Welcome to Cool Tools for School 2017-18

October 2017: Cool Tools is moving to this site for the 2017-18 workshop. We’ll be getting underway in mid November. Interested in participating? If you’re in New York State, contact your regional/BOCES School Library System administrator. Happy to have educators from other states participate as well. Contact me pollyalida at gmail.  This PDF has lots more information.

Google Classroom

Public Lessons: As always, the lessons for the workshop will be housed here on this public website. That makes the resource pages available to anyone who is interested. Some of our lesson resource pages get lots of traffic!

Private Classroom: Participants taking the workshop for continuing education credit will participate in discussions and submit assignments through Google Classroom. This is the first year that Google Classroom has been available to educators outside of K12 schools. I’m excited to see how it will all work out. I’ll be learning along with you all.


Tracks 1 to 4 are gone and replaced with “Cool Tools 101” (Things 1-10) and “More Cool Tools”.

Cool Tools 101 is designed for people who haven’t participated in this (or a similar) program before. You’ll pick 5 or 10 topics to complete. The place to start is with Thing 1: Blogging where you’ll get your blog setup. You’ll use the blog to write up your reflections through the workshop.

You could pick topics just from the first 10 Things, but feel free to pick topics from the other tracks if they interest you more. There are also the extra “DIY” and “Final Reflection” topics. Lots to choose from!

More Cool Tools:  These lessons used to be split up into Tracks 2, 3 and 4. But those labels have lost any meaning as we are continually reorganizing, adding, updating and deleting topics.  If you’ve participated before, scan all the lesson titles and pick out the topics that appeal to you. Don’t forget the extra “DIY” and “Final Reflection” topics as well. Everyone is encouraged to do these.

Repeating a Topic:  Since most of the lessons have lots of options and there are always new things to explore, feel free to repeat topics that are of particular interest. Just be sure to truly explore some new aspects or try new tools.

AND REMEMBER that your posts should include the topics you’ve explored, the project you’ve created and reflections on how the topics relate to your work as an educator. It’s great to include fun, personal ideas too if you like, but don’t forget the educational connections too.

Cool Tools 101

Extra topics for everyone. Each carries the same 2 PD hour credit.

More Cool Tools

Final Completion Dates

Dates will be posted later in the school year. Each School Library System will set their own deadlines.

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