Rebooting My Coaching

I planned, and ran, a really unsuccessful series of PD for a group of teachers this year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t wise enough to accept the non-success until we’d reached almost a breaking point in the group. The idea was to focus on instructional methods with, or without, technology. The problem was that it wasn’t what the teachers needed (or ... Read more

Planning a Flipped Unit Part 2

The biggest portion of the circle, the Why, defines everything you do in the unit. Before planning a single activity (or lesson), it is important to take time to outline what the students will be learning within the unit as a whole. This guiding focus will bring consistency to your individual lessons and empower you to build more meaningful i... Read more

Planning a Flipped Unit

The idea for this series was sparked when I was helping some people research sample flipped lessons for a curriculum workshop I was facilitating. I was embarrassed while working with this teacher because most of what we found was significantly below standard. That night, I did some more searching and I leafed through page after page of Google r... Read more

Moving from WordPress to Jekyll

This is a long post in several parts. Jump to different sections using the links below. Introduction Exporting WordPress Hosting Comments Updating Conclusion Introduction Long story short, I moved from self-hosted WordPress to a static HTML site generated by Jekyll. WordPress does it’s job really well. I think there was some s... Read more

New Tab Flickr Background Extension

I’m part of digital-only secret Santa exchange. It’s a cool idea…you’re assigned someone you may (or may not know) and tasked with coming up with a free (or very cheap, ~$5) digital gift. Some ideas were things like creating customized Spotify playlists or blog lists, creative portraits of the person from images you find online, to recipe or boo... Read more

Slide Tweeter Update 4

I thought I was ready for some beta testing of the Slide Tweeter AddOn. Unfortunately, I’ve run into a snag with authenticating some of the code. When you install and Addon from Google, it’s in something called AuthMode.NONE which significantly limits access to certain data. This is a good thing because you don’t want Addons running through you... Read more

Slides Tweeter Update 3

(Part 1, Part 2) I’m excited. A beta version of the Slides Tweeter AddOn will be ready this week. Two major updates helped get it to this point: Google changed the URL pattern for the thumbnail image, meaning I can grab a much smaller file which greatly increases the speed of the AddOn. Most tweets are posting in less than 20 seconds.... Read more

Link Google Forms to Bitly Automatically

If you have a 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 some code, and have it display as a short URL and Q... Read 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 the input. – The custom player n... Read 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 of the image which can then be sent t... Read more