Monday, April 29, 2013



#ALedchat tonight at 9:00 pm CST. Topic: Listening to Student Voice...how, when, why...& is there a time to ignore?

Love this web site on Student Voice:

http://www.soundout.org/tips.html


West Virginia is taking Student Voice to the Next Level:

http://wvde.state.wv.us/voice/


Friday, April 26, 2013

It's Friday and it is a beautiful day at HHS! We have had a busy week planning for common assessments, finalizing graduation plans, working on Common Core, planning for technology sessions this summer, etc... We also had a great Lunch and Learn yesterday. As always, I feel that collaboration is at an all time high and that teachers at HHS are constantly reflecting and working to find new ways to transform their teaching and the learning of their students.

This week's Fun Fact Friday encourages teachers to come to us for help if they are feeling stressed or overwhelmed- basically drowning! Enjoy!


Thursday, April 25, 2013


From the ipad of Carrie Busby...

Are you interested in having lunch and a conversation about good teaching practices for Hoover High's students?  Then join Mrs. Hogan and me this Thursday during your lunch for a conversation centered around Martin Haberman's article on The Pedagogy of Poverty Versus Good Teaching.    Mrs. Hogan and I recently attended a meeting facilitated by Dr. Vivien Elliott, and she offered insight into successful practices for transient and low income students. If you are interested in having a lunch chat, bring your lunch on Thursday to the Community Room.  

Prior to Thursday's lunch chat, take a look at the following resources that will be the springboard for our talk:

Article on The Pedagogy of Poverty






Coach Bryant acts out Photosynthesis... Literally







Wednesday, April 24, 2013


#USedchat was a huge success! Jennifer Hogan and I had 20 Tweeters at our Tweet Party and over 115 educators around the country and world participated in the chat. It was awesome to learn with each and every one of these outstanding teachers and administrators. Below is a link to the Storify that Mrs. Hogan composed of the chat. Enjoy!


Photos from the Tweet Party





Tweets Pics from #USedchat












Monday, April 22, 2013



Inaugural #USedchat is at 8:00 CST and Jennifer Hogan and I could not be more excited. Our goal with this chat is to connect state chats around the country. We want to provide the platform for these groups to come together and discuss a common topic once a quarter. Tonight we will discuss whether or not technology and the integration of technology into the classroom is transforming traditional classrooms. We are hosting a Twitter party in the Library @ HHS for our local tweeters and hope to put some twitter names with faces tonight as we also connect fact to face. Join us tonight!

* This chat will replace our traditional #ALedchat that normally runs from 9-10:00 CST for tonight only. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Happy Friday Hoover High School and friends! Another great week at HHS is almost in the books and I continue to be amazed by the collaboration that is happening on a daily basis. Yesterday our new teachers completed Experts Down the Hall where they observed other teachers of their choice and had the opportunity to work with the PRIDE mentors to clarify end-of-the-year procedures. It was awesome to hear new teachers talking about ideas that they wanted to try in their classrooms in the future that they learned while observing others!

Once again Mrs. Hogan and I have been busy creating a Fun Fact Friday. This week, we asked Coach Davis to help us celebrate the start of the baseball sectional play tonight with a little video from the field. We also talked with 9th and 10th graders about what they were looking forward to when they receive their iPads next year. Enjoy!


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


#USedchat is 5 days away and we really excited about this inaugural chat! There are so many outstanding educators who have inspired us to grow our PLN through Twittter and Tweetchats and we have asked some of them to share their story of using Twitter to grow professionally. We look forward to Monday night at 8:00 CST. Join us!

