I was lucky enough to attend the national conference in Phoenix when the standards were unveiled and even pre-ordered my copy so I could pick it up right at registration with the rest of my conference bag goodies. I’ve participated in Webinars and Twitter chats related to the new standards, I’m even in an online book study… Continue reading Cool Tools for School, Thing 50: The New AASL Standards
Another year, another Cool Tools session to wrap up. Let’s dive right in! What did you learn? How did you put what you learned into action at school? Personally? While I struggled initially with the EBP lessons that kicked off the Track 4 Cool Tools, I think they have had the biggest impact on how… Continue reading Thing 40: Final Reflections & What’s Next?
For this lesson, I ended up looking at the following blogs: Aabdul810, TechieToolsBlog, and Bri’sCoolToolsBlog. What did I learn? So much!!! I wish I did a better job of reading other blogs during this year’s Cool Tools because in just this weekend, I got so many ideas and learned so many cool tips and tricks.… Continue reading Bonus Lesson: Making Connections
After exploring several of the links for App-apalooza, I found three discoveries I’m pretty pumped about: Discovery #1: Digital Dog Pound and their App Task Challenges! I loved that they made their ATC available in one Google Drive folder you can add to your own Google Drive-and of course immediately added it to mine. The… Continue reading Thing 38: App-apalooza
For this tool, I thought I’d write about two things I decided to try, one a professional development, the other a personal development. Professional Development: I had gotten an email about an online class AASL was offering called Learn to Tweet and I was intrigued. I’ve been on Twitter for over 5 years now but… Continue reading Thing 37: Join Me for Some Professional & Personal Development?
I was so excited to see that Track 4 would be tackling EBP and annual reports this year! These are two areas that I know I could be tackling better but just don’t know where/how to start. I do send my principal monthly library reports (yay!) but they are the same template I got… Continue reading Cool Tools for School, Thing 31: Thing 31: EBP–Getting Started
Wow oh wow! When I was writing up the Part II for this Cool Tool I was so confident that it would be easy to whip up a Pinterest board for the library and share it with teachers before we went on February break. I wasn’t entirely wrong, creating the library Pinterest account was a snap.… Continue reading Cool Tools for School Thing 22: Create a Resource Guide, Part III
All right kids, whose ready to learn about teaching with historical documents? Let’s get started then. When teaching kids how to analysis photos direct them to the people, the background and objects. Study those elements for clues as to what is going on and be on the look out for things that don’t seem to… Continue reading NYLA Breakdown-Part Two
Another debate down, one more to go and before we all know it: ELECTION DAY will be here! If you haven’t already started educating your students about how the election process works there’s still time. Here are some great sources to get you and them started (they even make great refreshers for those of us… Continue reading The 2012 Presidential Election for Kids
Did you know that way back in 1999, the U.S. government established that ALL public and private school websites would need to be made web accessible, as in accessible to students with disabilities? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. Research shows that many schools are not in compliance with this directive (see the 1999 Journal… Continue reading Cynthia Says….