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Elementary Cool Tools Blog Posts

  • Thing 31: Final Reflections & Whats Next?
    One thing that I have already used in my classroom is Bitmoji in the classroom. I stated in one of my posts that I would print out Bitmojis to label different parts of my classroom. I have done this for my classroom library, where homework is handed in, as well ... read more
    Source: ManaherPublished on 2019-06-30
  • Thing X: Makerspaces
    I'm a little behind on this trend for sure! I will admit, I have been resistant to the whole makerspace idea. Thoughts such as "I don't have the space," "Who has time for that?" and "How would I even make this work?" have circulated through my brain every time the ... read more
    Source: WilliamsPublished on 2019-06-27
  • Final Reflection
    These last few months of have been extremely busy and I felt it was very hard to find the time I would have liked to spend on getting more of these awesome learning activities in. Plus it is hard when there is no deadline! I am a procrastinator. But what ... read more
    Source: CardPublished on 2019-06-07
  • Final Reflection 2018-2019
    Thanks, Polly for years of great inspiration and PD.  I learned so much from taking all of these Cool Tools classes. For the longest time, my greatest hurdle was having the technology to do the lessons. Now it is TIMETIME to plan the lessons and time to implement them.  Something ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-06-05
  • Final Refection
    Cool Tools was a really good opportunity to work at your own pace to complete the 10 assignment PD. Seldom do we have the time to explore new ways to engage students and deliver content. I found myself spending a lot more time on the units because so many of ... read more
    Source: WilkesPublished on 2019-06-03
  • Thing 7 Presentation Tools
    Presentation tools are one my favorite tools to use with students. Most of the time students are hooked on an assignment because they get to make an awesome presentation combining learning with personal creativity. (Honestly I kinda get hooked on these creative opportunities, too!). For this post I tried a ... read more
    Source: WilkesPublished on 2019-06-03
  • Thing 12: Final Reflection
    This has been one crazy and hectic year this year. I was only able to complete 5 of the 10 lessons however, the five I was able to complete helped me to learn more and of course explore more. This year I have been able to attend more PD face ... read more
    Source: GladlePublished on 2019-06-03
  • Thing 10 Ninja
    For Thing 10 I looked at Choosito.com to explore. At first look I thought that the site looked fabulous.  The ability to sort searches by reading levels and or subject area was really appealing. Then I performed the first search and my excitement quickly changed to disappointment. To search using ... read more
    Source: WilkesPublished on 2019-06-02
  • THING 9 Databases
    In this digital age, there are so many options for finding and using information. One of the best databases by far is the Gale group of products. These products are part of the NOVEL suite and have a lot of versatility. These databases contain resources usable at many grade levels ... read more
    Source: WilkesPublished on 2019-06-02
  • Thing 8 Curation Tools
    It’s funny how we work hard to find the best resources we can for our teachers and students then do exactly what the articles suggest, we dump! I think sometimes the problem is that we are kind of a last minute thought when teachers don’t know where to look for ... read more
    Source: WilkesPublished on 2019-06-02
  • Comment on Thing 07: Presentation Tools by greducator
    Thanks! My students really enjoy learning about her. ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    As an ENL teacher, I wanted to explore resources for ELLs.  I tried several voice recording resources, but didn’t find one that was 1. a website (aka, not a phone/iPad app) 2. free and 3. good quality.  Voicethread is not free, for example. Vocaroo is free and it works on a ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Final Reflection
    This has been an amazing experience to explore technology this way.  I usually do not enjoy professional development that is self directed, but this was highly recommenced by a colleague. I've learned about so many new programs that I can incorporate into my math intervention groups.  The 6th graders that ... read more
    Source: WheelerPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Thing 13: Augmented & Virtual Reality
    I knew what virtual reality was before I started this Thing but did not know what Augmented Reality was.  My daughter was obsessed with Pokemon Go for a while as was the entire population under 30 from what I could tell. My bf and I went to Niagara on the ... read more
    Source: KendrickPublished on 2019-05-29
  • Final Reflection
    Polly I am SO glad I had the chance to get in on this last class of yours.  What a great resource to have.  I know I will be often looking back to the Things provided to remind myself of the many ways to incorporate technology into my teaching.  I ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-05-29