Friday, June 21, 2013

We are headed to ISTE 2013! We would love for anyone attending ISTE to join us as we provide the background and highlights of the Hoover City Schools Engaged Learning Initiative from Hoover High School's perspective.
Here is the overview of the Engaged Learning Initiative

Hoover High School uses Instructional Technology as one way of enhancing the mission to prepare and inspire students for life-long success by teaching the skills, knowledge, and behaviors students will need as responsible citizens in the global community.  Students learn collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking in a variety of ways throughout the school day. Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the educational program. In an effort to increase access to those 21st century skills, HHS has made it a goal to offer students a 24/7 accessibility to their learning through this "Engaged Learning Initiative” (ELI). The individual use of technology is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace.

Teachers implement transformational instructional strategies and individualization of student learning and performance through the use of technology in the classroom. This will be done with such strategies as flipping the classroom, empowering students with 1:1 technology, the use of social media, and the use of interactive applications that put the “work” of learning back on the students’ side of the table. The Engaged Learning Initiative will increase creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking, as well as foster a positive student/teacher relationship.

Below is the outline of the session- What to Expect...

The Engaged Learning Initiative session will be set up in five parts with time for questions/answers following the presentation. The first presentation will be an overview and history of the Engaged Learning Initiative. This will be presented by Dr. Ron Dodson and Mr. Don Hulin. The purpose of the overview/history will be to give the background of the initiative and will also allow the participants to understand the philosophy behind the ELI.

The second portion of the presentation will deal with the planning, infrastructure requirements, device selection, and contract requirements, etc… that go along with a 1:1 initiative. This includes the “nuts and bolts” of the initiative including once a device is chosen, how to work with the company to ensure appropriate professional development is provided, etc… Brian Phillips and Keith Fulmer have been instrumental through this process and will provide valuable insight from the research of the device, to the ordering, to the budget planning, to the device security and identification process, to the professional development, to the technical problems, etc… They are involved in all aspects of the initiative.

The third portion of the presentation will deal with Professional Development. Mrs. Jennifer Hogan has been a key player from the beginning in the training and preparation of our teachers to use the iPads effectively in the classroom. She will give tips and ideas for successful implementation from day one and will also show the continued professional development that is required to keep this type of initiative moving in the right direction. This includes professional development days where teachers choose what they want to learn more about, embedded professional development in the school day, “Experts Down the Hall” where teachers observe other teachers and then share ideas and what they saw, “Hoover Techaneers”students providing peer and teacher professional development during the school day, Fun Fact Friday’s, HHSiBucs Blog, and even Tech Tailgates before a basketball game.

The fourth portion of the presentation will be the use of social media to increase connectedness in the high school setting. Dr. Holly Sutherland will highlight how Hoover High School uses Facebook, Twitter, and our Engaged Learning Initiative Blog to connect with each other as well as the Hoover community and the educational community around the world. Examples will be used and suggestions give on how to connect via social media in a positive way with students, parents, and the community. The importance of forming a PLN for teachers will also be addressed.

Following the first four parts of the presentation, Dr. Sutherland will lead a Skype session with a teacher and 2 Seniors at Hoover High School. They will give a brief bio of themselves and then we will take questions from the audience for the students. We will finish with a final question and answer session. We will also give all contact information for participants to send additional questions for clarity or more information.

A little about the presenters...

Bryan Phillips became the Chief Technology Officer for Hoover City Schools in 2010. As CTO, he provides visionary leadership and has the ability to articulate that vision in all areas of technology. He also is responsible for the overall management of the district network and the technology team. His prior experiences included serving Hoover City Schools as Network Administrator. In this capacity, Phillips implemented new networking projects in response to system needs, ensured maximum network uptime/performance and investigated new policies, procedures and hardware relative to network systems. Before that, Phillips served in the role of Instructional Technology Specialist/Technology Coach for the school system. In those capacities, he made recommendations to administrators/staff as how to best utilize technology budget finances, developed pilot tech programs and assisted various schools in website development/improvement. Phillips Taught at Oak Grove High School (Jefferson County School System) before coming to Hoover City Schools. There, he served in various instructional, athletic and technological capacities, winning Oak Grove’s Second Mile Teacher of the Year Award . Phillips received his BS in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his MS in Elementary Education from Samford University.

