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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.

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  • Thing 10: Personal Learning Networks & Connected Educators
      Teachers are very diverse group of people. I love that we all bring something new and different to work each day. I am a special education teacher so I feel as I am always thinking in one way or another in a out of the box way. I would ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 9: Databases & Search Tools
    I realize that I am not a millennial but I did think that I was ok if you will on my google search skills. Guess what? I wasn’t even close. It is so amazing that I thought that I knew how to do a google search and navigate the internet ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 8: Screencasting and Screen Sharing
    I like  this so very much. Screen casting and screen sharing really allows the students to be the teachers. They have the power to take their learning a higher level or a out of the box way to learn and acquire new skills and talents. I love the fact that they’re ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 7: Audio Tools
    This was great but many of my students would not do this because of their speech. I looked at many of the sites and I could see some of my higher learners using this but my students who are very conscious of their  lower levels would need some major support ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 6: Curation Tool
    When I saw the word Curation… I immediately thought of a museum. I had no idea that I have been doing this as I have used Pinterest. The definition of Curation means to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize and archive. One dictionary defines a “curator” as someone in charge of a museum ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 5: Presentation Tools
    I can  honestly say that I have sat through one too many bad PowerPoint presentations that could of simply been a email to the entire staff. I have also seen too many posters thrown together at the last minute which I am guilty of as a teacher for my students. ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 04: Digital Storytelling Tools
    I loved this … Digital Storytelling is very fun and v=certainly engaging. I explored several sites … Photopeach, Microsoft Sway, Storybird and Storify. There are numerous ways that Digital Storytelling can be used in education whether it be teacher directed or student led. I can certainly see myself creating my ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 3 – Twitter and Other Online Communities
    I have  to say that due to the changes in Government and that our current President does maybe too much in the Twitter department, I was as little skeptical. I like Facebook and I honestly thought that Twitter was for famous people and the 20 something millennials. After reading all ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 2 – Photo Fun
      Social Media has evolved in which students are less interested in traditional learning.  I have also strived to becoming a great a teacher, but as society has evolved,  learning how to motivate your students has become more challenging.  Students who are not motivated will not learn effectively. They won’t ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 2 – Photo Fun
      Social Media has evolved in which students are less interested in traditional learning.  I have also strived to becoming a great a teacher, but as society has evolved,  learning how to motivate your students has become more challenging.  Students who are not motivated will not learn effectively. They won’t ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By micaliblog
  • Thing 32/2017: Thinking globally
    Well grab a box of tissues if you decide to start with Denmark’s video “All That We Share” that Polly has under the resources to learn about global connections. In a succinct video, it demonstrates that everyone underneath it all has similarities even though we put them in boxes based ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By Alicia Abdul
  • Thing 12 Final Reflection
         The "Things" I completed in this PD helped me to learn more about tools that I could use that align to projects I am currently working on with students.  The audio and image sources provided me with better ways to get files for video projects that will not ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-25By Robin Hill
  • Thing 10: Personal Learning Networks
    As a new hire, my school district assigns each new teacher/librarian a mentor for the year to help guide us with curriculum, student management and figuring out the ins and outs of how to do things in the district. This has been a great help to me during my first ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By lisa3blog
  • Thing 32: Global Connections and Collaborations
    Global Connections and CollaborationsI love the idea of global connections and collaborations in the school. As mentioned in the article Why Global Ed Matters in a Connected World "we live in a globally connected world, to embrace that in our learning experience is imperative." Technology has made it much easier to ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By Karyn Bartnick
  • Thing 31: Digital Portfolio
    First, I need to vent.  LOL  😛 I tried for over an hour to sign up for/play with/investigate/learn about the WeLearnedIt digital portfolio resource which was a selection in the section below.6 of The Best Tools for Creating Digital Learning Portfolios – More highly recommended tools.The site advertises three account levels: ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By Muddle
  • Thing 30: Flash Cards, Quiz Games and More
