Thursday, October 31, 2013

APPY HALLOWEEN! Check out these Halloween apps (free and paid) that can be used for Halloween and beyond!


From the iPad of Jennifer Paradise...
Education Academy students created stories which exemplified specific traits of a developmental stage using the Super Duper Story Maker App on their IPADS!   
Coach Shep's Hoover Pumpkin!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jennifer Hogan is doing a wonderful job with the HHS Curriculum Newsletter. This is a place where teachers can learn more about curriculum, grading. Common Core, and how to integrate technology in to curriculum to transform learning. Check out this week's curriculum newsletter:

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Check out this tutorial on the Chirp app: 

Good Luck to Hoover Volleyball today!!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

#USedchat was awesome last night! It was a wonderful time of face-to-face and virtual collaboration. We had a Twitter Halloween Party at HHS and it was lots of fun. There were also some great apps shared on the chat. I have highlighted some of them below.

Apps that were shared:
World Lenses app
Zipgrade- Similar to Grade Cam

Friday, October 25, 2013

Happy Friday!

Chemistry teachers and students celebrate Mole Day. Check out these creative students! You have to listen to Daniel Phillips's Mole Day song.


From the iPad of Anthony Hamley...
I thought you all might be interested in some great tech resources that the IB teachers have worked to come up with.  To give you a little context, over the past 5-6 years, we as an IB program have really been self-assessing to determine how we can improve the students’ Extended Essay scores (the Extended Essay is an additional requirement for IB students, and this requirement is part of their overall diploma score).  During the course of this self-assessment, we have identified analysis across all subject areas as one of the biggest challenges for the students – and the primary issue that seems to be affecting the students’ scores.

One way that the IB teachers have come together to address this problem is that they have taken time out of their busy schedules to create additional tutorials for each major subject area; these tutorials are designed to help students better understand the requirements of each EE topic AND, more important, to help students develop subject-specific analysis skills.

I am deeply impressed with my IB colleagues and the commitment they have to their students.  They have worked hard to give EXTRA time to their students to make the resources that you’ll see below.  They are all analysis videos and/or power points, and they’re all really helpful.  I thought you might like to take a look:


Chemistry EE/IA:

English EE:

Environmental Systems and Societies EE:

Resource scene 1 (from Breaking Bad, season 1 [opening scene, part 1]):

Resource scene 2 (from Breaking Bad, season 1 [opening scene, part 2]):

Resource scene 3 – SPOILER ALERT!!! (from Breaking Bad, season 5):

Analysis video (based on the Breaking Bad clips):

Foreign Language EE:

History EE:




From the iPad of Janet Ort...

Check out Discovery Education's Virtual Conference.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Next Monday night, October 28th, is the quarterly #USedchat twitter chat moderated by Jennifer Hogan and me. We are very excited about the topic: Are Schools Still Relevant? With today’s technology and the increased access to instruction and information, is it necessary for kids to come to school? Is the school the one place where some students’ basic needs are met? What do educators bring to the table that keeps school relevant?

We have three special guest moderators who will be helping us that night. They are three very respected educators from across the country.

Co-founders and co-moderators:
Jennifer Hogan, @jennifer_hogan
Holly Sutherland @BUCSlead

Guest moderators:
Dr. Laurie Barron, Superintendent in Montana, 2013 National Middle School Principal of the Year  @LaurieBarron
Brad Currie, Assistant Principal in New Jersey  @bcurrie5
Scott Rocco, Superintendent in New Jersey  @ScottRRocco

We would love for you to join us – either live or virtually! We love learning from the participants in the many state chats, and the #USedchat has participants from all different backgrounds and educational settings. We will be hosting a twitter chat party at Hoover High School in the library from 7:30pm – 9:00pm. The chat starts at 8:00pm and ends at 9:00pm. We will provide snacks and a fun atmosphere – feel free to join us if you can! Use the link HERE to make your reservation. (We want to plan for enough snacks/refreshments!)

How to join the chat:

The best/easiest way to participate if you are on a computer/laptop is to go to the website and sign in with your twitter info. You will see a rectangle at the top, where you enter USedchat and you will only be able to see tweets that have #USedchat in them (it's not case-sensitive).    **Also, on, it will automatically put #USedchat at the end of your tweets for you.

