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Other 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

WSWHE Cool Tools Blog Posts

  • Thing 36 – Web Presence
    For this assignment, I decided to focus on my library's web presence, which is in need of an overhaul. My previous district subscribed to eBoards; although I didn't think I would like this platform, it actually ended up working very well for my library there. This is my second year in ... read more
    Source: SquierPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Thing 26 – Note Taking Tools
    I have been an Evernote user for several years now, using it mostly for personal stuff - recipes, menus, bookmarks, etc. I have the app on my phone, and I use it on my desktop, and while it does keep me personally organized I've never really used it at work.What ... read more
    Source: SquierPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection 17/18
    I gotta say, I love CoolTools.  I feel like it is the best PD for me because I like to explore things at my own pace.  We’re switching our library automation system and the training that is involved with that is tedious.  It takes a long time and most of ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-03-13
  • Thing 22: Emerging Tech (17/18)
    In the article, Technology Trends Reshape Today’s Libraries by Wendy McMahon, I clicked on the example of the Vancouver Schools innovative library spaces link and found a Tedx talk, Changing the Conversation about Librarians by Mark Ray.  In it, Ray discusses how librarians are moving toward the future.  They’re the ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-03-07
  • 17/18 Media Skills
    I feel like most of the things I’ve worked on this year for Cool Tools have somehow revolved around creating visuals for sharing information.  It is an important skill in today’s world and seems to be the prevailing form of communication especially with social media platforms.  I want to give ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-02-21
  • 17/18 News Literacy
    The other day I was watching one of my favorite shows, Amazing Race, and I noticed a Google Pixel 2 ad that was playing every commercial break.  I’m so good at tuning out commercials, it probably took 3 or 4 times before I noticed there is a media literacy message ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-02-20
  • Thing 43: Google Drawings (17/18)
    I have been trying to branch out from the Google Suite but this is one tool I haven’t used yet.  I really appreciate all the ways it works well with other tools in the suite and I can see how it’ll be great for future projects. I read Tony Vincent’s ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-02-07
  • Thing 18: Infographics and Data Visualization (17/18)
    After doing my last post on Annual Report, being impressed by Tony Vincent’s infograph from App-palooza, and attempting to make a newsletter, I realized I needed to do Thing 18: Infographics and Data Visualization.  We’re beyond the age of power point and slide shows.  People want to look at something ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-01-17
  • Thing 32: Annual Reports – Make Them Matter (17/18)
    Our amazing middle school librarian, Rebecca Ekstrom, does quarterly and annual reports for her library.  This is my third year in our district and she recently approached our elementary team about joining her in this annual reports initiative.  I’ve seen a few annual reports and worked on my own for ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-01-13
  • Thing 28: App-palooza! (17-18)
    Our district has recently acquired iPads.  It has been a struggle to get teachers to use them in their classroom, as in, almost no one uses them in their classrooms.  We are a district that has adopted the NYS modules 100% leaving very little room for flexibility or creative thinking.  ... read more
    Source: DuffyPublished on 2018-01-07