The power of Better.

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There is a lot of juice in transformational change. Everyone is looking for it, coveting it above all other types of change.

But, I wonder if there needs to be a defense of incremental change. I wonder if we need to think about how “better” is something really amazing.

The reason why this came up for me this morning is that yesterday I updated to iOS 8 on my iPhone.wow there is nothing radically different or transformational within the operating system, everything works better. Even the fact that I am able to dictate this entire blog post without stopping the dictation after every paragraph is something that I have been wanting to do for years.

Better is amazing in this regard.

Because these changes are not transformational, I don’t have to learn a whole new paradigm of workflows or management for my ideas. Rather, all I have to do is embrace the subtle differences that make every interaction more amazing.

This makes me wonder where we might find better in our own lives. When can we champion incremental change something worth pursuing.when can we make it a ration a priority instead of innovation.

Now, I don’t mean that innovation in and of itself is bad. Instead, I’m talking about how people use innovation and transformational change as a way to obfuscate the fact that they don’t truly understand what has come before.

It is in this understanding that we truly can step up on the shoulders of giants rather than knocking them out at the kneesevery time we have a new idea.

But, what do you think? When is incremental change and advocating for “better” the best strategy for championing great work?

Project Roundtable: The All-Day Q&A

This is the All-Day Roundtable to support any and all teachers that are looking to use Webcams, microphones, Swivls, iPads, Chromebooks and any other device that helps teachers to collaborate with one another throughout this school year.

Please come and ask/answer questions. Please come and share your own educational excitement.

What I’m Using: An App that lets me see who has access to my Google Drive Files and Folders

I think this app may be what a few of you folks have been waiting for. It scans your Google Drive and determines which files and folders are shared with which people and you can remove folks very quickly if they shouldn’t be there. Good times!

Who Has Access – Chrome Web Store

Find out who can access your Google Drive. You’ll be surprised. Find out who can access your Google Drive. You’ll be surprised. – Analyze your Google Drive share options for all your files and folders. – Discover who can access what in your shared folders. – Remove the people that shouldn’t have access and feel better.

What I’m Learning: Scott Berkun has some wonderful advice for folks on how to run a workshop.

I absolutely love these rules and the ideas behind them. Study this blog post!

How to run a good workshop

  • RULE #1: A 3 HOUR LECTURE IS NOT A WORKSHOP
  • RULE #2: THE MORE STUDENTS YOU HAVE, THE LESS OF A WORKSHOP IT IS
  • RULE #3: WORK THE TRIAD: EXPLAIN, EXERCISE, DEBRIEF
  • RULE #4: STAY OUT OF THE CENTER
  • RULE #5: BETA TEST YOUR EXERCISES
  • RULE #6: MATCH PROMISES TO EXERCISES
  • RULE #7: ALWAYS HAVE A WHITEBOARD OR FLIPCHART IN THE ROOM
  • RULE #8: THE ROOM SHOULD LOOK LIKE A WORKSHOP WHEN YOU ARE DONE
  • RULE #9: BUILD A WORKSHOP CHECKLIST
  • RULE #10: GIVE STUDENTS THE NEXT THING TO DO AFTER THEY LEAVE

What I’m Using: SlideRule – A Search Engine for Online Courses and MOOCs

I like the idea of not having to go out to all of the different providers of online courses in order to find the content I am looking for. This is a great tool for filtering and finding great content.

SlideRule: Find Online Courses/MOOCs. Read Reviews/Ratings

Education is changing, with great educators from around the world increasingly putting their amazing courses online. We believe we are in the early days of a revolution that will not only increase access to great education, but also transform the way people learn. SlideRule is our way of contributing to the movement. We help you discover the world’s best online courses in every subject – courses that your friends and thousands of other learners have loved.

What I’m Learning: How to bulk Hide, Show, or Delete Sheets on Google Spreadsheets

On occasion, I have needed to mess around with very large spreadsheets. This is going to be a huge help in making those more manageable. 

Bulk Hide, Show or Delete Multiple Sheets in Google Spreadsheets

Too many sheets! I came across the problem of having a large number of visible or unused sheets in cluttering up my Google Spreadsheets  often enough that I decided to solve it.