Keith Fulmer has been in the field of education for 25 years. For the last nine years he has have served as a curriculum technology specialist for Hoover city schools. Mr. Fulmer is currently responsible for training of around 300 Hoover High School staff members in the use of technology. Teachers are trained on the use of classroom hardware (projectors, document cameras, sound systems. Teacher training includes the use of grade and assessment software, curriculum specific software, remediation and credit recovery software on over 1000 desktop and laptop computers. Mr. Fulmer trains teachers to use Moodle and Access as a course management system and all teachers in the use of Edmodo. Mr. Fulmer also works with administrators and central office personnel to plan and coordinate how to incorporate and improve technology in Hoover City Schools. As part of his current responsibilities, are to work to train teachers to use iPads to improve student learning as we begin the Engaged Learning Initiative: a 1:1 student iPad initiative and he is co-creating a NETS training course for Hoover Teachers. Fulmer has his Masters in Education from University of Alabama.

Dr. Ron Dodson’s career in education spans more than two decades. During his eleven years in the classroom, he taught Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy and Theory of Knowledge. Dr. Dodson then moved on to administration, serving as assistant principal at two high schools before moving to a central office position as the secondary curriculum director. He currently serves in the capacity of assistant superintendent of instruction for the Hoover City Schools district, working with K-12 administrators, teachers, and other district leaders in the areas of curriculum, technology, and instructional programs. Over the course of his career, Dr. Dodson’s work has been recognized at the national level with the prestigious Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award and the Tandy Technology Scholar Award. In addition to his work in Hoover City Schools, Dr. Dodson serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s department of educational leadership.

Don Hulin is serving in his fifth year as principal of Hoover High School. He has 20 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and educational administrator. Mr. Hulin worked to make the Engaged Learning Initiative happen in the Hoover City School system by advocating to our superintendent and others about the importance of 1:1 technology in the classroom. He serves on the Superintendent’s Advisory Team and traveled to Westlake High School in Austin, Texas to learn more about their iPad Pilot Program. Mr. Hulin has worked with the State of Alabama on their ACCESS Distant Learning Reauthorization and has been instrumental in the implementation of Student Phone/Electronic Device Usage in Hoover as well. Mr. Hulin has his Educational Specialists Degree from the University of Montevallo and served in the United States Air Force.  Mrs. Jennifer Hogan is in her second year as Assistant Principal at Hoover High School.

Mrs. Hogan is serving in her 19th year as an educator. She has experience at the high school level as a science teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal. In her various professional roles, she has always had a passion for integrating technology in the classroom. She has been instrumental in the integration of Twitter and blogging into the classroom and is a valuable resource to the teachers at Hoover High School. She is integral to the continuous professional development offered at Hoover High and believes in teacher choice. Ms. Hogan received her Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Samford University.

Dr. Holly Sutherland is her fifth year as Assistant Principal at Hoover High school and has 12 years of experience in education from K-12. Dr. Sutherland worked in the K-5 setting for 7 years before moving to Hoover High School as an administrator. Currently, Dr. Sutherland works with the Senior class at HHS, works with teacher professional development, works with college and career readiness, works with Professional Learning Communities and Vertical Interdisciplinary Process groups, and provides technology based Professional Development to teachers. Dr. Sutherland believes in using social media and technology to communicate with the parents and community of Hoover. This is demonstrated by her use of grade level Facebook pages, Twitter (#HHSiBucs, #Gr82BKing13), and the creating and updates to our Engaged Learning Initiative Blog (Http:// Dr. Sutherland has her doctorate from Samford University.
From the iPad of Matt Walker...

From the iPad of Keith Fulmer...

Check out this blog post with the technology matrix.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

From the iPad of Carrie Busby...

Watch this YouTube video called Thrift Shop Algebra Parody.

My rising freshman son and I were on Twitter this afternoon when we came across this video (thanks, Keith Fulmer). The first thing he said while we were watching the very beginning of the video was "Ugh, I don't miss that at all!"  He took Algebra as an 8th grader, and needless to say, he doesn't want to spend any portion of his summer doing math.  But what Jake said at the end of the video has stayed with me all day. At the end of the video, he said, "That is awesome. I want to be in that class."  

"I want to be in that class." 

