What did you learn?
- There have been many tools I have learned this year and that I now use. This includes Google Drive (especially Google Forms), customized settings for the Chrome browser and adding Delicious as a bookmarking tool.
- I have created more resource guides for the district and my school using LibGuides. I love the format and usability of this site. At first, it was difficult to navigate, but not anymore. I already have some guides teachers have asked me to create for the fall that I will work on over the summer.
- There are more ideas I have gathered for my library’s website. I need to have more students contribute to the site through book recommendations. I want to update the ebook section this summer
- I tried Google Earth again with students. I like the tool and will use it per teacher request for a Google Earth field trip, but for some reason I have not clicked with this tool
- This summer and next year, I want to become more proficient in providing ebook resources for students and teachers. I want to download the OverDrive app to the iPads and show students the available ebooks sites we have available to them. I plan to have a lesson on this for students in 3-6 at the start of school.
- For social reading, I want to dedicate a few classes a year where students write a book review to post to the library’s Shelfari page. It will be neat for students to submit book recommendations to this site.
- Also, I want to develop another blended learning course on Schoology. This year, I made one for digital citizenship and plan to enhance it next year. Besides the digital citizenship course, I want to create one for my fifth-graders called “Weeding Through The Internet.” I want to introduce my third-graders to Schoology, as well.
- I’m taking a few summer PDs about Smart Notebook Exchange and more about blended learning
Did you like learning this way?
- I loved the format of this course. With a busy schedule, it’s helpful to complete blog posts on my own time. It was not hard to schedule time to complete these. I enjoyed reading other posts, and I know I need to do a better job of commenting on colleagues’ posts
- It was helpful to have dozens of articles and resources for each topic. We were not tied down to any one tool
- Thank you, Polly, for another great session of Cool Tools