Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Global Math Challenge

Written by K. Darroch: 

Carol McLaughlin's Class Takes on a Global Math Challenge

Students in Carol McLaughlin's second grade classroom are participating in a yearlong Global Math Challenge using Twitter. Her class signed up to challenge other second graders across the world with a daily math problem for a week. In response, classrooms from all across the world tweeted their answers explaining their strategies using the hashtag #gmttc2. Classrooms from Kindergarten through High School may sign up to participate at

Monday, October 26, 2015

Chromebook Troubleshooting

As I'm working in the classroom I'm noticing a few 'glitches' with the Chromebooks. When the Deer Valley wallpaper accidentally got pushed to all students a few weeks ago, there are a few students whose wallpaper is stuck on the DVES's wallpaper.

Also, the Save to Google Docs and Share to Classroom extension is not working on some students' Chromebooks. The extension might give an error that it can't authenticate.

To fix both of these 'glitches', do the following:

  • Have the student log off of their Chromebook
  • Hover over their badge (the square with their icon where they type in their password)
  • A black triangle will appear in the top-right corner of the badge.
  • Click the triangle,
  • Then, ADD A USER by clicking on the bottom in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  • The students will be prompted to enter in their email address ( and their password.
  • This should fix it!

Global Read Aloud 2015

I  mentioned in many team meetings last month about the Global Read Aloud for 2015. This is a global event began by a 7th grade teacher to connect students and books around the world. The 'official' sign-up for the event has passed, but that doesn't mean you can't jump in on the fun! Your class can still read the book of your choice and connect to other classrooms around the world by filling out this form: . You can also follow #GRA15 for more information and connections.

Check out this video by the creator of GRA:

The books that were chose for this year are:

Friday, October 23, 2015

Hour of Code Webinar with Laura Kline

I recently participated in a webinar about the Hour of Code. Below you will find the email from Jeff Gray, a professor at the University of Alabama. There is a webinar embedded below. There is great information here! Be sure to check it out?

Are you and your students participating in Hour of Code? Comment below about what you plan on doing.

Hour of Code with Laura Kline

Attached is the Lesson Plan and slides from Laura’s talk. Below are links Laura mentioned in the webinar.

Upcoming Hour of Code webinars: 

How To:

                Template Lesson:
                HoC Teacher Forum:

For Students:



Link to pair programming video:
Link to find a CS Fundamentals Workshop:
Link to last year's tutorials (new tutorials coming mid-November):
Link to beyond an Hour of Code tutorials
Link for engineers to match with classrooms:

Jeff Gray, Ph.D. - Professor
Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year (Alabama)
Department of Computer Science, University of Alabama

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers

I love this graphic!  What do you think? Do you agree? Disagree?  Comment below.

RES in the News

Great article about Riverchase Elementary!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Great List of New Apps and Extensions

Here's a quick list of new apps and extensions a presenter shared at the AETA conference. Lots of great tools in one place!

Article on SAMR

The focus for September in team meetings was on SAMR. Below is a great article on transforming your lesson plans through SAMR.

Friday, October 9, 2015

NPR and Math App

I was driving in the car this afternoon and heard a segment on a math app called Bedtime Math. The premise is that often parents sit and read with their children before they go to bed but how often to parents sit down to solve math problems with their children? Check out the article below:

I downloaded the app, and I liked what I saw!  Check it out and comment below what you think (positive and negative).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


I'm RES's principal, Alice Turney, along with a committee of teachers and parents, has been working hard getting Riverchase's new STEAM lab up and running! After receiving a grant, the school outfitted the science lab with STEAM related materials including: a digital microscope, a skeleton, bottle rockets, Bee-Bots, Osmos, Makey Makey, Little Bits, magnets, and many more science, technology, engineering, art, and math materials. The grand opening was the week of September 28- October 2 with each class vising the lab.


II had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer Friday at Trace for their STEAM-A-Palooza. This fun-filled event was organized by Dana Joyner and Amanda Stone with the help of a committee of teachers and Samford students. The event was amazing! Students from grades K-4 were invited to spend a Friday evening exploring all types of STEAM activities including: creating and testing paper airplanes, creating structures and sculptures with cardboard boxes, creating art work with paint and recycled objects, flying a drone, and constructing with Rigamajigs. The entire night's theme was on the book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, simple machines such as rivets, flight, and creating. To see more pictures, follow me on Twitter at @carpese.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Google Classroom Extension Added

Jeff Richardson shared with his schools and thought you could benefit too.

Here's a quick video explanation of the Share to Classroom extension. It's been pushed to all of your chrome browsers* as well as your students' chromebooks. It allows you to quickly PUSH websites to your kids (open tabs for them like Hapara does) & create announcements/assignments related to a specific website without ever opening classroom. 

Check it out for yourself:

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*If you don't see the extension, it's most likely that you are signed into Chrome with your hcs-students account. Look up at the top right corner of your browser where you should see your name or something showing you are signed in as you see here.
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If there is a small yellow triangle in the box with an !, then you are not correctly signed into chrome. Click that box with the yellow triangle, choose "Switch Person" and in the next box, you will see a box with that user info in it. Mouse over it, click the triangle that will show up in the top right corner of the little user card and select "Remove this person" and then sign back into Chrome with your @hoover.k12 credentials. You should then see the Share to Classroom Extension.