Link Google Forms to Bitly Automatically

If you have a bit.ly account, you can get a public API token which can be used to create shortcodes. This is really handy in my situation, where I'm creating a ton of feedback spreadsheets (another monster post on that later). Using a small code snippet, you can create a feedback form, throw in someRead More

Slides Tweeter Update 2

A short update to my post about tweeting Google Slides presentations after some work this weekend. Working AddOn menu prototyped. Check if a user is logged into Twitter on launch. If not, log them in. The user can append a hashtag to each slide. This is stored in each presentation until the user changes theRead More

Tweeting Google Slides Automatically

An app called Keynote Tweet has been around (in various working and non-working states) since the late 2000's and let users auto-tweet images of their Keynote slides during a presentation to a hashtag or stream. Google released the Slides API this year and one of the API methods allows you to get a thumbnail ofRead More

Glaringly “For-Profit”

Audrey Watters shared a Bloomberg article this morning on Silicon Valley-based AltSchool which is closing locations to focus on "strategy" and a "path to growth and finances." It's a glaring admission that Silicon Valley money and "vision" have nothing to do with bettering education for students. Interestingly, the last paragraph of the article highlights whatRead More

Badging Patterns

Some more, mostly unfiltered thoughts on badging programs run at the K12 level. (Initial thoughts for some background from back in August.) Articles and websites announcing badge initiatives at K12 peaked in 2014-2015. I haven't found many articles from the last two years. Many (seem to have) started with schools who had a high levelRead More

Parsing a JSON log feed with Python

I have several Google Sheets doing several things on their own through Google Apps Script. I've started to make it a habit that each action is logged to a separate, isolated spreadsheet so I can pop in and look for error messages in one places rather than several. This poses a small problem. I haveRead More

Indiana Education Paired Texts

March 2017 - Indiana to lose $56 million in public school funding under Trump budget September 2017 - Indiana receives $59 million grant to expand charter schools September 2017 - Hoosier Virtual Academy, an online charter, to close in June The DeVos DOE and Indiana education politics continue to lead the way in removing resourcesRead More