Monday, September 30, 2013

Happy Monday!!

From the iPad of Zara Greene...

Ringya - Contact list manager. Seems very user friendly and useful and it's free. Can email file or take pic of a paper list and it works for those without smartphones, apparently.


Grammar and writing benchmarking activities with common core targeting. Creates quizzes and assignments for common core skills (grammar and writing only) based on student interests. Set up classes much like in edmodo using codes.


From the iPad of Keith Fulmer...
I follow teachers with apps on twitter and this list seemed both useful and overwhelming. Good hunting.

Edmodo releases new quizzes for iPads:
From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

My Internet TV Program launched last night & was an AWESOME SUCCESS! Yay!

Today I thought Mr. Ware’s students how to use the AVL (Alabama Virtual Library) for their research project. 
 What I taught them would be good for other students to know as week.
 Here is the recording of my presentation:
Just thought I’d share J

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Thursday we will have our first of 6 #HHSiBucs Learning During the Day PD sessions. The format will be a job-embedded PD day at HHS where teachers chose the session(s) they want to attend during their planning period(s). This year we will use the Flipped Instruction strategy so that when teachers come to the session(s) they will have some prior knowledge and thus be able to use the time during the session more effectively. We will also video the sessions so that if teachers miss a session they are interested in, they can watch the video at their convenience.  Below is the outline of the day. We are excited about this opportunity and we love learning from our peers!


Friday, September 20, 2013

HAPPY FRIDAY! It has been a great week at HHS and we have seen technology being integrated in classrooms in ways we never even imagined. HHS is becoming a tech rich learning environment and learning is being transformed. It is exciting to see how engaged our students are in their learning!

Yesterday was Talk Like A Pirate Day,
so I wanted to share this pic with you.

Great job Hoover High Drum Line Representing HHS on Talk of Alabama:

From the iPad of Kellye Self:

I just found the coolest website.  It gives ideas to plug in for content, product, etc. using blooms taxonomy.  Check it out.

From the iPad of Danny Jordan...

Here are some bell ringers that can be used in math:

From the iPad Nikki Robertson...

Upcoming Webinar Series: 

Flipped Learning and the Common Core State Standards

Flipping the ELA Classroom

Wednesday, September 25th - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by April Gudernrath, Department Chair High School English at Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, CO

Flipping the Math Classroom

Wednesday, October 23rd - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by Crystal Kirch, Department Chair High School Math, Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Ana, CA

Flipping the Science Classroom
Wednesday, November 20th - 4PM Eastern Time
Presented by Marc Seigel, Chemistry Teacher, Middletown High School, Middletown, NJ

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Click here to register:

This amazing group of HHS teachers/artists is working to find new ways to collaborate during the day due to the fact it is almost impossible to develop a schedule when they have common planning. They have decided to enhance their communication and collaboration via a Twitter chat. This first chat will be interdepartmental and then they will begin to invite other educators to get involved. This is a great idea and I am excited to be a part of the chat on Friday! This group is an awesome example of the #ALedchat motto of Connecting...Collaborating...Inspiring!
In case you are interested in seeing how the department is setting up the chat, the information is below:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yesterday Jennifer Hogan, Nikki Robertson, Frances Courson, Kellye Self and I attended a Professional Development session presented by nationally known teacher/author Jon Bergmann at the University of Montevallo. Bergmann is the pioneer of flipping the classroom and flipped learning. I first saw Jon Bergmann's book, The Flipped Class, at our Flipped Learning morning meeting when Paul Kustos brought the book in and shared how he was inspired by the ideas presented in it. Several HHS teachers are flipping lessons and flipping learning. The main thing that I took away from this presentation and the book was that it is not about the material (video) that is sent home, it is about what you are doing to transform learning in the classroom when the students return. For more information on Jon Bergmann and flipping the classroom, check out these links:

Below I have outlined some basic principals of flipping the classroom with the slides presented by Bergmann.

The flipped classroom requires the revision of Blooms Taxonomy. The Remembering and Understanding is primarily completed outside of the classroom via videos and other learning opportunities. It now looks more like the following photo.
This shows how the Analyzing, Evaluating, and Creating become a much larger piece of the learning process and this happens inside the classroom. (By Lorin Anderson)

Here is an example of a video on Atoms created by Bergmann:

Tweets from Montevallo


Monday, September 16, 2013

From the iPad of Madge Gregg...
Accounting 2 students are part of a BetaSquad—testing the AICPA’s StartHereGoPlaces on-line accounting game that will go live soon.  Above is a picture of three seniors while beta testing.

