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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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  • Build a Retro Gaming Console with Raspberry Pi
    Published on 2017-09-08By Nicholas Riorden
  • Kicking off a New Year
    Kahoot!  Play GameTeaching Channel - check out some more ideasPlickers!        ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-22By Rosie Castle
  • LIS 568: Week 11-Wordle
    Hello! This week I decided to give Wordle a try! I found the tool extremely easy to use and entertaining. Wordle is a tag cloud that can be used to create some sort of list. Basically, you can type whatever you would like into the word box and then simple ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-09By samanthabradley13
  • LIS 568: Week 10- GoAnimate
    Hello again! This week I decided to give GoAnimate a try and unfortunately, it is the first tool that I would not recommend. I signed up for the free 14 day trial, but if it was something that somebody planned on using regularly it would cost $39 a month! GoAnimate ... read more
    Published on 2017-08-03By samanthabradley13
  • LIS 568: Week 9-Screencast-O-Matic
    Hello again! I decided to write about Screencast-O-Matic this week since it is the screen capturing application I decided to use for my mini lesson. Like most of the tools I have tried thus far, I absolutely loved using Screencast-O-Matic. I have had to create several presentations over the ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-22By samanthabradley13
  • LIS 568 Week 8: Planboard
    Hello again! This week I decided to try out Planboard and I absolutely loved it! I plan to start using it this fall when school starts back up. Planboard was very easy to use. I still use internet explore often, simply because old habits die hard! However, Planboard doesn’t ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-18By samanthabradley13
  • LIS 568: Week 7 Google Maps
    Hello This week I decided to play around with Google Maps. I was originally planning to download Google Earth, but since I only have my work laptop I was unable to download the application. Google Maps is something that I have heard of, but never actually used myself. It ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-12By samanthabradley13
  • LIS568-Edmodo
    Hello again! This week I decided to explore Edmodo. I had heard about Edmodo before, but had never actually tried it out myself. Edmodo is a great networking site that allows teachers to connect with each other and share resources. It is also website that allows teachers to connect with ... read more
    Published on 2017-07-09By samanthabradley13
  • LIS568 WEEK 5~ Zotero
    Hello! This week I have decided to talk about my experience with Zotero. Zotero is something I was suppose to use in the past, but never really got the hang out it so I wasted time and typed out my own citations! Since our Wiki Pathfinder is due this ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-26By samanthabradley13
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    Wow! This first year as a teacher librarian just flew by. The Cool Tools workshop was a great support for many of the things that I did in the two schools this year. We just hired a K-6 librarian who will start in the fall so next year I'll be ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-25By booksr4me
  • LIS 568 Week 4 myON
    Hello again! This week I decided to talk about a web application that was introduced to my school a few months ago and is brand new to me! It is called myON and it is absolutely amazing! myON is something that some of the teachers in my school are using ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-21By samanthabradley13
  • Thing 5: Presentation Tools
    As a librarian I give many, many presentations, and I also teach a ton of kids how to present information.  Since our school is a Google school, I have been using Google Slides as our default presentation tool.  I really enjoy teaching Slides, and I think the kids like using ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-15By Emily Richards
  • LIS 568 Week 3: Dropbox Paper
    Hello again! This week I chose to explore Dropbox paper. However, I would like to point out that this is actually the third technology app that I attempted to use this week. After reading chapter 8 in Solomon and Schrum (2014) I decided that I would give Titanpad a try. ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-14By samanthabradley13
  • Thing 22: Annual Reports - Make Them MatterWell...The first thing I learned on this "thing" is to not leave the annual report until May. Too bad it was the middle of May when I first took a look at it! I'll have to do the best I can in putting ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-09By booksr4me
    Hello Everyone! The tool I explored this week was extremely easy to use and would be highly beneficial in the library. I decided to give Google Books a try after it was recommended in Ahren’s article from the weekly reading list. One of the main reasons I decided to ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-07By samanthabradley13
  • Thing 12: Reflection
    1: What did you learn? Through-out this whole process, I’ve learned a few things that I am very happy about. First off, I’ve become more comfortable with blogging, as well as using social media to my advantage. There is still some hesitation to share my information with my students, but ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-07By cooltoolsforschoolsblog
  • Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools
    As a librarian, it can be hard to find/fit in assessments that are actually seeing if students meet my objectives. I see my kids once every six days, so I am constantly having to go over our pre-information, and by the time the end of the lesson comes around, the ... read more
    Published on 2017-06-07By cooltoolsforschoolsblog
  • Final Reflection #RCSD9CLC
    Final ReflectionIt's been a bumpy but interesting ride while navigating our way through Tynker this year.  Making Tynker activities as meaningful as possible has been our main aim all year.  We've made circuits, solar systems, game shows, and timelines.  Some projects, like the game show, left me pulling my hair ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-31By Nicholas Riorden
  • Thing 12 – Final Reflection
    This was my second time going through the Cool Tools for Schools process.  Sadly, I didn't have as much time this yer to focus on the learning modules as I did last year.  I enjoyed what I did, and certainly pushed myself in new directions.  I learned, though, that I ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-31
  • Thing 12: Final Reflections & What’s Next
    I enjoyed this workshop more than most workshops that I have participated in.  I really liked the format with many choices so we could all personalized the workshop to what will help each of us the most.  I enjoy completing things online and therefore that was not a problem.  My ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-31By Terri O'Keefe
  • Thing 7 – Audio Tools
    I was curious about this thing because I wanted to know what tools where still relevant for creating audio files.  It seems that every digital device has the ability built-in to create an audio file.  The one I was drawn immediately to was Google Voice Typing.  As I have said ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-30
  • Thing 15: Emerging Tech & Scanning the Horizon
    As I was reading through the articles for this thing, I found myself more and more curious about what the authors of the articles predicted for technology trends in education.  I also found myself becoming more excited about the opportunities we would have available for our students.  Not only am ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-30By Terri O'Keefe
  • Thing 39: Productivity Tools
    There are many great online tools that, while rather simple in scope, provide a quick and easy task that can make our technological lives simpler.  I have added four such tools to my “tool belt” from the list of tools included in Thing 39. The first of these is One ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-29By springslibrarian
  • Thing 26 – Makerspaces
    I never used to think of myself as an early adopter, but over the years, I’ve come to realize that’s exactly who I am. I also suffer from a condition known as FOMO, fear of missing out. So, when Makerspaces started getting more attention, I went all in. I wrote ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-29By Molly Clark
  • Thing 22 – End of Year Reports
    I have to  be honest and admit that it’s been several years since I compiled an annual report. I busted two different principals not reading the report and eventually decided there were better ways to use my time. There was the time I hand delivered the report, left the office, and ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-28By Molly Clark
  • Cool Tools, Thing 12: Final Reflection
    What did you learn? To say I struggled to get all my tools completed before the deadline this year would be an understatement! A huge issue I ran into was that I didn’t realize that WordPress had been blocked at our school which made it difficult for me to work ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-28By sewaldro
  • Cool Tools, Thing 11: You Pick!
    For my You Pick Cool Tools I thought I’d play Polly and try my hand at rounding up resources on the topic of Snapchat. (I know Polly covered this briefly in the Cool Tool on Photo Fun but I thought I’d try to delve in a little deeper and dig ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-28By sewaldro
  • Thing 41: Anything Goes Google
    I really like Google’s products because they are always very user-friendly and I can pick up on using them quickly, so I was very excited when our school added student accounts for Google at the beginning of the school year so they could access and use these great tools.  For ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-28By springslibrarian
  • Final Reflection
    This experience exposed me to a lot of resources, technologies, that I was not aware of.  I really liked working on my own pace, having a lot of different technologies/assignments to choose from to explore. I have incorporated a few things into the classroom.  Specifically, I use Kahoot more, database ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-27By borgmaur
  • Final Reflection
    Thing 12: Final Reflection What did you learn? I wish I could say I worked with student blogs and implemented social media into my classrooms, but I didn’t. I have to say I was highly motivated and inspired but the daily grind kept me from passing the inspiration to ... read more
    Published on 2017-05-26By madamaske