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Cool Tools Flyer

If your BOCES School Library System is participating in this year’s Cool Tools for Schools project, this flyer will give you a bit more information about the learning opportunity: Cool Tools for School Flyer  You may also receive a copy from you BOCES SLS director.

If you don’t know if your BOCES School Library Systemis participating, please contact the director of your system. If they don’t know about the project, do share this flyer with them. We have room for more regions and the more the merrier!

 

Cool Tools for 2014-2015

Cool Tools for SchoolI’m excited, it looks like there will definitely be another Cool Tools for School learning program for this coming school year. Based on the feedback from the BOCES School Library Systems that participated last year, we’ll have enough participants to run it again. And room to offer it to other regions as well.

After we got started last year, I heard from some SLS directors who said they wished they had known about the project. So this year, I want to make sure everyone knows about it.

For those not familiar with the project, here are some details. The program is conducted completely online. New lessons/topics are posted on a regular basis over about 6 months and participants choose 5 or 10 topics  to explore and then write blog posts about their learning. This project was modeled after Helene Blowers innovative 23 Things project that has been replicated and reinvented many times over the past 8 years.

Last year, we offered 20 different topics for participants to choose from since many people were participating in the program for a second time. There will be more new topics this year. Professional development hours are awarded by each BOCES SLS.  Each system used their own methods for deciding who and how many could participate, depending on budget constraints. Many systems encouraged librarians to collaborate with other teachers.

For more information, take a look at the About the Project and FAQ pages on the project website. If your SLS is interested in participating, let me know and I’ll send you more details. My gmail account is pollyalida, twitter is @pollyalida or post in the SLS Cool Tools Facebook group.

 

 

 

Cool Tools for School 2013-2014 Wrap Up

Cool tools for school

A long overdue roundup of the online Cool Tools workshop that we offered last school year. The program ran from November to June and was conducted completely online. New lessons/topics were posted on a regular basis and participants chose which topics they wanted to explore and then wrote blog posts about their learning.  This project was modeled after Helene Blowers innovative 23 Things project that has been replicated and reinvented many times over the past 8 years.

Since this was the 3rd or 4th incarnation of our Cool Tools for School project and we had many educators who had participated before, we offered 2 tracks of 10 topics each this past year. People new to the workshop were encouraged to do the Track 1 topics. While folks who were returning had 10 new topics to choose from.

Even so, everyone was given the flexibility to pick whatever topics they really wanted to pursue. And since many topics were very broad, people were also able to return to topics they’d done in (more…)

Thank you HFM BOCES School Library System!

HFM BOCES SLSThanks to Deb Booth, Edie Willcox and Sara Randolph at HFM BOCES School Library System for inviting me to teach a workshop last week. We had a diverse group of 30 terrific educators: school librarians, classroom teachers, support staff and more, representing all grade levels and many different subject areas.

The resources for the day are available on the Tech Tools Update/K12 Workshop website. At the end of the day, about half the group shared their take-aways on this padlet.  It’s not too late to share, if you didn’t have time during the workshop.

Thanks again!

New Cool Tools for Schools Program Starts Nov 4

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Ready to Launch! photo credit: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via photopin cc

We’re moving into the final planning phases for launching the 2013-14 Cool Tools For School learning project on November 4!   We have a whole bunch of New York State School Library System regions participating. Some are returning for another round and there are some new groups.

For folks who have participated before we have And for those who are totally new, we’ll have updated versions of the original ten topics. The schedule and list of topics will be listed on the Cool Tools site soon. TEN NEW THINGS! 

Participating systems are listed below. (more…)

NYLA SSL Leadership Retreat

Leadership Institute 2012

2012 attendees

I’m really looking forward to the Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute  coming up next week. The focus this year is  Lead with the Common Core and will be led by Paige Jaeger and Sue Kowalski

Led by national presenter and author Paige Jaeger, NYLA/SSL President Sue Kowalski and emerging NYS library leaders, participants will exit ready to assist teachers in “repackaging” and “aligning” their lessons and research projects to embrace deep learning, complex text integration, vocabulary acquisition and application strategies, and leading independent reading initiatives.

I’ve loved attending these institutes for the last couple of years and have learned so much from my school library colleagues.  My contribution is to lead the Tech Smackdown on Monday night, just before the always entertaining auction gets underway. The auction raises funds to sponsor scholarships for folks to attend the following year. And yes, the evening events are accompanied by margaritas! :)

The institute is organized by the ever amazing team of Marcia Eggleston, Sara Kelly Johns, Patty Martire and MANY others! Sponsored by NYLA SSL and the hashtag for the event is: #edlead13