Kids are required to come to school, but what a difference it makes when they WANT to come to our classes.  We all have our own special skill set that we bring to the table to motivate students, and summer is the time to replenish our stores so that come August, we are ready to inspire and educate a fresh group of students. May we all take time this summer to remember our power to inspire.  Just wanted to share...

From the iPad of Danelle Rohwedder...


Just wanted to let you know that we made it back safely from France!  We visited Paris, Versailles, Normandy, Mt. Saint Michel, St. Malo, Tours, the Loire Valley, and Nice.  All the kids had a great time eating the food, seeing the sites, and most importantly, speaking French!  I had Jessica Wang, Jasmine Brown, Jasmine Freeman, Jayde Sherron, Griffin Eagan, Sydney Kennedy, and Briana Guin with me from HHS, plus a whole bunch of SPHS kids.  I was proud to take these Hoover people out of the country with me and look forward to another trip in a few years.

I've uploaded most of my pictures to my HHS website.  Here's a direct link if you care to see them!

Hope yall are having a great summer!  A bientot,

Danelle Rohwedder

From the iPad of Keith Fulmer...

Blooms Taxonomy Graphics

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tomorrow is the HHS Technology Boot Camp and we could not be more excited about learning with current Hoover High teachers, new HHS teachers, teachers from neighboring schools, and our students. We will have many session offerings (as I posted earlier) and one of those is iPad 101. This will be time for new teachers and teachers new to the iPad can learn some basic tips and tricks. Below is an example of the handout from this particular session:

Friday, June 7, 2013

HHS Technology Boot Camp 2013 is coming June 12th! We are super excited about hosting this event for out staff and for other teachers in the surrounding area. This PD opportunity focuses on using teachers and students to facilitate learning in our building. We love learning with others!

8:00-8:15              Coffee/Juice/Light Breakfast Foods in Library

8:15-8:40              Engaged Learning Initiative- Logistics of Day- Library Atrium

8:40-9:40              Kelly Etheredge Integrating Photos and Facts with Pic Collage and Word
                               Documents- Computer Lab

                                Matt Walker Flipping the Classroom (You will see this on an advanced level, but
                                even beginners will see how this is done)- Community Room

                                Stacey Avant Technology in the Math Classroom- Learning Area

                                Holly Sutherland, Katherine Dinsmore, Destine Smith, Eric Kim, Sunny
                                Thodupumuri- iPad 101: Tips, Tricks, iHelp- Library Atrium

                                 Table Topics:
                                 iPad 101 Jacob Tofani, Jason McCay
                                 Twitter: Corey McCloud
                                  Edmodo: Lauren Wiggins, Julianna Dinsmore
                               Notability: Hannah Shultz
9:40-10:00           Snack and Tweet UP

10:00-11:00         Joe Walding Educreations- Computer Lab

                              Jennifer Hogan The Good and Bad of Classroom Management of Technology from
                              Observations- Community Room

                              Katherine Dinsmore, Corey McCloud, Jacob Tofani, Julianna Dinsmore, Destiny
                              Smith What Works Best for Us: Question/Answer with Students- Library Atrium

                               Table Topics:
                               Quizlett Hannah Shultz, Jason McCay
                               Edmodo: Eric Kim, Sunny Thodupumuri
                               Instragram: Lauren Wiggins, Aubrey Powell


12:00-1:00           Emily Barnes Notability- Learning Area
                               Holly Sutherland Blogging and Social Media in the Classroom- Community Room

                               Melissa Hamley Grading Electronic Documents- Computer Lab

                               Destiny Smith, Jacob Tofani, Audrey Powell, - Using Dropbox- Library Atrium

                                Table Topics:
                                Twitter: Corey McCloud
                                Flip Board: Hannah Shultz
                                iHelp Desk: Eric Kim, Sunny Thodupunuri
                             Dropbox: Jason McCay, Julianna Dinsmore
                             Notability: Lauren Wiggins

1:00-2:00              Jill Westerlund Using Google Sites for Student Digital Portfolios- Computer Lab 2
                               Jennifer McCollum  Grade Cam- Computer Lab

                                Eric Kim, Sunny Thodupumuri  Edmodo- Library Atrium
                                 Cloud On- Lauren Wiggins
                                Table Topics:
                                Students available to help with any topic covered today or answer questions.

2:00-3:00              Planning Session: Individual or Group (Share and Pair for upcoming school year)
                               Library and Share at Atrium