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Elementary Cool Tools Blog Posts

  • Thing 23: New AASL Standards
    The six Shared Foundations’ of the new AASL Standards and their accompanying KEY Commitments’ are: ·       Inquire -Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.·       Include -Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community.·       Collaborate ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-19
  • Thing 25: Green Screen Fun
    This is my green screen video created in Doink and then in iMovie.  This was fun to do, even if the video is a little primitive.  Some things that need to be improved upon… the shadows created on the “green screen” cause the background to bleed through in the movie, ... read more
    Source: BivinsPublished on 2019-05-19
  • Thing 10: Search Tools Ninja
    Okay, so I am exploring this topic both for personal reasons as I keep learning new tricks to find things better (as mentioned in the Update on Thing 24 in a previous post) and for professional reasons because I try to teach my students, especially in third grade, to be ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-19
  • Thing 11: Digital Tattoo & Digital Citizenship
    This has been much on my mind of late for a few reasons.  First, it was a topic of conversation in our district's technology committee last year.  Second, our kids seem woefully unprepared for the realities of the digital world.  Third, I went to the LIT conference last summer and ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-18
  • Another interesting resource
    I found another interesting resource that I haven't fully explored yet:'d love to give  credit to the creator, but they don't seem to have any name associated with the site.  I did put in a comment asking about it.  (Of course, I've told my students not to trust sites like ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-18
  • Update on Thing 24: Google Drawings
    Because I did the Google Drawings thing, I knew how to use the program.  I needed to find the citation for one of the photos that  some students used in a project (that I was posting to my website), but didn't cite. I knew that Google had the ability to ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-18
  • Thing 14:Bitmoji fun
    Oh....I couldn't resist this "thing."  I do Bitmoji (I have college age nieces and nephews...they keep us very up to date on the must have apps!)  and have introduced it to many people, but have never contemplated as a tool in school.   Here is my personal avatar that I use ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-05-18
  • Final Reflection
    First and foremost, this was one of my favorite PDs I have ever completed. These tools go beyond “cool” and are valuable, useful, and most of all, entertaining! Aside from my blog, I have been taking notes on a separate sheet of paper and starring the sources I really loved. ... read more
    Source: EconomouPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Thing 23: New AASL Standards
    First and foremost, before I started to dive into the Shared Foundations, I took a screen shot of the wheel off the official AASL website. Being a visual learner, it helps to write when you have the whole concept explained in a well organizer and colorful visual. Although it came ... read more
    Source: EconomouPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Thing 15: Breakout EDU
    Okay, not an official Cool Tools 2018-2019 blog post here. I am a little interested in the whole puzzle-solving experience for the students, so I took a brief look at this Thing.  $275 for one year!  Whoa!  That is about 3/4 of the average teacher's supply budget for the year at ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-15
  • Thing 24 Google Drawings
    file:///C:/Users/2014040/Downloads/Deserts%20(1).svgI. LOVE. GOOGLE. DRAWINGS.  This is such a wonderful tool and I CANNOT WAIT to use it more in the classroom!  My students are very handy when it comes to Google Slides, so I feel like the transition to using Google Drawings will be easy for them.  I created an ... read more
    Source: SocashPublished on 2019-05-15
  • Thing 24: Google Drawings
    I decided to try Google Drawing as I have rarely touched this Google resource despite the fact that, as the Thing says, it can be used to “create posters, graphic organizers, infographics, blog post graphics, NASA planet posters, sticky notes and so much more.”I started with “Get Creative with Google ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-05-15
  • Thing 14 Bitmoji Fun
    Currently in my classroom, we are learning about deserts so I was very excited when I saw that Bitmoji has several images that are related to our reading!  With the population of students I have, adding visuals is a must.  I love that Bitmoji has a wide variety of images ... read more
    Source: SocashPublished on 2019-05-15
  • Thing 28: Anything Goes Google
    Anything Goes GoogleI'm always in the business to find a new Google App that makes my life easier.  I've already integrated so many of them into my life on a daily basis.  Here are some of the main Google Apps I use at the moment:Link to the interactive Google DrawingI ... read more
    Source: RiordenPublished on 2019-05-15
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    I used Adobe Spark to create a presentation of the important sentences that students read in their book for our deserts unit.  I added sentences from the book with new pictures they have not seen before.  I enjoyed using Adobe Spark because the formatting was simple and I believe my ... read more
    Source: SocashPublished on 2019-05-15