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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.

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

  • LIS 568: Post 1-ANIMOTO
    Hello Classmates! I have decided to blog about Animoto. Animoto is a tech tool that I learned about just a couple weeks ago through a Cool Tools course that I took for PD credit. During the PD I taught myself how to use Animoto for personal use, but had ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-26By samanthabradley13
  • Thing 15: Emerging Tech & Scanning the Horizon
    The reach and connection that educators have with students, families and community members, I believe, is crucial to learning and community engagement.  Three trends posted on Emerging Ed Tech address just this:Opportunities and Benefits of Live StreamingLive streaming is changing how students learn and how teachers teach.  It provides a ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-25By eKalbfus
  • Thing 29: OER- Open Educational Resource
    Thing 29 introduced me to a totally new topic, as I have not previously heard of an OER, or Open Educational Resource.  This is a cutting-edge sharing of educational resources, and a wonderful opportunity for educators to maximize materials and save money in often-shrinking school budgets.  I read through most of ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-25By springslibrarian
  • Thing 28: Online Learning & DIY PD
    This track was an easy one for me since professional development is my thing! This year alone I completed over 302 hours of professional development and I can honestly say I enjoyed almost every last bit of it. I did whatever I could and chose to not focus on just ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-25By Shannon Cohen
  • Thing 27: Power Up Your Browser!
    There are so many choices when it comes to web browsers and for me I try to find one that I like and one that I can use at home and work and wherever else. With all the devices that I have, laptops, and Macbooks, and iPads and iPhones it ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-24By Shannon Cohen
  • Thing #12 – Reflection
    Where to start?  A quick lament because the year went quickly and my goal to complete 10 things shrank to 5!  But time is short for everyone, so I’ll move on to the things I did accomplish.I was glad for the excuse to spend a little more time with Weebly ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-24
  • Thing 26: Makerspaces
    Makerspaces are something that every librarian has been talking about lately and something that I know every librarian would love to implement in their libraries! I know some librarians that have immersed themselves in this already and some like me who keep saying they want to get makerspaces in the ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-23By Shannon Cohen
  • Twitter and Other Online Communities
    I participate pretty actively in online communities. My preferred social media is Facebook.  I use FB both personally to connect with family and friends and professionally to connect with teachers all over the world.  While teaching in the classroom, I had pretty good success with setting up private FB groups ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By birdbookblog
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    I’ve started to take action with so many of the things I’ve learned about over the last couple of months. For example, just today I was discussing with some colleagues at a school visit the Screencasting tool I used last night, and how much I loved it! I shared both ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By thoresencooltools
  • Thing 14 – News Literacy
    Wow. What a topic for our times! I started exploring media literacy with my fifth and sixth graders a few years ago, and really got into it after attending a session with Nancy Jo Lambert at a state or national conference.  She shared some phenomenal resources on her website and ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By Molly Clark
  • Thing 9: Databases
    Alert; Ebsco Host and writing college papers flashback! When I think about databases and using them to search a topic that is what I would traditionally think about. But, there are so many other databases one can use to search for information as well as different search engines.   Through ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By thoresencooltools
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    What a year it has been. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly these ten months fly by. We have fifteen days of instruction left before final exams and my students are in their final push to complete their courses. On a personal level, participating in this Cool Tools ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By cooltoolstechmartinez
  • Thing 9: Databases and Search Tools
    I spent much of my college and post-graduate work learning how to use databases and search tools. As a dual major in English and Spanish, gathering sources and writing essays was a weekly (and sometimes daily) task. On a professional level, I often use the ACSD, NCTE, and ACTFL databases for up-to-date ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By cooltoolstechmartinez
  • Thing 7: Audio Tools
    So many of my students find speaking about a topic easier than writing about it. Before a project or a larger writing piece, I try to get my students to “talk it out.” I find that they understand the assignments better, include more evidence, and go into the assignment feeling ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By cooltoolstechmartinez
  • Thing 8: Screencasting and Screen Sharing