The format is Q1, Q2, Q3, with corresponding responses A1, A2, A3, etc. Be sure to use the hashtag

If you are on your iPad, there are two ways to participate. You will want to open twitter and type #USedchat into the search bar to see only the tweets with #USedchat in them, or you can download the Hootsuite app onto your ipad and create a column with the keyword #USedchat. (If you’re not tech-savvy or not familiar with HootSuite, this option may be more difficult.)

Hope you will join us!!

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Did you know that Zombies like to read?!

The Library@HHS is sponsoring a little contest in the form of a Zombie Match Game.

Students will scan the QR Code outside the library and match each Zombie with their favorite book.

This will enter the students into our prize drawing on October 31st .

Thank you in advance for sharing this information with you students.

The Library@HHS Staff

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It is Digital Citizenship Week!
Want to share some new digital citizenship resources, but do not have time to search the web? Below you will find an Edutopia link that contains some great resources.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Yesterday a team from Hoover High School visited Florence High School to learn more about their Virtual High School that they have implemented this year. Florence just opened a new Fine Arts Academy and students wanted more flexibility in the day to participate in these classes. To individualize the school day for a variety of students, Florence decided to move some of their core classes and foreign language classes to an online format. They have had success during the past 9 weeks and Hoover is interested in learning more about their model. We too have a variety of students who struggle to fit classes they are interested in taking into the school day. We are always looking to meet the needs of our students and maybe increasing online classes might work for us as well. We are forming a planning team to do more research and to explore the possibilities for Hoover High.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Happy Friday Hoover High School and friends! Another busy but awesome week at Hoover High School. As we have mentioned, October is Connected Educators Month. The art department is once again hosting a Tweet Chat today during the day (#ALartchat)and below you will see Janet Ort and Kelley Etheredge highlighted as connected educators at HHS. The ELI has brought many changes to HHS and one of the biggest changes is our growth in the area of connectedness!

From the iPad of Janet Ort...

As a scientist and creative thinker Twitter is an amazing tool.  I use it to capture those epiphanies, discoveries, and moments of humor or irony that cross our paths every day.  By capturing those moments I have documented kernels of ideas or catalysts for further writing.
*  I use it to connect quickly for local & out of district feedback from across the country/world.
*  Used wisely a teacher gains instant updates on our changing world.  This is so important for all the environmental and other science developments that are constantly in flux.
*  The institutions & professional organizations I follow are amazing in their breadth & depth for links to current content and ideas.
*  I love to integrate my teaching professional practice and lifelong learning with others in a collaborative fashion. In a weird way, it keeps me thinking about sharing and therefore improving my communication skills.  It is so easy to become insular in our practices even in a school as technically and professionally advanced as we are.
* Those aha moments take on a new & multiplied meaning when shared.

From the iPad of Kelley Etheredge...

Twitter has helped me connect with other teachers and see a different perspective on topics, and get new ideas for lessons.

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Did you notice the massive OverDrive Digital Bookmobile in front of the school this morning?! 
The Library@HHS is excited to have this rare treat at Hoover High School to help celebrate Teen Read Week.

Classes participated in a Teen Read Week contest to win a class visit to the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile. 


Jerry Fuqua was named the My68 WABM Med Center Mazda Thursday Night Lights Teacher of the Week 2013.  Congratulations to Coach Fuqua on this honor!

Tweets from Around HHS:


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Thursday Hoover High School and friends! Below you will find some interesting apps and articles that I have recently found and you will see items that have been shared by our teachers and staff as well. Appy Thursday!

Back to the basics of our goals and mission. How do we transform learning in the classroom using Tech?

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model

Kellye Self shared Pearltrees with us earlier. Here is a tech and Blooms integration site shared by others in Pearltrees.

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

Thought you guys might like this app for your students to express their musical talents.
Incredibox is a free Garageband style interactive Flash website which allows you to make a cappella music with an animated group of beatbox singers. It's very easy to use and the results are surprisingly good.
To create music in Incredibox, you simply drag different a cappella musical components onto your animated group of beatbox singers. The main components are Effects, Beats, Melodies, Choruses and Voices. With a bit of skill, you can make some pretty snazzy music such as this effort:

From the iPad of Todd Schaefer...

Found this app while working in my graduate class in Education Technology.

goREACT.  Free app that allows kids to have virtual reactions. Drag an element of the periodic table and combine it with others. Also videos of real reactions. Hope it's good. 




Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Happy Hump Day &
Happy Boss's Day!

Happy Boss's Day to all of you who fill the role of Boss in your lives! If you are like me, I feel much more like a boss with my family than I do at school. Here at HHS, I am really just a organizer of the amazing things that are going on. For more on my thoughts of Boss's Day, you can check out my blog:

Teach with Your iPhone: Apps to Use in the Classroom- Good resource from Edutopia.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Happy Friday! It has been an exciting week at HHS. Teachers have been trained on Method Test Prep which is designed to give our students more opportunities to mesh classroom concepts with ACT test prep, Mrs. Busby has continued her discussion on grading with her Lunch and Learn sessions, technology is being integrated in new and innovate ways and teachers are working to build relationships with their students on a daily basis. 

Today we will continue to highlight the connectedness that Twitter has brought to some of our faculty and staff in honor of Connected Educator Month. I love to learn how Twitter to connect and grow professionally! I also gave a challenge to our students and parents to tweet how Twitter has increased their feelings of connectedness to teachers and administrators at HHS. I have included examples below.

Have a great weekend! Go Bucs!

From the iPad of Danelle Rohwedder...

I was so excited when I received a direct message from my favorite French teacher on Twitter, @msfrenchteach, asking me if I’d be interested in collaborating on an Instagram project with her students at the Hammond School in South Carolina.  Of course I said yes, and then we started emailing back and forth planning the project.  Basically, my students in French 1, her students in French 2, and students from other schools in Iowa and Wisconsin (and Spain Park!) all created a profile on Instagram and are posting pictures and videos using the new vocabulary and grammar structures they’re learning about.  The students, no matter which school or state they are in, use the same hashtag.  The students then comment on other’s posts and are connecting through French!  Mrs. Vogel (@msfrenchteach) and I had a great conversation about how this is an opportunity for our students to practice digital citizenship- not just by posting content that is appropriate and nice, but by actually connecting with others who share an interest!  We’re trying to show them how social media can be a powerful tool for reasons other than sharing pictures of your dog by giving them an opportunity to connect as we have over Twitter.

From the iPad of Ann Glass...
I love using twitter to report what my co-teachers are doing in the classroom.  When they are busy teaching, I can tweet highlights of what they say or just a few funny words that the students will see and remind them of our discussion.  Twitter has allowed me to get to know many more of the faculty members in both Hoover schools and other schools around the nation.  It was fun to meet someone at the beginning of the school year that I had been following on Twitter for about a year.  I already had a relationship with her and that allowed us to bypass some of the “getting to know you” stage and move right to work.  One of the things I most like about Twitter is following the students in my classes.  It has helped me build relationships with them and learn something about them that I would not otherwise learn strictly in a classroom situation. The students also know something about me and my family so they seem to feel more comfortable talking with me.

From the iPad of Deborah Wilson...

The two book chats this summer really introduced me to Twitter more in depth.  Everyone was so helpful in helping me to understand the lingo and how to go about using Twitter.  I was encouraged to use it with my classes.  After reading Teach Like a Pirate, I wanted to do something different with my classes.  I also went to a PD on how to use Twitter the week before school.  Ben Rigsby actually gave me individual attention on how to set my classes up to do class tweets.  I usually do activities to introduce my students to Economics to show them how relevant it is to their lives, so I decided to have a class tweet on what they thought Economics was.  Each class had their own tweet and everyone enjoyed it.  They even joked with me that I was going to be “trending” that day!  I plan to try that again this year with a different topic.  My technological level is in the middle and I always want to learn how to be better. Holly and Jennifer have been so encouraging and helpful with my technological endeavors! Kellye Self is also a wealth of information!

Tweets from HHS students:

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Does you teacher teach like a Pirate? Check out this cool idea sponsored by our Education Academy. Thanks for the motivation and leadership Dave Burgess!

Looking for an awesome way to introduce the parents of new students to your class? Maybe there was a need to change classes or a student is new to Hoover High. Check out how Mr. Rushano introduces himself to parents of new students. Great job Mr. Rushano!! 

Mrs. (Parent name),

I just received this e-mail and am very excited that your daughter is joining our class.  I look forward to working with you and her this year.  Please see attached our class outline, which I will give to (student) today, explaining the class.  If you could go to the following Parent Google Form (Form Address Here)and fill out the information requested, I would appreciate it. 