They have been supplying the organization with important feedback, such as:
·         They really like the competitive nature of the game
·         They rank the questions so they can be placed in the
     appropriate sequence
·         They think the game should provide them an on-line calculator
     to use


Madge Gregg, NBCT
Finance Academy Director and Teacher

Junior Achievement
Teacher of the Year!
At their Annual Awards Luncheon this summer, the Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham awarded Lisa Smith with the prestigious Teacher of the Year Award.  The attached picture is Lisa with Dr. Howard Finch, Dean of the Brock School of Business at Samford University and the JA Program Chair. Great job Ms. Smith!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nationally-Renowned “Principal EL” Scheduled to Visit Hoover High School

11-Sept-2013 (HHS) – Nationally renowned educator, author, consultant and motivational speaker “Principal EL” comes to Hoover High School on Thursday, September 12th for a special visit with students and faculty.

Mr. Salome Thomas-EL, “Principal EL,” became acquainted with Hoover High School administrators through the school’s popular Twitter chats held on Monday nights (#ALedchat).  Principal EL will address student-athletes and faculty on the “immortality of influence” – also the title of his newest book.

“Principal EL is known for his work with educators around the country.  His philosophy is relatively simple, ‘I have the belief that every child can and will learn as long as the adults in their worlds care enough not to give up,’ Dr. Sutherland said.  “Hoover High School administrators are highly-impressed with Principal EL and are honored that he has agreed to visit our community.”

Principal EL, a frequent guest on national media outlets including C-SPAN, CNN and the Dr. Oz Show, arrives at Hoover High School at 3:00 p.m. to meet with senior athletes.  His address to the Hoover High School Faculty begins at 3:30 p.m.

 More on Principal EL:

Salome Thomas-EL is a national education expert and consultant.  He was a teacher and principal with the Philadelphia School District from 1987-2009. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach at Vaux Middle School, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL is a regular contributor on “The Dr. Oz Show” and the author of the best-selling books, I Choose to Stay, about his Vaux Middle School experience, and The Immortality of Influence, which stresses the importance of mentoring, parenting and service to others. The Walt Disney Company optioned the movie rights to I Choose to Stay. Thomas-EL speaks to groups across the country and frequently appears on C-SPAN, CNN, and NPR Radio. He is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral candidate. Principal EL lives in Delaware County, PA with his wife and two young daughters.  He has received the Marcus A. Foster Award as the outstanding School District Administrator in Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania’s distinguished Martin Luther King Award.  Principal EL was honored as a Reader's Digest Magazine, "Inspiring American Icon" and recently appeared on The Oprah Radio Network. 



Monday, September 9, 2013

Happy Monday! It is going to be a great week at HHS. This week is the first week that clubs meet at Hoover High. It is our goal to provide club options that are appealing to a variety of students and that give students a great deal of choice. For this reason, students can sign up for 2 clubs that meet on alternating club days. Mrs. Hogan did an outstanding job of developing a Google Form where students signed up for clubs online. This was a huge improvement from the traditional paper/pencil club sign up form we have used in the past. One of the great features of this form is the ability for teachers to use the sortable Excel document for attendance, etc.... Great job Mrs. Hogan!

Example of Google Form:


We have began to plan our September HHSiBucs Learning During the Day PD sessions. This month's focus will be Google and Google+ and the format will be much like a flipped lesson. We will send out links prior to the sessions where teachers and staff members can gain some prior knowledge before attending. Teachers indicate their area of interest and if they are willing to present using a Google Form. From this data, we plan the PD sessions. Teachers attend HHSiBucs Tech During the Day during one of their planning periods. We love learning from each other.

From the iPad of Ms. Odgen...

This is a great iPad guide from Custom Guide Online Learning.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Flipped Learning Day!!
Friday, September 6, 2013 is Flipped Learning Day. This is a day when educators around the globe commit to flip one lesson during the day in their classroom. Many Hoover High School teachers participated in Flipped Learning Day. Here are a few examples:
Ms. Butcher's Interior Design class researched design trends that were out of date and took photos from their homes of these. In class, a discussion was held about these trends in interior design.

