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  • Thing 16: Bitmoji Fun
    This lesson was so much fun, and I can absolutely see how Bitmojis make lessons more engaging!!! The "Using Bitmoji in Your Classroom" article inspired me to create my own Bitmoji and to search for variations that would help me welcome students into the library, teach them to ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-04-25
  • 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 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
  • Final (ish) Reflection
    LIMITLESS opportunities at the LibraryI hesitate to say "FINAL" reflection of the COOL TOOLS PD only because so much of what I did through at each lesson was to add what I need to work on, improve, do next, learn, and more.Of course, anyone who is in a PD like ... read more
    Source: KowalskiPublished on 2018-03-30
  • Amping up our Reading Outreach! Thing 44
    Social Reading and BOOK STUFF As I was scrolling through the list of topics to explore, this one caught my eye.  A few months ago, I might have avoided it as I was discouraged about the reading culture in our school and maybe even everywhere.    Fast forward a few months and ... read more
    Source: KowalskiPublished on 2018-03-30
  • Thing O6: Curation Tools
    The "Is Google Knowledge?" video embedded within Monica Fuglei's "Content Curation: Tools and Strategies for Teachers" article was fascinating! I love the the Lego metaphor, as it demonstrates how single facts or ideas (a single Lego piece) mean nothing until joined together with other facts and ideas to create knowledge ("the ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-03-30
  • Thing 04: Digital Storytelling
    I have always loved Animoto, but lately I've felt as though I'm overusing that site and am ready for new ideas. After using Animoto for book trailer projects with students, to share author visit photos with parents and sponsors of the visits, to capture photos of various units in class, ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-03-18
  • Thing 03: Twitter & Online Communities
    I took the leap and finally joined Twitter! After several hashtag searches, here are a few of the feeds I’m most excited about following: -Colby Sharp @colbysharp: Love, love, love his enthusiasm as a teacher and reader! I always show his "Mr. Sharp LOVES Reading" video to my students when I ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-03-02
  • Thing 4: Digital Storytelling
    Lots of resources to support DIGITAL STORYTELLINGI take a gazillion pictures a week and often like to tell stories with those pics...both on the spot and for more archival reasons for work and personal reasons.  My favorite is ANIMOTO but that is a subscription service--for me I get my $$ ... read more
    Source: KowalskiPublished on 2018-02-25
  • Thing 02: Photo Fun
    On a personal note, I had no idea that Amazon Prime has free unlimited photo storage! My husband and I will both be able to free up so much space on our phones. We’re very grateful for that tip! As an educator, I love the idea of book spine poetry ... read more
    Source: KerrPublished on 2018-02-25