Welcome to Cool Tools for School 2016-2017

July 2017: Cool Tools is over for the 2016/17 school year. What a great turnout we had! Thanks to everyone who participated and to the School Library System administrators who made the workshop possible by funding their participants.

  • 145 people participated this year
  • 106 people finished the workshop
  • 1430 Professional development hours were awarded.

And we’re already thinking about next year! Hope to see you then! If your school system/region is interested in participating, let me know! (comment below or email pollyalida at gmail)

  • Cap Region – June 2
  • Champlain Valley Educational Services – June 30
  • Dutchess – May 31
  • Franklin Essex Hamilton – June 30
  • OHM – June 2
  • Oswego – May 31
  • Questar III – June 1
  • Rochester – May 22
  • St. Lawrence-Lewis School Library System – May 31
  • WSWHE – June 30


Canvas LMS workshop platform

Some changes this year: While the lessons will still be housed here, participants taking this workshop for PD credit hours will be posting their lessons and participating in discussion groups within a class site on Canvas LMS.  That site will be restricted to participants being sponsored by their schools and library systems.

All the lessons will remain on this site, so others can use the content freely.

Tracks 1 to 4 are gone and replaced with “Cool Tools 101” (Things 1-10) and “More Cool Tools”.

Cool Tools 101 is generally intended for people who haven’t participated in this, or a similar, program before. You’ll pick 5 or 10 topics to complete. The place to start is with Thing 1: Blogging where you’ll get your blog setup. You’ll use the blog to write up your reflections through the workshop. You could pick topics just from the first 10 Things, but feel free to pick topics from the other tracks if they interest you more. There are also the  extra “DIY” and “Final Reflection” topics. Lots to choose from!

More Cool Tools:  These lessons used to be split up into Tracks 2, 3 and 4. But those labels have lost any meaning as we reorganize, add, update and delete topics.  If you’ve participated before, scan all the lesson titles and pick out the topics that appeal to you. Don’t forget the extra “DIY” and “Final Reflection” topics as well. Everyone is encouraged to do these.

Repeating a topic:  Since most of the lessons have lots of options and there are always new things to explore, feel free to repeat topics that are of particular interest. Just be sure to truly explore some new aspects or try new tools.

AND REMEMBER that your posts need to reflect how the topics relate to your work as an educator. It’s great to include fun, personal ideas too if you like, but don’t forget the educational connections.

Cool Tools 101

Extra topics for everyone. Each carries the same 2 PD hour credit.

More Cool Tools

AND THAT’S IT – Odd to end with #41, but that’s how it worked out!

Final Completion Dates

Dates will be posted later in the school year. Each School Library System will set their own deadlines.

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