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  • Thing 18: Student Assessment & Feedback Tools
    Remindchat- I have been looking for a way to communicate with parents and students outside of school that does not involve giving out my personal information including phone number. Over the last few years, I have been giving out my cell phone number to parents to keep contact with them. ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-03-29
  • Thing 15: BreakoutEDU
    I think that I spent the most time on this website than any other website in both Cool Tool sessions. It was so much fun to play around and use those critical thinking skills. I think this would be a lot of fin for kids but also challenging. Kids love ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-03-27
  • Final Reflections
    This is my third year taking this PD and every time I learn something new in order to incorporate it into my classroom.  There is so much to explore within each thing that it is impossible to cover it all when exploring it for that time.  I have done the ... read more
    Source: CarneyPublished on 2019-03-27
  • Thing 24: Google Drawings
    I choose to explore Google Drawings. I didn't even know that it existed. I decided to start basic and create a motivational poster for the class. That was so easy!!! I loved how user friendly it is and how there are so many options on it. The one thing that ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 30: DIY You Pick
    http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/I decided to do a project in my class for Black History month where my students were to choose a African American king or Queen and they were to write an encyclopedia entry and create a timeline with 10 events in it. Since I have been doing this PD, I ... read more
    Source: MullPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 3: Photo Fun
    My students are going to LOVE THIS!!  What a fun thing to do!  They can create posters or projects using their pictures!  I used photo funia!!!  I can most see my students doing this at the beginning of the year to introduce themselves!  Or even writing a biography or report! ... read more
    Source: CarneyPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 10: Search Tools Ninja
    I have to admit that I am guilty of telling my students to "just go to Google" for many of their basic internet searching needs (we use databases for our research projects, I promise!). I teach elementary students, K-6, so I focused on learning about the search tools for younger ... read more
    Source: WilliamsPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    I had a lot of fun exploring this activity. Bitmojis are becoming increasingly popular with students old and young. Because of this, I felt that there would be a lot of cool ways to use Bitmoji to catch students' attention. One idea that I thought of would be to create ... read more
    Source: ManaherPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 20: Social Reading and “Book Stuff”
    One of my favorite aspects of being a school librarians is talking to my students about the books that they are reading. What are they loving? What are they disliking? What would they recommend to a friend? It is my goal to develop a culture of reading here at Abraham ... read more
    Source: WilliamsPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 20: Social Reading and Book Stuff
    One thing that caught my attention was Over Drive with the Public Library System. This is something I would be interested in using in my personal life, in place of Audible. Also, I thought it would be a fun new way to get students interested in books with the use ... read more
    Source: ManaherPublished on 2019-03-26
  • Thing 27: Notetaking Tools
    I have always been a big believer in taking notes and using those notes to study for upcoming tests and quizzes.  I was the student who color coordinated her notes and made very detailed outlines.  However, as a teacher I have a hard time transferring that knowledge to my students ... read more
    Source: CarneyPublished on 2019-03-26
  • 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, TeachingBooks.net/Instructional 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