Ms. Etheredge's class watched a video on estuaries for homework on Thursday night and then completed a lab/discussion in class.

Ms. Kehr's class researched digital footprints and then participated in a class discussion using Socrative as a back channel.

Tweets from around HHS:


Classroom Management Tip

Have students who are very distracted by their IPADS? What I have decided to do is create a visual (attached) which I will show to my class when I want them or an individual student to get off his/her IPAD. I have used the phrase “ IPADS resting”, but found myself continually repeating it over and over, so am now resorting to visuals. Just wanted to share.

Jennifer Lester

Today’s Meet 

             Go to the website.
             Click on create a room.
             Give it a name.
             Decide how long you would like to save the data.
             Click create.
             You are done!
             Give students URL which is www.todaysmeet/ you classroom name you created.
             They sign in.
             They then make comments in 140 character twitter format.
             Advantage: Easy, NOT public, less typing, no one’s Twitter blows up with activity, their  
               name shows up on each post, perfect for large classes & students that are not comfortable
              speaking out or cannot get a word into a conversation.

Janet L. Ort EdS, NBCT

Haiku Deck

I was helping students look for free apps today for a presentation project they are working on and found Haiku Deck.  You can put in key terms and it will hunt for Creative Commons images to put in a presentation even. The students who tried it thought it was really good, so I thought I'd pass it along for your feature on free apps.

Kellye Self

Common Core by Mastery Connect

I just found an app called Common Core by Mastery Connect. It has all the common core standards by grade and subject....could be handy to carry around.

Kellye Self

Thursday, September 5, 2013

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

As you collate free apps to report on, I have found a great one.  It is called “Pearltrees.”  It allows you to connect information/bookmarks/pictures, notes you type up yourself, etc. into a “tree” with each piece of information being a pearl.  I downloaded it last fall and thought it had promise but couldn’t come up with how I would use it.  This weekend, I revisited it.  My AP students are writing weekly blogs this fall and this turned out to be a terrific way to curate them all into one place, share it with all of them, and let us all read and learn together through a shared bookmark system.  We needed them to be easily accessible because one part of the assignment requires them to read each other’s blogs and comment….rotating whose blog they read and comment on each week.

My brain has been working overtime on how to use it for my regular classes.  I am going to have them create learning playlists that everyone can share and access together.  The app allows users to “team up” together and then everyone on the same team can see the other member’s “pearls” (notes/bookmarks).  If they all team up with me, I can further share their work with everyone in the class. 

I think this App has some great possibilities as a collaborative tool and as an alternative to presentations to the class.  I plan to use it to curate information and then let them read through each other’s playlists and answer a series of questions/complete a scavenger hunt/writing assignment/assessment/whatever.

As I was working on lesson plans for next week and setting due dates, Wednesday’s date popped out at me.  I don’t know how many of you are interested in doing lessons about 9-11, but I found the following sites to have pretty robust lists of ideas and lessons.  I plan to use one from the 911memorial site personally.  Just thought I’d share in case anyone was interested.
Kellye Self
U.S. Government
A.P. U.S. Government & Politics

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

When too many people are streaming videos from YouTube or any other source it can overload the system.

I always try to download any videos I know I am going to use.  That way I’m playing it from my computer and not streaming.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

The following website was shared by Mrs. Self:

From the iPad of Jessica Tice...

We are doing an assignment called “An App A Day.” Each student will sign up for 1 class time to share an educational app. They have to present the app to the class and tell us how they use it…what service it provides them. The app must be an educational game, tutorial, organizer or time management assistant. I told them that most of their apps prior to this were probably games, so I wanted to give them some share time to keep each other posted on educational ipad uses. I might learn something tooJ

Jessica Tice
From the iPad of Kellye Self...

I know that I have recommended this paid App before.  I take pictures of my students from that App and it helps me learn their names at the beginning of the semester.  It’s most basic feature serves as an update to the old “popsicle stick” method of making sure you choose/call on different students.  I found this weekend that for a 99cent upgrade, you can add a “group” feature which will put students in several types of groups – randomized (by size you choose), levelized and balanced.  If you use the app to regularly record whether students get formative assessment answers right or wrong in class, it will group them based on ability levels.  I will probably randomize most frequently, but I did want to mention this feature since I think it is a really great upgrade to the app.

From the iPad of Janet Ort...
My students are using content to get to know each other based on animals.