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  • Thing 33: Flash Cards, Quiz Games and More
    I love learning games; my students love learning games. Using SmartNotebook, I create games frequently, and I am always on the lookout for more tools to add to my repertoire. I was eager to explore this "Thing" to see what all is out there. I was already familiar with Flippity ... read more
    Source: RobillardPublished on 2018-03-18
  • Thing 35: Supporting English Language Learners
    My school, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., School #9, has the largest Spanish-speaking ELL population of all the elementary schools in the Rochester City School District. We have two bilingual classrooms per grade level. So I eagerly turned to this topic to learn how the library could better meet the ... read more
    Source: SattaPublished on 2018-03-18
  • Thing 16: Bitmoji Fun
    I initially struggled to create a Bitmoji login but eventually was able to do so via the provided link: I logged in and created my own avatar. It was a little weird adding wrinkles to myself. The result is much more accurate than it would be without them! Next, I ... read more
    Source: WisePublished on 2018-03-12
  • Cool Tools Bitmoji Fun
    I was first introduced to Bitmoji over the summer when my husband started sending me text after text of these cartoon characters that somewhat resembled him. I was very confused about where the heck he was able to get these images of a cartoon that included his black framed glasses ... read more
    Source: BremmerPublished on 2018-03-11
  • Thing 44 Social reading and book stuff.
    Again, looking for a district literacy initiative when I saw Open Ebooks from Firstbook. I decided to download and test drive before I pushed out to parents. The registration process was easy and the response time to receive my login was very quick.  I was able to download the app, ... read more
    Source: RosenPublished on 2018-03-11
  • Thing 26: Note-Taking Tools
    Thing 26: Note-Taking Tools I have to admit that my note-taking and organizational skills generally consist of Post-It notes covering my computer...yes I am that person that has whole slew of little pastel papers covering their computer. Fast and easy...yes...organized and efficient...not so much. When I take notes or need ... read more
    Source: BartnickPublished on 2018-03-11
  • Thing 33: Flash Cards, Quiz, Games, and More
    This topic is of huge interest to me since many of the students in my classes do not know how to study or prepare for class tests and regents exams.  I have had many students show up for a high-stake exam and not even know what they are testing on.  ... read more
    Source: MuscatoPublished on 2018-03-09
  • Thing 35 - Supporting English Language Learners We have always had a relatively small population of English Language Learners at our school and most of them speak Spanish as their other language. I have a collection of picture books in either just Spanish or both Spanish and English. I also ... read more
    Source: DaitzPublished on 2018-03-08
  • Thing 33 Flash Cards, Quizzes, etc.
    I have noticed with my students that assessments are difficult. Being a librarian and issuing no grades doesn’t make students eager to show their knowledge or learning. I usually just use discussion (no writing involved as some students can’t write well). But using some of these assessment tools could be ... read more
    Source: GarigenPublished on 2018-03-06
  • Thing 06: Curation Tools
    As a recent graduate from the school librarianship graduate program at UB, I like to think the idea of curation tools is still relatively fresh in my memory! For this assignment I chose to create a short collection of websites and images using Diigo. If you know me well, it’s ... read more
    Source: SadowskiPublished on 2018-03-06