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High School Cool Tools Blog Posts

  • Final Reflection
    As always, Cool Tools was a great source of motivation and meaningful application of learning this year.  I developed lessons, digital content, programs, and assessments to enrich our library program.  I love the practical application aspect, coupled with a rich collection of resources.  This year, it was particularly helpful to ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-06-18
  • Thing 15: Breakout
    I have had a lot of fun and very successful lessons and events using our Breakout boxes and supplies, but I am always looking to expand my resources for these.  While I have created several games, including a Hamilton themed one and Library Orientation, and will continue to do so, ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-06-18
  • Thing 23: AASL Standards
    I have been working throughout the year to incorporate the AASL Standards into our library program, and the tools and resources provided through "Thing 23" were very helpful.  I started my integration of the new AASL standards by diving into their meaning and looking at how I incorporate them into ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-06-18
  • Thing 22: Teaching with Primary Sources
    The timing for this topic was perfect, as I was preparing for our final 8th grade English book project.  Each month students select an independent read, and then do a project, developing communication and creation skills throughout the year.  Our final project each year is focused on Historical Fiction and ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-06-11
  • Topic 29-DIY
    For the DIY assignment, I selected to explore Flipgrid. I have created an account and worked with Mary, the ELA teacher and reading teacher in our district. We have created classes and brainstormed ideas for using this in the future. The reading teacher and ELA teacher recently piloted Flipgrid with ... read more
    Source: GrayPublished on 2019-06-06
  • 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 29: App-apalooza
    The SAMR Model for integrating more technology into the classroom is a great tool for novice's like myself.  I've struggled finding apps fro my own children as well as my students.  I've learned several things with this lesson.  For example limit the "gameiness" of the app in favor of active ... read more
    Source: DudekPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 6 Digital Story Telling
    My oh My!  There was so much information to read and peruse in this lesson!  I cant wait to go back and learn more!!  I simply didn't have the time to read everything.  I am excited about Digital story telling to help change the way I collect summative assignments from my students.  ... read more
    Source: DudekPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    With my school transforming to one-to-one Chromebook model for next year I think Bitmojis will become a a very useful tool for me. I plan to use them to draw close attention to key points/ assignment requirements write feedback,giving quick feedback  I plan to use the cartooning as an instruction tool/model and using them ... read more
    Source: DudekPublished on 2019-05-30
  • 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
  • Thing 28: Anything Goes Google
    This year my district decided to have 4th-6th-grade specials every other day for 10 weeks. Well, this is great if I was actually in the district every other day. I'm not and I haven't been. For the past five years, my shared position has been cycle days "2,3,5" which has ... read more
    Source: GladlePublished on 2019-05-29
  • Final Reflection
    What did I learn?In this workshop, I've learned of several different interesting tools that I can use to supplement with my current instruction. Applications such as Bitmoji and Google Drawings can add a level of flare and creativity to lessons and student feedback.For the most part I did not come ... read more
    Source: PerryPublished on 2019-05-28
  • Thing 17: eBook Creation
    This "Thing" caught my attention for the same reason I have mentioned before.  Students have such a hard time being motivated to write.  I am hoping this session will be another I can share with staff as something that will help our students get excited about writing.  I have heard ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-05-28
  • VR in the Classroom
    After reading several articles and watching videos on students using Virtual Reality in the classroom, I feel it could and should be used more to enhance the students learning experiences.  The possibilities seem endless and can be used for students of all grades.  However, I think like the technology will ... read more
    Source: ToweyPublished on 2019-05-28
  • Topic 15: Breakout EDU
    Last year, I was introduced to Breakout EDU through this workshop and another training I attended. This year, I extended my use and knowledge of Breakout EDU. 8th grade students participated in a Breakout EDU for the Reconstruction Era, WWI, the 1920s, WWII, and an 8th grade family night.  The ... read more
    Source: GrayPublished on 2019-05-28