Thursday, May 23, 2013

I cannot believe that the 2012-2013 school year is coming to an end. It has been a great year at Hoover High School. We have probably worked harder this year than we have in a while, with new iPads and Common Core, but the energy, collaboration, and connectedness that I have felt this year has been amazing. I know that every one thinks that they have the best school around, but I would put Hoover High up against any school. Thank you to the faculty and staff for being the most caring, hard working, and knowledgeable educators I have ever worked with. YOU matter, what YOU do impacts the lives of our students, and the relationships that they have with YOU shape and mold them into outstanding young men and women. I am just glad that I get to witness the greatness of Hoover High on a daily basis. Have a great summer! You will be missed over the next few weeks at HHS!

This week is the last week of our Fun Fact Friday for the school year. Thank you for putting up with the craziness of Mrs. Hogan and I and thanks to all of those who were "featured" in episodes. We hope it was somewhat funny or at least entertaining and hopefully you learned a few things along the way! This week we gave Coach Niblett a hard time about not being able to find his parking spot. Enjoy!

Friday, May 17, 2013

It is the last Friday of the school year! Hope everyone has had a great week. It has been a little crazy her with seniors so today's Fun Fact Friday is my son/s remake to "All I Do is Win". I must tweet a little :)When he gets married I am going to home good material to share!

From the iPad of Mrs. Moncus...

Hi, everyone.  I promise this is worth your time.  J Really, this is as close to having a grader as a high school teacher!

The Business Department have been using QUIA ONLINE for many years now. I found this service when I was teaching in Dallas.   If you love Socrative and Gradecam, you’ll love Quia so much more! J

What we love about this service as a department is that we can create tests/quizzes in different versions by just clicking the “randomize question order” and “randomize answer choices” feature.  If we need to share a quiz, we just e-mail each other the URL. If you choose, you can add a password to all the tests and assign it at a certain time.  You can also choose to display one question at a time and the kids gets immediate feedback on each item.  You can also upload images and audio clips for each item. Next year, all our kids will have iPads and they can take their quizzes, tests, semester exams online and they are graded for you on the spot! You can also print a paper copy if you want or create an answer form online and give them a paper copy of the test!  Also, the scores are stored in your account (not e-mailed to you) and the students have access to all the tests and quizzes they’ve taken, great for study guides during semester exams. 

Nothing is perfect specially when using iPad. Yes, I said that!  The down side is that some of the activities requires Java and Flash and my kids said it won’t work.   

The subscription is $49/per teacher annually but we get a discount if more teachers signs up.

Here are some of the features:
  • Create 16 types of games and learning activities:
o    Matching game
o    Flashcards
o    Battleship
o    Challenge board
o    Hangman game
o    Jumbled words
o    Pop-ups
o    Scavenger hunt
o    Cloze activity
o    Patterns
  • Create quizzes with 10 types of questions:
o    Multiple choice
o    True-false
o    Pop-up
o    Multiple correct
o    Fill-in
o    Initial answer
o    Short answer
o    Essay
o    Matching
o    Ordering
  • Create classes and track quiz results.
  • Maintain an online schedule and calendar.
  • Upload images and audio clips.
  • Copy and modify any of Quia's three million activities to suit your own needs.
  • Share your activities with students, friends, colleagues, anyone in the world!
So what do you all think?


Glenith N. Moncus, EdS, NBCT
Finance Academy I
Business Technology Applications

Thursday, May 16, 2013

From a Hoover Senior Parent...

I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for giving our children the opportunity to use the ipads this past year!  It has been absolutely wonderful for our children - especially Ashley who is a graduating senior.

She has used it constantly!  Yes, she uses it for social media and for Pinterest, but I cannot tell you how she has used it for her classes and her homework.  She takes notes with it during class, watches instruction on it at night, uses it as a tool to find out information that will help her in her studies and I cannot tell you how much she has learned to do on it!

She does not have a job and she is needing to buy a computer for college.
This past month, she has set up an account on e bay with her ipad and she has been selling items and making money to buy her own computer.  She has plans too to buy an ipad so she will have one to take to class and use like she has used this one.

I thank you for making this possible for our kids!  I am so proud to say that Ashley and her siblings are Hoover High Students!

Great feedback! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan...

