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

Ideas for Apps Script in Google Slides

Google Slides got a big update from Google this week, notably the inclusion of AddOns and Apps Script functionality. The UI updates are nice (grid view, skip slide, etc) but the real power and extensibility of Slides through GAS allows for connection beyond the immediate audience. Some ideas I know I'm going to play with:Read More

Outsourcing, EdTech, and 1986

Outsourcing education doesn't look like robots taking over our classes. It happens when we willingly turn over the tasks of teaching to machines without thinking through implications or repercussions thoroughly. Computers are really good at a lot of things. Media companies are also really good at a lot of things. When the two really teamedRead More

Digital Teaching and Learning is Great (Until It’s Not)

The nuances of digital teaching and learning are often lost on Twitter and off-the-cuff blogs. Posts long enough to explore some of the finer points of teaching and learning today are often skipped over as being “too academic” or “too heady.” Nope, those posts aren’t written for teachers “in the trenches.” I’ve moved fully intoRead More

Adding a Bullet Journal to my Work

I took most of the summer off from writing, but now that school is getting back into swing, it's time to start thinking out loud again. Back in May, I wrote about using a new to-do system to stay on top of my work. Then, Robert Talbert tweeted. Again. I've gotten curious about bullet journaling,Read More

Ultra-Specific Classification

The edu-blogification of ideas gets overwhelming. Six years ago, I went to a workshop on using videos to help with my instruction. We called it the flipped classroom and it helped me work more effectively with my students. I learned about my own strengths and weaknesses (watching your videos day after day is a greatRead More

2017 End of Year Notes

In what's become a half-tradition, some unfiltered thoughts as I finish another school year. Splitting time between teaching and instructional coaching is really, really difficult. It's hard to pour into both equally. Next year, I'm going to be coaching 100% of the time. I still need to work on alternative assessment and measurement methods. UsingRead More