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  • Thing 16: Digital Portfolios for Students
    This tool attracted me, because last year, for the first time, we had our eighth graders create digital portfolios of their work.  They made presentations at the end of the year, to parents, administrators, and a few selected peers, and we all congratulated ourselves on getting them through the process.  But ... read more
    Source: AmesPublished on 2019-01-18
  • Thing 2
    Top 10 Tips For Student Blogging (guest post by @mrodz308)This post in thing 2 was particularly interesting.  It shows that giving students some independence with their education that they can enhance their own experience.  As the author explains the ten tips each one seems to go back to a few ... read more
    Source: EatonPublished on 2019-01-16
  • Thing 3: Photo Fun
    Okay, so I feel like my head is in a cloud sometimes, but now it is in an iCloud.I love my iPhone, and really marvel sometimes at the tricks it can allow me to do, but the whole concept of the iCloud is totally amazing to me.  I am able ... read more
    Source: AmesPublished on 2019-01-16
  • Thing 05: Audio Tools
    Thing 05: Audio ToolsI was really excited to tackle the reading and resources in this module. On a professional level, I am trying to overhaul a back library office for adults, and turn it into a production studio for kids. Although a major focus of the studio will be video ... read more
    Source: AshworthPublished on 2019-01-14
  • 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 2: Student Blogging and Writing
    I have a love/hate relationship with blogs. I love to read them, subscribe to several, and value the ideas I get from them. I have toyed with writing my own a hundred times, but I just never end up doing it! The time commitment. The continued obligation. The fear that ... read more
    Source: ArmbrusterPublished on 2019-01-10
  • Thing 7: Presentation Tools
    So, I wasn’t going to do thing 7 because I’ve used so many presentation tools in the past and have been using Google Slides almost exclusively for a while but I decided I would just look at it quickly. I am so glad I did. I love Beautiful AI and ... read more
    Source: CollinsPublished on 2019-01-03
  • Thing 4: Twitter, Facebook and Personal Learning Networks
    Thing 4: Twitter, Facebook and Personal Learning Networks I try not to spend a ton of time on Facebook so it’s not the best way for me to build a personal learning network. I do pop into some Library & Reading related Facebook groups that I’ve joined but I find the ... read more
    Source: AshworthPublished on 2019-01-01
  • Thing 1 Getting Started
    Hi it's me again Cassandra, 👀I am excited about learning more about Cool Tools. I am a Special Education teacher with the Rochester City School District. I'm always looking for new ways to induce student engagement. ... read more
    Source: Wilson, CPublished on 2019-01-01
  • Thing 03: Photo Fun
    Thing 03: Photo FunThis topic is a fun one and there are a ton of possibilities when it comes to creating and using images in education. There was a lot in this module, from the nuts and bolts of digital tools to the thoughtful instructional use of digital images. I ... read more
    Source: AshworthPublished on 2018-12-31
  • Thing 27: Notetaking Tools and SkillsOver the last month or so I have noticed our students seem to lack the ability to stay focused when someone is teaching, lecturing or performing for any extended period of time.  It was embarrassing to me as a teacher librarian to witness them talking ... read more
    Source: MohneyPublished on 2018-12-31
  • Hello, This is my first blog.As an educator, I look forward to becoming more comfortable blogging my thoughts and opinions as I gain more experience with this process. Cassie ... read more
    Source: Wilson, CPublished on 2018-12-31
  • Hi Everyone,Hope everyone had a great holiday!!  I am getting a late start with Cool Tools...preparing for Christmas, decorating, attending parties, baking, wrapping gifts, etc has been taking far too much of my time.   I promise to start focusing on getting through my required 5 lessons in Cool Tools!I am ... read more
    Source: MohneyPublished on 2018-12-28
  • Thing 19: Screencasting and Screen Sharing
    Back in 2013 I was doing Cool Tools and came upon Thing 7: Podcasting and Screencasting.  Times have changed.  The software has gotten better for screencasting and screen sharing has invaded the classroom.  I've run some Professional Development on Flipping the Classroom and screen sharing.Screencasting is great way to teach ... read more
    Source: Kelly, JPublished on 2018-12-28
  • Final Reflection
    I have to say right up front that this has been one of the most useful and exciting and fun PDs I have taken in my history of taking PDs.  I have taken PDs to learn about Google tools before as my district is "going Google!"  Yet, the cool tools ... read more
    Source: BoulayPublished on 2018-12-28