Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
We are moving in the direction of Virtual Classes at Hoover High School. We felt is was essential to pilot this type of educational setting and have done so second semester with English 12. Ms. Gerndt was interested in this pilot and has done an amazing job! Below you will see a reflection of her first unit of study for this class.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Our HHSiBucs Tech PLC was an awesome learning experience yesterday! Nikki Robertson did a great job not only presenting, but providing rewindable learning experiences for our teachers through her recordings using Google. I also have received an email from Powerful Learning Practice offering additional training where you can sign up to take an online course to increase your Google proficiency (link below). Our goal is to continue to become more device agnostic and Google allows us to do this.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Today is HHSiBucs Tech PLC at Hoover High and our wonderful librarian Nikki Robertson is doing the second session in a series on Using Google in Education. Today she is presenting on Google Forms and Spreadsheets. We have offered this session in a variety of ways to meet the needs of our teachers and to differentiate professional development. Nikki offers the course online, offers these sessions Face-to-Face during HHSiBucs Tech PLC, and she also records the sessions for rewindable learning on her blog (link provided below). Teachers seem to be learning new features of Google and are learning new ways to grade. Thank you Nikki for providing this peer led professional development for our staff. Great Job!
Friday, February 21, 2014
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Curriculum Night was a huge success at Hoover High School last night! Curriculum Night is a time where parents can come and learn more about the courses that their students are interested in taking for the 2014-2015 school year. Our classes, departments, and academies are stationed at tables to answer any questions and we also had large group sessions on Academies, IB, AP, and Virtual Classes where parents can attend a more formal presentation. Thanks to Jennifer Hogan and the Curriculum Night team, this event was a huge success and provided valuable information for our parents. Great job!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
We are happy to have avoided the snow here in Hoover and to be at school today. We have many activities today including the Sadie Hawkins Dance and athletic events. We also had several teachers who have shared tech classroom activities since Wednesday and I wanted to get those posted. Have a great weekend!
From the iPad of Allen Skinner...
From the iPad of Jessica Tice...
Mrs. Tice's Emergency Services class is viewing different " brain maps" via iPad. They will use this knowledge to create their own "brain map" on Notability.
From the iPad of Madge Gregg...
Using Yahoo Finance to research possible stock purchases for the Alabama Stock Market Game.
From the iPad of Coach Elgin...
My students are using technology to be "academically successful".
From the iPad of Tim Rhodes...
From the iPad of Sara Little...
From the iPad of Jennifer Hogan..
Want to learn more about managing a digital classroom? Hoover High teachers can register online at using the following link to join the online classroom management PD offering.
Andy is an elementary school librarian in Georgia. He had his 2nd Grade students research people for Black History Month and write a persuasive “essay” as to why the person they researched should be on a postage stamp.
In this activity he used three forms of technology: Smores (https://www.smore.com/), FlipGrid (http://flipgrid.com/info/), and Google Forms.
You will absolutely fall in love with these adorable 2nd graders and be impressed with what a good job they did.
I can easily see potential for a project similar to this being done at the high school level.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...
All you need to do is add your two cents worth about the Engaged Learning Initiative to our FlipGrid.
Here are some step by step directions on how to easily participate: http://www.nikkidrobertson.com/2014/02/digital-learning-day-2014.html
Thank you in advance for your participation in this Digital Learning Day project.
From the iPad Hank Simpson...
From the iPad of Luke Martin...
Students in my 9th grade World History class are working on an online based DBQ (Document Based Question) for the Russian Revolution.
From the iPad of Janet Ort...
From the iPads of Eric Hollis and Nick Smith...
This is a lab we’ve done in
years past using paper but Nick decided after the professional development on
google drive that we could try this and it has worked great. So all the
credit for this goes to him.
Once completed, students will share their work to the teacher via google drive.
Students video labs for rewindable learning.
From the iPad of Isabeth Gannon...
From the iPad of Anita Lewis...
Today my class did a mini project. First they had to partner up to answer questions from yesterday’s reading and class discussion (they used their iPads to access the reading pdf and my PowerPoint notes), then they had to create a visual board that represents key concepts of the reading section, using an app called “Curator”. It works a bit like little Pinterest boards. The students had fun with it, and they were backing up their knowledge of the reading concepts with visual concepts.
From the iPad of Susan Norris....
In my class today, we had a quiz that requires longer
amounts of time for some students to complete.
Having the iPads (or rather any device), allows students to work at
their own pace for the quiz and the go ahead with the new material after they
have finished. If you will notice in the
picture, some students are still working on the quiz and others have in
earphones, watching, listening, and taking notes off an educreations video that
I created on new material. I love educreations
videos because it allows students to watch, rewatch, pause, speed up - how they
learn material. Differentiation is HARD
to do in a classroom, but technology makes it so much easier to meet the
individual needs of all my students.