What I’m Using: Tracking Gmail messages with Google Analytics to see who has read them.

I really like this hack a lot, especially because it works with all of the things I am already using. Also, it is 100% free.

How to Track Gmail Messages with Google Analytics

Google Analytics is often used for tracking visits to web pages and mobile apps but did you know that Google’s Analytics service can also be used for tracking your outgoing email messages in Gmail. You can add the Google Analytics tracking code to your Gmail messages and you’ll instantly know if your email message has been seen or opened by the recipient.

What I’m Using: LinkRedirector for sending folks to different link destinations based upon the device they are using.

Alright, so this might be a very specific use case, but I often need to send folks to different places if they are on an iPad vs. a Laptop. So, with this I can give folks the same link but take them to the different places I need them to go on the web based upon their device. I find that incredibly cool.

A free url shortener | Linkredirector

Send visitors to different destinations With our free url shortener you can add multiple destinations to your short links and define who should be redirected where. Simply select the segments you wish to affect, like device model, device vendor, operating system, browser, country, display size and returning/new visitors.

What I’m Using: A Chrome Extension to make Google Docs into WordPress Blog Posts

I find this extension to be awesome! I hope to use it a lot in collaborating on blog posts and in making things that I have written into an ongoing conversation.

Send to WordPress – Chrome Web Store

As a blog writer, you are most likely using Google Docs for most of your writing process. After hours of writing and reviewing, you finally have a completed blog post that you are ready to show the world. All that is left is to upload your document to WordPress. Unfortunately, this seemingly simple task often proves to be quite a hassle since you need to format the entire post in order to fit your blog’s style.

This extension is designed make your publishing process as fast and efficient as possible. Simply open your document with Google Docs to WordPress and click “create post(s)”. Your new post is now on WordPress, styled to fit your WordPress theme. Your images have also been taken care of, each one labeled correctly and appearing exactly in the right place

What I’m Learning: “Adding” files to multiple folders in the New Google Drive is Rediculous

Although you can still do this in the New Google Drive, the keystoke has changed to the nonsensical “Shift+Z” to open up the “add to” dialog. Thank goodness you can still hold down control (or Option on a mac) while you drag things from one folder to another in drive so you don’t mess with the permissions while you are adding it to your own folder structure. I know they are trying to simplify things, but I don’t think this is the right way of going about it.

About moving content from shared folders – Google Apps Administrator Help

Advanced users can add the file to ‘My Drive’ instead of moving it. This is not a copy of the file. It’s literally the same file located in multiple folders. For example, renaming the file in My Drive will rename it for everyone and sharing it will share the original file with anyone the added file is shared with. Users can do this by selecting a file and then pressing Shift+Z to display the “Add To” dialog box.


When Robots Start Taking Careers Instead Of Jobs, What Does Career Ready Mean?

Today’s podcast episode is about how challenging I found two videos about how robots, automation, and mechanization will take entire careers. I want to start thinking about what we can stop teaching based upon the idea that many of the careers we are preparing students for will not exist in 25 years.

Here are the two videos, so that you may become challenged and inspired as well:



When Robots Start Taking Careers Instead Of Jobs, What Does Career Ready Mean?

Project Roundtable: Passionate Learning, Creating and Collaborating in the New School Year

*Collaborative Planning Doc:* http://bit.ly/passionroundtable

*Roundtable Purpose:*
This roundtable is meant to help support teachers and leaders going back into their schools with a passionate approach to learning. It is meant to share best practices for the new school year and uncover collaboration points between teachers and schools.

*Roundtable Audience:*
This is for any teacher or leader going back to school after summer break (or that has continued to work and create throughout the summer). This is an opportunity for all of us to share the things we are most excited about in this school year, and to start thinking through where we hope to be by the end of the year.

Make Your Own DPS Mileage Calculator with Google Sheets/Forms/Scripts

This quick tutorial shows how to create your own Mileage Calculator using Google Sheets/Forms/Scripts. It will automatically calculate the mileage, remember every place you have traveled to or from, and it will put it into a format for reimbursement. Because this is formatted specifically for Denver Public Schools, you may need to modify it for your own purposes. Here is the link to get you started: http://bit.ly/dpsmileage

How to Create and Facilitate a Roundtable Hangout

Planning Document: http://bit.ly/roundtableroundtable

Badge: http://badges.p2pu.org/en/badge/view/545/

Purpose: This hangout is meant to help anyone with an interest in running a Google+ Hangout as a roundtable discussion to be able to do so easily. We will go through the process of creating the hangout, developing the audience for that hangout, and the facilitation of the hangout (both technical and pedagogical).

Come and Join Us.