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Have a Wonderful Summer!

Thank you all for participating in the Cool Tools for Schools workshop this year. And what a year it was!

We had 128 participants from 14 of our New York State regional School Library Systems participate in the program. With 30 topics to choose from this year, we had many first time participants, and many folks participating for the 2nd or 3rd time.

90 participants (70%) earned Professional Development hours by completing 5 or 10 topics. This worked out to close to 900 blog posts and the awarding of whopping 1430 PD hours!

Though some folks didn’t complete enough lessons to earn PD credit, I’m confident they all learned some new skills.

One suggestion that came up in many of the Final Reflection posts, was the desire for a better way to communicate with other participants. I hope I can find a solution this problem over the summer, in time for another round of the workshop next school year!

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Summer is here – Keep the Learning Going

My vacation office!

My vacation office!

Summer vacation! It’s just about here! Some of us (me!) have started a bit early.

We know all too well how important it is to avoid too much of a ‘summer learning slide’ for our kids and it’s just as important for us.

I always have far grander learning plans for the summer than I’ll ever accomplish. But that’s ok, we all need some R&R and even though I know I won’t meet all my goals, I’ll meet some of them and that’s better than nothing!

Some of your SLS regions are going to be offering a summer version of Cool Tools and you’ll keep your learning going that way. Continue reading

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Please fill out the final form!

fog

A foggy day in Maine.

If you finished your work but didn’t remember to add it to the Final Completion Form (or the “Hooray I Finished!” form, as I’ve been calling it), please do that ASAP or you won’t be able to get PD hours/credit.

If you like, you can view the spreadsheet for that form to make sure your input is there. We’re checking over all the blogs as they’re submitted, though I’m not totally upto date at the moment. Getting there though!  Been a bit distracted by the view from my vacation office! :)

 

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Cool Tools – June deadlines

The May 31 deadline for Dutchess, Oswego, Sullivan and Ulster SLS regions has come and gone. If you finished your work but didn’t remember to add it to the Final Completion Form (or the Hooray I Finished! form, as I’ve been calling it), please do that ASAP or you won’t be able to get PD hours/credit.

If you like, you can view the spreadsheet for that form to make sure your input is there.

Other deadlines coming up:

  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES  SLS : June 5, 2015
  • Capital Region SLS : June 6, 2015
  • Monroe 1 BOCES SLS : June 10, 2015
  • GST BOCES SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES : June 12, 2015
  • OHM BOCES SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Questar III SLS : June 12, 2015

If your region isn’t listed, please contact your SLS Director.

 

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Congrats Rochester Folks

Congrats to the 32 people from the Rochester City School District School Library System who completed the Cool Tools project! That’s almost everyone who registered.  Those 32 people earned a total of 450 PD hours. Well done!

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More SLS Region Deadlines Coming Up

Sunday May 31 is the deadline for a few more of your SLS regions:

  • Dutchess BOCES SLS : May 31, 2015
  • Oswego County BOCES SLS : May 31, 2015
  • Sullivan BOCES SLS :  May 31, 2015
  • Ulster BOCES SLS : May 31, 2015

Other deadlines coming up soon:

  • St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES  SLS : June 5, 2015
  • Capital Region SLS : June 6, 2015
  • Monroe 1 BOCES SLS : June 10, 2015
  • GST BOCES SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES : June 12, 2015
  • OHM BOCES SLS : June 12, 2015
  • Questar III SLS : June 12, 2015

If your region isn’t listed, please contact your SLS Director.

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Final Posts Are Pouring In

Wow, the final reflections posts are pouring in and I’m so enjoying reading them. You guys have been doing fabulous work all year long and it’s fascinating to read what resonated most with each of you. Such a variety of thoughts and observations. Thank you all for the effort you’ve put into these (and all your work!)

I’m working through all the checking over the work of folks from  RCSD since their deadline is the earliest (Midnight – Monday May 25th)

Remember, you need to fill out the Final Completion Log Form to summarize which topics you completed.

If you want to double check to see if your entry from that form really got posted, you can check the spreadsheet here.

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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.

So….

  • 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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