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Statements to Evernote

This app [workflow]( is pretty amazing. It allows you to create some workflows  to get things done automatically on your phone or iPad. 

So, here is one that I am using. We save our witness statements to Evernote when there is an incident with a student. This workflow allows me to take complete that workflow with fewer taps. I saved this workflow to my home screen and so I tap once to launch it. When it is launched, it brings up my xamera, so I can take a picture, then it saves that picture as a PDF to the Evernote folder specified.  

 ##Possible Enhancements

1. I could take multiple photos to group incidents together.  

2. I could add tags to it. Right now, we aren't using tags with these issues, but we could if we wanted.  

3. I could NOT make a PDF. I like having them as PDFs better than JPGs, but that is just me. It would go a little faster if it weren't making a PDF.  

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Append Text to Clipboard

Frederico Viticci

If you do any sort of note-taking or writing on iOS, you probably find yourself wishing you'd be able to copy separate bits of text in the clipboard simultaneously. While that's still not possible because the iOS clipboard only supports one entry at a time, the process can be sped up with Workflow.

I am really loving this ago workflow. It does some amazing things.

Don't. Do. It.

David Sparks:

I've been reading the reports of the massive data loss at Sony over the last few weeks. In some ways, the most jarring reports are not leaked finances but instead all the email. As much of a geek as I am (or perhaps because I'm a geek), I just don't share private thoughts via email or text message. This came up on a recent episode of Mac Power Users and I truly believe people don't understand how easy it is for governments, or subpoena-wielding attorneys, or … now … motivated hackers to get access to digital communications and records.

I've been thinking a lot about this lately as well. Just don't send things you wouldn't be happy with other people knowing about.

Supporting ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom

Jennifer Gonzalez:

You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and though he receives English as a Second Language (ESL) support, he will also be sitting in your room every day to give him more exposure to his new language. How can you be a good teacher to someone who barely understands you?

Great tips from Jennifer here.

Via Melissa Eddington

Testing Environments

The Weird Teacher:

This entire process, while efficient and cold, is not comforting or creating a relaxing environment. It is not a thinking-positive environment. It's not a place where you should feel comfortable. It's a place where you should feel watched. It's Testing with a capital T. The way It Should Be. The goal of this place is a secure Testing Environment. Period.

Doug makes some really great points in this article after explaining taking a test for his certification. I took four such tests in one year's time and it was brutal. It is one thing when your grade is on the line; it is another thing when your job is on the line!

Filtering via @drspikecook

Dr. Spike Cook:

In hindsight, I wish that someone would have taken the time to read the magazine with me, or better yet use it as a learning experience for projects including math, LAL, science, physical education or social studies. Nope. Put it away or I will confiscate it. Sometimes when I hear about (I even experience it as a Principal) the web filtering and blocking of sites it makes me think back to those days in the 1980s. Sometimes there is such a disconnect between students, teachers and learning.

What is even more frustrating is that when we filter things, we sometimes make it a lot harder for teachers to actually teach kids. That is frustrating. Damon Hargraves often says that we mess up a perfectly good computer and make it less useful when we add some filtering or management software to it.

Finding the Elusive Balance

Tom Martellone:

After writing the blog piece, I did have a handful of people that wanted to know my thoughts about keeping that balance.  I’ve thought about it for some time now and this seems a most appropriate time to address it.  Since the start of November, my assistant principal and leadership partner has been out on leave, which has left me to oversee a school of 500 students and 120 staff members without him.  While I’ve kept up with everything, I have also been busier than I’ve been in a very long time. This period of time has given me the opportunity to identify some things I feel help a school administrator keep a sense of balance.

It is important to have balance in your life. I have had to work really hard at this as I have started this new job in Kodiak. For me, when I am home with my kids and wife, I have to be home with them. It is not fair to make them not be the focus when I am home. I need constant reminders. Thankfully, I have an amazing and supportive wife!

Time to Fail

Brad Gustafson:

Our teachers have been doing some truly ground-breaking work. The level of innovation and passion in our school is palpable.  We have classrooms participating in Genius Hour, coding, connecting with other schools, 3D printing, green-screen video production, flipped instruction, team teaching, augmented reality, and re-imagining learning spaces. I thought that I had grown accustomed to the general level of “awesomeness” in our school…but I’ll never forget what happened last week.

I just added Brad to my feed reader. Exciting stuff happening in education right now.

35 Tips for Your Career

Whether it's telling your boss that his hourly drop-bys are really killing the team's mojo or letting your direct report know that arriving to meetings on time is, in fact, required, giving feedback is a necessary part of getting what you need and being a happy professional. Learn how to give it well, ideally sooner rather than later.

This article gives advice for doing things before you're 35, but wherever you are in your life, they are solid tips.

What Minecraft Teaches Kids

Margaret Rock:

Love or hate Minecraft, kids obsess over it, playing huddled over iPads or eyes fixated on monitors and televisions. The premise is almost rudimentary: Minecraft is an open-ended “sandbox” game where you construct and play in elaborate worlds. Some kids recreate famous pieces of architecture, others express their creativity through grand designs, but the experience is simple: in the free-form Minecraft sandbox, you can build practically anything your imagination can think up.