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Professional Development Credit

Just to be sure I didn’t send out any misinformation about the PD credit. We figured that each lesson would take around 2 hours to complete.


  • 5 lessons = 10 PD credits
  • 10 lessons = 20 PD credits

Hope that clears up any confusion!

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Final Lesson for all tracks

It’s here – the final thing! This is the final topic for all 3 tracks.

First, I want to thank you all for participating in the Cool Tools for School workshop and sharing your experiences and ideas through the year. Hope you’ve all explored some useful new tools, expanded your personal learning network and have some exciting ideas to put into place over the next school year.

Finishing Up

Here’s what you need to do to finish up the workshop.

  1. DEADLINES: Check the deadline for completing your work. Each School Library System has different administrative requirements, so there are a bunch of different deadlines. Make sure you know which SLS you’re in and get the right deadline! (Truly, this has been a problem. Some people don’t know which SLS their school district is part of.) NOTE: Rochester CSD has the earliest deadline – don’t miss it!
  2. FINAL LESSON: Read the final lesson for all 3 tracks and write your final blog post.
  3. WHAT DID YOU FINISH?  Carefully check through your blog to see what lessons you feel you have successfully completed.  Use the Final Completion Log Form to check off all those lessons. Your PD credit will be based on this form.


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Final Deadlines

runner at the finish line

Race to the Finish!

Here’s the list of final deadlines that we have so far:

Final Deadlines:

  • Capital Region SLS : June 6, 2015
  • Dutchess BOCES SLS : May 31, 2015
  • GST BOCES SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Monroe 1 BOCES SLS : June 10, 2015
  • Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES : June 12, 2015
  • OHM BOCES SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Oswego County SLS : May 31, 2015
  • Questar III SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Rochester SLS : May 25, 2015
  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES  SLS : June 5, 2015
  • Sullivan BOCES SLS :  May 31, 2015
  • Ulster BOCES SLS : May 31, 2015
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Thing 29: Student Response Tools

colorful posterThing 29: Student Response Tools covers a variety of tools that can be used to gather feedback, create exit-tickets, surveys and more. Have fun with this one and share your favorite tools as well.

Only one more lesson! Things 10, 20 and 30 will be a final reflection post and will be posted next Monday.

Final log form:  A final log form will be posted soon. You’ll use it to report the topics you’ve completed. You must complete that form to receive your PD credit. Now would be a good time to look over your blog and check that you’ll have 5 or 10 lesssons completed by the end of the workshop.

Deadlines: Each SLS region has different PD requirements. You should be hearing from your SLS director about the deadline for your region. If you don’t hear, please contact them. I’ll also gather deadlines and post them on this blog as well.

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Thing 19: Social Reading and “book stuff” is now available.

A little bit later than usual, but still on schedule! Thing 19: Social Reading and “Book Stuff” is now available.

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Thing 19 will be posted Monday

The next topic, “Social Reading” will be posted late on Monday. But if you’d like a preview, take a look at last year’s version of this topic.

p.s. Nice to see so many Cool Tools folks at the NYLA SSL conference!

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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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Free Webinar – Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Free webinar on Wed April 29.  Helping Students Make Good Digital Decisions with Digital Compass

Digtial  Compass

Join Common Sense Education for a webinar to celebrate the launch of their newest free education resource, Digital Compass. Based on the concept of “choose your own adventure” books, Digital Compass guides students in grades 6-9 to learn the fundamentals of digital citizenship through animated, interactive experiences in which students choose several different paths for each character. Students explore digital dilemmas, making good (and not-so-good) decisions, and trying out possible solutions through stories and mini-games – all without risking their real-world reputations. Digital Compass is available at no cost as a web-based interactive, and will be available soon as an iOS app, Android app, and Edmodo app.

Join Common Sense Education’s Kelly Mendoza and Brisa Ayub for this live, interactive presentation and learn how you can implement Digital Compass into your own digital citizenship program. Get involved now by following Periwinkle, one of the characters from Digital Compass, on Twitter at @whereswink. Start sharing her great #digcittip recommendations with your class today!

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Track 3: Thing 28 – Tech Trends and Scanning the Horizon

As tech leaders in your schools, you know that keeping up with current technology often feels overwhelming (no kidding!). And sometimes it feels like we’re never going to catch up and be on top of things. So you may balk at our “look to the future” topic this week. But don’t!

One of the best ways to cope with the exhaustion of trying to keep up, is to learn from the experts who are carefully evaluating the trends and technologies that are most likely to affect education and libraries over the next few years. Once you’ve read a few trends/issues reports, you’ll start to pick out the tech and trends that are likely to be relevant to you, your students and colleagues. With that knowledge you’ll realize that you’re really ahead of the curve and will be ready for the changes to come. And also ready to lead the way through those changes.

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Track 2 – Thing 18: Online Learning & DIY PD

Learnning is a choiceAll of you have already had online learning and DIY professional development experiences through this workshop and likely through 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 in this week’s lesson focus on helping YOU find ways to learn the things that you want & need to learn. Though we aren’t going to cover online learning for students specifically, many of the ideas and resources can apply to them as well.  Enjoy exploring Thing 18!

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