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

  • Thing 02: Photo Fun
    In the Photo Fun lesson, I chose to explore Instagram. I read both of the articles on using Instagram in the classroom and bookmarked Instagram for Teachers, the article that explained the basics of how to use Instagram. I am especially intrigued with creating an Instagram Library Scavenger Hunt to use ... read more
    Source: ScarpullaPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 37 – Green Screen Fun
    Oh am I happy to see this topic in Cool Tools! When I was at AASL in Phoenix I had a chat with a vendor that sold green screen kits that include everything you need in a pretty simple to carry (and loan) package.  I bought the Padcaster Studio knowing ... read more
    Source: ClarkPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Cool Tools Thing 38: Makerspaces
    What am I doing? This year is the third year we’ve had a maker club in our library. I do a club rather than a makerspace because I’m at an elementary school and our schedules don’t work for the usual makerspace, come when you can, work when you have the ... read more
    Source: WaldronPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 47: Productivity Tools Part 1
    There are so many productivity tools I want to explore in Thing 47! I will be doing this “Thing” in two parts. For Part 1 I will work on getting a work and personal OneNote account organized. I have three reasons to explore these tools: After haphazardly using Evernote for years I ... read more
    Source: NemethPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 6: Curation Tools
    Thing 6: Curation ToolsTammy Cummings, MLSCenter for  Instruction, Technology & InnovationOver the years I have tried many curation tools but not all of them have lasted or have changed too much from their original version that I didn’t like them anymore.  I have tried a few but my favorites are ... read more
    Source: CummingsPublished on 2018-02-20
  • 17/18 News Literacy
    The other day I was watching one of my favorite shows, Amazing Race, and I noticed a Google Pixel 2 ad that was playing every commercial break.  I’m so good at tuning out commercials, it probably took 3 or 4 times before I noticed there is a media literacy message ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 22: Emerging Tech and Scanning the Horizon
    A characteristic of a librarian with a growth-mindset includes looking into the future to better meet the needs of the community. I have to anticipate change and be willing to try something new, even if it fails. If it does, I learn from the experience and try again. After looking ... read more
    Source: EarlPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 4: Digital Storytelling
    Thing 4 : Digital StorytellingTammy Cummings, MLSCenter for  Instruction, Technology & InnovationDuring my MLS degree program I heard the term digital storytelling many times and to each teacher it seemed to mean something different.  The definition started about with it meaning the recording of a picture book to post online for ... read more
    Source: CummingsPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Twitter & Other Online Communities
    Thing 3 : Twitter & Other Online CommunitiesTammy Cummings, MLSCenter for  Instruction, Technology & InnovationTwitter and other online communities are a great resource for sharing information without overwhelming people with emails.  The Twitter account that I set up is new this year and I got permission from our PR department for ... read more
    Source: CummingsPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    Although I will be exploring more of these workshop topics in the near future, I wanted to be sure to get in my Final Reflection post before the March deadline! I had a difficult time getting started in the beginning because we were in the process of moving from one ... read more
    Source: FinckPublished on 2018-02-19