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NOTE: These are the blogs from last year. I’ll be updating it with the 2017/2018 blogs soon! Check back over the holiday break. 

Blog posts by participants in the 2016/17 Cool Tools for School workshop.  Page updates every 2 hours and lists all the latest blog posts from all participants.

Individual Regions: All Regions, Cap Region, Champlain Valley, DCMO, Dutchess, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton, OHM, Oswego, Questar III, St. Lawrence Lewis, Rochester, WSWHE

Participants in All Regions

  • Thing 17: eBook Creations
    This year we implemented a new writing curriculum in our building.  A big emphasis is placed on the publishing element of the final products for each genre.  At the conclusion of a unit, student work is compiled and placed in a class book.  When I saw the Cool Tools “thing” ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-16By rdevine
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    I am particularly interested in what resources Thing 21 suggests, because I am a librarian in a bilingual school. Over 20 percent of our students are Spanish speakers.  Occasionally we have had students from other countries (Nepal, Sudan, Iraq), but their stay is temporary as they wait for placement in ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-13By Deborah J. Lyon
  • Thing 17: eBook Creation
    For this Thing I created a choose your own adventure eBook using Google Slides.  What I really liked about this Thing is that I was again able to further my skills using the various tools in the Google Suite. I was originally going to make an eBook using Google Doc.  The ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-13By kimleelibrarian
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    Bitmoji FunIn an effort to break the stereotype of a boring old conservative librarian, I thought I should try creating a Bitmoji for myself.  Also, I use emoji's often in my text messages (and sometimes emails), so why not expand on the cute visuals with my communication, right?I like the ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-12By Diane M.
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji
    I did this thing a few years ago when I first did Cool Tools.  However, I could never figure out how to change my outfit or hair or anything!  I created it and never could update it!  So I spent some more time exploring and had so much fun customizing ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-06By adventuresinroom203
  • Thing 16: Digital Portfolios for Students
    Portfolios are nothing new in the educational world. When I began teaching portfolios were for writing only and were more of a checklist for teachers to collect one writing piece from the various genres taught that year.  The students didn’t really ever look at them or care about them.  They ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-06By kimleelibrarian
  • Thing 15: Breakout EDU
    This “Thing” was a lot of a fun and a REAL learning experience for me.  I started out by exploring the Breakout EDU website.  I did play the Elf Panic and it was a lot of fun.  I was disappointed to learn I would need a paid subscription to create and ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-06By kimleelibrarian
  • Thing 15: Breakout EDU
    I have personally been to the Escape Room in Rochester twice.  IT IS SO MUCH FUN!!!  I thought exploring Breakout EDU would be an awesome experience for my classroom.  While it does have great ideas and tools, the downside is that it costs money and unfortunately even for the free ... read more
    Published on 2019-01-06By adventuresinroom203
  • Thing 5: Audio Tools
    Wow this will be fun!  I had my two girls get in on FlipGrid with me.  I figured if they could do it my students would be able to do it!  The girls loved doing it and also loved decorating their selfies with stickers.  I think this will be a ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31By adventuresinroom203
  • Thing 27: Notetaking Tools and SkillsOver the last month or so I have noticed our students seem to lack the ability to stay focused when someone is teaching, lecturing or performing for any extended period of time.  It was embarrassing to me as a teacher librarian to witness them talking ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31By Diane M.
  • Thing 11 – Digital Tattoo & Digital Citizenship
    I’m so glad to be able to participate in Cool Tools again this school year.  The class filled up before I could register last school year.  I have re-familiarized myself with edublogs and am ready to go! This topic resonates with me as a teacher and a parent. As a parent ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31By rdevine
  • Thing 13: Augmented and Virtual Reality
    The whole premise of bringing Virtual Reality into the classroom is a great idea.  I think of my students and the lack of experiences they get on a day to day, year to year basis.  I teach in the inner city and most of my students are unable to experience ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-31By adventuresinroom203
  • Thing 11: Digital Tattoo & Digital Citizenship
    I don't know why, but it still amazes me when my elementary students tell me they have iPhones. I got my first cell phone when I was a senior in high school and it was a Nokia (not the brick, but just about as sturdy). It made calls and had ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-29By Sarah Ryan
  • Hi Everyone,Hope everyone had a great holiday!!  I am getting a late start with Cool Tools...preparing for Christmas, decorating, attending parties, baking, wrapping gifts, etc has been taking far too much of my time.   I promise to start focusing on getting through my required 5 lessons in Cool Tools!I am ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28By Diane M.
  • Thing 23: The New AASL Standards
