Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bookmark Contest Winners

We had a great student bookmark design contest this month at Park Center Senior High. Here are the winners! Let me know if you are interested in seeing the rubric and/or other materials for the project.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

New Ditties

Here are some recent educational ditties that I created. One was used in a class that I co-taught with a 9th grade Student Tech Team member in a PC Repair class, introducing the use of Arduino microcontrollers. The other is a basic ditty about using databases or the world wide web for research.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Too much fun at the Unconference at the American Association of School Librarians Conference, November 6, 2015

Too much fun at #aaslunconf #aasl15 !

Posted by Dhaivyd Hilgendorf on Friday, November 6, 2015

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Media Center Naming Contest Results

   "The Park Center Learning Commons" is the new name of our learning space at Park Center Senior High, with the tag line, "The Nexus of the School." Special thanks to senior Tyler Linton for his winning submission, and to teacher Paul Shriver, who is receiving honorable mention for his submission of "The Nexus." We expect to generally refer to the space as "The Learning Commons." We're excited about the new name, and we're even more excited by the impending changes in the physical space, the virtual space, and how they are used.
   Along with a new name, the Learning Commons is getting a new look. Besides new carpet, we are installing four collaboration tables with large monitors on the ends that can display virtually any mobile device. We are adding 18 mobile device charging stations. There will be a new MakerSpace with a 3-D printer, 3-D scanner, large format flatbed scanner, a poster printer, and lots of things to create whatever people might need for projects. If our furniture request is granted, we will have a new lounge area with flexible seating to allow for reconfiguration according to the needs of the moment. Many books are being moved to the perimeter to open up more space in the large common area for these new stations.
   It's an exciting time at the nexus of our school, the Park Center Learning Commons!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Blogging for Mrs. Yang's EL 5 Class


For a basic understanding of what a blog is, go to: If you feel pretty confident about what it is, continue to Part 1.

Part 1: 

Set up your own blog on & add your first post. You will need to log on using your school Google Apps account or a personal Google account. For example, for Mr. Hilgendorf, that address would be Your first post should include a video and a paragraph about it. Here are video instructions for setting up your blog. Once you've completed this step, email the URL of your blog address to: This is how you turn in your work. Your address should be something like, "" Do not use nick names.

Part 2: 

Embed a video on your blog according to Mrs. Yang's instructions. Example video: Some keywords for finding videos: collaboration, "24/7 education", "open learning", "web 2.0", "school 2.0", edtech, connectivity, social networks+schools, "personal learning networks, "education+think tanks", "21st century skills", "flat schools", "creative education", "new schools", "student centered learning", remix. Once you're done, it should look something like this:

Once you've found the video you want to embed, click on the "Insert a Video" icon in the menu bar of your blog:

Then upload your video from the Yang folder on the I drive. Save your changes and preview your blog post. If it looks good, publish it. That makes it public, so others can see it.

Part 3: 

Follow Mrs. Yang's Intro to EL 5 blog at Post a comment on her blog about whether you already knew how to blog, and if you did, where did you learn how to do it. To comment, click on the text of her post.

Challenge Task (Optional, but Fun!): 

Blogs are great for keeping up to date with other people, so for a challenge, you'll comment on and follow some of your peers' blogs, and will tag the posts you've created so far. First, choose at least five of your peers' blogs (we'll post a list of them in Mrs. Yang's Intro to EL5 blog), watch and comment on their video. Commenting on blogs allows us to ask questions of one another, make suggestions, or simply to reply to what has been written or posted. Once you've commented, you should then "follow" those blogs. Once someone has "followed" you, you can see their picture on your blog's sidebar. Then when you log into my blog and look at the Dashboard, you can see what's been updated on the blogs you're following. Cool, right? If you notice that someone's blog has not yet been "followed" by anyone but Mrs. Yang, you might choose to follow them.

Next,"tag" the posts you've created so far. Tagging allows you to use keywords to categorize your posts, which is really helpful if you blog regularly. To do this, just fill in words that help define the categories of your post in the "Labels" field, under the editing window for a given entry. Place commas between tags.

Finally, write a blog post telling us who you're "following" and also what tags you created for your first several posts. So, for the challenge: Comment on at least 5 people's blogs Follow Mrs. Yang on her blog AND the other blogs on which you commented. Use keywords to tag the posts you've created so far. Write a post about about who you're "following" and what tags you've used so far.

Friday, March 21, 2014

TL (Teacher-Librarian) News Night Clip, St. Patrick's Day, 2014

This is my part of a presentation, "Promoting Student Voice in the Library" from the TL News Night on March 17, 2014. The full presentation can be viewed here.