The Geekiest Thing I’m Using: Prose

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At some point in the not too distant future, I will likely do a screencast on how to set up a Github Pages website using Jekyll like the one here: http://bhwilkoff.github.io/. For now, however, I just want to remember my favorite web-based github editor which is called Prose.

I also think that the following editors are worth looking at too:

Prose provides a beatifully simple content authoring environment for CMS-free websites. It’s a web-based interface for managing content on GitHub. Use it to create, edit, and delete files, and save your changes directly to GitHub. Host your website on GitHub Pages for free, or set up your own GitHub webhook server.

Prose has advanced support for Jekyll sites and markdown content. Prose detects markdown posts in Jekyll sites and provides syntax highlighting, a formatting toolbar, and draft previews in the site’s full layout.

Developers can configure Jekyll sites to take advantage of these and many more features that customize the content editing experience.

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The next Five Theses of The Church of the Right Answer Via Math with Bad Drawings

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I keep coming back to this blog post and trying to come up with the next set of statements that allow us to move forward from the Church of the Right Answer. Here is what I’ve got so far:

  1. Trust is to be built, not leveraged.
  2. Copying and remixing are survival skills.
  3. Learning is both an end and a means.
  4. Communicating effectively is the purpose of writing and speaking. Communicating grammatically is not.
  5. Pushing the button before you know what it does is the best way to find out what it does.

Like my students, I have good days and bad. They and I are jostled by the same storms, pulled by the same tides. Sometimes I scold them for worshipping at the Church of the Right Answer, and sometimes I play back the tape and discover that I’ve been preaching its sermons myself. I try to track the harm and the good that I do in the classroom, measure the one against the other. It isn’t easy. There are no right answers.

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What I’m Using: Google Sheets Badge | Learn, Earn and Display

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I’m kind of in love with the simplicity of this badging structure. They have laid out all of the tasks that you would need in order to achieve at each level, but they have left off any of the step-by-step instructions. This means that you will need to figure out how to do each task within an authentic inquiry process.

Badge:  Google Sheets Badges

Levels: Novice, Apprentice and Expert

Learn & Earn: To earn your badge, fill out the template below. (In order to edit the doc you will need to make a copy).

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What I’m Using: The Noun Project for Mac

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I am absolutely in love with the ways in which we now have a visual communication system as a way of communicating intent and ideas. Whether that is in our use of Emoji, Gifs, or the Noun Project. Easy access to these things will make us all better users and communicators.

Noun Project on your desktopSearch over 100,000 icons. The Mac App constantly updates, giving you fresh content every day.

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What I’m Using: 5 sites for finding website backgrounds

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Occasionally, I need to find a new set of backgrounds or textures for a new website or project I am working on, and I always have to Google the best way to do this. Well, this post is an effort to make that easier. These are the ones that I have found, but are there others that you like?

  1. Subtle Patterns | Free textures for your next web project.
  2. http://thepatternlibrary.com/ - THE BEST!
  3. http://www.patterncooler.com/
  4. http://www.transparenttextures.com/
  5. http://www.wildtextures.com/

#C4C15: Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat: Everybody Has a Story

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We can model our way to better schools:

Our empathy for one another is at the heart of what we can do together. We are limited by our own capacity to understand the person sitting across from us, and it shows in the classrooms and schools that do it best. 

I really like how you are asking yourself and others to take a step back and try to learn more about the context for those you serve. However, I think the modeling going on in those moments might be even more important than the act itself. You are showing everyone what it is like to engage in the process of listening and empathizing. You are showing the value of not hiding our diverse backgrounds, but rather being able to talk about them and support from all sides. 

While empathy is important to ensure your kids are safe and well cared for, it is also important for those who get those things from their home life. For those that already have meals at home and time with a parent to troubleshoot math problems, they need to see why and how empathy can change a school.

Once a Bobcat, Always a Bobcat: Everybody Has a Story.

#C4C15: 1:25 iPad Classroom – A Creative Model | Dukelyer

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Sometimes the right ratio of devices to kids is 1:25. And when done well, it can still be pretty transformational for the learning environment.

I really like the way in which you have framed the usage of a single device in the classroom. It isn’t about doing everything with it that you would do within a 1:1 environment, but rather it is about using it strategically and going further because of the constraint.

In particular, I LOVE the concept of Gorilla Blogging. The idea that students are capturing things from your classroom and sharing them to a single place. It reminds me of the “Scribe Posts” that a good number of math teachers were doing around 2006, but with a greater emphasis on students choosing what they want to write about. Just by giving a kid a device and telling them to capture their learning, you have empowered them to make something that wasn’t possible before. I would love to see blogs (or other types of social media) dedicated simply to students showing off the heavy thinking and great ideas from their own projects.

via 1:25 iPad Classroom – A Creative Model | Dukelyer.