Don’t forget about these links

Thought I would post these links again since folks have been emailing looking for them.

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The last Thing for Track 1

The last lesson for Track 1 has been posted. Thing 10: Productvity Tools.

Remember, the program ends on May 31, 2014. Finish 5 or 10 Things by then to receive 10 PD hours (for 5 Things) or 20 PD hours (for 10 Things)  from your BOCES School Library System.

Later this week we’ll post a form for you to fill out to get your PD credit. You’ll just need to check off all the things you completed. The School Library System directors will use this to issue PD credit when the course is over.



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Recent Tidbits


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Spring Break!

For those of you on spring break next week, ENJOY! And because it’s spring break, there won’t be a lesson posted this week. We’ll be back on schedule on April 21 with the final Thing in Track 1.

My goal for the next few days is to read lots more blog posts and make sure that everyone has received some comments on their blogs, though I won’t be leaving comments on every single blog post. And you’re all encouraged to read posts from your colleagues and comment on things that interest you. You’ll find all the blog posts listed on our Netvibes board.

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Posting Thing 19 a bit early

Thing 19: Online Learning & DIY PD  is being posted a few days early. I’ll be attending the Computers in Libraries conference next week and wanted to make sure this was done before I leave.   Will any of you be there? The Internet@Schools track is always full of terrific speakers, including Ross Todd, Joyce Valenza and one of our own colleagues from NYS, Diane Cordell.

On to Thing 19: All of you are already had Online Learning and DIY Professional Development experiences through taking this workshop and maybe other courses and webinars as well.  We have so many different ways to learn online – from short webinars to multi-week ecourses and even full degrees.  The resources here focus on helping YOU find ways to learn the things that you want & need to learn and get you thinking about creating your own DIY PD plan. Have fun!

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Where I’m From

I just ran across this student blog and loved the activity the students were working on AND how could I not love this quote from a student:

In writing, we had to do a Where I’m from iMovie. Before we did this, I had no idea how to use iMovie. I looked at it, and it was sooo confusing. But, once our librarian came in a explained how to use iMovie, it really wasn’t that hard to work. When I found out I had to do an iMovie, I thought I would fail this assignment.
From iMovie and Review 


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Searching for Thing 9?

Your search is over, Thing 9  is here! Our next topic in Track 1 gives you a chance to explore the databases that you provide to your school community, new and old web search tools and more. You might think about new ways to teach searching skills or how to improve access to the resources you provide. Lots of options!

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Some Recent Articles & Tips

Some odds and ends of interesting resources from the past week or two.

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Do You Have a Digital Tattoo?

What is your Digital Footprint? What trails are you leaving online? Have you Googled yourself lately? What is public about you on Facebook? The things you share online are permanent, just like a tattoo! What does your Digital Tattoo look like?

In Thing 18, we explore Digital Citizenship.  Our students (and many of us!) are living huge portions of their lives online, and as educators we need to understand this world and help them navigate it.

“Digital citizenship is a messy subject, and schools should be a safe place to explore it.” Sarah Ludwig, Skills We Can’t Teach: Facilitating Authentic Experiences with Digital Citizenship

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Thing 8 – Collaboration Tools

Together we are stronger by Aeioux, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License  by  Aeioux 

It’s our 8th Thing for track 1. The tools this week focus on collaborating with others. This includes tools that help students work on projects together, build collaborative presentations, create team-built wikis around research topics, share calendars for scheduling, teleporting visitors into your classroom (well, videoing them in at least) and more.

Take your turn in the spotlight

For this topic, we didn’t gather examples of how schools are using collaborative tools with students and for administrative purposes. There are so many great examples just a quick search away. Instead, let’s take this opportunity to share the projects you’ve been involved with or are using as models for your projects! Let’s walk the walk here and create a collaborative document with YOUR projects to show the world what you’ve been doing. To get you started, here’s a Google Doc for you all to add to: – for now it’s only editable if you have that URL, which means pretty much anyone who sees this page!  Feel free to share it and encourage others to add to it to.

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Thing 17: Coding

What a busy week it’s been for all of us. You guys are up to well over 500 blog posts! Wow! I’m struggling to keep up since I really enjoy reading all the posts and commenting. Don’t forget, you can find blog posts written by your colleagues on our Cool Tools Netvibes page.  Dip in and read a post or two and leave a comment or two if you have time. Making connections with colleagues is one of the important pieces of this workshop.

And with that, Track 2: Thing 17 on Coding is now posted. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a coding maven, this lesson is for you. Lots of great apps and tools for learning to code simple games, learn more about web pages, learning programming languages and much more. And even if you don’t think you’re interested in coding at all, you’ll still find some interesting ideas to consider.

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