Friday, August 30, 2013

From the iPad of Teddie Butcher...
I wanted to brag on Virginia and I - we used iPads to download Pic Collage and students made a collage that told a story about themselves-family, sports, activities, etc.  and then I used the Dongle to attach to my computer and each student showed their collage and told about themselves.

Next the students did a Pic Collage of their favorite top 10 foods and another one on what foods they were able to make alone, without any help-this gave us an ideal of their food likes and experiences.

Today-I was going to lecture on the types of food related health issues but instead-I put the attached sheet together and had the students “Turn and Talk”-I assigned 2 students one of the 10 issues listed from this website-had them use their iPad to investigate the disease and then report to the class as a group what they found-we are researching today and reporting tomorrow.

We are so happy to be able to think and create lesson plans outside the box. I shared the Nutrition sheet with Virginia to use if she wanted to and she said, “Wow, I wish I had this yesterday.” –however, we are both taking it day by day at this point, to integrate the iPad into our curriculum.

I shared with my Interior Design class (4th period) yesterday that I wanted to be current with technology in our class but that I did not know which apps in Color and Design were useful or ineffective; Virginia and I found many, but had not played with them. So my students spent yesterday investigating and I made a long list on the Elmo, then each student chose an app that they were going to become the expert on and will evaluate whether it will be good for us to use or not. Each Monday, until we get through the list, we are having App Monday- students will rotate pulling their app up, show everyone what it does, express it limitations, show it’s abilities and we can decide whether it will be helpful with our curriculum. Last year I was intimidated, this year, I am taking the bull by the horns-we would appreciate any apps that you know about that would be useful in our curriculum and maybe a description of how you seeing it working in class.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...
One thing I LOVE about Hoover High School is the willingness of everyone to share with each other and work together.
Every day  we get emails with great articles, amazing apps, cool websites, etc.  If you are like me, you might not have time to really look at the great stuff coming through our email and then it gets lost in the pile and you can’t find it again.
I have created a Pinterest Board where I am posting all of the great resources shared through our email system.  This way you don’t have to worry about trying to find the email when you finally have a minute to look at the shared resources,  you can just browse the Pinterest Board. 
Here is the link to the Shared Resources Pinterest Board: (I’m still working on it)
If you would like for me to add you on as a contributor let me know J

I have an entire Pinterest account divided into resources for teachers based on subject/content.
If you want me to add you as a contributor to any or all of the boards I can.  Take a look and see what you think.

I've curated resources for specific subject areas on my Pinterest account:

These boards contain carefully reviewed apps, websites, etc that can be used specifically 
in the high school classroom setting.

Please let me know if you want to be added as a contributor to any or all of these boards.

If you need any assistance in setting up the calendars in your account or accessing these calendars on your iPad I’ll gladly lend a hand.  J

 Google Calendar Setup Directions:

 Google Calendar URL Links (STEP 4):

 Video Tutorial for Google Calendar Setup:


Monday, August 26, 2013

From the iPad of Matt Walker...

Welcome back! I just wanted to let everyone know of a great resource I have used in the past that is now free. The New York Times puts out a bi-weekly magazine called Upfront and I used to get my students to get a subscription to this publication and would do classroom activities with it in class. It is a great way to work on reading comprehension skills, ACT prep, as well as teach history/current events. My students in the past loved these reading days in class and I would have them write responses to certain articles or give them writing prompts to go along with a reading.

They have an online student edition which is free, but since it uses the flash player, they are not iPad friendly (I know there is an app that lets you use flash on the ipad, I just don’t recall what it is…). You can do a “screen capture” of a page or two and just put it into a word document and share it that way if you want to use the iPads with it. Or, you can use it as a homework assignment if you wish.

There is also a free teacher’s edition for each issue that has writing prompt suggestions and reading quizzes for most articles. I highly recommend checking it out and seeing if you might want to use it in your classroom in some fashion. I think it makes for a great advisory activity and discussion.

From the iPad of Janet Ort...
Interesting Facebook guidelines for educators:

From the iPad of Isabeth Gannon...
L.A. teachers give their new iPads a test drive
From the iPad of Ashley Ferguson...

Mrs. Ferguson's class is practicing conversational Spanish using Puppet Pals 2 to create cartoon videos. Students came to the office to show of their work and it was great. They were excited to share!

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Need a quick, easy way for students to submit work 4 publication? Use microblogging site Tumblr:

From the iPad of Lesa Gibson...

Yesterday a student shared with me an agenda app called My Homework.  It's quite user friendly (even for me) and would be a great asset to many of our less organized students.  I'm encouraging all my students to get it.  (It's free!)  Just had to share.

Lesa Gibson
English 11 teacher
Hoover High School

Sunday, August 25, 2013

We want to meet the needs of all of our students and realize that not everyone is on the same level of proficiency with the use of iPads and their knowledge of using an iPad for educational purposes. Ms. Suzie Greer in the Learning Lab @ HHS along with other teachers have noticed that some of our students are struggling with using their iPads. We want everyone to feel as comfortable as possible with their iPad, so this Wednesday (August 28th) from 3:30-4:30 we will provide some Student iPad Assistance sessions here at Hoover High School.
These sessions are for any student who needs extra help understanding the features of the iPad, using Edmodo in the classroom, turning in work electronically, etc... Hoover High School teachers and our Student Ambassadors will run these sessions based on the level of proficiency student check on the sign-up form that we created with Google Docs. 

If you are a student, have a student, or know a student who would benefit from these sessions, please have them sign up to attend. We want to increase students' knowledge of how to use their iPads and we want them to understand that the iPad can transform their learning in the classroom.

