Welcome to Cool Tools for School 2016-2017

(last updated 12/9/2016)

December 2016: We’re well underway with the 2016/17 Cool Tools workshop. This is the 9th time we’ve run the program! With over 700 participants since 2011.

Many of the lessons listed below are still being updated. As topics are updated, you’ll see a note indicating they are updated. All the topics from last year will be included this year. If you want to peek ahead, go right ahead! Most of the content of last year’s lessons will be the same, though some new content will be added.  There will be a few new topics as well – see the end of this page.

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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. A good 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 first10 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.

Cool Tools 101

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

More Cool Tools (still being updated and organized)

 


Still being updated….

Additional Topics being considered:

  • Augmented & Virtual Reality?
  • Data Literacy?
  • All Things Google?
  • Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Online Security
  • Other ideas?? Please add comments below!

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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