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  • Final Reflection
    i have enjoyed this online professional development experience.  I like the fact that we have a choice of multiple topics to explore and can choose the ones that are most useful for our circumstances.  Each topic is small enough to be self contained and able to be explored within a ... read more
    Source: CourtneyPublished on 2019-01-20
  • Thing 5
    Thing 5: Audio ToolsThe first thing that I thought of when reading the NY Times article on student podcasts was how much I use the podcast “This I Believe” once heard on NPR. Teaching high school seniors presents some unique opportunities for student writers; as part of English IV they ... read more
    Source: AvinoPublished on 2019-01-16
  • Thing 2 Student Blogging
    Thing 2- Student BloggingI can’t agree more with the Teach Through Tech guy; giving the students a “free post” is a great idea. I have a few tricks that get students to open up about themselves and you really learn all about them- the good, the bad and the ugly. ... read more
    Source: AvinoPublished on 2019-01-16
  • Thing 1: Getting Started
    Hi everyone.  My name is Melissa Fenn and I work at East High School as a special education teacher. I signed up for this program after hearing lots of great things from colleagues. ... read more
    Source: FennPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Final Reflection
    I loved learning online and using Cool Tools.  There was so many technology tools to use that students will love.  I can't wait to try some and will definitely keep looking back at some of the things I missed. ... read more
    Source: GerritzPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Thing 18 Student Assessments
    I chose this workshop because at East High we are focusing on student feedback and assessment.  Every 5 weeks we complete “Common Formative Assessments’ and track how scholars are progressing.  I have scholars assess themselves then enter the data into Excel. Tools I already use:Some of the assessment tools I ... read more
    Source: GerritzPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Thing 6: Digital Storytelling
    I love using digital storytelling tools with students! I've used Animoto, Powtoons, and WeVideo to make PSAs and other informational videos (example of one my student's videos). All are fairly simple to use although I use WeVideo as more of a replacement for Windows Movie Maker as it does not ... read more
    Source: BatesPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Cool Things 8: Curation Tools
    In addition tools such as Evernote, Adobe Reader, and Diigo, are great annotation tools for online reading and annotating. Myself and some teachers I worked with would find an article online and mark it up for students using Diigo to show them not only how to annotate but to help ... read more
    Source: BatesPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Thing 10: Search Tools Ninja
    I chose to explore the Sweet Search engine as I had never heard of it before and I was curious to see how effective it would be as a custom search engine for students. Due to time constraint on a project we are currently working on we do not have ... read more
    Source: BatesPublished on 2019-01-13
  • Thing 3: Photo Fun
    Starting January 1st, I took the Little Moments photo challenge – Take a picture portraying a specific prompt and share it each day via social media!  Some days were definitely more challenging than others!  I will recommend downloading the coordinating app, Little Moments by Fat Mum Slim, a free app ... read more
    Source: CodyPublished on 2019-01-13
  • “Thing 3: Photo Fun”
    I completed the "Option 1 of this lesson.  I downloaded the picture above from the "Photos for Class" website.  I felt like this site has the best selection of math related images.  I also like this site because the credit for the photos are automatically printed on the image.  I ... read more
    Source: EvansPublished on 2019-01-12
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    Bitmoji FunIn an effort to break the stereotype of a boring old conservative librarian, I thought I should try creating a Bitmoji for myself.  Also, I use emoji's often in my text messages (and sometimes emails), so why not expand on the cute visuals with my communication, right?I like the ... read more
    Source: MohneyPublished on 2019-01-12
  • Thing 14: Bitmoji Fun
    Bitmoji FunIn an effort to break the stereotype of a boring old conservative librarian, I thought I should try creating a Bitmoji for myself.  Also, I use emoji's often in my text messages (and sometimes emails), so why not expand on the cute visuals with my communication, right?I like the ... read more
    Source: MohneyPublished on 2019-01-12
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    Teaching in the RCSD has opened my eyes to so many new things. One of the things that I was unaware of coming out of college was the shear number of English Language Learners I would encounter on a regular basis. As a part of the testing committee for my ... read more
    Source: MacLaughlinPublished on 2019-01-09
  • Thing 2: Student Blogging and Writing
    I found it really neat to watch the video and hear some examples from a teacher on how blogging was used in the classroom (and from a wide grade range). While the video was interesting, I really enjoyed (and learned a lot from) the first three articles. There was some ... read more
    Source: GuarinoPublished on 2019-01-08