Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Yesterday was an awesome day of learning about Google Hangouts!
From the iPad of Nikki Robertson...
Thank you all for such a fun day of PD!  Each group had me laughing so hard especially when we used the Google Effects and we were pirates, or wearing crowns, tiaras and more!
In case you missed the PD session yesterday or just needed a refresher, here are detailed instructions about using Google Hangouts On Air to record your lessons:
Scroll down past the first part that details connecting your YouTube account. (You already did that as homework before the PD session)
I am always available to work with you one on one whenever you are ready to tackle this technology. Remember that you don't have to record every single lesson.  As Kevin Honeycutt said, "Record those 'trip over' lessons. The ones that seem to cause the kids the most trouble understanding." (
Thanks again for being AWESOME!  



Friday, March 14, 2014

I visited John Powers classroom yesterday. He did a great lesson that I wanted to share. John had used EduCreations to make a video on the topic of common markets in economics. He then shared the video with the students via Edmodo. Students downloaded the video using their Google Accounts and added Google Video Notes to take notes, and then they used Edmodo to create a quiz for the students to independently take. Students worked independently and at their own pace. They were able to rewind their learning and Video Notes takes them to the spot in the video where they took the notes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy 25th Birthday
World Wide Web!!

Yesterday Jennifer Hogan did a wonderful table top discussion on Classroom Management in the 1:1 Classroom. This was a time for teachers to come together and discuss problems and solutions that they have found as we have moved to a 1:1 school at Hoover High. Below you will see the handout Jennifer used and a tweet from the session. Great job Ms. Hogan!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

From the iPad of Coach Metcalf...

So I’m trying something out for this next chapter with my Algebra I kids that I kind of stole from Jeff Johnson.  Instead of writing out problems on the board or doing them on the document camera as a whole class, I’m trying to differentiate a little bit and do mini 1 on 1 lessons using the ipad.  So, what I’m doing is making short Educreations videos of the notes/problems that we would be covering for a particular day and then at the end the students have classwork questions to work on when they finish. 

I make the students take the notes and then turn them in at the end of class, so that they are actually taking notes.  Then the video allows for them to go back and rewind or backtrack to a concept that they may have needed more practice with. While they are doing this, I am free to walk around and help kids with wherever they might be in the concept for the day.  So far it has been good and the kids like it better I think. 

But the success story…. I had a kid who was absent the first day we did this and when he came to school the next day he already had his homework.  He said, “well coach, I just watched that quick video on Edmodo and it explained how to do the homework so I just did it last night at home.” So of course, I had to stop the class for a minute and brag on that guy for being awesome.



Monday, March 10, 2014

Spring forward! This is a common term used to describe the time of year when we move our clocks forward and hour to increase the amount of time we have of daylight hours. This was originally done to assist the farmers when we were primarily an agricultural nation. It increased the time in the day when farmers had daylight to work in the fields. We have made huge progress in proficiency in the area of farming and agriculture and have learned how to grown and produce with more effectiveness. We have done the same in education through Professional Development. We take professional development seriously at Hoover High School. You will see that there are several opportunities coming up over the next 2 weeks for teachers to participate.


We have everything from a round table discussion on Dealing with iPad Distractibility to a grading series on Redos, Retakes, and Do-Overs. Our Tech PLC meeting focus continues to be Google in Education. This month's topic is Google Hangouts. Teachers can CLEP this PD session by completing the online version, they can attend the face-to-face session, and they can rewind their learning afterwards as the session will be recorded. We are excited about these administrator and teacher led sessions. We believe that you can have all the resources in the world, but if you do not know how to use them- they are useless.

Have a great week!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Vote for the ELI to win $30K for the Library!

Follett Challenge
Twitter Friday!!





Wednesday, March 5, 2014

From the iPad of Janet Ort...

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