    I'm vaguely familiar with the new AASL standards, so I figured this would be a good activity to explore so that I could become more familiar. My biggest takeaway after looking over the various resources is that, similar to the NextGen Science standards, the new AASL standards revolve more around ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-28By Sarah Ryan
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    I chose digital storytelling for my first thing this year because it is something I've been doing intermittently with my students for the past year anyway. Many of my older students love animation, graphic novels, and comics, so this is perfect for them. One of my 5th graders even recommended ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27By Sarah Ryan
  • Introducing Dawson the Deer!
    I can’t believe I forgot to introduce you guys to the library’s newest friend: Dawson the Deer! I know Christmas is over and by the time we go back to school it will be January but he’s just too cute not to mention-maybe someone will remember this come next year ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-27By sewaldro
  • Thing 13: Augmented & Virtual Reality
    Thing 13 was an interesting topic to explore.  I like the ability to transport my students into their learning using AR or VR without the expense and paperwork necessary to take the students on a field trip.  I explored a few different aspects of this Thing. First, I explored YouTube ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26By kimleelibrarian
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    I was intrigued by Thing 7 solely by the statement “If you’re a Google G Suite school, this is a no-brainer!”  Our district has this yet, I don’t use it.  I find I use the old stuff I’ve been using for years and it works for me so why fix something that isn’t ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26By kimleelibrarian
  • Thing 13 Augmented and Virtual Reality
    So my experience with Augmented reality began 8 years ago with Skyview Lite.  It is an app on my iPhone that you can point the camera at the stars/planets and it tells you what you are looking at.  The hilarious part is that I didn't even realize that I was ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-26By Aslan's Bookmonger
  • Welcome to the Buccaneer Bistro and Poetry Cafe
    Oh man guys! This was a good one! Kids loved, the teachers loved it, my principal even popped in was impressed! So what are we waiting for, let’s dive into the details! This all started when I asked the 4th grade team if they’d like to do some kind of ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-22By sewaldro
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    I chose to explore PowToons for my digital storytelling piece.  That was a lot of fun!  I could be on there for hours putting together a slide show.  For that I worry that it might be too overwhelming for my fourth graders.  Maybe if I narrow it down to just ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-16By adventuresinroom203
  • Bulletin Board Update-Winter Edition!
    It’s time to say goodbye to our turkey and hello to my clerk’s winter-themed bulletin board! I love how she made it 3-dimensional. I also love that once again, she’s made it a participatory bulletin board. This time, she cut out a bunch of snowflakes and is asking people to ... read more
    Published on 2018-12-14By sewaldro
  • Note Taking Lessons for the Primary Set
    Earlier this month, I was discussion with our 3rd grade team how they wanted to tackle their annual Christmas around the world unit when one of them expressed concern with their students’ abilities to digest information and take notes. That particular teacher asked if we could try teaming up to ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-23By sewaldro
  • 1/2 Days Are the Longest Days…
    I don’t know about you, but sometimes, I struggle with planning my November lessons. I mean, between Veterans day, Thanksgiving break, a Superintendent’s day and, Parent/Teacher conference days, I think we’re in session for 15 whole days the entire month! And that’s if we don’t end up with any snow ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-21By sewaldro
  • Thankfulness Feathers
    Just a quick one today! My clerk found a cute idea for our November bulletin board (have I mentioned how much I LOVE having a full time clerk again this year?!?!): She sketched the turkey out by hand, can you believe it? Since I color coded my grade levels in ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-15By sewaldro
  • Halloween Campfire Time
    Halloween wasn’t my favorite holiday as a kid but as a school librarian I kind of love it! One of the reasons it’s crept to the top of my holiday list now that I work in a school? Three words: Halloween Costume Parade. I mean, that’s just the best and ... read more
    Published on 2018-11-01By sewaldro
  • Off We Go to Archeology Camp!
    I was approached by one of our 6th grade teachers wondering if I had any ideas on how she could liven up their unit on prehistory and early man. After some looking around for ideas and sharing back and forth, we landed on the idea of doing an Junior Archeology ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-20By sewaldro
  • I Wonder…If You’d Like a Closer Look at our Snapshot Wall?
    I mentioned the Snapshot wall when I gave a tour of changes in the library this year but didn’t really breakdown the sections of our Snapshot wall. Since we’re covering the topic of wondering the week and introduced Our Wonder Wall to the kids this week, it seemed like a ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-15By sewaldro
  • The Shape of My Heart
    A few years ago, at our annual Fall CNYSL conference, I went to a presentation on using the Super 3 with primary students. One of the suggestions that I just loved involved reading them a book called The Shape of My Heart and then having students fill in heart cutouts ... read more
    Published on 2018-10-10By sewaldro