Saturday, January 30, 2016

Social Media - Avoid the Digital Drama

This past week Brocks Gap Intermediate hosted a Parent University. The were many great topics from Transitioning to Middle School Math, to Anxiety in Children as well as How to Be a Leader. You can find the links to all of the sessions on the Brocks Gap Home Page under Parent Academy Lessons.

I spoke about Social Media and Avoiding the Digital Drama. There are many great resources from the presentation. Go to

Talk to your Internet service provider about putting parental controls on your router. That way all devices that connect to your home wi-if will be filtered with your preferences.

Remember, talk to your kids about sharing, posting and avoiding the digital drama.

Melanie Haynes

Hoover City Schools

Technology Integration Coach

439-2159 office

Click HERE for tech coach assistance

Twitter: melbelnickname

Friday, January 29, 2016

AETC Registration Opens FEBRUARY 1


Research Я US

Kindergarten classes at Rocky Ridge Elementary are using Google Classroom to create a Presentation about Arctic Animals.  The students used the Research Tool to find pictures of their animals.  Art was incorporated by students designing their animals.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Deals on Dell Computers for Personal Use

PBL, Technology, and 2nd Grade

Miss McLaughlin's 2nd grade students at Greystone Elementary have been working on a game PBL unit to teach concepts to kindergarten students complete with game cards, spinners, and directions. Miss McLaughlin hooked up a camera on a student as they went around and interviewed the students about the games they created.

Check out the videos!

Students' Viewpoint Video

A Closer Look at the Games

The Perfect Timeline Tool

Do you ever have students create timelines? Have you ever needed to create a digital timeline but don't know a simple way to do it? 

Well check out this nifty tool that Northwestern University's "knight lab" has created! It's called the Timeline JS and it allows you to EASILY create media-rich interactive timelines that can be shared and viewed online. It's literally as easy as 1..2..3. You simply fill in a Google Sheets template (provided on their site) with your dates, text, images, videos, songs, sources, etc. and then you publish it to the web. Finally, you copy/paste the published link into the box on Timeline JS and then the magic happens. From your data, it generates an incredibly rich timeline that can be shared, embedded or linked to. It's so powerful that TIME Magazine used it in it's article on Nelson Mandela and 7th grade students at Berry Middle School are using it highlight the events that led to the spread of democracy. It's very easy to use and the site provides excellent instructions, making this a tool that's accessible to anyone who can fill in a Google Sheet and follow a few simple steps. Try it out yourself and you will find it to be a great tool to add to your students' creative toolbox.

Here's an example timeline with random info just so you can see how it looks with different types of media included. 

Digital Learning Day- February 17

Alabama has designated the week of February 15-19 as Digital Learning Week. The fifth annual Digital Learning Day will be held February 17, 2016. Be sure to visit the Digital Learning Day website,, featuring new tools, resources, lesson plans, and video profiles of past events. 

Register your school as a pledge to showcase your school's innovation powered by technology. 

About Digital Learning Day 2016 

Add your Celebration to the Map (Schoolwide, Library, Classroom) 

Follow Digital Learning Day on Twitter @OfficialDLDay 

Use #DLDay on February 17 to promote your school's digital learning!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Byte sized PD

The Engaged Learning Facilitators at Hoover High School are starting a new technology professional development series titled " Tech Snacks".  The purpose is for you to have the opportunity to learn"bite-sized" tech tips in 10 minute sessions.
The topics include: 
Google Hangouts for a Flipped Classroom
, Flubaroo for Grading Assessments
, Gmail Tips
, Voice Grading with Kaizena
, Gmail Tips
, Intro to Canvas
,Google Classroom and Share Extension

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Chromebook Makes Its Debut on the Bandstand

The band room is not only a room filled with instruments, it is a room filled with Chromebooks. Students use their Chromebooks to access their music from their Google Classroom. From there, students can use the Kami app to mark on their music as well as download a copy to their Chromebook. Going to contests and festivals will not be a problem as students don't need wifi to access their music. Mr Lynch and Dr. Jarnagin are always looking for ways to incorporate technology into the band room and beyond.

AETC: Alabama Educational Technology Conference

Click HERE for the AETC website. 
Sign up as a facilitator for a free registration! 

Thursday, January 14, 2016

  Interior Design

From the moment Hoover High became a 1to1 school Ms.Butcher realized that technology could be useful for her family consumer science and interior design classes. She worked with the technology department to create videos for cooking and food prep and started using google sketchup to lay out room designs.  While she has plans to continue with sketchup with the help of her new student teacher, her classes this year have be using an online app called homestyler.  They use homestyler to create and furnish rooms.  The app allows student to pick different styles to create their rooms. The styles include dorm room,bohemian and loft.  They can  arrange furniture and pick color schemes in the rooms they create. 

New Year, New Lessons

With the beginning of a new year, teachers often review rules and procedures with the students. This is a wonderful time to pull in a discussion on digital citizenship. Common Sense Media has a huge resource of well-constructed lessons, videos, and tutorials on digital citizenship. Highlighted below are a few resources you might find helpful:

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

This just in! Read the draft of the new ISTE Standards for Students


Do today’s students need to be empowered learners, knowledge constructors, innovative designers? Should they be computational thinkers and global collaborators?

Many of you believe they should.  

Today, ISTE is releasing the first draft of the new ISTE Standards for Students. Since we launched the standards refresh at ISTE 2015 in June, educators have shared feedback during face-to-face forums, in virtual meetings and via online surveys. The draft document represents the ideas, thoughts and opinions of hundreds of educators from nearly all 50 U.S. states and multiple countries. 

We rely on wisdom from the field to update the standards and are grateful to the individuals who have participated so far.
But we’re not finished yet.
Student voice and choice has emerged in the refresh process as a key need. In that spirit, we want to hear from students, and we’re hoping you can help us do that by leading a refresh session for students. If you’re interested, contact Sarah Stoeckl, ISTE’s senior project manager for the Standards Department. She can also help you set up a session for educators if you’d like to help with that.
No time to hold a session? Below are several other ways you can help out.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Differentiated Big Team at Bumpus

Each week teachers and staff meet together to grow and learn. Whether it is training from our school nurse or reviewing data to help reach all students, teachers spend the time to be professionally developed. Based on the results from a needs survey, a differentiated big team time was created to give teachers a choice in what they wanted to learn more about. Bumpus middle school teachers and staff chose a session they were interested in and their fellow teachers delivered the PD. Teachers learned about Blogger, Google Sites, Google Sheets, Google Drive and Google Classroom giving them time to explore and create. It was a great time and I am glad they are invested in growing professionally.

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From Computer Screen to Reality

The Engineering department at Hoover High school has always been “high tech”  and career driven but they are taking things even further this year. They have several new pieces of equipment that work with SolidWorks ,their computer modeling software.  Technology just had network drops installed so that their new CNC mill can take the projects students create on their computers and form actual parts.
Dr. Mark Conner and D.J. Strickland gave Jonathan Sandlin and me a quick tour of their newest equipment. Dr Conner said the new CNC machine will be able to cut the models from all sorts of material from plastics to metal.  Mr. Strickland said the solidworks computer designs will first be converted to G code. The G Code will control the mill and tell them what tools to use, plus information such as spindle speed, cutting depth and cutting speed. The mill takes all that information and makes the parts.