The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Friday, August 23, 2013

August 19-23, 2013 The Library @ HHS

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This week at The Library @ HHS
August 19-23, 2013

This week has been an invigorating flurry of activity at The Library @HHS.

Students at Hoover High School started school this past Monday, August 19, 2013.  This year Hoover High School fully implemented the 1:1 iPad implementation. Every student grades 9-12 were issued an iPad if they opted into the program. The library was the hub for issuing these iPads to approximately 3000 students.  In addition to issuing the iPads to students, the Library Staff assisted students in setting up their iPads and connecting to our school wifi using Airwatch.  The Library Staff also fielded questions regarding iPads that were checked out over the summer by Juniors that had malfunctioned, had cracked screens, etc.  As you can imagine the Library Staff was quite busy this week!

Did everything work smoothly? Of course not!  LOL!  But we rolled with it, our students rolled with it, our teachers and administrators rolled with it and we all made it to Friday in one piece.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks this week was achieving the successful installation of the Airwatch feature so students could access our school wifi.  The large volume of students attempting to download caused downloads to freeze or drop which caused students to have to start the process all over again, sometimes 2, 3 4 or more times.  You can only imagine how frustrating this was! Luckily, our amazing HHS Tech Staff, Keith Fulmer and Jonathan Sandlin, wracked their brains for a solution and the situation improved day by day.  1:1 Coordinator and IT person, Alyssa Hare, checked in and helped us with broken and damaged iPads which helped tremendously. Late on Wednesday HCS "Tech to the Stars", Brian Phillips, came up with the ultimate solution that has made the process of installing Airwatch now work in a much smoother and efficient manner.  We certainly couldn't have made it through the week without them!

If you would like to learn more about the Hoover High School Engaged Learning Initiative click here.

I applaude our administrators who were willing to step on on a limb for the benefit of our students with this innovative, forward thinking program.  A big THANK YOU needs to go out to our amazing teachers who have jumped in feet first for being willing to support this initiative in their classrooms.  A big THANK YOU also needs to go out to our students and their parents for being so wonderfully patient with us this week as we all learn and grow together.

To learn more about what goes on at Hoover High School follow the hashtag #HHSiBucs on Twitter.  Dr. Holly Sutherland and Ms. Jennifer Hogan are constantly visiting classrooms and tweeting about the transformative lessons taught every day at Hoover High School.

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