By Brent Wise, Director of Innovation and Extended Learning When the words “Learning Environment” are spoken by educators two images come to mind, depending on the level you teach. Typically we think of a room with rows of desks, a board, and a teacher desk at the front. The elementary mind goes to carpet squares, stations around a room, and… read more →
Community Mindset by Kim Halley Our guest blogger for this week is Kim Halley, Chief Academic Officer for Hilliard City Schools. I have a sign in my office that says, “Enjoy the Journey”. The message resonates with me because I need the reminder to enjoy rather than stress about the journey of change. I like to have the details ‘right’… read more →
At the State of the Schools address in October 2013, Superintendent Dr. John Marschhausen asked the school district to begin a process to evaluate the school district’s use of technology. In that process, we were to evaluate the devices, technologies, tools, software and sites that we use for student learning. The goal of the Technology Task Force is to set a… read more →
Check out how Mrs. Murlin’s 8th Grade art classes are using iPads in class. They use iMotion for stop motion claymation videos, iMovie for live video editing, and Google Apps for collaboration projects. They also created QR Codes to post around the school so other students could scan them and watch their videos!
Mrs. Kitchen’s Creative Media course at Weaver Middle School uses a variety of apps on the iPad to create videos and work collaboratively. They are using GarageBand to create songs, the Camera app to shoot video, iMovie to edit video, and PollEverywhere to respond to questions in the classroom.
During the holidays at my house, I tend to be a grazer. I like to eat a little of this and a little of that all day long with a large helping of sweets intermixed throughout the day. It feels good during the day, but somehow I’m always unhappy with the way I feel at the end of the day.… read more →
Mr. Morris’ science classes are using the Noteability app on iPads to work on their science concepts. Students can import teacher notes, presentations and documents into Noteability. Then they can notate on top of the documents and save their work. They can even turn this work back into Mr. Morris if it is an assignment.
Recently, Hilliard Davidson physics students created videos that demonstrated their understanding of physics concepts. The top videos were submitted to James Madison University (JMU) for a chance to win $500 for their group and another $300 for the use on physics educational materials. Out of nearly 100 videos submitted, Davidson has 11 finalists! One of the categories for judging is… read more →
Mrs. Frazier is using iPads in her first grade classroom daily as another tool for her student’s learning. They use a variety of apps and websites to support their learning such as Educreation, Pixie and Kidblog. They frequently use it for writing and math workshops.
We thought it might be helpful to see what we have been doing in Hilliard in the background for the past few weeks as we prepare for our Blended Learning Initiative in the district. Development of a Blended Learning Vision The Curriculum, Technology, Professional Development teams, teachers and principals have been meeting to develop a vision of the Blended Learning… read more →