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.Read more
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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.Read more
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.Read more
I made a video about how I use Drafts and Shortcuts to get my tasks into OmniFocus. I was inspired to make this video after writing yesterday’s post about how I have been using the Drafts Inbox recently.Read more
I have been on Twitter for several years now, but I have never fully jumped in. I have purchased Tweetbot, and that has helped me enjoy consuming Twitter, but I still want to do a better job of contributing.Read more
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 that dates were what I should try to address.
Video calling is becoming more and more common in both personal and professional communication. Here is how I prepare for a video call.
Since I was a kid, the start of the school year has always been a sour point in my year, not because that meant Summer was over, but because the tedium of Welcome activities was fast approaching. In this post, I share my process and product for making the first day of school a little more bearable.
I find mindmaps to be helpful tools and I love MindNode the macOS and iOS app for making very pretty mind maps. Unfortunately, MindNode is not a collaborative app. Coggle.it lets you make very nice mind maps collaboratively!
Producing and using your own videos in your classroom is as powerful as a cheat code. However, it can take too much time to do this well, unless you use Clips for iOS.
“Memorization” is not a dirty word in education. However, it should be technology (not teachers) helping students memorize facts. Honestly, Quizlet is probably better at it anyway. Read this post to find out why you should be using Quizlet in your classes and how I have implemented Quizlet in mine over the past 3 years.
Teachers in my building wanted an easy, high-impact way to send positive notes home to parents. I designed and sourced a custom postcard to add this tool to teachers toolbelts. I also saved my school a considerable amount of money over buying this product off the shelf.