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As powerful and fun as video content can be, written communication is the most reliable, accessible, and editable format that you can use to communicate with your students. Take it from a person who grew up hating writing assignments because I was so bad at them, the written word is powerful and deserves your effort. Improving your writing improves your lessons, emails, assessments, handouts, and more.

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As I said before, Drafts is a deceptively simple but absurdly powerful app. Because of this, it is a slow burn. Even as a daily user and advocate for Drafts I did not really unlock the true power of the app until this past summer.

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In my opinion, my school system was slow to adapt to instructional changes related to coronavirus shut down.

I don’t mention this as a slight against my school system. However, I do think this has given some teachers a sense of being behind in their instruction and having to catch up. This recovery mentality has resulted in students being overwhelmed by the amount of work they’re getting from some of their teachers.

I took a different approach.

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Recently I made a YouTube video and blog post about how I keep track of student attendance in my classroom using spreadsheets. Those resources showed you how to use conditional formatting to highlight students’ statuses and how to use data validation to create drop-down menus in your spreadsheets.

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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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