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  • Thing 3: Photo Fun
    I have had Snapchat on my phone for a year or 2 now and I have friends and get messages, but never check them or use it. I decided that this would be a good time to dig deeper into Snapchat and learn more about it. I decided to do ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-01-31
  • BREAKOUT EDU
    I like to try new things.  I read a lot of blogs and try to stay current with what is fun and engaging for students.  I consider myself pretty resourceful and am pretty good at obtaining materials.  So, when I read that BREAKOUT EDU kits were a popular way to ... read more
    Source: BirdPublished on 2019-01-29
  • Goodreads, LibraryThing and free ebooks… why print books will never die.
    This week, I choose the cool tools on Social Reading, and decided to explore Goodreads, Library Thing and various open source ebooks. What I found was this: no school librarian with a full class load, textbooks, and extra responsibilities is going to use 99 percent of this. With social reading, ... read more
    Source: Buyer-DavisPublished on 2019-01-26
  • Thing 25: Green Screen Fun
    Wow, was this one challenging and rewarding all at the same time. When I went to ISTE this summer, I acquired an idea for creating book talks using a green screen, from a very creative librarian (I wish I wrote down her name). In addition to losing her name, I ... read more
    Source: CrossmanPublished on 2019-01-25
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    Google slides is the presentation tool that I chose to explore. As I have mentioned before my district is a G Suite user so google slides is the likely choice for me. I have used google slides previously but took this opportunity to try out new things!I would use google ... read more
    Source: SiversPublished on 2019-01-23
  • Thing 5: Audio Tools
    My district is uses the google apps suite so I decided to investigate the google docs, voice typing. I never knew this was an option and am so mad I didn't! I thoroughly enjoyed testing it out. It was so easy to use. As I got going, I realized that I ... read more
    Source: SiversPublished on 2019-01-23
  • Thing 4: Twitter, Facebook and Personal Learning Networks
    When twitter first came out I immediately joined. At first, I did it just because it was new and cool. I didn't really use it for anything productive. It lost its luster after a while and I sort of pushed it aside. As I begin to look for more ways to ... read more
    Source: SiversPublished on 2019-01-23
  • Thing 29: App-palooza 2018-2019
    I decided that I would take a look at this Thing because I got 5 iPads for the library this year that I am underutilizing.  They are great for exit ticket or survey-type activities because they do not require the students to log in as the Chromebooks or desktops do. ... read more
    Source: MollePublished on 2019-01-21
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    Well, weather like today gives me a good opportunity to catch up on PD 🙂 The first time I participated in Cool Tools I did a video on Animoto. It was still in my account and it was only 30 seconds.  Brought back memories - it was of my son during ... read more
    Source: ReuterPublished on 2019-01-21
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    I tried using StoryBird and wrote a story. I liked that you could easily type in the program but I felt limited by the illustrations. I was also unable to download my story at the end, as the program said I didn't have enough credits to download it. I like ... read more
    Source: KemmererPublished on 2019-01-21
  • Thing 5: Audio Tools
    I tried out several of the tools presented in this lesson and found ChatterPix and GoogleDocs Voice Typing to be my favorites. I think that ChatterPix would be a great program to use with my students! They could write a story and draw an illustration for their story. Then they ... read more
    Source: KemmererPublished on 2019-01-21
  • Thing 01: Blogging
    A new year, a new perspective, 7 schools, 1 me. I am here this year halfway through my 6th year working with the Instructional Technology Department in Rochester. I currently work with 7 buildings to support students, teachers and administrators with integrating technology into the curriculum. Our department has spent ... read more
    Source: OremPublished on 2019-01-21
  • Improving Student Research
    One of the challenges I have encountered, with both teachers and students, is getting them to move beyond ‘google’ for their research needs. When I am able to assist and share alternatives, both teachers and students are receptive to using different options. One way to facilitate both educating and accessing ... read more
    Source: BirdPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Green Screen Fun
    Green screens are something I have toyed with a little bit, but I have really wanted to do a project where the green screen really tied in with or enhanced an academic assignment.  The 5th grade country reports that I assisted with presented a great opportunity to do just that. ... read more
    Source: BirdPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Thing 4: Twitter, Facebook & Personal Learning Networks
    In exploring this topic I realized I am somewhere between Option 2 and Option 3. Because I've had a Twitter page for education for several years now I decided to start with Option 3. However, I rarely use my Twitter page. I explored the Paper.li but found it to be ... read more
    Source: KemmererPublished on 2019-01-20