Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Dell Deals


Still looking for great gift ideas?  Hoover City School District students, faculty and staff will have access to special offers as part of our Days of Deals starting on 12/5 with deals every day through 12/12.  Be sure to shop early and often as there will be several special offers each day.
Below are just some of the exclusive offers on Dell PC's.

*       Inspiron 15 3000 Non-Touch for $244.99
*       Inspiron 15 5000 Touch for $734.99
*       Inspiron Desktop for $470.39
*       Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 for $538.99

Don't need a PC this holiday season?  We still have other great deals on electronics and accessories, including an LG 55" 4K Smart Ultra HDTV for $699.99 plus a $250 Dell Promo eGift Card.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hour of Code Resources for Specials Teachers

From the Elementary Tech 4 U Newsletter

Hour of Code is Here!

Hour of Code is next week! Here are some options for our specials teachers:

Specials Options-
P.E. Option:
Non-Computer Option- Getting Loopy

Music Option:
Non-Computer Option- Songwriting with Parameters.

Chromebook Options- Made with Code Music Mixer and

Art Option:
Non- Computer Option- Functional Suncatchers

Chromebook Options- Pixel Art with Spreadsheets (Note: I have taught this at some grade levels. You may want to let me know if you plan on using it and I can tell you who has had the lesson. Honestly, time to work on it never hurts even if they already know how to do it.)
  • Ozobots

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

EdPuzzle-Oh the Possibilities!

If you ever use YouTube as a resource in your classroom, then you need to check out EDpuzzle. This really great FREE tool allows you to add questions directly INSIDE the video that your students must answer as they watch the video individually. These questions allow you to make sure your kids are paying attention and learning what it is you expect them to learn from the YouTube clip.

It works like this. You find the video you want your kids to watch and bring it into EDpuzzle. You can get videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, NatGeo, TED, Vimeo, etc. Next, using the EDpuzzle editor, you can trim the clip to just what you want your students to view, insert questions-m/c or short answer and even add your own voice notes into the video. You can even set it to not allow the student to view the rest of the video until they get the question correct. And best of all, you can add your students directly from Google Classroom, which students simply sign in to EDpuzzle and see the videos you have assigned to them. It keeps track of lots of great data including their score, item analysis and even time spent watching. Below is an example so you can see just how it works. This video has Audio Notes as well as several questions.

Go to EDpuzzle to get started!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Berry Middle School is Common Sense Certified!

Students signing the Digital Citizen Pledge
Thanks to a commitment to DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP, Berry Middle School is now a Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship Certified School for 2016-17. Berry spent a week in October focusing on the importance of digital citizenship and used various resources from Common Sense Education to educate students, teachers and parents. In the classroom, students and teachers completed 3 different lessons dealing with topics such as cyber bullying, digital drama and online identity. These lessons culminated with students signing the Digital Citizen Pledge.

The Student Panel
Parents also participated by attending an event where a student panel shared their voice on what it's like being a teen in the digital world. This event was well-attended and proved to generate relevant conversation and thought among the parents.

Overall, Digital Citizenship Week was a huge success at Berry and acted as a catalyst for both conversation and action. Because digital citizenship affects everyone, BMS will continue to bring awareness to the topic through engaging opportunities for ALL stakeholders with the primary goal of making sure our students are prepared for the digital world.

Several other HCS schools are in the process of being certified through Common Sense Education for Digital Citizenship with a goal of district certification.