We will post classroom assignments outside the Library @ HHS on Tuesday afternoon and they will be there all day on Wednesday for students to check what room they have been assigned to. Parents should pick up students at the front of the school on Wednesday at 4:30. Students should click the link below to sign-up for the sessions:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

HHS Teachers: Thanks to all of you who complete the Tech Survey that I sent last week. If you have not had time, no worries. Just take a few minutes to do it when you can catch your breath J Many of the surveys asked for more information on Google Apps. I found this on Twitter and wanted to share. It is great and breaks down many of the tools into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. We will start planning more PD for September once we get a good feel from you all of what you need. REMEMBER: Pick a few things to try and stick with those until you are comfortable and then try something new- quality over quantity!! Have a good afternoon and Go BUCS!

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

I just figured out an awesome feature in Moodle that I didn't know existed.  
When you click on the calendar feature in Upcoming Events, there is a button at the bottom of the page which says "export calendar."  Click on that button and it will take you to a new page where you can choose "all events" or "events related to courses."  This is letting you choose between the assignments you have input for students or the assignments plus anything you may have added to the calendar as another reminder.  Students can also add calendar events for themselves in that calendar, by the way.   I’m pretty sure that when they do, it is just in their calendar.
You then have the option for "this week," "this month," or "recent and next 60 days."  I told my students to choose “this week” because I am regularly tweaking assignments, adding them, etc.
Below that you have two options:  "get calendar URL" or "export".  If you get the URL, you will then have to copy and paste it into a browser window to complete the export.  If you choose export, it will pop up a box which lists "X# of Events".  Once that pops up, choose "done" and it will have exported them into the built in calendar on your iPad.  From there you can set additional popup reminders in your calendar settings.
I think this is a particularly useful feature that can help students stay organized, so I thought I’d share with the other Moodle users out there.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Welcome back to Hoover High to all of our students, faculty and staff! It is going to be a great year at HHS. We have issued over 2500 iPads to students and over 200 to faculty and staff and are loving the great uses of technology that we are seeing as we walk around to classrooms. As you can imagine, there are some issues that come along with this integration. We are working through finding areas of the building where we will need to beef up our infrastructure and are working with teachers to solve iPad issues in the classroom. We are working hard to be good stewards of our funding at HHS. We have made all admin surveys, club sign up sheets, ER sign up forms, etc... available through Google forms. We love the HHS Football slogan for this year and it goes along with what we expect of all at HHS- Never Enough Excel Today. Check back to find out more info on the HHS Engaged Learning Initiative!

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Students will be using Google docs to sign in and out of the library this year. Make sure to check your email for this link when sending students to the Library @ HHS!

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

Evernote ??
I have a student who uses Evernote.  I want her to save her work as a PDF to upload in Moodle.  Can that be done?  We couldn’t find a button that did that directly.  I don’t want to make her change from something she is very comfortable using, but I really need work uploaded as PDF.  Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks.

I have suggested to my students the App “PaperPort Notes” as a free alternative to Notability.  It can be organized much like notability and it can transfer to Dropbox and other sources in PDF format.  I thought I’d pass that along.

I know some have suggested Evernote to students, but from what I can tell so far, I don’t think it will transfer as a PDF where students can upload to my online course….


From the iPad of Tim Rhodes...
Resource paid by the school.  Works great with Ipads.  Students must register to watch.  Fits our curriculum like a glove and would be considered “transformative” when completing lesson plans.  Also, can be utilized in Common Core…
“ Research to Build and Present Knowledge”

Videos 2-3 minutes in length to support and add to your discussions in all subjects.  Standard based video clips.
Video Clips on NBC Archives- register using this code.....registration code:  MWT819

If you lose the registration code you will always find it on my web page.  Tim Rhodes web page
Tweets from around HHS:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Here is the dress code Prezi created by Mrs. Hogan for everyone to review for Monday! It is going to be a great year!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What an awesome day of sharing and peer PD today! I loved HHSiBucs Technology Day and learning from you all. I wanted to share some of the information from presenters in case you missed their session or wanted to "rewind" your learning.  

From the iPad of Ben Rigsby...

If you came to my workshop today or just want some more stuff to read. Here is a link to some good info about using Twitter and Dropbox

From the iPad of Jeff Johnson..

Here is a link to the Advanced Edmodo presentation:

Here are some of the rubrics I am going to use in my session:

From the iPad of Martin Rushano...

Here are more links with information about Touch Cast:



Teacher Showing How To Use It:  

From the iPad of Nikki Robinson...
Hello my new Hoover High School Family!  I am so excited about our big Tech Day today.  My four sessions on Goggle + Hangouts will show you a free, easy way to make rewindable learning (flipped classroom)  for your students. 

From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan...

Here is the link to the Thinglink image I created for today’s presentation. It is full of resources for addressing the 4 C’s of the Common Core: Collaboration, Create/Creativity, Communication, and Critical Thinking.  Hope you find it helpful!

Dealing with Distractability:

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

This blog has a good, quick explanation of how to create in Nearpod so I thought I'd pass it along to those who don't know how to use it.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Registration begins today at HHS for almost 2800 students! In conjunction with our traditional registration process, we will be presenting iPad 101 sessions for students and parents, students will be checking out iPads and participating in a peer led orientation, and parents will have sessions on expectations and their responsibilities in the area of digital citizenship and partnering with us to ensure that their students are leaving a positive digital footprint. We are excited for students to be leading the orientation sessions and know that this will be a great day at HHS!