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.

Free Webinar Opportunity

This Saturday, Simple K12 is offering FREE Google webinars throughout the day!  Space is limited so register soon here:


The webinars include:

·         Going Google: The Quick Start Guide to Getting Started with Google Tools

·         Go Google for Presentations

·         Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools

·         Google Search: 10 Tips to Help Your Students Search Smarter!

·         Grading and Assessment with Google: Tips and Tricks to Save You Time



Global Read Aloud

I received this email from a teacher at Greystone, Carol McLaughlin.  I love the idea of Global Read Aloud and emphasizing to our kids that we are part of a global community!  Check it out!


From Carol:
The Global Read Aloud is coming Oct. 6th! My students have participated the last 2 years and we loved it. The premise is simple: one book to connect the world.  You read a book (or books for an author study) for a 6 week span and connect with other classes who are doing the same.  They have it all planned out and teachers share great extension activities. You can do as little or as much as you want.

If you would like to do this and have questions, please contact me. I would love to have others join me in this fun project even if we are reading different books!

If you want a fun literature-based project to start in October, I highly recommend the Global Read Aloud. 
The project has many books to choose from to fit different grade levels and teacher personalities.  

Here is the link to the project website:

There are several choices this year to fit all ages.  They have an author study for the little ones. :)

I added links to the books so you can look to see if it's appropriate for your grade level.

Book Choices 2014 for the Global Read Aloud

Author Study: Peter H. Reynolds (picture books)

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm 

One For the Murphy's by Lyndy Mullaly Hunt (looks like 5th only)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Artwork at Crossroads

Sent from my phone please excuse errors

Great to reconnect with some folks at crossroads including the artist in residence Sharon Thompson

HHS library new green screen studio

Sent from my phone please excuse errors

Had a great time with Kathy Bailey and Crystal Camp setting up some of the new equipment for THELIBRARY@HHS

Thursday, September 4, 2014

What is ELI?

Hoover City Schools uses instructional technology as one way of enhancing the mission to prepare and inspire all students for lifelong success by teaching the skills, knowledge and behaviors students will need as responsible citizens in the global community. Excellence in education requires that technology is seamlessly integrated throughout the education program. In an effort to increase access to those 21st century skills, HCS has made it a goal to offer students a 24/7 accessibility to their learning through this “Engaged Learning Initiative” (ELI). The individual use of technology is a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace.

Educational Goals for Student Use
Based upon ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (, Hoover City Schools has outlined six educational technology goals for our students relating to the Engaged Learning Initiative:

Goal #1 - Creativity and Innovation
- Hoover City Schools students will demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Goal #2 - Communication and Collaboration
- Hoover City Schools students will use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

Goal #3 - Research and Information Fluency
- Hoover City Schools students will apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Goal #4 - Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
- Hoover City Schools students will use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Goal #5 - Digital Citizenship  
- Hoover City Schools students will understand human, cultural, and societal issues relating to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

Goal #6 - Technology Operations and Concepts
- Hoover City Schools students will demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.