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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... Read more

Drawing Shapes Is Hard

My wife is putting together a simple gift for our niece. Lest I spoil a surprise, I’ll be vague about the specifics. It required some hexagons. We started, logically, with an octagon. I approached this mathematically. Find the midpoint on one edge, work an equal distance out either side, then connect the dots. Bam. Regular hexagon failure 1 ... Read 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 level of te... Read 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 have to actually remember to open that sheet. Usual... Read 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 resources from public... Read 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: – Auto tweet images o... Read more

Date Countdown in Sheets for Triggers

I have a Google Sheet which displays all upcoming PD in the district. It also tracks registrations for people through a web app. I’ve documented that in other places, so I want to focus on an easy method of calculating days until an event to use as a script trigger. This started because teachers were looking for an automated email reminder a fe... 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 teamed up... Read 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 into a coaching posit... Read 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, but every example/tutorial I see focuse... Read more