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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 looking forward to the beach and sunshine as much as I am looking forward to the time and freedom to learn something new, make something cool, or improve myself.

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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 sense. Upon some reflection and listening to the discussion of the hosts, I don’t have a good argument against their position that your calendar should start on Monday. Listen to the episode here:

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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.

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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!

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Rosemary Orchard, writing for The Sweet Setup:

Drafts is much more than a quick way to take a quick note and has become the app I go to for all my writing because it’s easy, simple, but still powerful when I need more features.

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Apple really ramped up its health efforts a few iOS versions ago and one of the sleeper hits (pun intended) is the bedtime feature.

Buried in the clock app on iOS is a tab called bedtime. In here you can set your wake up time (this also sets an alarm) and how long you want to sleep. Once you do this, you get a bedtime reminder every night and sleep data populated into your Health app. If you set the option your phone will also turn on Do Not Disturb mode during your sleep.

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Your iOS device has had a feature called “Do Not Disturb” for the past few years. You might have noticed a little moon icon on your phone at some point, but did you know you can set a schedule for it?

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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.

I am a fan of the Apple ecosystem but I have waited to include the Apple Watch in my list of devices until the Series 2. Here are my impressions after the first two days.