Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pinterest is a great source for many things and one of them is finding apps for Education. Check out this Pinterest page:

From the iPad of Jerry Chapman...

This may already be on your radar, but there is this guy from Spain who has an Alabama Football blog.  His first time to go to a game was this year I believe.  Here is his take in Spanish on us. Great for Spanish Classes!


Friday, December 13, 2013

From the iPad of Jillian Thomas...

Need Zip Grade help? I have been using Zip Grade all semester and would be happy to answer any individual questions!
From the iPad of Lisa Rigsby...

Just wanted to share. As we have been talking about virtual classes, I have thought back to some excellent classes that helped me. These classes made me think and create classes beyond just attaching documents to be completed and students learn on their own to actually creating a classroom environment where discussions, questions, and problem solving take place in the online environment.

These are offered free through the ATIM learning. We get emails from( these guys all the time. New sessions start in Spring and Summer.


EDU6631 Designing Blended Learning

Interesting article where Bryan Phillips is quoted. Check it out!

Dell Unveils New Chromebook Aimed at Schools and Education

Wednesday Dec 11th 2013 by Todd R. Weiss

The Dell Chromebook 11 is the company's first Chromebook entry into the education market.

Dell has launched its first-ever Chromebook that is targeted to school students and educators, and company officials said it will release additional models in the future for consumers, small businesses and other markets.

The new Dell Chromebook 11 devices will include fourth-generation Intel Celeron 2955U processors, 11.6-inch screens, up to 10 hours of battery life and a 16GB embedded solid-state drive, according to Dell. The machines will be available in two models, one with 4GB of internal DDR3 RAM, and the other with 2GB of RAM. Boot-up time for each machine is about 8.4 seconds, according to the company.

The 11.6-inch displays have a maximum resolution of 1366 by 768 and run on Intel HD graphics chips. Also included are a front-facing 720p Webcam, 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi, two USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0 and a High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port. The machines are less than 1 inch high, weigh about 2.9 pounds each and have battery life of up to 10 hours.

Also included in the education versions is the Dell Wyse PocketCloud application, which gives students and teachers who will use the devices access to content and applications across a "personal cloud" of devices, according to Dell. Users will be able to access, edit, save and share their digital assets such as presentations, documents, photos and videos regardless of where the original documents are located, according to the company.

PocketCloud works across mobile devices, tablets, PCs, laptops and Chromebooks and is tightly integrated with the Google ecosystem, including Google Apps. The PocketCloud app will be available for download in the Google Chrome Web Store in January 2014, according to Dell.

The Dell Chromebook 11 in 4GB configuration will be available in January 2014, while the 2GB version will be available during the first quarter of 2014, both at prices below $300. They will be available in the United States and Great Britain.

Bryan Phillips, CTO of the Hoover City Schools, outside Birmingham, Ala., told eWEEK in a telephone interview that his school district will eventually be buying thousands of Dell Chromebook 11 devices for students and teachers to replace some 5,000 Apple iPads that are nearing the end of their service lives. The district presently also has about 3,500 Samsung Chromebooks.

"This device is a little more robust, a little [more durable] and it's still at that price point we want it to be at," Phillips said of the Dell Chromebook 11. "I've had a demo unit for a few weeks. We're very excited about it."

The plan is to slowly move all students in the third to 12th grades to Chromebooks over the next three years, according to Phillips. The iPads being used by some 5,000 seniors presently were purchased in 2012. "They're getting to the end of life anyway because the kids are rough on them," he said.

The school district has about 13,800 students and every student from third to 12th grade, which includes about 10,500 of the total student body, gets their own machine from the district for use while they are in school, said Phillips. "It goes home with you. It goes everywhere you go."

Teachers and staff also get them, he said. All the existing devices used by the district will be replaced within three years.

"Google makes it so much easier for us," such as Google Apps storing the students' work in the cloud automatically. "I don't have to worry about storage and things along those lines."

The district has been using Samsung Chromebooks for about one year.

"The original Chromebooks we weren't really sold on because you couldn't work with them offline," said Phillips, but that has since been changed, which makes them more versatile and easier to use.

Several other new Chromebooks have also been released in recent months from other vendors. Earlier in December, Google unveiled the new Acer C720P Chromebook, which has a multi-touch screen and retails for $299.

In October, Google unveiled the new $279 HP Chromebook 11, which weighs just over two pounds. The HP machine also included a micro-USB charger that can also recharge a user's Android phone or tablet. The HP 11 is being sold through Best Buy, Amazon, Google Play and HP Shopping in the United States, and through Currys, PC World and many other retailers in the United Kingdom.

In June, Google expanded its network of dealers for its Chromebooks by beginning to sell them through Walmart and Staples stores, raising the number of outlets for the devices to some 6,600 stores. The move added Walmart and Staples stores to the existing Chromebook retail outlets through Best Buy and Consumers are also able to purchase the machines via Staples online, while business users will be able to buy them through the Staples Advantage B2B program. More retailers are also expected to be added in the coming months, including select Office Depot, OfficeMax, Fry's and TigerDirect stores.

