Cool Tools Participants’ Blogs

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Updated for 2018/19

Blog posts by participants in the 2018/19 Cool Tools for School workshop.  Page updates every 2 hours and lists all the latest blog posts from all participants.

Participants by Grade Level:  Elementary, Middle, High School

Participants in All Regions

  • Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools
    Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback ToolsStudent assessment and feedback are two vital aspects of learning. I am always looking for different ways to offer instant and meaningful feedback while providing students with varied assessments. These are the reasons I selected Thing 18. I first attempted to learn about Padlet. ... read more
    Source: Bartnick, KrPublished on 2019-02-02
  • Final Reflection 2018-2019
    This round of Cool Tools gave me the chance to explore several things I have been wanting to know more about: Flipgrid, Pear Deck, Adobe Spark, Ways to support ELLs- all to deepen student engagement and differentiate to the learning experience for students. With digital tools, we can and must ... read more
    Source: OremPublished on 2019-02-02
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    Search Tools (briefly):It took me a while to find a topic that I really wanted to explore; initially, I browsed through Search Tools Ninja but did not find too many new ideas.  One that I did like quite a bit though was Wakelet for sharing links of interest with others.  It ... read more
    Source: MohneyPublished on 2019-02-02
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    Search Tools (briefly):It took me a while to find a topic that I really wanted to explore; initially, I browsed through Search Tools Ninja but did not find too many new ideas.  One that I did like quite a bit though was Wakelet for sharing links of interest with others.  It ... read more
    Source: MohneyPublished on 2019-02-02
  • Thing 18: Student Assessment and Feedback Tools
    I am interested in assessment and how 1 to 1 roll-outs make it possible for instant, direct feedback for students.It feels like a game changer. I like that teachers can adjust their lessons and differentiate for students in the moment. As a classroom teacher I experienced a lot of inner ... read more
    Source: OremPublished on 2019-02-02
  • Thing 21: Supporting ELLs
    After hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, our district opened a school for the many students who arrived in Rochester because they had lost their homes. We began to get many questions from their teachers about what apps and tools are available to help the many ELL students. A lot of ... read more
    Source: OremPublished on 2019-02-02
  • Thing 4: Twitter, Facebook & Personal Learning Networks
    Twitter helped me find information - not all of it was good or useful. There was definitely a plethora of data, opinions, and conversations.Yes, there were also interesting people on twitter using the hashtag #edchat. I did not recognize any of the names. I wonder if there is a specific ... read more
    Source: GuarinoPublished on 2019-02-01
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    I am excited to say that I finally have a bitmoji (I think I am the last one of my friends to have one)! It was really hard to make one for myself! I do not think I look like that but I tried. I tried using the method where ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-02-01
  • Thing 5: Audio Tools
    I have always wanted to try a podcast with my students, but have never taken the time to do so. The first thing that comes into mind when it comes to incorporating it into my lessons is to create a classroom podcast that my students can plan, research, record, and ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-02-01
  • Thing 3 : Photo Fun
    Here is a photo that I found on Instagram. Because I am using a school computer and network, I had to log on to Instagram using my phone, take a screen shot, and then email it to myself. I hope this is acceptable.My experience was a little frustrating because of ... read more
    Source: GuarinoPublished on 2019-02-01
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    In my position people ask me what I think of Google Slides. There are still the tried and true Power Point lovers who don't want to make the switch to slides. While I know they are mainly averse to the time it takes to learn something new,there are some things ... read more
    Source: OremPublished on 2019-02-01
  • Final Reflection
    In this professional development session, I learned how to introduce blogging and vlogging to students, how to search for copyright free images, and how to create podcasts as auditory tools for students. The best thing about learning through this self-driven learning was that it forced me to “trial-and-error” with each ... read more
    Source: SteelePublished on 2019-01-31
  • Thing 5: Audio Tools – Synth
    One of the things that I have been looking to do for the past several years as a teacher is create audio content for my students. Since I teach English language learners, and also feel that this could benefit any learner, I have been trying to find ways to create ... read more
    Source: SteelePublished on 2019-01-31
  • Thing 24: Google Drawings
    Several years ago I did a PD using Thinklink.  After hours working to create the best annotated image  I could, I was so frustrated that I never went back.  During that PD, a slide featuringMaya Angelou was highlighted.  It had everything I wanted:  animated buttons, video links, hyperlinks to different ... read more
    Source: Rogers-AubelPublished on 2019-01-31
  • 2018-19 Google Team Drive 10.0
    When you take-on a project that will affect 178 teachers, you had better make sure you include as many “things that could go wrong” options into the planning phase, or you will be left scrambling when things don’t go as planned. That is what I learned as I began building ... read more
    Source: ZurloPublished on 2019-01-31