Entries by Mike


My Drafts Inbox

In the minds of most teachers and students summer has a special allure of freedom and wistfulness. As the summer break approaches we all get anxious to shed the skin of the past year and shift into summer mode. I too look forward to summer with the same excitement as everyone else but I’m not […]

Prometheus TED Talk

I have a longer featured post about how I have students go through a reflection process for the presentations they give in my classes. As part of my process for developing their presentation skills we watch this video a few times and talk about all of the phenomenal displays of oration that Guy Pierce demonstrates […]

Tweaking Your Dates and Calendar

I was listening to the most recent episode of Cortex (one of my favorite podcasts) and the hosts were talking about their calendars. Unexpectedly they had a little stand off about what day of the week their calendars started on. If you grew up in America this is an absurd statement that does not make […]

My Perspective on Frogs

There is a (misattributed) Mark Twain quote that is used in productivity circles that goes like this: If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to […]


Keyboard Maestro Macros for Dates

A while ago I shared a post from David Sparks about automating greetings in emails to reduce typos and increase accuracy in written communication. That post got me thinking about the other things that I do in my day-to-day written communications that could benefit from the accuracy and precision that comes from automation. I realized […]

Earth Day 2019 Badge

Nothing like a little gamification to encourage me to get out of the house on Earth Day. It was an amazing day outside and the walk gave me the energy to work some more on an upcoming project I am very excited about!


Parallax Effect in PowerPoint

While I am not a big fan of the Office 365 suite of apps, this video definitely made me reconsider just how deep the feature set is in Microsoft’s apps. I certainly won’t be moving from GSuite for features like these, but this video is a helpful reminder that you should keep an eye on […]