Cool Tools Participants’ Blogs

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Updated for 2017/18

Blog posts by participants in the 2017/18 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, DCMODutchess, Franklin-Essex-Hamilton, HFM, Monroe-2-Orleans, OCM, Oswego, Questar III,  RochesterSt. Lawrence Lewis, UlsterWSWHE

Participants by Grade Level:  Elementary, Middle, High School

Participants in All Regions

  • USHG Unit 1 CEPT: Individual Rights and Modern Events
    What is net neutrality?If you unfamiliar with this term, I want you look at this image...If you are under the age of 40, this graphic probably solicited some type of emotion and it was most likely negative. But, why? If you are unfamiliar with the images, what you looking at ... read more
    Source: SlifkaPublished on 2018-09-10
  • June Wrap-Up & July TBR
    It was a solid reading month. I was busy closing the library for the school year, and weekends filled with showers and BBQs. Hoping that once school is over, I will have more time to read some books that have been on my TBR for awhile. This is the first ... read more
    Source: EarlPublished on 2018-07-05
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    Unfortunately, I only put one of my newly learned skills to use during the the school year and that was using Bitmoji.  However, it was fun and the  kids certainly got a kick out of it.  I also have the ability to use Bitmoji with my Gmail since I installed ... read more
    Source: GablePublished on 2018-06-30
  • Thing 38: Makerspaces
    Makerspaces are still an unchartered territory for me . . . . well, I actually dabbled in it a little.  I bought different sets of blocks on Groupon and Amazon. I had the kids work in small groups to create various items (bridge, house, etc.). We reviewed what it meant ... read more
    Source: GablePublished on 2018-06-30
  • Thing 9 : Search Tools Ninja
    So I played around a lot with various search tools!  I am intrigued with introducing students to search tools other than Google!  Yes, it's my go to search tool simply out of habit!  Google has absolutely made my life easier BUT it isn't always the best or most appropriate search ... read more
    Source: GablePublished on 2018-06-30
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    I am so excited to have been able to participate in Cool Tools this year. I originally planned to do 10 topics, but  part of my own learning curve as a new mom is recognizing that I just don't have the same time and mental space as I did pre-baby! ... read more
    Source: GersztoffPublished on 2018-06-29
  • Thing 16: Bitmoji Fun
     Here is my revised Bitmoji!  I created one awhile back when I got a Snapchat account but only because my daughter had one for her Snapchat account.  It's good that my kids don't think I am living in the Dark Ages! Now with my new knowledge from Cool Tools I know ... read more
    Source: GablePublished on 2018-06-29
  • Thing 1: Blogging
    I am Laura Gable.  I am currently finishing up my 2nd year at Latham Ridge Elementary School in the North Colonie School District. This will be my fourteenth year as a school librarian.  I also had the pleasure of working as a part-time librarian at the Clifton Park Library until recently.While ... read more
    Source: GablePublished on 2018-06-29
  • 2018 Mid-Year Book Freak-Out Tag
    Every few days, I catch up on #BookTube videos to gather new ideas for my to-be-read list. One video that has popped up lately is the mid-year book freak-out tag. Thought I would reflect and complete this tag here. 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2018: “The Cruel ... read more
    Source: EarlPublished on 2018-06-29
  • Thing 26: Note-taking Tools
    I chose to investigate this Thing because I have pretty strong opinions about online note-taking for students. Over the past several years, I have read many articles about the differences between both digital and non-digital reading. With regard to reading, research shows that your brain responds differently to the two ... read more
    Source: GersztoffPublished on 2018-06-26