Becoming a Connected Learner
Jimmy Casas @Casas_Jimmy
Co- Founder/Co-Moderator of #IAedchat
Principal of Bettendorf High School 
Over a year ago, I made a conscientious decision to set a personal goal for myself to become more of a connected learner through social media in order to grow a more meaningful network, expand my knowledge of available resources to share with my team and staff, and to gain greater insight on educational topics in order to be able to teach others.  In the course of the last year, I have made hundreds of connections with other educators who are as motivated as I am to not only keep learning, but to also share my knowledge and expertise with others educators.  By doing so, it has opened up other opportunities for me to explore and develop as an educator.
This past November, Aaron Becker, Matt Degner, and I  decided to start #IAedchat as a way to bring Iowa educators and others from across the globe who were connected on Social Media (twitter) together on a weekly basis to discuss educational topics of interest to educators.  On January 6, 2013, we hosted our first #IAedchat and the response has been overwhelming! We are pleased to help advance these conversations and connect great grass-roots educators together!”
From Jimmy's Blog: Passion...Purpose...Pride...

A Renewed Sense of Purpose

I recently shared the following thoughts in my weekly Monday Memo to staff:

The topic of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, continue to be topics of 

discussion throughout the educational arena.  As many of you know, I felt a
obliged to try and expand my professional learning network last year to help 
me develop as an educator and as a leader in order to help support you and our 
students in the learning process.  One way I did this was by connecting to Twitter.
In doing so, I felt like I was able to have access to a plethora of resources 
and other educators eager to learn and share like myself.  As I reflect
on my journey three things come to mind. One, I felt a strong sense of renewal
to my profession, both as an educator and as a principal.  Not only have I been
able to learn from others, but also contribute to others by giving back of my time
and resources, which in turn helps our profession as a whole. I feel like I have
been able to give back to this profession, a profession which has been so 
good to me over the last twenty plus years.  Two, it has given me the opportunity 
to expand my knowledge which I hope will lead to more opportunities to 
teach. Like many that go into administration, the hardest part was leaving the
classroom and realizing my opportunities to make a daily impact on students 
would now be much more limited.  In many ways, it has been the hardest
transition for me personally because I have always seen myself as a teacher.  
Lastly, it has allowed me to expand my circle outside our organization to 
others who desire to develop meaningful professional relationships in order to do the 
best work possible for our students, staff, and community and who understand
the complexities of the principalship. The truth is being a principal is a 
lonely profession, and only those who are principals, are able to understand 
what it feels like to have that sense of responsibility on our shoulders every day, 
every evening, every weekend, 365 days a year.  Expanding my SM network 
on Twitter has provided me with a means to increase my content knowledge
and to use what I have learned to contribute beyond something that is greater
 than myself, provided me an opportunity to teach again, and allowed me to 
connect with others who understand my world and give me strength to push 
forward. In short, it has given me hope and a renewed sense of purpose.

Twitter is Transformational
Brad Currie  @bcurrie5
Co-Founder/Co-Moderator #satchat
NJ School Administrator

Twitter chats have transformed the way educators connect, share, and learn from one another. Each and every day on Twitter you can consume great content or share your educational viewpoints in a just a few clicks or taps. Some of my favorite chats to learn from are #ptchat #iaedchat #satchat #edchat and #sschat. Topics are always timely and engaging which allows me to stay on top of trending topics impacting the profession. To me, it is a "no-brainer" for educators to tap into the many resources that Twitter chats have to offer. They have impacted my professional life for the better and have empowered me to become a life long learner. - Brad Currie 

Twitter Opens Doors
Aaron Becker   @Aaron_Becker32
Co-Founder/Co-Moderator #IAedchat
Principal- Fairfield High School
Twitter has opened so many doors for my professional learning that I would have never experienced if it and taken the plunge to try something new and so out of my comfort zone. Twitter has allowed me to create relationships with other educators in my own state of Iowa but I am also able to connect globally through collaboration and feel like I am in the same room with someone that is in Wisconsin, Illinois, New Jersey, Alabama, and Maryland to just name a few.  When I was a teacher and in my early years of being a principal, I felt like I was on an island.  I felt like I had to have all of the answers or if I needed answers, I didn't know where to search for them.  Through Twitter, just like for many other educators, it blasted open doors, knocked down walls, and created opportunities to learn professionally that I never knew that were there before.  I can post a question to my personal learning network and I can have feedback in real time.  My personal learning network in Twitter challenges my thinking as an educator and motivates me to be a continual learner within my practice every single day.  Twitter has changed me forever as an educator and how I see the future of our education changing for our students. - Aaron Becker 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

From the iPad of Isabeth Gannon...

