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.
Our next Track 1 topic introduces two ways for you and your students to record news, thoughts, ideas and presentations through audio recording (podcasting) and screen recordings (screencasting). Handy skills for you and for your students. Have fun with Screencasting and Podcasting.
I’ve had a couple of people ask if the content from the 20 Things will be available after the workshop ends in May. The answer is YES! All of the “things” pages will be archived, as-is, in a public Evernote folder. Take a look, all of the topics we’ve already covered are there now.
Not sure why I didn’t think of this before, but Evernote* made fast work of this. Such a handy tool. But then, you’ve heard that from me before, haven’t you?
And if you’re looking for more learning modules like these, take a look at these great sources:
(*Evernote referral link)
The Cool Tools 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.
We’re more than half-way through the Cool Tools program now! And you’ve all turned in tons of great work. You still have 3 more months to finish. Check the Schedule page to see what the remaining topics are and plan out what you want to accomplish.
Is there something you’re interested in exploring that we’re not covering? Is there a trend, topic or issue you want to dig into more? Do you have a project in mind that pulls together a bunch of tools, or a lesson plan you want to develop that incorporates what you’re learning? Do you have a collaboration in mind, but haven’t had a chance to get started? Or maybe it’s time to put together a short presentation and share what you’ve learned with your colleagues. Whatever you want to do, this Thing is your chance to choose what you want to learn and focus on what is important and useful to you.
Posting this a bit early, not sure I’ll have an internet connection on Sunday!
Most of you are on winter break this week. How nice of Mother Nature to give many of us lots of snow to play in…..
And that means there is no new Thing for either group this week! For me that gives me a chance to do a bit of catchup with reading blog posts. This chart from last weekend is already out of date, you’ve written well over 400 posts so far!
If you’re planning to do a bit of catching up too, do revisit the schedule and see what topics are coming up so you can plan out what you’re going to do for the rest of the workshop.
The next topic for track 2 is going to be You Choose! (Track 1 folks can do this one too!) If you have something you’ve been wanting to investigate that we aren’t covering, or you have a project in mind that pulls together a bunch of tools, or a lesson plan you want to develop that incorporates what you’ve been learning, here’s your chance. And if you want to do it ahead of time, go for it.
But mostly, enjoy the break! And if you’re heading to warmer climes, take photos.
Interesting resources picked up through Twitter this past week or two.
Have you been looking for an excuse to play with Pinterest? Or trying to find the time to collect and organize some resources for an upcoming project? Do you want to start storing all your favorite browser bookmarks online instead of on your computer? Thing 6 is just the thing then. Curation Tools: Collecting, Curating and More
It’s App-Palooza time! Whether you have a mobile device or not, this is your chance to explore apps.
Apps can serve so many different purposes: access to content, tools for organizing content, assessments of student work, classroom management tools, tons of tools for creating content and so much more. This lesson includes articles about using mobile devices and apps in school, sources for reviews of apps and some lists of apps to whet your appetite.
Via Free Tech for Teachers: 25,000 Images of Art That You Can Re-use for Free
Freely downloadable images from the US National Gallery of Art. Use Advanced Search to limit to open access images that can be downloaded. Easy to search, collect images in a shareable lightbox, download images and more.
(via: Sue Kowalski)