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Thursday, October 31, 2013

NASA Math

NASA Space Math 

(Resource from Pamela Bathelor, JCS IT Coach)

Today, we are exploring a wonderful FREE STEM resource: the Space Math website from NASA

To get started, visit: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/

You will start at the homepage which looks like this:


This website features math based problems in science and engineering for grade levels 3-12. Problems can be viewed by grade level, subject type, problem books, or in comprehensive STEM Modules.

Let's look at the Problem Books:


By clicking on the books tab, we are taken to the collection of problem books available. These books are grouped by release date and subject area. The books are in PDF format and have lesson ideas as well as teacher answer keys with detailed answers for each problem.

Here is what a sample problem looks like:


A great way to use the problems in PDF format would be to share the problem pages with students using their Google Drive or have the students solve the problems using the SMART Board in your classroom.

From the homepage, you can also view problems by grade level and subject area:



We hope you consider using this free resource of excellent standards based STEM problems and units developed by NASA.


A message from the CHHS Administration

Click HERE to Watch a message from the administration team! 

Save YouTube Videos

Save YouTube Videos


KeepVid. This is likely the easiest way to grab just about any video from the Web.
Copy the URL of the video you want to download, head to KeepVid.com, and paste it in the white space bar on the page. Then click "Download" to the RIGHT of that barDo not click the large green/grey or blue/red "Download" buttons as it is an advertisement.
It will load for a few seconds, then you'll have the option to download the video in FLV (Flash), MP4, or WebM format. If you don't know which one to pick, go with MP4, as it has the greatest compatibility and can be viewed on a smart phone. 

Create a Linked Series of YouTube Videos

SchoolNet Training

Home Base SchoolNet Training

Teachers, please sign-up in MyLearning Plan for the Home Base SchoolNet Training on December 3rd or 10th from 3:30-5:00 here at CHHS in the distance learning lab. 
Schoolnet is the Instructional Improvement System in Home Base. This is where teachers, parents, and students can access data and resources to inform decision making related to instruction and assessment. Home Base is including items from Thinkfinity, Khan, SAS, Pearson Next Gen, PBS, as well as other vendors. Of major interest to some teachers, ClassScape items will now live in Home Base. The hands-on portion of this professional development opportunity will include built-in time to create a formative assessment useful to the teacher. Teachers are highly encouraged to bring material/content to aid in the assessment creation. Please contact Kathy Price if you have any questions.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

D.L. PLC Schedule and More

Don't let this be you! Explore www.Graphite.org 


CHHS Digital Learning PLC by Department during Smart Lunch Monthly Schedule: 

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Week 1A: ScienceA: Social Studies
Week 2B: E.C. 303A: Math
Week 3A: CTE A: PE
Week 4B: EnglishA: Fine Arts/Language
November: Google Docs
December/January: School Center & Web 2.0 Tools

Automatically Close Google Forms at a Specified Time: 

Google Forms can be very useful for collecting all kinds of information from students and others. Two of the more common uses of Google Forms in schools are creating quizzes and conducting surveys (click here for a guide to creating quizzes in Google Forms). In both of those cases you may have a need to limit the number of responses, limit the length of responses, or set a cut-off time at which the form will stop accepting responses. While you can simply click "stop accepting responses" in your Google Form, you do have to remember to do it. FormLimiter solves that problem and two others.

FormLimiter is a script that you can install in the Google Spreadsheet in which you are collecting responses from a Google Form. The script allows you to limit the number of responses to a form, limit the number of characters in a response, and set a time at which the form will automatically stop accepting responses. The images below will walk you through the process of installing FormLimiter. (Click the images to view them in full size).

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JCS Technology Showcase


The Technology Showcase is an opportunity for students and instructors to demonstrate curriculum-based technology projects developed by students across the district.  Our parents, teachers, administrators, legislators, community, and higher education representatives will be able to interact with student-created products and tools to discover how instructional technology impacts learning.
We will have door prizes for teachers that attend this event which includes a chance to win a set of 5 Chromebooks for their class! Mr. Nixon's Pirate-TV class will be representing CHHS this year. We hope you will be able to join us.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Technology Showcase, Open Ed, + more

JCS Technology Showcase

The Technology Showcase is an opportunity for students and instructors to demonstrate curriculum-based technology projects developed by students across the district.  Our parents, teachers, administrators, legislators, community, and higher education representatives will be able to interact with student-created products and tools to discover how instructional technology impacts learning.
We will have door prizes for teachers that attend this event which includes a chance to win a set of 5 Chromebooks for their class! Mr. Nixon's Pirate-TV class will be representing CHHS this year. We hope you will be able to join us.


Google Chrome Browser

Chrome is updating from version 26 to version 29 on all AD workstations around the county. The upgrade uninstalls the current version and then installs the new version after a restart. So, what does that mean? Well, if you are working in Chrome and it unexpectedly shuts down. It's okay. Restart and it will be ready for use.

13-14 CHHS Faculty Email List in Gmail

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Create and Locate Standards-Aligned Video Playlists on OpenEd
OpenEd is a new site that claims to be the world's largest educational resource catalog. On OpenEd you can search for videos, games, and other educational materials. Your searches can be conducted according to content area, grade level, Common Core standard, or a combination of those factors. You can also search according to keyword although when I tried the keyword search option it didn't work well.

As a registered OpenEd user (registration is free and takes less than thirty seconds to complete) you can create courses and playlists of videos and other materials that you find in the OpenEd directory. You can align your courses and playlists to standards. If you choose to align your course to a standard, OpenEd will suggest materials to you.


Applications for Education
The biggest benefit of OpenEd seems to be found in the search tools. Rather than searching and hoping to find a video on YouTube that matches the standard(s) you're addressing in a lesson, you can start with the standard and have OpenEd locate videos for you.

Resource: http://www.freetech4teachers.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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