Expanding the SBG Tracking Gradebook

I mentioned Evan Weingberg's standards-based tracking system in a short snippet a couple weeks back. I want to expand on that thought a little bit. Essentially, he uses a Google Sheet to aggregate quiz performance to make sure standards are actually learned over time. This has been incredibly valuable to me because I felt thatRead More

Running WordPress Without Jetpack and Why That Matters

I gave up using Jetpack a while ago on my blog because I couldn't control where it sent information. I wish it was more modular in nature because it is helpful. But, I don't want visitor (read, your) information sent off to unknown folks to do unknown things. So, I turned it off. I've slowlyRead More

Quickly Format Articles for Annotations

We're working very hard with students on annotating articles in preparation for the new state test sections. The goal is to help them find pertinent information in multiple texts which can be used to construct thorough written responses. We have a standard format...circling unknown words, underlining main ideas, etc, which help students transfer the skillRead More

An Easier Way to Get Plain Text

Our school is moving to more active use of Lexile scores for reading selections. The Lexile website has a nice analytic tool which allows you to upload text (after you create a user account) for analysis. The pain in this process is that A) you can only do it from the Lexile.com website, and B)Read More

My Robot Will Fight Your Robot

Spam on Twitter feels like an all-time high right now. Twitter itself is woefully horrible at taking reports of abuse and spamming and all a user can do is use the completely un-fulfilling "Report Tweet" option to block the user. When they spam hashtags, companies create robots faster than you can report. Twitter spam isRead More

Make a Website for your Flash Drive

The Problem If you've ever been in a situation where substitute teachers can log onto the computer but not do much with the Internet other than take attendance, it can make sub plans hard to pull together, especially if you want students to see a video. This is doubly true if you're not in 1:1Read More

Getting the Axes Right in Google Sheets

I think I finally figured it out. Getting charts and graphs created in Google Sheets (or Excel for that matter) has always been somewhat of a wrestling match between what I want the software to do and what the software thinks I want it to do. Predictive and suggestion-based user interface is nice, but notRead More