Friday, December 18, 2015

#WGBuzz : This Week in the #HxTech Center

We streamed announcements LIVE from Spanish Class where they were showing us how to Zoomba
Some learners began creating a guitar using cardboard and old cables
iReporters and iProduction crew wrote and recorded a new episode
The iProduction crew hard at work

We packages and shipped of several broken Chromebooks to the repair facility
Some World Studies students worked on completing their "5 minute to change the world"project
New equipment (thanks to a grant) was setup and delivered
One of the kids coded her first ever video game
Give it a try here
Thanks to another grant, some kids setup a new portable sound system for our PE teachers 
I got an awesome new coffee mug

Our GFA students completed and finalized their holiday videos

iProduction and iReporters produced:

As always,
Stay tuned, and stay connected.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#TechTipTuesday - Clearing up those ads.

I've recently found myself inundated with ads while viewing websites on my phone. It never seemed as frustrating as this before. A quick bit of research and I've discovered the app Focus from Forefox (yup remember those guys?)

Focus by Firefox - content blocking & tracking protection for your mobile browser by Mozilla

I've been using the app for a little less than a week now. It's super easy to setup and it does a great job of blocking the "extras" webpages always want to throw at you. 

Give it a try and see if you can tell the difference. 

Stay tuned, and stay connected.

Friday, December 11, 2015

This Week in the #HxTech Center

We started our week off with some
Live music.

Streamed the announcements live from our Choir room with a musical intro 
258 7th graders came through coding a Frogger like game.
Some didn't want to code, so we let them hangout and chat quietly #studentchoice (A whole day can be tough for those not interested)
GFA edited their projected they recorded last week.
And began a new short film
Then the 8th grade got a day to code. This group explored coding through Minecraft.

And our iReporters and iProduction crew produced their 12th episode. Enjoy

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

#TechTipTuesday - Google Hangouts, where did you go?

Have you upgraded to the new Google+ and promptly discovered that you can no longer use or even find Google Hangouts inside of the service?


NO worries Hangouts is just a few clicks away, and you may find you like this new method even better.

Head on over to the Chrome Web Store - And do a quick search for Google Hangouts (or click the links below to access them directly)
There are two offerings:

One, my preferred option, is the Chrome Extension
Google Hangout Extension

 Adding this extension will add a Hangout icon to your browser toolbar located on the right hand side of your browser which you can click at anytime to bring up a hangout message on the lower portion of your display.

On top of swift access to your hangouts messaging app the extension is associated with your account, so any computer you use the Chrome browser on will have this extension all ready for you to use when you log into Chrome.

Not a Fan of extensions, then you'll want to download the stand alone Hangout App from the Webstore

Google Hangout App
When you are ready to use the application simply launch it from one of the many places Google offers it.

Place number one (on PC or Mac)
Click the Chrome Apps Waffle, typically located on the left hand side of your Chrome browser
Search for the App and Click it to launch the Messing service




I hope these methods for accessing Google Hangouts makes it even easier than before.

As always,

Stay tuned, and stay connected. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

#WGBuzz : This Week in the #HxTech Center

GFA recorded a short film written, directed and staring kids.

A new generation of editors learned how to edit using Adobe premier pro.

A band student edited a video program for their upcoming performance.

Our 8th grade GFA (Gifted Fine Arts) members learned how to edit a creative musical project they recorded.

A Minecraft enthusiast investigated a Minecraft coding tool from

And then began coding for the first time ever.

A new podcast was created.

We got to check out some Star Wars Google Cardboard that one of the learners brought in.

Our daily announcement crew streamed live from the FACS room where they were making Mozzarella!

A new episode of Hixson Game Centeral Podcast was recorded and edited.

And our iReporters and iProduction crew produced their 11th episode.

It was a full fun filled week in the Tech Center this week!

As always,
Stay tuned, and stay connected.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#TechTipTuesday - App Updates to simplify your life

Google Hangouts app for your phone, if you don't have it, check it out today. It's a great way to stay connected with your peers and community who are using it already. With the app, you are not tethered to your computer for communications.

The latest update to the app now allows users to reply directly from your notifications menu which is a GREAT time saver for quick replies.

Google Classroom is great tool for digital classroom management. Gone are the days of creating elaborate and sophisticated folder systems for students to share documents, projects, etc with you.

And the  mobile app just keeps getting better. Encourage your students (whom have cell phones) to download the app for quick access to the information you are sharing with them regularly.