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.

By Regions: All Regions, Cap Region, HFM, OCM, Oswego, Questar III, RochesterSt. Lawrence LewisWSWHE

Participants by Grade Level:  Elementary, Middle, High School

Participants in All Regions

  • thing 29: App-apalooza
    The SAMR Model for integrating more technology into the classroom is a great tool for novice's like myself.  I've struggled finding apps fro my own children as well as my students.  I've learned several things with this lesson.  For example limit the "gameiness" of the app in favor of active ... read more
    Source: DudekPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 6 Digital Story Telling
    My oh My!  There was so much information to read and peruse in this lesson!  I cant wait to go back and learn more!!  I simply didn't have the time to read everything.  I am excited about Digital story telling to help change the way I collect summative assignments from my students.  ... read more
    Source: DudekPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    As an ENL teacher, I wanted to explore resources for ELLs.  I tried several voice recording resources, but didn’t find one that was 1. a website (aka, not a phone/iPad app) 2. free and 3. good quality.  Voicethread is not free, for example. Vocaroo is free and it works on a ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    With my school transforming to one-to-one Chromebook model for next year I think Bitmojis will become a a very useful tool for me. I plan to use them to draw close attention to key points/ assignment requirements write feedback,giving quick feedback  I plan to use the cartooning as an instruction tool/model and using them ... read more
    Source: DudekPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Final Reflection:Cool Tools for me was a very difficult PD for me to set-up and complete because I am not very tech savvy.  Once I was able to set up the Blog and start reading the different articles and participate in the different activities, I was amazed at how much ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 27:My current note taking system is using folders (actual folders) to organize the different activities I need to look at or complete.  Professional school items are in different folders labeled with marker and papers, notes and copies are inserted in the folder pockets.  For PDs and courses I have ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 16:                               Glossary of Education Reform: PortfolioE-portfolio are a great way to collect student work and share it with others.  These portfolios allow teachers to view student work and allow students to organize and manage their activities better.  In the past, students in my class were given folders to organize ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Final Reflection
    This has been an amazing experience to explore technology this way.  I usually do not enjoy professional development that is self directed, but this was highly recommenced by a colleague. I've learned about so many new programs that I can incorporate into my math intervention groups.  The 6th graders that ... read more
    Source: WheelerPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 13: Augmented & Virtual Reality
    I knew what virtual reality was before I started this Thing but did not know what Augmented Reality was.  My daughter was obsessed with Pokemon Go for a while as was the entire population under 30 from what I could tell. My bf and I went to Niagara on the ... read more
    Source: KendrickPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Final Reflection
    Polly I am SO glad I had the chance to get in on this last class of yours.  What a great resource to have.  I know I will be often looking back to the Things provided to remind myself of the many ways to incorporate technology into my teaching.  I ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 07: Presentation Tools
    I decided to use one of the suggested presentation tools to re-attempt an interactive timeline about Anne Frank.  I enjoyed using Sutori as I found it extremely easy and intuitive.  It was not overwhelming and confusing like the knightlab timeline generator. Also, you could see if links were working or ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 28: Anything Goes Google
    This year my district decided to have 4th-6th-grade specials every other day for 10 weeks. Well, this is great if I was actually in the district every other day. I'm not and I haven't been. For the past five years, my shared position has been cycle days "2,3,5" which has ... read more
    Source: GladlePublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 2
    Tips For Student Blogging (guest post by @mrodz308)This post in thing 2 was interesting because it shows that when students have independence with their knowledge base they can achieve more motivation to keep exploring.  The key elements for the 10 tips seem to be: student ownership of the work, trust ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 31: Final Reflection
    Over the last four months, I have explored numerous technology learning tools. Some of them I was already a little familiar with and got to dive in more, and others were brand new to me. Some of my favorite tools that I have already started to integrate into my classroom ... read more
    Source: McUmberPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 17 ebook creation
    Wow! Where to begin? There are so many ideas for students to make an e book.  The idea of combining writing illustrations, drawing and video as a final or culminating project is a unique way for students to demonstrate their understanding.A great introduction to e books was a podcast by ... read more
    Source: WheelerPublished on 2019-05-28