After researching Digital Storytelling, I decided to use Storybird with several of my classes. We are in the middle of that project now.
Because I use Google Drive as my main productivity tool and use Google Classroom with my 3rd through 6th grade classes, I loved discovering tools like Snagit and Google Drive voice typing that integrate seamlessly with Google Drive. I expect to use these tools regularly in the future.
I appreciated learning how to quickly cite images with Zotero. However, Zotero is a little tricky to use with browsers other than FireFox.
It was fun to try out a new blogging platform (Weebly), but I still prefer WordPress, probably because I am most familiar with how it works.
I did not connect with any of the other participants. However, as I follow the links provided with information about the tools, I sometimes discover other experts to follow on Twitter, etc.
The greatest challenge that I faced was not having enough time to learn and practice using the more robust tools like Zotero.
2: What’s next?
I'm excited about using Pinterest to put together suggested reading titles including book cover images, book trailers, author interviews, and related lesson plans.
I hope to do more with Evernote and Zotero
I have told several of my colleagues about Storybird, and they seem interested in using it for narrative writing assignments.
3: Did I like learning this way?
I thrive on self-paced learning, so this platform is perfect for me.
There are three things that I especially appreciate about Cool Tools for School: 1) the freedom to choose from many topics; 2) the clear and reasonable expectations; and 3) the curation of so many wonderful resources all in one place!