Ms. Gannon is on fire! She is sending great resources for us to review and use on a regular basis and is challenging us to continue to find new and better ways to use technology in the classroom! I am loving learning from her! 

Last week she shared with me Grockit. This is a test prep website where you buy a subscription (or use the 3 day free trial), pre-assess where a  student is in a subject area, and the site helps prepare them for the test they have selected: ACT, SAT, GMAT, etc... It even has online study groups that students can join in and collaborate. Ms. Gannon had her students who were taking the ACT sign up for a free trial and use it to study for the ACT this past weekend. Along the way, she discovered that Grockit has many great YouTube videos on test prep and content specific tutorials. SO, even if you are not interested in purchasing Grockit, checkout the free YouTube Videos. You might could post them on Edmodo for student to view. This is a good resource! 




Ms. Gannon also shared the following video from Teaching Channel where Sarah Brown Wessling, English Language Arts Teacher form Johnston, Iowa developed an awesome lesson on Shakespeare. 

Keep the great resources coming Ms. Gannon!

Monday, April 15, 2013

#ALedchat tonight @ CST moderated by HHS teachers; Brad Coltrane, Kim Tanner, Isabeth Gannon, Jill Westerlund, and Danelle Rohwedder. Join us as we learn from these outstanding Hoover High School teachers!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Happy Friday Hoover High School! Spring is in the air (mixed with a little pollen). Although things are getting a little crazy around here, I appreciate that I am continuing to get technology tips, ideas, and strategies shared with me and the staff on a daily basis. Keep them coming! This week's Fun Fact Friday features students who are willing to give tips to teachers about iPad use in the classroom. Enjoy!



From the iPad of Kellye Self...

I was just reading an article on MacLife magazine about top apps for researchers.  One of the ones they mentioned (free) is called EasyBib.  It will let you scan/take a picture of the barcode of a book, tell it which citation format you want (MLA, APA or Chicago) and it starts building your bibliography.  You can also type in the name of a publication and it will search its database for it.  I thought this was the coolest thing ever, since I'm always confused by all the ways that citing sources has changed since I was in school, so I thought I'd pass it along.  I figure anything that makes it easier for kids to cite their sources is a good thing....
Kellye

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Mrs. Hogan Hosted a Tech Night for Parents at HHS!

Mrs. Hogan hosted another great Tech Night at HHS where current HHS students demonstrated to 10th grade parents how their students will be using iPads in the upcoming school year. This was once again a success as you can see by the parent email below:

Please let your student presenters know what a wonderful job they did.  I was very impressed with their poise, knowledge, and solid understanding of the technology and their ability to show true application.  Hats off to their teachers as well.  You can tell that Hoover teachers have a passion for their kids and truly go the extra mile to make sure our kids get a well rounded education.   
Loved it!
Nancy McGowan





From the iPad of Kellye Self...

My students are starting a project where they will create infographics designed to answer content-related essential questions which I provide to them.  To start out, we have spent some time analyzing existing infographics.  I was looking for a good example of one which used a timeline format and this one caught my eye.  I’m sharing since I thought teachers would appreciate the ideas on plagiarism and where it can eventually take you.  Enjoy!


Kellye Self
U.S. Government
Blended Online U.S. Government
AP U.S. Government & Politics
Hoover High School

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tech Experts Down the Hall

We value the fact that we have teachers in our building who are becoming or who already are experts with apps features of the iPad. As a way to connect those teachers to other teachers who could benefit from their expertise, Ms. Hogan compiled a list that will be posted in many common areas. We have many "Experts Down the Hall" that can help!

