Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chromebooks Become Billboards

Our kids have ChromeBooks. Our district uses Google Apps for Education (GAFE). All the kids' Chromebooks are managed through our GAFE account. So what does that mean? It means we get to set the "Wallpaper" on their devices! This is extremely valuable real estate in an environment where communicating a message to all students typically relies on an intercom, a text message or, unfortunately, a sheet of paper. Well, now we can communicate whatever we need to right in their face on the device that they use throughout their day at school and home. At first, the students weren't too excited about the loss of their ability to personalize "their" ChromeBook wallpaper. But that grumbling faded quickly as the wallpapers being pushed became interactive with challenges that encouraged action on their part. From requesting their ideas and stories on kindness to having them submit their own original "Fall Photos" through a Google Form, participation has been excellent. Students seem to enjoy the spontaneity of it all while the teachers appreciate the fact that they don't have to police the inappropriate wallpapers that some students were choosing. We plan to keep using the wallpaper to engage, challenge and reach our students in creative ways right where they are. What ways can you think of for how this wallpaper can be used to engage kids? Please share in the comments. See some examples of past wallpapers below.

Fall Leaves Photo Contest 
This challenged kids to submit their original Fall photos with one student's photo being chosen as the wallpaper for the next week. Over 60 submissions were made!

Below is the student photo that was chosen. The student's name has been removed for this post.

Wallpaper to gets kids curious about the Hour of Code

Student Wallpaper-Monday 8am 1 week before the Hour of Code

Student Wallpaper at 3pm the same day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kids learning computer science through the #HourOfCode

Every Hoover City School is participating on some level in the Hour of Code this week as part of National Computer Science Week. The Hour of Code is considered largest single learning event on the planet with over 15 MILLION students participating in "computer coding" activities during the week of Dec 8-14, 2014. is the catalyst behind this initiative and provides most of the activities that students can do in order to learn the basics behind computer coding. The site offers tutorials and activities for "learners ranging from 4 to 104." Our students are using their chromebooks, ipads or even doing "unplugged" coding activities where they learn the logic and steps involved in coding without an actual computer. The goal of the Hour of Code is to expose kids to computer science through fun, engaging and challenging coding activities. As one of the fastest growing career fields in the U.S., we are hoping to generate an interest in our students and inspire those that enjoy computer science to learn more about it.      

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

K-2 ELI Facilitators

The K-2 Facilitators gathered Tuesday, 11/18/14 to work and share together all of the great tech tools they use in their classrooms.

1st Grade teachers discuss with Amanda Gibson.

K teachers talk about how they're using the interactive projectors in their rooms.

2nd Grade teachers learn many new tools from Carol McLaughlin.

BPES/ Ms. Guy's 3rd Grade Class

Ms. Guy uses Sumdog math for her morning work.  The kids really love it!

Chromebook Trash becomes BPES's Treasure

Shawn Argo, BPES's art teacher, had her students study Louise Nevelson's recycled art and then they created their own using the trash from the Chromebook boxes!

BPES / Mrs. Clark

Mrs. Clark sends morning messages including lunch count choices and to-do lists to her students using Google presentations. The students bookmarked the presentation, and Mrs. Clark updates daily.

Friday, November 14, 2014

BP we need an ELI CAR

My driver Jonathan Sandlin touring me around HHS in the tesla

Suzan with glasses

Great presentation about how the glasses are more than a novelty

Great visit from Suzan Brandt

Fun to have Suzan back at HHS she is showing Mrs Westerlund's class google glass. She may have gotten a bigger reaction when students found out she drives a tesla

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brainpop Log On and Learn

Prepping for an Hour of Code
Tuesday, November 11th at 3:30 pm ET

Learn how to work an "Hour of Code" into your day during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14. CSEdWeek aims to show kids the importance of computer science - which 90 percent of schools don't teach. Join us along with our friends from as well as GameUp partners Tynker, Code Monkey, and Turtle Academy!  We'll highlight the campaign's goals, offer tutorials, and show you a few ways you can use GameUp to teach coding. 
Pre-register and Join • Password: moby
Remember, we archive all webinars within a day or two so you can access them anytime.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What is Directory Information and how does HCS share our students information?

