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Middle 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
  • Comment on Thing 07: Presentation Tools by greducator
    Thanks! My students really enjoy learning about her. ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 21: Supporting English Language Learners
    As an ENL teacher, I wanted to explore resources for ELLs.  I tried several voice recording resources, but didn’t find one that was 1. a website (aka, not a phone/iPad app) 2. free and 3. good quality.  Voicethread is not free, for example. Vocaroo is free and it works on a ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Final Reflection:Cool Tools for me was a very difficult PD for me to set-up and complete because I am not very tech savvy.  Once I was able to set up the Blog and start reading the different articles and participate in the different activities, I was amazed at how much ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 27:My current note taking system is using folders (actual folders) to organize the different activities I need to look at or complete.  Professional school items are in different folders labeled with marker and papers, notes and copies are inserted in the folder pockets.  For PDs and courses I have ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 16:                               Glossary of Education Reform: PortfolioE-portfolio are a great way to collect student work and share it with others.  These portfolios allow teachers to view student work and allow students to organize and manage their activities better.  In the past, students in my class were given folders to organize ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-30
  • Thing 13: Augmented & Virtual Reality
    I knew what virtual reality was before I started this Thing but did not know what Augmented Reality was.  My daughter was obsessed with Pokemon Go for a while as was the entire population under 30 from what I could tell. My bf and I went to Niagara on the ... read more
    Source: KendrickPublished on 2019-05-29
  • 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 07: Presentation Tools
    I decided to use one of the suggested presentation tools to re-attempt an interactive timeline about Anne Frank.  I enjoyed using Sutori as I found it extremely easy and intuitive.  It was not overwhelming and confusing like the knightlab timeline generator. Also, you could see if links were working or ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished 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