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 09: Search Tools Ninja
    "Search Smarter: 30+ Google Search Tricks You Might Not Already Know" had so many time-saving tips!!! Here are a few that will I will use throughout the future:​Defining words simply by typing the word define and then the word to be defined... So simple! This is definitely faster than typing ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-04-25
  • Thing 11: DIY…my adventures with Google Expeditions and other related stuff
    Over the weekend, I had the chance to play with Google Cardboard and ViewMaster viewers, and go on a couple of Google Expeditions, and it was a lot of fun! It was a little frustrating to get the hang of at first (full disclosure here in a minute), but once ... read more
    Source: HowanskyPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    I’ve learned quite a bit from this professional development. I found new ways to use things that I’m already familiar with and I was introduced to new ideas as well. I haven’t had much opportunity to put these new tools into use with my current classes, but I am working ... read more
    Source: Sadowski JohnPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Thing 34: Digital Portfolios
    I chose this “thing” because it is a concept that I’m quite familiar with. I created my own digital portfolio in grad school and it was a major part of my final grade. I used a wordpress site to create my space. One thing that I appreciate most about using ... read more
    Source: Sadowski JohnPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Thing 07: Audio Tools
    Although I was fascinated with several of the audio tools in this lesson, I enjoyed learning about Flipgrid the most. I have several students who are shy in large-group settings, and this is the perfect way to hear their voices, thoughts and reflections! The immigration example was fantastic, as it ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-04-24
  • Thing 35: Supporting English Language Learners
    Earlier this year I was able to attend a full day training session on ELLs. This class was enlightening as to the different cultural and educational differences and while I learned a lot there I look forward to learning more about how I can better support students as a Librarian. ... read more
    Source: NemethPublished on 2018-04-23
  • Thing 35: Supporting English Language Learners
    I've been working on this Thing for a while. I had come across some of these articles and strategies in my work on my administrative license, but I still didn't feel like it was enough. Most of the articles address large populations of ENL students, and many assume the first ... read more
    Source: GersztoffPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Thing 38 – Makerspaces
    Thing 38: MakerspacesWhen I first started to look at makerspaces, I realized that I have been doing many of the things that are considered makerspaces activities already such as Coding, Rainbow loom rubber bands, library clubs that construct dioramas, etc.I did a lot of reading on them and explored some ... read more
    Source: DaitzPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Cool Tools App-palooza!
    For as long as I do the Cool Tools PD, I will always choose the App-palooza lesson for the simple fact that there are always new apps to explore, and the more I use technology, the more engaged my students seem to be.  Two apps I use regularly that I ... read more
    Source: BremmerPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Thing 16 – Bitmoji Fun
    Bitmoji Fun was super entertaining. The wide range of preloaded topics presenting your character make it easy to use “on the spot”.  Even more compelling was the enormous flexibility you have with creating your personalize Bitmoji.   Once I figure out how to log in I found it easy to use. ... read more
    Source: BishopPublished on 2018-04-22