    One of the pitfalls of teaching in a virtual setting is not seeing your students every day. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, and I constantly tell my coworkers that this is the best teaching experience I’ve ever had. However, I’m one of those people that want to be ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By cooltoolstechmartinez
  • Thing 29: OER – Open Educational Resources
    The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement is the trend of making the most cutting-edge knowledge available to everyone, through a variety of ways including online classes from top universities being made available to the public, open lesson plans, and open textbooks. I believe our school district could greatly benefit from the ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By bissblog1
  • LIS 568
    My LIS 568 blog posts will start here!   Thanks, Sam ❤ ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By samanthabradley13
  • Thing 31 Digital Portfolios
    I am interested in starting electronic portfolios next year so most of my work for this topic is reading about how they work and the advantages.Portfolios are a great way for students to track their growth. As a school we are reflecting on our grading policies with an eye to ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By Bonnie Caton
  • Thing 12 Reflection
         This has been a very good learning experience for me. As I mentioned in my opening communication, I am behind the curve when it comes to technology. I have learned important information for my classroom and my family.     Setting up a blog is something I will use personally and in ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By Bonnie Caton
  • Thing 17: Digital Literacy
    I have been incorporating more digital citizenship curriculum into my classroom teaching and therefore wanted to explore the topic more with Thing 17.  I began by reading through several of the different articles, including Teachers Guide to Digital Citizenship, DQ Project, and What Your Students Really Need to Know About ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By springslibrarian
  • Final Reflection: Cool Tools
    As I've mentioned, I wear a few different hats in my current role. Hat #1: School Psychologist, which can mean anything from assessment to crisis intervention to endless CSE meetings to investigating cyber bullying reports. Hat #2: Yearbook Adviser, which is SO very different! Both are multi-faceted, always-changing, ever-evolving stories. Both ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By Erica Deming
  • Thing 26: MakerSpaces “How To Books”
    Published on 2017-05-22By jabece
  • Thing 12- Final Year One Final Reflection
    What did you learn? Last summer, I was working with Nicole Rosen who is a librarian at School No.1 and she shared with me this really neat professional development called, Cool Tool for School.  I was blown away because I had never heard of it and the activities appeared looked ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By bloggingbishop
  • Thing 25: App-palooza!
    There are so many apps out there that sometimes it is hard to determine which ones are the best to use for not only your everyday life but also ones that you can use in your professional life and ones that you can share with your students. I love learning ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By Shannon Cohen
  • Thing 17 Digital Citizenship
    This topic is of particular interest to me because I have six children, and I really need to be more knowledgeable.Digital literacy, digital footprint, and digital citizenship were part of a project where my seniors completed a thinglink presentation on one of the above topics. These projects were designed for  a ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By Bonnie Caton
  • Thing 5- Presentation Tools
    I thoroughly enjoyed this topic.  Students need options and nothing against Microsoft…but PowerPoint needs to be put to rest. With that being said, PowerPoint and Google Slides can still be used with beginners (2nd and 3rd grade).  Here is an example of a 3rd graders work. 3rd Grade Presentation in ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-22By bloggingbishop
  • Thing 11: DIY – You Pick!
    For this Thing, I dove deep into planning for a collaborative June project for our 7th and 8th graders. The unofficial theme is “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” I will be working with their Math, Science and ESOL teachers. The students will be applying what they’ve learned in recent science lessons (specifically, Motion and ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-21By thewiselibrarian
  • Thing 14: News Literacy
           Now more than ever, the skills encompassed in News Literacy have              become monumentally important. The flood of information that is being disseminated on a daily basis can be intimidating for most adults, let alone our students. By instructing our students on the importance of analyzing news sources for the ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-21By jabece
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    1: What did you learn?I learned so much this year about new tools that I am continuously implementing week after week with all the different clubs and events that I am involved with at my school that I am sure this workshop was well worth my time. I am glad ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-21By Mrs.Daly
  • Thing 3: Twitter & Other Online Communities
    So back in 2012 when I explored online communities for Cool Tools I chose not to join Twitter. I didn't understand the idea of a # hash tag and thought they were silly. While I still think they are silly and people put way too many words in a row ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-21By Mrs.Daly