Tech Experts Down the Hall
Dropbox
Brad Coltrane - this is my main storage point for handouts, information, etc.
Chad Cooley
Tim Rhodes

Edmodo
Jane Bruce
Brad Coltrane -this is my primary means of daily and weekly online communication with students; I’m also training them to turn in essays here
Chad Cooley
Kelley Etheredge
Susan Norris - Edmodo helps students stay organized with class.  I post everything here!
Tim Rhodes

Educreations
Susan Norris - THIS HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE APP EVER!  It is so easy to use for flipping the classroom, creating tutorials, and reteaching difficult topics.  My students even used it to present information to our class.  It links right to edmodo and is very user friendly.

Evernote

Explain Everything
Brad Coltrane - love this app.  I used it for tutorials on how to prepare a text for close analysis
Dale Windle - I use Explain Everything to record flipped lectures in my history and Econ classes.

Gradecam
Chad Cooley
Jennifer McCollum
Deborah Wilson - I use it for all of my tests. It gives immediate feedback for myself and my students. It breaks down each question to show the percentages for missing the questions and for getting the questions correct. It also gives an overall average for the test.


iAnnonate

iMovie
Jane Bruce
Tim Rhodes

Instagram
Chad Cooley

iPad 101

Moodle
Brad Coltrane - Hamley and I have designed a pretty good course for teaching research and another for his TOK class

Nearpod

Notability
Brad Coltrane - this is pretty much all I use or have my students use for notetaking, annotating texts for close reading.
Chad Cooley
Susan Norris - My students with iPads use notability to organize themselves.  This is their notebook – so to say.  It is an easy app with many functions. 

Quizlet
Chad Cooley
Jennifer McCollum
Susan Norris - This is a great way for students to make flashcards.  It is organized and gives more options than just “going through the deck”.  The games are a fun way to practice the information that you enter.
Deborah Wilson - I also allow my students to use Quizlet for their vocabulary words. It allows the student to study the words as flash cards and it will speak the words and definitions if they want. There are other helpful features.

Scoop.it
Brad Coltrane - My new favorite is Scoop.it, a way to catalog websites and have a single place for students to go and see online resources.  Most recently I’ve “scooped” all of the students’ reading blogs into my site, which allows them to access their classmates’ reading records online in one place, which I have linked via Twitter.  This is a great resource for teaching a particular topic in depth (such as Common Core will require…)  And it is FREE.

Twitter
Brad Coltrane – I “scoop” (see scoop.it above) then tweet
Chad Cooley
Kelley Etheredge
Alan Skinner -  I use it to discuss current events with students, remind about HW, use with movies instead of note taking as well as my learning from my PLN. 

YouTube
Tim Rhodes

HHS Webpage
Tim Rhodes

Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Friday Hoover High School and followers of our blog! Hoover High School is busy preparing for our prom which is tonight and we know that all of our students will look beautiful and have a great time. Since I am sure everyone will be using iPads and other devices taking photos, we wanted to share about PicMonkey. This is a great website for editing photos. PicStich is also a great app and you can now also download apps for online photo shops like Mixbook and Shutterfly to print photos. Have a great weekend!


Fun Fact Friday Video:


Tweets from Around HHS:















Thursday, April 4, 2013

From the iPad of Jeff Johnson...


My AP and IB Physics students had to create a 3 minute video about CURRENT applications of electromagnetism/ magnetic fields. They are using iMovie from their iPads  or many are just recording skits on their iPads. The work that is coming in has been phenom!!!! Check out one of the video projects below from Luke Johnson, Luke Moradi and  Joe Sullivan.

Jeff Johnson




Wednesday, April 3, 2013

We had a wonderful visit from Homewood City Schools! I love to share and collaborate with our neighbors. Thanks for coming and allowing us to share. Our teachers are outstanding and I truly believe that our teachers and staff are transforming instructional strategies at Hoover High School.







Tweets From Around HHS: