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:
  1.  Go to
  2.  Click on the Register link for the corresponding webinar
  1. Sign into
  2. Go to Webinars in the top menu bar
  3. Click on Webinar Registration in the Webinars drop down menu
  4. Click on the Register link for the corresponding webinar
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.