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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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This post is from more than a decade ago. However, as the school year starts and emails are flying into my school inbox, it is as relevant as ever.

Read this article and learn how to be better at email, everyone you work with will appreciate it:

Writing Sensible Email Messages- 43 Folders

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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.

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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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There is a (misattributed) Mark Twain quote that is used in productivity circles that goes like this:

If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.

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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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While I am not a big fan of the Office 365 suite of apps, this video definitely made me reconsider just how deep the feature set is in Microsoft’s apps.

I certainly won’t be moving from GSuite for features like these, but this video is a helpful reminder that you should keep an eye on tools you have walked away from.

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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I plan on writing a post all about Hazel in the future but I wanted to share a specific use case for Hazel that others might benefit from.

In short Hazel is a very cool macOS tool for automating the moving and naming of files. I know that does not sound very fun but it is awesome. Again I will talk more about that in the future but let me just show you what I wanted to do:

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Your high school health teacher made this phrase mean one thing but that same precaution also applies to using the internet. You can find endless examples of privacy breaches, creepy online tracking, or straight up public wifi hacking that make accessing the internet seem like playing with fire. And it is!

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One of the features of Snapchat that I thought was cool when the app first launched was the Snapcode. It made connecting with people on the service pretty frictionless. You could just scan a branded QR code to automatically follow a specific person. No typing, asking clarifying questions or anything, just scan and go!

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