Similar expansions are also happening in the 10 other markets worldwide where Chromebooks are sold, including 116 Tesco stores in the United Kingdom and Mediamarket and Saturn stores in the Netherlands, FNAC stores in France and Elgiganten stores in Sweden. In Australia, JB Hi-Fi and Harvey Norman stores will soon be carrying Chromebooks as well.

Chromebooks and their desktop brethren Chromeboxes run Google's Chrome operating system and feature a wide range of preinstalled, cloud-based Google services and products, including Google Docs and Google Calendar. Chromebooks allow users to do their work online with less need for on-machine storage for large applications and files.

In May, Google began testing Chromebook-equipped store kiosks to make it easier for businesses to help their customers and employees check merchandise stock, place orders or get more information while shopping or working. The kiosks use something Google calls "Managed Public Sessions" to allow employee and customer use of the devices without the need for logging in.



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Twitter Thursday

From the iPad of Martin Rushano...

Here are some of my students who chose to use technology to present the relationships special quadrilaterals.  Most used Prezi to highlight those relationships.  They did a fantastic job.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

The newest member of our Library team, Nikki Robertson, is doing great things at Hoover and beyond and we want to support her efforts to transform learning and enhance libraries around the country. Please see her exciting news below and go vote!

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

I am excited to share some great news with you.  My blog and three of my collaborative projects have made the short list of nominee finalists in six categories for the EduBlog Awards ( I would greatly appreciate your support and votes. Even if you don't vote for me, please checkout the amazing educators in each EduBlog category and vote for your favorites. Voting ends this Wednesday.

Here is a list of the categories I am part of:

Best Library/Librarian Blog: The True Adventures of a High School Librarian

Best Twitter Hashtag: #tlchat

Best podcast or Google Hangout for Educators: TL Virtual Cafe- TL News Night

Best Use of Videos and Media in Education in 2013: TL Virtual Cafe- TL News Night

Best Open PD / Webinar/ Unconference Series: TL Virtual Cafe- home

Best Use of Wikis in Education: (vote for both)

TL Chat - home (TL News Night)

TL Virtual Cafe - home

Thursday, December 5, 2013

BUC Dynasty Day at HHS!

We are re-examining the mission and vision of the Engaged Learning Initiative and working to ensure that we are moving past Substitution in the SAMR model to technology integration that truly transforms learning for our students. Teachers are being encouraged to reflect on the ways that they integrate tech into their classrooms and find new ways to enhance learning through technology. Ms. Gannon shared the following article with me today which is a great example of "moving on up". 

From the iPad of Melissa Smith...

Last week, my students had the assignment to be a promoter for tourism in Mexico.  After reading an article about how it has declined due to the bad press of gangs, drugs, violence, etc., they were to create a webpage from their chosen city.  IB is big on formatting and creativity so I told them they could use Notability to create pages that would look like websites.  A good number actually created real websites and I thought I’d share them with you.  I know there are a lot your Spanish may be limited (and theirs is not perfect J) but I thought I’d share.  The list is long so I made sure to put a few of my favorites at the top. 

Mrs. Hogan is going a great job with the HHS Curriculum Newsletter. Below you will find a link to this week's newsletter. It is awesome!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hour of Code
Next week is Computer Science Education Week, and Hoover High is participating in the global Hour of Code event.  In class, on Edmodo, Moodle or during advisory this week, please take time to share any of these videos with your students to get them excited about computer science.  Encourage your students to take one hour to code by playing any of these quality programming games from
Angry Birds Coding Game
Puzzle Games that are “unplugged” so no device required
Lightbot Game for iOS, Web or Android
Grok Tutorial on Python language
Tynker Build Your Own Game
On Twitter, connect with HOC using #hourofcode or follow @codeorg.  Check out all the Hour of Code posters around Hoover High School, and if you have any questions, see our resident Computer Science teacher, Jill Westerlund.  Let’s code, Hoover!
See what some famous people have to say about code and computer science…


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Happy December! The holidays are right around the corner and there is excitement in the air. At HHS we have many exciting things happening this week with both our football and swim & dive teams competing for State Championships. We are blessed with some talented students at HHS! Good Luck to both of these teams.

Last night we hosted #ALedchat on the topic Leaders Strive to be Tomorrow Today from a great blog post by our friend Jimmy Casas. I encourage you to read the post and also the archives of #ALedchat.

We have been working on putting together a Technology Plan designed specifically for Hoover High School. Below you will find a draft of this plan.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Happy Friday! It has been a great week at HHS. Students are engaged in many transformative activities in the classrooms at HHS. It is exciting to see our students learning and engaged. Many of our teachers are writing educational blogs, interactive blogs, and personal blogs on the topic of education. Please take the time to check out some of these blogs below:

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

Check out the pearltree AP GOV BLOGS here:
From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...
Kathy Schrock wrote a good blog post today about the SAMR Model.  I thought you might be interested in reviewing it:

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From the iPad of Anita Lewis...

Hello! I wanted to report some major technology success. I used “Explain Everything” for the first time to do a flipped lecture as a test review. I used class time to play a review game.

