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 31: Final Reflection
    I have taken this class many times before and it is by far my favorite way to learn. I love the idea of exploration and choice. It feels a little like a treasure hunt, where you are in search of a tool that will shape student learning. In the past ... read more
    Source: CrossmanPublished on 2019-04-15
  • eBook Creation Thing 17
    I never really thought that creating eBooks would be so easy. I looked at several of them trying to keep in mind the projects my students work on and how they could incorporate them into sharing what they learned. Story Jumper was cute but not really for my High School ... read more
    Source: RoehrPublished on 2019-04-12
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    This section was so much fun to read! I never thought about using bitmoji in the classroom. Just the other day, one of my students had a graded math assignment with a bitmoji sticker on it. I thought it was hilarious. I just read all these articles/blog posts about teachers ... read more
    Source: GuarinoPublished on 2019-04-12
    This is my third year taking this class and I have learned so much and had fun along the way.  I have learned so many things from this class that I  incorporate in my lessons its hard to know where to start.  Today, I was using jeopardy with second graders. ... read more
    Source: ShandsPublished on 2019-04-11
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    My reason for choosing Digital Storytelling is two-fold.  I think this will be something I will use (and my students will be excited to use) in the library as our yearly theme is "Be an Author."  I also think this is something I will really want to share with staff.  ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-04-10
  • Thing 8: Digital Curation Tools
    I have been working really hard this year to make my lessons more student centered. I try to approach each lesson with my learners individual needs in mind. Whenever I get the opportunity to build in choice and student-driven paths to learning I take advantage of it. Unfortunately this can ... read more
    Source: CrossmanPublished on 2019-04-10
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    While I do a lot of media creation and digital storytelling with students, this is an ever changing and growing arena of technology tools, so I always welcome an opportunity to explore new options and dig deeper into the creation capacity of familiar tools.  For this assignment I focused on ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-04-09
  • Thing 20: Social Reading
    I recently began the ISTE Certification process and one of our initial assignments had us crowdsourcing for resources to address diverse learning needs.   As I began this assignment for Crowdsourcing of Diverse Learning Resources I knew there were several ways that I could approach it.  I decided to specifically focus ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-04-09
  • Final Reflection
    I was able to put several new “cool tools” into action this year, including Google expedition kits and the Google voice to typing app.   The expedition kits were a big hit, and once we worked out a few kinks in terms of the best way to connect all the devices, ... read more
    Source: BrennanPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools
    I read “5 Reasons for Formative Assessment and 5 Methods for Utilization” by Janelle McLaughlin which listed why formative assessment is so crucial for effective instruction.  First, formative assessment provides feedback and allows teachers to monitor individual student learning and growth.  It also provides feedback to students about their own ... read more
    Source: BrennanPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Thing 16: Digital Portfolios
    I read “My Digital Portfolio Project Planning” by Bill Ferriter, who is an educational technology consultant.  He differentiates between Learning Portfolios and Showcase Portfolios.The benefits of using Learning Portfolios are many, he states.  He feels that it allows students a variety of different chances to gather evidence of learning and ... read more
    Source: BrennanPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Thing 12: News Literacy
    Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy defines news literacy as: The ability to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television or the Internet. The amount of information and news that people have to sift through ... read more
    Source: BrennanPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Post 11: New Literary
    I took a look at several of the articles.  The new literacy glossary and the article from NPR stood out the most to me.  Fake news is really something that we need to teach students about.  I remember being in school and never learning about fake news.  I almost think ... read more
    Source: StackPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Twitter, Facebook, & PLNs Oh, Twitter. I created my account years ago as a way to communicate with whatever community I was in at the time. I think my profile says 2011, but I definitely was not using it. My goal ... read more
    Source: ChaulkPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Post 10: Search Tools Ninja
    I took a look at sweetsearch and yippy.  I was not familiar with either of these and I am really looking for opportunities for students to conduct a search, and I do not have to be concerned that inappropriate information is going to come up.  Sweetsearch was great because students ... read more
    Source: StackPublished on 2019-04-04