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  • Bitmoji Fun
    Have you heard of Bitmoji's? If you haven't you should really look into them!Bitmoji's are the new in as it turns out! Have you ever wanted to create yourself into a cartoon character? You must sign up for a Bitmoji character first. Once you do that you can choose you ... read more
    Source: CardPublished on 2019-03-25
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    Chosen Learning Task: View some related EdWeb webinarsBefore watching EdWeb webinars, I read the article, Uses - English Language Learners.  From this, I found a superb way to be culturally relevant with materials and provide a language rich lesson using paired texts, Home of the Brave by K. Applegate ... read more
    Source: BoulayPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 24: Google Drawings
    This was a fun tool!  This can definitely be used within my classroom for the students not only to express themselves with regards to social/emotional lessons, but also they can create projects and presentations.  I used both google drawings and auto draw.  Auto draw was AMAZING!!! I am not an ... read more
    Source: CarneyPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 18: Student Assessment and Feedback
    I am always looking for different ways to assess my students other than common quizzes and anecdotal notes.  I read the article 5 reasons for formative assessment and 5 methods of utilization.  This article, along with the video gave me more insight on how to assess my students.  I never ... read more
    Source: CarneyPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 17: eBook Creation
    Link to my project Creator is awesome!  I watched the Getting Started With Book Creator for Chrome by Dr. Monica Burns from July 2018.  The product is very easy to use.  I included a link above to the book I created during the 45 minute video.  I love the recording feature.  ... read more
    Source: ReuterPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    I wanted to further explore how my students can create and present stories they imagine.  First I read several articles about using digital storytelling as I believe this format will be highly motivating for my students who have weak skills in this area and, therefore, are reticent to write/create stories.  ... read more
    Source: BoulayPublished on 2019-03-22
  • Thing 30 Maker Spaces
    The middle school librarian has a very successful makerspace program that has been going on for at least five years.  We have collaborated and for a couple of years once a month we would have a program in the elementary school and she and some of her students would come ... read more
    Source: ShandsPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Thing 08 Curation Tools
    I looked into Padlet.  I recently used this curation tool once.   I wanted to try and set up my own padlet page.  I found it very easy to work with which was great.  i instantly thought this would be a great place that I could post useful websites for students ... read more
    Source: StackPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    Bitmojis, cartoon avatars that add a bit of pizzazz to any project, email, text message, social media posts and more! You can design your character anyway you like. Choose your skin color, hair style, facial features, clothing, and accessories (and more) to make your emoticon look just like you! Sound ... read more
    Source: BishopPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Thing 07
    New York State PresentationI created this presentation as a sample for my students.  Students will use this presentation as a guide to create presentations on an assigned state.  Students can use google slides and create presentations.  This is a fairly simple presentation program to use and students can get the ... read more
    Source: StackPublished on 2019-03-21
  • Thing 06
    My FamilyThis is a quick video slide show showing some pictures of my family.  I think this would be a great way for students to introduce themselves to one another at the beginning of the year.  Students could even work on this project with their families at home.  I often ... read more
    Source: StackPublished on 2019-03-21
  • On Note Taking Thing 27
    For the past ten years or so, I have been doing a common core research project with fourth graders.  The project has taken different forms and each year I try to improve it. The last couple of years I have used Schoology as  the platform. Students choose from a list ... read more
    Source: ShandsPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Final Reflection
    Well in the last three years I have done 30 Cool Tools blogs. There has been so much great information and resources made available to librarians and teachers.that I did as many “tools” as I could so I could be better prepared for the new technology that is available and ... read more
    Source: GarigenPublished on 2019-03-17
  • Final Reflection
    I recorded my final reflection on Flipgrid (because I lover flipgrid and I'm obsessed).Here's my flipgrid:  flipgridFlip Code: d1f58933Here are some thoughts, in addition to my flipgrid.I love blogging.  Thank you for this, I'm going to really blog, outside of cool tools (like everybody else in the world). I loved the pacing of ... read more
    Source: Dale-SheehanPublished on 2019-03-14
  • Thing 04: Twitter
    I joined twitter during the Summer of the school year with the intention of using it more for my class and looking for professional resources.  However,  all I did was join.  So this was a great opportunity to begin looking for resources.  I started with tlchat and saw some very ... read more
    Source: StackPublished on 2019-03-14