If we insist on lectures being the way they’ve always been, which is a one-way recitation, then let’s simply have students watch best-in-class recordings instead of the wasteful act of recreating them live, every time. But if we’re going to do it live, then let’s actually do it live.

Seth Godin, Break the lecture

I always love reading Seth Godin’s blog posts and books. He has a way of efficiently articulating powerful points. In his recent post Break the lecture, he steps into the world of education and makes a very valid point about how stagnate so much of education has been for the past 100 years.

Technology infused education innovation + one of my favorite writers = my favorite post of the month!

Elf is one of the first Christmas movies to make its way onto my TV every December. It’s one of my favorites, and it is on while we put up the tree every year.

This trailer made me get creeped out by Buddy the Elf, and I might never look at him the same way again.

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Excited by the possibility I see in Notion. I certainly have high hopes after hearing these two sing praises about it:

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For about 25 years, I got through life by procrastinating on my obligations until an emergency arose and then used my intellectual brute strength to avert disaster. About halfway through my first year of teaching, I realized this was not sustainable, and I started trying to strengthen my organizational game.

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I recently found the YouTube channel for Ali Abdaal and I have been impressed by each video I have watched so far. I looked up his website and was further impressed by his writting.

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I am a massive fan of Keyboard Maestro; it is one of my favorite technology discoveries of all time. I have so many good things to say about it; you can see a growing number of posts about Keyboard Maestro on my site.

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The land rush of 1889 was a frenzied and dangerous land grab facilitated by the United States Government. A similar event happened with internet domain names a few decades ago. However, there is still significant “land” out there, and a 21st-century parent has to grab a piece of this land for their children.

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As you can see from this post about using Google sheets to grade Quizlet progress, I have ingrained Quizlet into the infrastructure for my human body systems class. I am a massive fan of the automatic feedback and learning that happens with using Quizlet for this vocabulary instruction, and my students frequently comment about how helpful it is.

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You might imagine that I would be a big fan of using novel presentation technologies like Prezi or FlowVella. I am… sometimes… but pretty rarely. Much more frequently I would prefer to use Google Slides or PowerPoint. I also think it is a better idea to teach students how to use these ubiquitous tools rather than have them rely on a flashy and/or proprietary format.

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Once a year I use a really helpful Siri Shortcut to schedule and plan for a year of meetings.

This shortcut makes calendar events and OmniFocus projects for each of my department meetings so I am never caught off guard.

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I am a big believer in the helpfulness of digital calendars. Both at home and at school I have detailed calendars marking out all of my temporal obligations for as far out into the future as I can.

My school, like I am sure many others, has a rotation schedule that matches no calendar software on the planet. For many years I was forced to copy and paste each of the four calendar permutations throughout the school year to get my class rotation into my school calendar.

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I am a big fan of Rosemary Orchard, I was very excited to hear about her new productivity podcast called Nested Folders. While I don’t know how I feel about her co-host yet, I am very glad to hear more about how Rose works.

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