Tech Tip – Update Google Calendars Through Google Sheets

Tech Tip – Update Google Calendars Through Google Sheets

This year, I've started to send out a weekly Tech Tip to my colleagues in an effort to help them use technology to streamline their workflow.  Below, I've included a tech tip I sent out about using FormMule to manage class calendars from a Google Sheet.  It's saved me a ton of time and I hope it does for you too :) You'll need THIS Google Sheet with the magical FormMule script in it.   SETTING UP YOUR SHEET http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVPN-iAThsg MAKING CHANGES / DELETING YOUR ENTRIES
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Assessment FOR Learning vs. Assessment OF Learning

Assessment FOR Learning vs. Assessment OF Learning

Recently read an article from EDge titled ‘Assessment For Learning.’ The biggest push of the article was that assessment is most often used as a measure of what has been learned at the end of a unit (assessment OF learning) and then you move onto the next topic.  It can be a pretty defeating experience for those who fail and don't have much chance to really learn what they were supposed to learn. They cite research on the positive effects on assessment used FOR learning; something like a pre-assessment or assessment in the middle of a concept.  It's effectiveness is…
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Which Budgeting App Should I Use?

Which Budgeting App Should I Use?

This isn't an education entry but budgeting & managing expenses is something everyone should do! I've been budgeting since I got out of college to track my spending.  I used an Excel spreadsheet that got more and more refined over the years.  It was based on the envelope system, where my expenses were broken up into categories and each category (envelope) got a specific percentage of my income each month.  My categories were save, give, bills, groceries, gas, eat out, and debt.  I decided to look for an app to manage my budget when I got to the point where whenever…
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How Do I Know They’ve Learned?

How Do I Know They’ve Learned?

In our meeting of middle-school teachers this week, the head of the middle school shared his vision for our future meetings. He wanted them to be a place where we discuss the practice of teaching; announcements and discussions on logistics (which took up a majority of our meeting time previously), would be shared in a weekly email. He was giving us a space to discuss how to become better teachers. He gave us these little reflection journals to be used for out times together and posed a question for our first entry: How do I know that my kids have…
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4 Tools To Organize Your Teaching LIfe

4 Tools To Organize Your Teaching LIfe

Here are 4 organizational tools that I’ve found super useful in the past year that perhaps you may find a use for in your classroom. Padlet WHAT PROBLEMS DOES IT SOLVE? I used to write instructions on the board, and in a pinch, I would open up Microsoft Word and type up the instructions for an assignment.  When I was done, I never saved the Word files.  A few days later, a student or parent would ask me to clarify some things on an assignment, and I would have to rehash it all out again.  But not with Padlet! HOW…
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Ambiance, Decibels, and Dancing in The Classroom

Ambiance, Decibels, and Dancing in The Classroom

Studying sound recording technology in college wasn’t necessarily the best preparation for an aspiring teacher, but I've tried to find ways to incorporate the things I learned and enjoyed from the world of sound engineering into education.  Here’s three audio related tools and tips I’ve found helpful in my classroom. Bloom I enjoy having calming music playing during times of quiet or silent work, but I don’t like the idea of having only a couple CD’s or tracks of calming music.  Playing them over and over gets old.  I’ve tried online radio, but the advertisements that come up on Pandora,…
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How I Made A Database of Lesson Ideas With Evernote

How I Made A Database of Lesson Ideas With Evernote

I finally downloaded Evernote this past June.  I knew it was an organization tool but I wasn't really sure exactly what it did.  My goal was to try and solve a few problems I found myself running into as an educator. Resources Everywhere One issue I kept running into as a teacher was having resources all over the place.  If I remembered that I saw a great idea for a geography lesson, I didn't remember if I pinned it on Pinterest, read it in an email, favorited it on Twitter, bookmarked the website, saw it on a worksheet, read it…
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My Flip That Sort Of Flopped

My Flip That Sort Of Flopped

So last year was my first attempt to 'flip' my classroom.  I find myself wanting to kind of avoid the word 'flipped,' not only because I want to be wary of educational fads / GAMECHANGERS! but also because I don't really feel I 'flipped' my classroom, I just provided resources for them to learn online. I've read so many things about different people's experiences from: 'I flipped my classroom and 100% of my students passed or got commended on the end-of-year state assessments' to 'I did it, I liked it, I think it may be a fad and I'm not…
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Parent Communication Tech

Parent Communication Tech

When I received my teacher evaluation last year, one area that I didn't score as high as anticipated was in the area of parent communication, which sort of confused me.  I had BCCed my AP each time I sent out an email to parents, which was fairly frequent.  There was the sort of mini-newsletter each week discussing the things we were covering that week, there were the notifications about positive behavior I was seeing in some students, as well as the communiques about any inappropriate behavior that needed to be addressed.  But through the midsts of all of that, there…
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