    Flash Cards, Quiz Games and MoreI don't often utilize flash cards or quiz games in the library since moving to a secondary library from an elementary library so I thought this topic might be a good one to explore to gain more knowledge on the web tools that have emerged ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By Karyn Bartnick
  • Thing 21 – Connecting with Stakeholders
    Connecting with stakeholders is my weakness. I remember back in library school we had a presenter come in and tell us that we had to be advocates. Librarianship wasn’t a field for the mousy, the shy. I almost left the room. I didn’t of course, but connecting and advocacy are ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By Molly Clark
  • Thing 4: Digital Storytelling UPDATED
    Thing 4: Digital StorytellingAlthough I did this topic way back in Cool Tools 1, I wanted to re-visit it since there are so many new tools and ideas that have been developed in the past couple of years. It also came at perfect timing because the 7th grade ELA teacher ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-24By Cathie Morton
  • Thing 7: Audio Tools
    I have to say I was not really familiar with many of the audio tools introduced in this assignment. I was excited about the ones that helped ELL students and the ones that were so simple to use that you didn’t have to login or create accounts. I really liked ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-23By cooltoolsvanwyckjhs
  • Thing 26: Makerspaces
    Our school embraced the concept of makerspaces as learning spaces and decided to venture forth with implementing a makerspace this past summer.  We approached it with a team of teachers, including myself, and decided to implement it in an unused classroom that connected to the library.  We have been learning ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-23By springslibrarian
  • Thing 5: Presentation Tools
    Presentation Tools are something that I use on a fairly frequent basis for a wide variety of reasons.  With the digital conversion, Google Classroom and the use of other online educational facilities have allowed me to continuously get materials, activities and games to my scholars to provide them with every opportunity to ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-23By Christopher Slifka
  • Thing 4: Digital Storytelling
    Digital Storytelling has been something that I have tried to implement consistently in my classroom since our adoption of the Google Chromebooks last year. Our school has a very diverse population that includes many ENL (formerly ESOL) scholars, as well as, the traditional scholars with special needs.  Digital Storytelling, as ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-23By Christopher Slifka
  • Thing 16: Media Skills
    This was FUN!!!! I think I’m going to be a photo editing junkie.  I went through the idea links you included to see some ways photo editing is being used in schools.  Then, I browsed through Pinterest to get more ideas and stumbled across perspective photos which look really ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-23By kimleelibrarian
  • Thing 5 Presentation Tools
    My fifth grade Special Ed teacher asked me to work with him on his rainforest animal project.  In addition to working on the research during library time, I suggested we create a Google Slides project. His five male students are all visually oriented and are all terrific artists and who love to ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22By nicolerosen2013
  • Thing 2: Photo Fun
    I decided to explore Google Photos since we are a Google school.  I had recently taken a bunch of photos of my students interacting with our new Makerspaces.  I uploaded the photos from my iPhone to my Google drive.  I then tried to figure out how to get the photos ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22By Renee Ferrara
  • Power up and Simplify with Extensions and Add-on’s
    The Google Chrome web browser is more than just a place to access web sites.  You can add extensions to PowerUp your browser.  An extension adds functionality to the browser.    Some of my favorite extensions for the Chrome browser are:G Suite Training - interactive training and walkthroughs right within ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22By Rosie Castle
  • Thing 04: Digital Storytelling Tools
    I love this! It's so much fun. Some of the ideas I have are to create videos of myself and other teachers for students to view. We could create videos showing students what to do and what not to do, which could be very funny for them. Or better yet, ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22By Macenzi Adams
  • Thing 5: Presentation Tools
    https://sites.google.com/site/stayingactivewithkristin/homeI used google to create a webpage. I think I could use it to keep the students informed about different assignments due, club schedules, and post pictures of classroom activities. I think students can use it to create pages to display an assignment or project they are working on. The ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22
  • Thing 26: Makerspaces
    Makerspaces in the library Libraries have evolved as demands for various services and technology have encouraged libraries to expand and overhaul the services they offer their patrons. Makerspaces fit into the school and more specifically the school library as an outlet for patrons to imagine, explore, and create. Makerspaces allow ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22By Karyn Bartnick
  • Thing 23: Infographics & Data Visualization
    For this topic I choose to create an infographic that shows students and staff how to access eBooks from the library catalog. The graphic I created does not contain any data thus it is an infographic rather than a data visualization (I didn't realize there was a difference until exploring ... read more
    Published on 2017-02-22By Karyn Bartnick