Mr. Sturgeon taught me about this app during our technology table talks at the first of the year, but I hadn’t used it until now. I have posted another lecture with a different app earlier this nine weeks, but this one got rave reviews. It was just a last-minute run-through. Nothing fancy. I have copied the Edmodo replies from my class below.

Thanks for all your support!

Anita Lewis
I just watched this and it was very helpful!!! Can you do this more often?
Yess this helps a lot do this more
I cant explain how much this helped mrs lewis..!! Thank you so much for coming up with this idea
I must start off by saying bravo. That was the most helpful thing I've witnesses. And my question is will we need to know about Alexander
This is amazing! Mrs. Lewis this helped a lot! I like this app!
From the iPad of Chris Camper...
Students create video on historical topics!
Video on women's rights and prohibition
Jazz Age
From the iPad of Jeff Fondren...
I am using Pocket Percussion Teacher app created by my friend Robbie Green in Houston Tx.  When I travel to the middle schools I can project the music on the overhead for the percussionists and it can play a midi file of the projected  music notation at various tempos/speeds.   The students can read the overhead notation and develop listening skills while they play along to the music midi file.  This is really handy so that I can walk around and  correct technique problems as they play without me having to be directly in front of the students.     

Monday, November 18, 2013

From the iPad of Martin Ruahano...

From the iPad of Janet Ort...

No need to go all the way to DC- you can explore @smithsonian exhibits from your couch! via @FastCoExist

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

There are two really good Chrome Extensions that will make using YouTube at school much “safer”.

 YTO or YouTube Options takes everything off the page on YouTube except for the video you want to show. (no ads, no video sidebar, no video grid at the end of your video, no comments, etc)
SmartVideo provides better control over YouTube buffering, quality and playing options.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Friday HHS friends and family! It has been a busy week around HHS. Jennifer Hogan, John Montgomery, Terry Smith, Charles Butler, Carrie Busby and I traveled to Orange Beach this week for the Alabama Association of Secondary Schools Conference. It was a wonderful time of learning and fellowship with principals from around the state. I wanted to share some bullet points from the conference.

Dr. Tommy Bice, Superintendent of Alabama Schools
- Education is shifting from preparing students to take a test to preparing students for their undefined futures.
- Schools should be committed to creating environments where it is ok to take risks.
- Teachers should be engaging students and teaching them to think independently.
- Vision of Alabama Schools- Every Child is a Graduate and every Graduate is Prepared.
- Educators have to own their responsibility in the educational process and work collaboratively with others to ensure success of our students.
- Alabama's 2020 Learners:
1. All students perform at or above proficiency and show continuous improvement.
2. All students succeed.
3. Every student graduates from high school.
4. Every student graduates high school prepared.
- If you teach it and they do not get it, there is a gap forever. We need to use more formative assessments.
- If administrators are going to lead instruction, they need to be able to talk the talk.
- First question Dr. Bice asks when he visits a classroom is, "Why are you teaching what you are teaching?'.
-Great teachers have been doing RTI forever, it is just good teaching.
-Counselors are essential, but every person in the building has to be an advisor for schools to work.
- Schools need to look closely at policies that do not include students in the learning process.
- Focus on absolutes, engage legislators, and stand up for what you know is right for students.

Above you will see the comments from a passionate educator who deeply cares about the future of Alabama schools. Follow Dr. Bice at @tbice on Twitter!

HHS Virtual School Advisory Chats

Hoover High is starting to investigate the possibility of adding virtual classes into our master schedule. Starting today, administrators will be meeting with students to gather their input. Below you will find a link to the presentation for students. Students will then be asked to complete a survey on this type of learning format. We look forward to hearing from our students!


Tweets from around HHS:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

From the iPad of Chris Metcalf:

My Algebra I kids did an activity where they solved 5 problems and picked one of them to do an Educreations presentation on today.  We showed the videos in  class, and I really think the kids liked it a lot.

Here’s one example and the questions attached. 

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan...

We had a great trip to the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP) this week. Holly and I presented at two sessions on how we use twitter at our school, and we loved getting to brag on the wonderful things all of you are doing at our school. We emphasized that it is one more tool that we use to build and strengthen relationships, which is the number one things we do at HHS. I will be sharing more from the sessions I attended in upcoming newsletters.

Instead of a Curriculum Newsletter this week, I would like for all teachers to complete this QUICK PD Survey:

Also, here's a terrific and fun video on teamwork I wanted to share with you.

Thank you for all you do,


Here is a great article shared by Caroline Adams at Bluff Park Elementary:

Congratulations to our own Coach Charles Burkett! Charles will be inducted into the Jacksonville State Athletic Hall of Fame on November 22, 2013.
We are very proud of Charles and I know you will want to congratulate him when you see him.
This is a tremendous award and Charles is so deserving of this recognition!
From the Library @HHS...
The Library@HHS has an all new interactive display for November! 
November is a time to reflect on what you are thankful for. Write what you are thankful for on a leaf (available in the library) and give it to a library staff member to be placed on the board OR scan the
QR Code and post what you are thankful for on the Padlet.
The Library@HHS would be so THANKFUL you would participate in this interactive display and encourage your students to participate as well,
Thank you in advance for your support J