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April 2016

productivity
Technology
April 30, 2016

Get Organized: Use Calendars & Project Management Tools

"When's it due?" students ask. "When did I say it was due?"  I answer. "I don't know."  It's either that or "I forgot."  That's how it goes. Not anymore! No kid with a computer, tablet, or smartphone gets to say "I forgot" anymore.   Set them up with calendars and project management software, and they'll be well on their way to success. Organize students with calendars and project management tools. Calendars My first experience with Google Calendar was as an adult working in tech.  "Aaron would like to speak with you."  Aaron was my boss, the head of marketing. "Great.  I'm free any…
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pinterest
ClassroomTechnology
April 30, 2016

Pinterest in the Classroom

Do you use Pinterest in the classroom?  If not, you should. Pinterest used to be a place for dumping pictures of all the cool things you wanted to buy and projects you never got around to finishing.  Not anymore--Pinterest is the place to be for research, collaboration, and learning. If you're in the habit of putting things under "Recipes" or "Home Remodeling," and leaving them to rot on your pinboards, stop right there and repeat after me, "Pinterest is God's gift to schools." Why do you need Pinterest? Today, Pinterest is nothing less than an amazingly robust database of everything under the sun, categorized, grouped…
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start garden
Lifestyle
April 29, 2016

The 3 Things You Need to Start Your Garden

Today's question comes from Kelly from Rhode Island, who wants to know, "How do I get my garden started?" This is a big question, so we'll break it up into a few posts. First, let's start with getting the thing into the ground.  Then, we'll tackle what to plant to maximize savings and enjoyment, and how to expand operations until you have enough harvest to preserve or share. Gardens are a great addition to any lifestyle--not only the frugal, but the foodie and health conscious as well. I've become pretty obsessed about mine.  I started my garden because I was flat broke, not because I…
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evernote
Technology
April 24, 2016

Evernote Saves Lives

Evernote could have saved this student's life. "My brother peed on my science notebook."  The student was frantic.  Science is serious, and they have a serious notebook full of labs, tables of contents, and lots of things.  She had a little brother with autism who destroyed the work. "You should digitize it," I said.  "Then, it'll be safe for all eternity." I love Evernote. I never understood Evernote's power until one day when it seemed like God himself came down from the heavens and tried to organize me.   Since then, it's saved my world many times over.  I use it…
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twitter
ClassroomTechnology
April 10, 2016

You Need to Get Connected! Twitter 101 for Teachers

Are you on Twitter yet?  If you're a teacher, you should be. "No man is an island."  Someone really great said that. Teaching often feels like one.   I have a saying, "If you're more than two rooms past me, or farther than the bathroom, I won't see you till June."  That's not the way teaching should be, but it often is.  I once introduced myself to a woman at a conference--turns out we'd worked together for two years.  She was on the other side of the school. That's terrible--but the fact is, teachers often get isolated. Sometimes we're put…
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