Here is a link to the  "Spring 2013 Exam Grade Goal-Setting Guide.pdf" in my Dropbox. This is a great resource for students to use as they plan for upcoming exams!

From the iPad of Melody Greene....

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Friday! Hope that everyone has had a great week at HHS. I know it has been extremely busy, but we are almost at the finish line for the 2012-2013 school year!

This week's Fun Fact Friday features apps that you can use as you travel this summer and look for fun things to do around you! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan....

For Teacher Appreciation Week, 
iAnnotate is on sale this week for half-price (making it $4.99). Mark Conner is the resident guru if you are thinking of purchasing it and have any questions about it. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

From the iPad of Dana Depew...

Wonderful segment on learning this weekend on NPR. If you have the opportunity to listen, I highly recommend the segment

Follow this link
Sugata Mitra: How Much Can Children Teach Themselves?

From the iPad of Kellye Self....

As you guys are looking for professional development opportunities, I thought I’d point you toward one that teachers can do on their own. Last summer, I signed up for 3 of the distance learning courses offered from Troy (Dreilinger’s courses). I didn’t finish any of them because I bit off more than I could chew with that, but I did finish most of each of them and learned a lot. One of them was on PBL and it was through something called Intel Teach Elements. It was great. I was just out of town a lot last summer with less than reliable wifi, so I couldn’t complete all the requirements. I plan to revisit the course this summer, and so I went to the site to look around today. They are offering another through the state distance learning offerings on “blended learning” which is also from this group. These are VERY well organized and have a set-up that leads teachers through development of an “action plan,” end of module quizzes, and lots of real-world examples. These can be done by teachers on their own for free. The website with links to each course is The state is offering 30 hours of PD time to complete the one they moderate – which is merely them breaking this course into 6 weeks on Moodle and having you do all the work at the Intel site and then post it back to the state site. For teachers trying to get their flex time in or professional development finished before the end of the month, this could be an option….I guess with a proviso that they must complete it outside of school time. Thought I’d pass it along. I’m working on the blended learning one right now – not because I need any more hours or flex time, but because I’m thinking through how to flip all my classes next year and this has some good ideas and information in it.


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

Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Friday Hoover High School and friends! This week has been great at HHS. Next week we will host our Tech Workshops in the afternoons and I am sure they will be outstanding as usual. I love that our teachers are willing to share their expertise with all of us and help us grow professionally as well as assist us with the integration of technology into the classroom!

This week's Fun Fact Friday features Don's Angels. Brad Currie tweeted out a link that will be highlighted that has a great organizational chart for educational apps. Also, we showed Jerry Blumengarten's website-  If you have not already checked out this website, you should. It is full of wonderful educational information of all kinds. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan...

Need extra PD to count for your flex days? Want to learn more about technology from your peers? Next week from 3:30-4:30 attend one of the technology sessions offered at HHS!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

From the iPad of Janet Ort...

Hoover High student team one of 47 finalists in Siemens national environmental challenge

From the iPad of Erin James...

I am an Instructional Support teacher at Hoover High School, and I recently participated in a webinar entitled “One Lesson- ALL Learners”. The presenters of this webinar focused on how educators can meet the needs of all learners by using technology. They believe that differentiation can be invisible when the right technology is used. If differentiation is obvious, then it is not differentiation. Presenter, Tracy Sockalosky, spoke on how student learning should be an ongoing process that builds upon itself, not a collection of points in time. With the help of technology, student assessment can be continuous. Students and teachers should reflect on the lessons throughout the process. Sockalosky stated that she has taken the word “grading” out of her vocabulary. She believes in incorporating self-assessment, as well as, peer reflections. Technology also allows students to have more choice in their learning and opens up avenues for creativity. As educators it is important that we first define our learning goal. Then we must determine how students will demonstrate their understanding and how it will be assessed. Technology allows for more open communication and collaboration. Remember to remain open and flexible. Students are all different, and we should have options available for all students no matter their level.
Many apps were introduced during this webinar, several that were new to me. It is amazing how much helpful, stimulating technology is out there at our disposal. Some of the apps mentioned are Padlet, Videonote, Google Drive, Diigo, Thinklink, Schoology, and Wunderlist. I encourage you to explore these apps and see if you can find a place for them in your classroom.