End of School? Say goodbye with these creative tech tools

Many ways to say goodbye

The end of the school year is here, and everyone is shedding a tear.  Well maybe not everyone.  The end of the school year brings out many emotions for the students clinicians work with.  Students and teachers are anticipating the long-awaited summer break.  Many school staff have end of the year lessons and activities to assist the students with remembering their school year.  Although this isn’t an exhausted list, these are a few tools you can use with your students, to make a lasting impression.  Have some fun!

Auto Draw 

I Love this web-based tool.  It is very easy to use and has a quick learning curve.  It can be used on a I pad or tablet.  When used on a tablet, you can use a stylus to help with drawing of lines and objects.   This tool is like word predictor for texting but it predicts what you are trying to draw.  As you sketch out a picture you would like to use in your drawing,  this tool tries to give you choices (in a tool bar above your drawing), that may be similar to what you are trying to draw.   Draw a circle and petals, the predictor gives you ideas like tulips, roses, tree etc..  If you like the suggestions given, just click it and it is inserted in your picture frame.  

This tool gives you additional options of giving the lines color, filling the  inside of the picture with color.  You can add text, make shapes, rotate your drawing or move the object/drawing to different places on your frame.  You can also share your art design in a variety of ways, such as download it as a png file to print, or upload it to a social media site, or create a link to your drawing .  

This tool can be used with your students to be creative and make a quote, drawing or scene that relates to the ending of the school year.  Students can get very creative with these drawings they make and the best part is you can print the designs for the students to share or post them on your web site to share.  The creative possibilities are endless.

The Newspaper Clipping Generator

Make a newspaper clipping with your own headline and story.  Students can be creative and write about a specific school incident that they will remember, or write something funny about themselves and a friend.  

To download the newspaper, use the link at the bottom of the generated image.  The students can use the images as they wish.  You can put them on your own website or blog or print them out and make a class year book with articles.  Great creative idea.

Fake Text Generator 

Have fun with discussing a funny event that happened in the school year.  Students can work together to recreate an event and text about it.  Students can make “remember the time texts,” or create funny statements or conversations that may have happened.  

The website lets you fit between 35 and 50 words on one screen (a conversation between 2 different people). Then, you can take a screen shot of the conversation or right-click to save the picture as a jpeg.  There is a feature to print the page also.  Lots of fun here. There are a lot of ads on the page that say start download, so be careful not to use these ads.  The download button is in green and doesn’t have an ad logo in the right bottom of the ad.  

Breaking News Generator

With this tool, you can create a fake headline.  Upload a funny or expressive photo or a recreated class event and add your own new channel name, description, date and place.  This can also be downloaded to print and place in a class album or added to a class website.  

Keep Calm and Carry On themed posters

Great site that allows students to create posters that relate to saying goodbye.  There is also a quote maker and meme generator on this site.  You can download the images or share them to google sites or other social media.  

This site also allows these images to be used, so that you can purchase the quotes, and add them on t-shirts and other fantastic products.  You do not have to use these features to use the site.  

Have fun with these tools, and have a happy summer break!

Please comment on how you will use these tools.  Thanks






Social media, Depression, & Suicide: What We Know & How Social Work Can Help from Sean Erreger LCSW

Wonderful find from my social work virtual pal Sean Erreger focusing on how social media is effecting our youth.  Recently I participated in developing a screening tool at my school that would assist in finding students that were anxious and how social media impacted them. The information shared was definitely eye opening as to how much time our students are spending on social media.   Social media is definitively a factor in our teens and preteens lives.  Elementary students are gaining access to cell phones as early as age 5.  Mr. Erreger gives some great advice on how we can assist the students we work with.  Check out the page link to find Erreger’s and other great presentations there.  Below he shared his presentation at from the Global Social Welfare Digital Summit






Black Panther Resources – Creating Engaging Social Emotional Lessons Through Movies

black panther

If you haven’t seen the movie Black Panther, then hold off reading this blog post until you see it.  There are plenty of spoilers in this post!!  If you have seen the movie, I’m sure you have heard the great reviews and opinions regarding Black Panther.  As a clinician, (I went to see the movie two times already) I looked at the movie through different lens.  It was so many great messages in this movie and the connection to great therapeutic discussions, are endless.  

Clinicians often use videos and clips as social stories that teach various social skills and how to respond to conflicting scenarios.  The Black Panther movie has endless lessons and themes.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to post the endless amounts of articles that support Black Panther’s positive teaching and imagery.  Below I have included links to great resources that Larry Ferlazzo has put together. It may be a while before Black Panther comes out on video, but there are a good amount of clips on YouTube that can you can view .  These clips can assist in your discussions on various social themes within the movie.   In the link below, there is also a curriculum that has been developed to teach lessons after viewing the movie.

Developing The SEL Lesson – Questions

Some of the great ideas that can be developed and discussed are as follows:

  • Who is your role model of the film

  • In what ways was the character similar to or different from you?

  • What are some of the themes within the movie (the power of fathers (or the lack thereof), the power of education, the power of suggestion and the tension between doing something versus sitting on the sidelines, and the role of females.)

  • What problems are the characters facing?

  • Who did you view as the antagonists, and what obstacles did they present?

  • What feelings are evoked from various themes?

  • What are the family values, how are they the same or different?

  • How did the protagonist succeed in overcoming the challenges?

  • What real world connections can you make from the movie?

Check out these great resources on Ferlazzo’s page.  I couldn’t have done a better job 🙂

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Ready, Set, Go! ISTE Is Coming To Chicago!

Want to learn tech skills?  Don’t miss this conference.

I’ve had the chance to experience a tech conference before and it is absolutely mind blowing.  If you want to learn tech skills, this conference is the place to be.  Next year ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) will be in Chicago, and it will be easy to access for the folks in the Midwest.   There are tons of workshops, exhibitors, and opportunities to meet many of the tech guru’s from your favorite blogs, and twitter handles.  Don’t miss out!


Chicago — June 24–27, 2018 McCormick Place

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