Monday, November 24, 2014

Geometry, Cell Phones, and QR Codes

As told by +Pondarosia Collier, High School Geometry

My students were able to use their cell phones in this Geometry class by downloading a QR Code scanner. This allowed them to go through stations and work collaboratively with a partner to complete an assignment from their cell phones, by scanning the QR Code, which was a link to the assignment. Google Docs is a great place to share links. 

The first activity was over Using Parallel Lines and Transversals to name special angles and to solve for x in some instances. The next activity was used for a “Slope Scavenger Hunt” where students had to scan a QR code to access the particular problem, work it out, and to then “hunt” for the answer in another place in the hallway or classroom. This process of scanning went on until the game was over. 

My students loved this idea of using their cell phones in an educational environment and has asked when will they be able to work more with this process.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Future Entrepreneurs

Shared by +Kelly Melancon, Barbers Hill High School, Marketing Dynamics

My Marketing Dynamics class recently went through the process of creating a business plan and start-up. Students chose a business type and researched to create business plans which included an executive summary, business description, business image, marketing strategy, financial plan and all of the supporting documents.

Students utilized Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets to organize their business plans. The students learned formulas within Sheets to create the financial plans for their chosen business. Once they had created the report in Docs, they prepared a Google Slide presentation to share with the class.

We use Google Drive in my classroom because of the variety of programs it has to offer. Students can share their work with the instructor, with one another for group projects, and access their documents at home or on their cellular device.

In the photos, the students are utilizing the new projectors installed in the technology wing at the high school to present their plan to the class.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Interactive Descriptive Writing

Shared by +Cheri Hargrave, BH Elementary North, Computer

The premise of the project was to create a scary spud and write a description of the spud. Their partner class then would recreate it, coming as close to the original as possible. 

We first created our spud on  The students then typed a descriptive paragraph using Google Docs. They chose their partner and shared the descriptive paragraph with a 5th and 4th grade class at the Elementary South Campus. The students at Elementary North recreated the spud in KidPix, a graphic software, using the partner group's description.  We compared the two spooky spuds to see how accurate the descriptions were via Google Hangouts.
+Suzie Wilburn assisting in class

We asked the questions: How are the two spuds alike? How are they different? What did you leave out of your description that you should have included?  

The best descriptive writers were the ones with the most similar spuds.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Barbers Hill ISD Lunch & Learn with Lightspeed Systems

Join us on November 12th from 10am - 12pm to see how Barbers Hill has implemented a mobile learning program with Chromebooks, laptops, and tablets. We will also have a time to share ideas and discuss best practices. Click for details.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taking Art to a New Level at Barbers Hill Elementary South

As told by +Michelle Johnson, Elementary School South, Art

The art students at BHE South have been exploring with the new technology we have in our art room.

4th and 5th grade art students are using the new technology we have this year in our classroom to look up art work and artists to inspire them as they work on projects and to do research about their favorite artist. Students are able to upload their own artwork to the online student art gallery Artsonia using the tablets as well as write artist statements about their artwork. The most exciting thing about using the chromebooks so far is showing my students how to go to Google Classroom and log on to my art classroom. There my art students have the opportunity to evaluate and analyze art by doing the 4 step process we are currently doing in our physical classroom to reinforce higher level critical thinking while looking, describing, thinking and connecting to art. A huge thank you to +Suzie Wilburn for encouraging me and teaching me how to do the Google Classroom!  The kids love it…when my artists are finished with their projects they ask if they can get a chrome book and log on to the art classroom and of course I say, YES!!!
2nd and 3rd graders are able to upload artwork to Artsonia and write artist statements as well using the new tablets in our room. They also have access to educational art games to help them to create, problem solve, focus and collaborate with other students. They are very excited to use the tablets when they finish with their projects and I am excited to see where this new level (using technology in the art room) will take us in the future.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Going Google at BH Middle School South

As told by +Brittany Wood, Middle School South, Athletics/Science

My classes have been using Google Slides to complete vocabulary assignments each 6 weeks. I create the template, then for each word, they write the definition, an example, a non-example, a picture, and then use the term in a sentence. This assignment has been revolutionized by the ability to drag & drop pictures directly into their slides. The students are so engaged while using the technology, and as a teacher, I certainly appreciate the auto-save feature and the ease with which Google Classroom allows the students to retrieve and submit assignments online. Before Classroom, I would have to create the assignment, create the, share the assignment with students, they would have to make a copy, etc. etc. Google Classroom has taken away all of the hassle, and is a great learning hub for my students, and a great way for me to get the information to students and parents quickly. The grading process on Google Classroom is so easy, and I love that I can leave individual feedback and post grades right there. Also, the ability to work offline is such a great resource for my students when they want to work on their assignments somewhere they may not have internet access.
In addition to Google Vocabulary, I have started posting digital copies of assignments and links to websites that we use in class onto Google Classroom, eliminating the dreadful long URL’s, and the need for! All I have to say is “I put it in your Classroom,” and the kids know exactly what to do!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Training Sessions at the HiLL (Hi-tech Learning Lounge)

Things have been busy at the HiLL so far this year. Training sessions are offered on an ongoing basis. Opportunities over the past months have included eInstruction, Mimio, Google Docs, Google Presentations, Twitter, Outlook, and QR Codes. Attendees range from classroom teachers, secretaries and administrators—it is always a great time of learning!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Defense Attorney Explains the Trial Process to 5th Grade

In preparation for a mock trial, students in Mrs. Russell’s and Mrs. McElroy’s 5th Grade classes conducted a Google Hangout with a federal defense lawyer, John McElroy.  Mr. McElroy explained the different parties in a trial (the defense, the prosecution, the judge), jury selection, and the different phases of a trial.  Additionally, he shared his personal experiences and related them to the impending class case, where the students will try Kit Tyler, the protagonist from the book that they have read (The Witch of Blackbird Pond), for witchcraft. +Amy McElroy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Students Connect with a Mystery Classroom via Google Hangout

Using Google Hangout to connect with students in Illinois will be one Social Studies lesson that my students will not forget. Students in both states came up with questions in hopes to determine the location of the other classroom based on their responses. Map, coordinate, compass, and inference skills were utilized to uncover the mystery location. This activity promoted problem solving skills and engaged students with meaningful applications. +Cassie Herndon 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Veteran's Day Hangout Connecting With Afghanistan

It was an honor and a privilege to have soldiers who are stationed in Afghanistan speak to our fifth grade students on Veteran’s Day using Google Hangout. Each class that participated was able to ask student led questions to military personnel stationed overseas. The responses created an atmosphere of utmost respect for our armed services. Job descriptions and daily routines opened the eyes of many students to the demands of being a soldier. A meaningful lesson was implemented through the use of technology and a group of soldiers who wanted to make a difference in the lives of our future. +Cassie Herndon 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

6th Grade Students Map the Call of the Wild Journey

+Melissa Johnston's 6th Grade Language Arts class used Google Maps in conjunction with their class novel, Call of the Wild by Jack London. Students mapped the journey of the main character (Buck) from his home in California to Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. Students were able to visualize the route described in the novel and understand the significance of each place in relationship to the events of the story and Buck’s transformation from a civilized dog to a primitive beast. In addition, the students were able to provide commentary about the main character’s development and find textual evidence to support their claims.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chromebook Kiosks

Barbers Hill High School students in +Kelly Melancon's Marketing Dynamics class began Class Nomination voting today using a bank of Chromebooks in kiosk mode. Some students check in voters while others assist with the actual nomination process. Working smarter - not harder!