[29 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
FFTF: Booked Scheduler

Today’s Favorite Free Tool Friday features an incredible self hosted solution for letting teachers sign up for rooms, computers, carts, or any resource really,  from the convenience of anywhere with an internet connection. It rocks.
Booked Scheduler comes in two flavors. They have a paid hosted version that you can subscribe to for $10/mo, but the flavor I’m most in love with is the one without a price tag. If your school has the server space(just about all do), you can throw Booked Scheduler on it, and customize it until your heart …

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[29 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
FFTF: Booked Scheduler

Today’s Favorite Free Tool Friday features an incredible self hosted solution for letting teachers sign up for rooms, computers, carts, or any resource really,  from the convenience of anywhere with an internet connection. It rocks.
Booked Scheduler comes in two flavors. They have a paid hosted version that you can subscribe to for $10/mo, but the flavor I’m most in love with is the one without a price tag. If your school has the server space(just about all do), you can throw Booked Scheduler on it, and customize it until your heart …

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[11 Apr 2016 | Comments Off on Going Deeper with Google Forms: Sample Teacher Observation Form and Dashboard | ]
Going Deeper with Google Forms: Sample Teacher Observation Form and Dashboard

Google Forms are incredible! There’s so many uses for them, and they make collecting information so easy. But collecting data, and displaying usable data can be two totally different things. Three things can help with this. Google’s built in response summaries are fantastic ways to chart a lot of data. The second option lives in the add-ons through the add-ons manager. Something like Flubaroo can help you manage grading pretty easily. But it’s the third option that really gets in there when you need a more granular approach, and that …

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[7 Apr 2016 | Comments Off on How We Schedule Students into Constantly Changing Classes Bi-Weekly with Office 365 Excel | ]
How We Schedule Students into Constantly Changing Classes Bi-Weekly with Office 365 Excel

When Danville High School entered in the Districts of Innovation status a few years back, an idea was conceived to create courses that met twice a week during the last period of the day. There was a twist, though. These classes would be constantly changing to cater to the diverse needs and passions of our students. Some of these classes would be long term, and others would be one and done. This created a challenge in logistics. Scheduling  students up to twice a week into these classes would mean there …

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[15 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on What if we flipped the conference? | ]

The most productive time for me at a conference is on the long drive home. It gives me a chance to condense everything that has been thrown at me. A time to silently focus on what I’ve heard, what I plan to incorporate in my teaching, and how I might do things differently. This is almost always my first opportunity to do these things due to the constant onslaught of data overload. But what if this period of Conference Zen happened before the actual conference? What if the conference was …

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[16 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Why Dropr will Likely Change the Way We Do Digital Portfolios | ]
Why Dropr will Likely Change the Way We Do Digital Portfolios

If you’ve not tried Dropr yet, I highly recommend it. It’s a publishing platform that is amazingly simple, cleanly and professionally layed out, and visually engaging. Here’s a quick demo I made to show off the different types of artifacts that can be embedded in them. My Dropr.
We currently have all of our students in Middle and High School doing digital portfolios. They collect digital artifacts, reflect on them, and store them online. At various points in their time spent with us, they defend them. They talk us through the process …