Using the Hypothes.is API in a Google Apps Script

I've started using the Hypothes.is annotation tool more lately, mostly at the behest of Kris Shaffer. He started writing about it's potential for public discourse on research back in April and has since created Pypothesis to turn his annotations into a blog post using Python and the Hypothes.is API. The API is pretty simple -Read More

The Education Freeconomy Gobbles Up Another

Free in education is a big deal. Don't bother mentioning paid apps in front of teachers because you'll lose the group. Last year, we saw Geddit close it's doors. This year, there are two notables closing shop before the fall: Curriculet and Snagit for Chrome. The two are in slightly different boats but they're closingRead More

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