday, November 5, 2012

From the iPad of Natasha Long...

For my E Learning Day half of my assignment was to post an “ofrenda” on Twitter. They had to read over a link I posted about Day of the Dead and learn about it. They had to answers questions in Spanish on Edmodo and then create an “ofrenda” and take a pic of themselves and tweet it J My students are doing an awesome job! Just wanted to see if you could check it out. Thought it was pretty cool. Again, I am a just learning Twitter. They tweeted to nlong_hoover using the hash tag #HHSBUCSDOTD.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Happy Friday! It has been a busy and somewhat crazy week at HHS! All of the speakers have been wonderful and I have been so proud of all of our students! Just in case you wonder what we do when we get together and talk about tech as administrators, here is a sneak peak..

Fun Fact Friday:

From the iPad of Coach Skinner...

I am using the iScout app to keep track of the stats for the Hoover Lady Buc Basketball Team. This app increases efficiency of the stat tracking abilities of our team.

From the iPad of Anne Kemp...

I’m trying an experiment with Twitter in the classroom today.  Although not all of my 10th graders have access, I thought I’d let those who do try out using it in a classroom setting for an educational purpose.

My students are always fascinated by my Cowboy Action Shooting hobby, and I promised them I would wear my full cowgirl get-up for Halloween today.  I plan to talk to them today about cowboy lore and literature, and ask those who can to tweet comments and questions to #CactusAnne (my cowgirl alias).  We’ll see how it goes!

If you have a moment today, I’d love for you to drop in and see the experiment in progress.  If not, perhaps you could take a moment to check out #CactusAnne at a later time.

Your very own 21st century cowgirl,
Cactus Anne

From the iPad of Judy Kher...

Check out this site for free webinars:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dwight Owens brings an inspirational message of hope and perseverance to HHS! Mr Owens is the co-author of the book Still Standing. He has overcome many obstacles in his life but remains strong an positive in his life. Our students learned a great deal from Mr. Owens. It was wonderful to have him at HHS!

        You Tube Video:

In honor of Mr. Owens and his life, our students complete community service projects in their advisory classes. Here are a few examples: