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  • Thing 36 – Web Presence
    For this assignment, I decided to focus on my library's web presence, which is in need of an overhaul. My previous district subscribed to eBoards; although I didn't think I would like this platform, it actually ended up working very well for my library there. This is my second year in ... read more
    Source: SquierPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Thing 26 – Note Taking Tools
    I have been an Evernote user for several years now, using it mostly for personal stuff - recipes, menus, bookmarks, etc. I have the app on my phone, and I use it on my desktop, and while it does keep me personally organized I've never really used it at work.What ... read more
    Source: SquierPublished on 2018-04-22
  • Thing 28: App-palooza
    Apps, Apps, and more apps galore! There are over 2.1 million apps available today on IOS devices¹, and 3.5 million apps available on the Google Play². Researching this topic was so informative, but I found myself getting sucked into the search filters and reading the app developer notes more than anything. ... read more
    Source: ZurloPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Thing 48: Mapping & Geography Tools
    Google hit a home run when they developed Maps and Earth. We are located in a rural area of upstate New York and many of our students do not travel outside the state, much less the world. They enjoy many of the features that Maps and Earth have to offer. ... read more
    Source: DanforthPublished on 2018-04-20
  • Thing 16: Bitmoji
    Using a Bitmoji with students? No way. The blog entry, Why and How I Bitmoji in my Classroom, by Khatari makes some interesting points.  Connecting with her students. Everything I know about student engagement, restorative practices, behavior management, and a plethora of other education buzz words drill down to one ... read more
    Source: ThoresenPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Thing 4: Digital Storytelling
    Timeline I recently started my unit based on Goodrich and Hackett’s play adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. However, before reading the play, I wanted my students to understand the time period in which the play occurred. Instead of simply telling them what I had once learned, I had ... read more
    Source: SchuttenbergPublished on 2018-04-18
  • Thing 50: New AASL Standards
    I must admit, I picked this for my last “thing” for this school year because I’m reading the AASL National School Library Standards and I’m starting to feel “overwhelmed, feel like a deer in the headlights and want to run away to a tropical island” (Farrington). I’m like what I ... read more
    Source: AllenPublished on 2018-04-18
  • Thing 26: Note-Taking Tools
    Note-taking preference is so individualized that it is hard to always use the same method for every situation. I feel like when choosing a note-taking app, it has to match your learning style. Are you a auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner? People that are visual learners are not going to ... read more
    Source: ZurloPublished on 2018-04-17
  • Thing 9: Search Tools Ninja
    Thing 9: Search Tools Ninja Kelly Walsh, the author of the article, Teach Students to Search Like a Boss With These 5 Easy Google Advanced Search Tips, discusses the importance of being able to search effectively and efficiently. It’s our job as educators to support students with their digital literacy ... read more
    Source: ThoresenPublished on 2018-04-17
  • Thing 4: Digital Storytelling
    Motivation to browse through hundreds (thousands?) of digital photos on my computer was lacking, but once found and the task was accomplished, I found this activity enjoyable. I tried two different tools, Animoto and Powtoon, which some of my colleagues use. Both were relatively easy to use. The downside is ... read more
    Source: DanforthPublished on 2018-04-17