The following are a few invitations I am giving (Student) to join our class:
Our 7th period EDMODO code is (code) which contains our class notes as well as test dates and assignments,
Our twitter account is “@RushanoGeometry” which announces assgnments and test dates,
Our Instagram Account is “mrushano” which has pictures of class activities,
Our class Text Messaging service is accessed by texting “@geomrocks” to (phone #) and filling out the quick form... it contains daily class announcements,

And our class blog site (for curriculum extensions and extra credit) is

Again, I look forward to a successful year.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Thanks!

Martin Rushano, M. Ed., NBCT
Math Teacher and Math Team Coach, Room A304
Hoover High School

Voicemail:  205/279-7441

From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...

If you start using the Google School Account and Google Drive ( there would be NO need for scanning, copying, etc.  Everything can be created, shared and graded through the Google Cloud, providing instant feedback for students.
If you just have to have your document in PDF or Microsoft Office Format you can simply download your Google Document to the desired form.

If your documents are already in Microsoft Format or PDF you can upload them into your Google Drive account with just a click or two.

The best thing about using Google Drive is that if you make any changes to your document the changes are made universally and you never need to send out an updated document or link.

I have also made a brief tutorial about how to print from the iPad to the WEPA Print Kiosks.

Here is a QR Code that connects to the tutorial above:


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Hump Day! We are continuing to learn and collaborate at HHS in new and innovative ways. We have stated a Techaneers Tech Team at HHS that will shift some of the social media, app development, white hat responsibilities and help desk responsibilities to student led teams. We are looking forward to learning from our students! More information will be coming on what these Tech Team can do for you!

From the iPad of Jerry Chapman...

This is a nice little resource.

From the iPad of Kellye Self...

I had no idea these existed, but they are pretty cool. I thought I'd pass the resource along for the central repository.
From the iPad of Judy Kehr...

Below are some useful resources for teachers. Check them out! (Cheat Sheets for Evernote, Dropbox, Skype, Google Drive, Twitter, Gmail, and many, many more  (Guides for just about any computer app or program you can imagine)

Friday, October 4, 2013

HHS Highlights Connected Educators
From the iPad of Kelley Self...
When I first created an account on twitter, I really didn’t see the point of it.  I was a FB user for social media and was quite comfortable with it.  I hadn’t thought of it in terms of creating a professional network, but through the encouraging efforts of Dr. Sutherland and Mrs. Hogan last year, I have built a network of educators that are trying new ideas that I am intrigued by – like flipped classroom and AP Government.  I follow connected educators from all over the world now and also follow several online academic resources that I didn’t even realize existed until I started having a more robust twitter experience.  I would  highly recommend this as a method of ongoing, meaningful professional development and interaction with colleagues in education.  It has allowed me to grow as an educator and stretch my thinking about ways to design my course, manage my classes and assess my students.

From the iPad of Lisa Rigsby...

I am a very new twitter chatter. I keep forgetting to include the hash tag on my tweets. But as new as I am, I am having an incredible experience in professional growth because of Twitter. It is an easy excuse to say I'm just an art teacher, but I believe in the power of education to change lives. To be a part of that I need to be well-versed and well-read in all topics, from grading, to homework, to classroom management. Twitter has changed how I achieve this goal by making the discussions easily accessible. The wide variety of subject matter teachers and administrators, types and levels of schools, make all the chats I have been in so far unique and there is always something to be gained. I am glad to have a tool in my belt that leads to new learning opportunities.

From the iPad of Kim Tanner...

For me, Twitter has helped me grow professionally by meeting people around the world who share extraordinary ideas to help me in help my students. I am always trying to develop new ideas to implement in my classroom or with my co-teachers. For instance, had I not connected with Dave Burgess through Twitter, I would never had read his book "Teach Like a Pirate."  I have been able to connect with him and he is helping us implement an exciting new program coming up at Hoover a High School.  We are partnering this year and I am excited for the doors this could open.

From the iPad of Keith Fulmer...

Twitter has been useful to me as professional because it gave me a chance to expand my personal learning network. I have access to dozens ,if not hundreds of professionals that I probably never would've had the opportunity to meet, even if I had been able to attend do every conference in the country.
I am able to pick the brains of experts and I am able to share what I have learned with others.

My involvement in tweet chats has also allowed me to use others as a sounding board and as a way to reflect on and reexamine my professional practices and beliefs.