What information is "directory information"?
Hoover City Schools shares "directory information" with several vendors in the creation of accounts for our students. In concurance with FERPA,  Directory information means information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. “Directory information” includes items such :
State Number
Email Address
Grade School


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Every facilitator I saw today

Wow everywhere I looked today HHS facilitators were rocking. Mr Smith, Mr Hollis were getting
ready to teach fingerprinting , Mrs Stanley was launching Rockets Mrs Camp was all over teen read week and Mrs Louden was helping a new long term sub.

Fun Tools!

Over the past few weeks, a few local teachers have shared with us some great, fun websites and tools.  Check them out!

  • · - Cameron McKinley shared this presentation at our AETA conference.  There are some great new Google apps and extensions in this.
  • ·         Newsela- great nonfiction website where you can level different passages (Thanks, Alicia Chairamonte)
  • ·         Google Hangout Author Chats- coming up in October with Lemony Snicket and Lois Lowry (Thanks, Christie Kelley and Mandy Fox)
  • ·         Go Noodle or Move It! Chrome app-  I know I talk about Go Noodle a lot, but I LOVE IT!  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re missing out!
  • · Absolutely nothing educational about this one, folks, but super fun!  Virtual skeeball you can play with your teacher friends.  Your cell phone operates as the controller.
  • ·         Google Forms- Did you know Google Forms recently updated so that test items can be randomized?  Jennifer Ensley found that out from a great website called Technology Rocks Seriously.  Check it out! (They just posted some Halloween activities.)
  • ·         Class Flow (3rd- 5th) - a Nearpod alternative.  Will be a great tool once Chromebooks get here.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

October is Connected Educator Month

October 2014 marks the 3rd annual Connected Educator Month.   CEM was developed by the US Dept OF ED and focuses on teaching and learning in a connected world.  During October, there will be coordinated opportunities to participate in events and activities in dozens of online locations to develop skills and enhance your Personal Learning Network.  Attached you will find a “Getting Started Guide” with 31 days’ worth of online activities that thousands of others around the GLOBE will be doing!  Get with some colleagues and make October the month where you take a step forward as a connected educator!    

Click for the Connected Educator Month Calendar with all the linked events that are FREE and available to you.  And please note, most all the events are in the evening! 

Monday, September 22, 2014


Judging from the number of old clicker sets returned already it looks like teachers are starting to embrace innovative online grading methods like flubaroo. That will save hundreds of aa batteries and lots of time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Way ahead of the game

Stopped by Crossroads to help explain chromebooks and found these 2 guys were way ahead of me

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Clearing summer photos and...

Found this selfie from facilitator training with @camruns. While clearing photos She must have said something funny. She is a hoot.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Trace Teachers

I was lucky enough to be walking in the Trace hallways early this morning and ran into the Trace broadcast kids. They taught me so much! Here they are showing me the app, Chatterpix, an app that puts mouths on pictures and allows you to record your voice.

Early Morning Teachers

Sent from my iPhoneTrace kids teach me about their green screen app they use for broadcast.

Trace Lobby

Sent from my iPhoneTrace is 'gearing up' for their Makers' Space.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What's the difference in Hapara, Google Classroom, and Edmodo?

Need to understand the difference between Hapara, Classroom, and Edmodo? Check out this comparison chart created by ELI tech coach, Jeff Richardson. 

ELI Chromebook Rollout

> Jamie Nutter
> Technology Integration Coach
> Hoover City Schools
> Jeff teaching about Hapara.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mrs. Williams

Jamie Nutter
Technology Integration Coach
Hoover City Schools Mrs.Williams teaching her fabulous 2nd graders at Rocky Ridge Elementary!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Mrs Smith is working late

Sent from my phone please excuse errors

Lots smith has been putting in extra hours to get the class digitizer and makerbot up and running

Learn local think global

Sent from my phone please excuse errors

It is a great opportunity to have Mrs Mann and Mrs Thomas and their classes connect this year with students in South Korea through IVECA.