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Middle School Cool Tools Blog Posts

  • Thing 25: Green Screen Fun
    This is my green screen video created in Doink and then in iMovie.  This was fun to do, even if the video is a little primitive.  Some things that need to be improved upon… the shadows created on the “green screen” cause the background to bleed through in the movie, ... read more
    Source: BivinsPublished on 2019-05-19
  • Thing 10 Search Tools Ninja
    As I am currently working with my ENL class on a unit that culminates in a news research project, I gravitated toward the Search Tools Ninja resources. It has always been a challenge for me to teach students how to do online research effectively and efficiently. For entering and emerging ... read more
    Source: HooverPublished on 2019-05-19
  • Thing 5: Audio Tools
    As an ENL teacher, I naturally gravitated toward the 6 Storytelling Apps That Get English Language Learners Talking links. I was able to get the Puppet Edu app on my phone and test it out.  It was fairly simple to use. As I explored the app, I checked out the sample presentations ... read more
    Source: HooverPublished on 2019-05-19
  • Thing 14:Bitmoji fun
    Oh....I couldn't resist this "thing."  I do Bitmoji (I have college age nieces and nephews...they keep us very up to date on the must have apps!)  and have introduced it to many people, but have never contemplated as a tool in school.   Here is my personal avatar that I use ... read more
    Source: O’ConnorPublished on 2019-05-18
  • Final Reflection
    First and foremost, this was one of my favorite PDs I have ever completed. These tools go beyond “cool” and are valuable, useful, and most of all, entertaining! Aside from my blog, I have been taking notes on a separate sheet of paper and starring the sources I really loved. ... read more
    Source: EconomouPublished on 2019-05-17
  • Thing 23: New AASL Standards
    First and foremost, before I started to dive into the Shared Foundations, I took a screen shot of the wheel off the official AASL website. Being a visual learner, it helps to write when you have the whole concept explained in a well organizer and colorful visual. Although it came ... read more
    Source: EconomouPublished on 2019-05-17
  • thing 7 presentation
    Thing 7:Many presentation tools weren't available when i was in college.  While circumnavigating through these electronic pd opportunities I still uncomfortable with discovering how to work thru things.  For Thing 7 I upgraded my power point presentation in Social Studies. We had used this old template all year long and it ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-14
  • thing 5 audio tools
    Thing 5: Audio ToolsWe have used audio tools throughout the year in social studies. Each lesson is recorded and shared with students in their google classroom. The note sheets are printed and left blank for students to complete.  We began w unit 1 lesson 1.  Students have completed several units and ... read more
    Source: HickeyPublished on 2019-05-14
  • Thing 11: Digital Tattoo and Digital Citizenship
    As I look at tools, resources, and information on the topic of Digital Citizenship, my biggest takeaway in developing my own strategy is that I was to instruct from the perspective of empowering students rather than a perspective of fear.  I found many of the lessons focused on "staying safe", ... read more
    Source: OlsonPublished on 2019-05-14
  • Thing 26: Media Skills
    I don’t know about any of you, but it seems like I can’t go anywhere without seeing a meme or GIF (pronouned GIF or jif?). My Facebook is completely littered with comical one liners, and I must admit, I chuckle to myself at most of them. My students seem to ... read more
    Source: EconomouPublished on 2019-05-14
  • Cool Tools E-Book Creation
    I have been working on fine tuning my student’s ability to handle communication breakdowns.  It’s part of life for all of us but happens with much greater frequency to those with hearing loss.   While working with my students today we were having an open discussion about what kinds of things ... read more
    Source: BremmerPublished on 2019-05-13
  • Hello and Thing 24: Google Drawings
    Hi! It's nice to be back.  I didn't do Cool Tools last year and I missed it!I decided to start with the Google Drawings, Thing 24 because although I use Google Drive all the time to store my files, I don't use the sharing feature often, nor have I ever ... read more
    Source: KendrickPublished on 2019-05-12
  • Thing 02: Student Blogging & Writing
    5/11/2019 First I watched the YouTube video by Andrea Hernandez about creating a blogfolio on a school-owned blog server. Andrea showed how each student had their own blog and were able to post text, photos, and videos that showcased their learning. They were able to comment on one another’s work ... read more
    Source: SchwarzmuellerPublished on 2019-05-12
  • Thing 24: Google Drawings
    I gave Google Drawings a try and really liked it as a tool.  I am really pleased with the number of things you can do and create with Google Drawing!  And… it is very user-friendly so it is pretty easy to jump right in and begin creating.  It is also ... read more
    Source: BivinsPublished on 2019-05-12
  • Cool Tools Presentation Tools
    For this topic, I was excited to devote some time to learn about how to use the animated presentation tool PowToon.  Powtoon is a tool you can use to create really fun animated slideshow presentations. Some of the online professional development training I have taken this year have incorporated Powtoons ... read more
    Source: BremmerPublished on 2019-05-10