A few years ago, I fell down the spreadsheet rabbit hole. I was always intimidated by and unclear of what I should be using spreadsheets for, and I decided to change that. I am so glad I challenged myself to explore this world!

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The next book on my list to read is Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide, I read the first chapter, and I was blown away. I can’t wait to pick it up and finish reading it!

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While on a walk today, I realized that I could create a Hazel rule to prevent one of my backup drives from filling up unnecessarily.

When I got home, I decided to make a screencast of me creating this rule. Here it is!

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I am reading Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project and enjoying it very much. Recently, he wrote an excellent list post on his blog about 30 lessons he has learned in his 30 years.

It is undoubtedly worth a read, check it out here.

A few years ago, I agreed with what some streaming doomsayers were predicting, the end of the Golden Age of streaming. There was too much opportunity and not enough competition for the old media titans not to try their hand at streaming. They would come in and recreate cable tv.

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As a teacher of advanced high school students, I have such a different job than many of my peers in my building; but when I walk into my son’s elementary school, I can not get over how different his teacher’s day is from mine. I could never handle their job, and I would never want to try.

However, secretly, I have always been a little bit curious/envious of the behavior management/parent communication apps that are available for elementary school teachers. ClassDojo looks like such a cool tool that I have my fingers crossed that one of my son’s teachers will use it so I can see what it is like.

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I have been aware of the concept of “Clear to Neutral” for quite a while. I think I first heard about it 5+ years ago on a College Info Geek video. Over time I have heard either the same term or the same concept described by many people in the productivity space, but I have never been able to keep it up as a habit.

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I am a huge fan of Nancy Duarte’s presentation philosophy, I own three of her books, and I build my presentation rubrics in my class around her guidance. Here are two quick videos to serve as a starting point to make better presentations.

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A few years ago, I made a video to show my students how to be more productive by using the Pomodoro Technique.

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I love Drafts for iOS and macOS, but I have always longed for the “actions” funcationality to come to the Mac version. Today is the day!

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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
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