What I’m Learning: How to limit the number of words in a response to a Google Form question.

While you can use the advanced data validation properties of a Google Form question to limit the number of characters in an answer, you will need a regular expression in order to limit the number of words. If you ever have such a need, here it is: 


This regular expression will limit the response to 10 words. You can change the 1 and the 9 if you want to have different limits on the number of words (the 1 represents the lowest number your question will accept and the 9 represents the highest).

This is what it looks like in a question:

What I’m Using: YouiDraw – An amazing Vector Graphic App for Chrome(books) that works with Google Drive.

I really like this application, as it is so fully featured. It seems to be even better than Inkscape. I also really enjoy that there are MANY different templates to start from.

YouiDraw, Online Vector Graphic Design, Drawing Online Logo Maker.

Create stunning vector Graphic design with YouiDraw online. It’s like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw but it works with html5 and Google Drive. So there’s no software to download, install and config. You can access your work anytime, anywhere. Suddenly, your creativity is unleashed!

What I’m Reading: My favorite blog post of the moment with more than a little bit of snark. (H/T Ani McHugh – @teacherbiz31)

If you are someone who is interested thinking about data differently or perhaps critiquing the current system of emphasizing Rigor, Grit, and Testing, I highly recommend this blog post.

Dear Teachers: Feed the Data Monster. Rigorously and with Grit. | teacherbiz

Dear teachers, Now that the 2014-2015 school year is well underway, I’m writing to you with a friendly reminder of what everyone already knows:

What I’m Learning: You can embed a Hangout button pretty much anywhere.

So, I should have probably realized this, but you can set up a Google Hangout with a simple click of a button. You can do this in your own website or simply insert this button in a Google Site without coding anything.

I am going to be using this to set up specific support structures using hangouts for PD. How will you use this feature?

If you want more of the technical aspects of this, go here: 

Google+ Hangout button – Google+ Platform — Google Developers

The Hangout button lets you launch a Google+ Hangout directly from your site. When you use the button, you can set up the Hangout in a variety of configurations. For example, you can specify Hangout apps that launch along with the Hangout and setup the Hangout as a regular Hangout or a Hangout On Air. You can customize the Hangout button to meet the needs of your website by modifying the button size, loading the button when the page loads, or selectively showing the button using JavaScript.

What I’m Learning: Tilde.Club is Amazing

I love this blog post. It is such an amazing story of how crowd-sourced collaboration actually happens. It is also a wonderful writing piece to look at for inspiration. I am interested to hear what you think the biggest learnings are from this story?

Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium

This is the story of an accidental network of hundreds of people all (sort of) working toward a vague common goal on a ridiculous project that did not exist two weeks ago.

Love Letter to Connected Teachers and Learners

This video demonstrates the one of the most fundamental ways I look to connect educators: Online Roundtable Discussions. This project has allowed me to facilitate conversations with hundreds of educators throughout 2014, and has sparked even greater numbers of conversations after each one. The video shows just a few of the people that have taken part in Project Roundtable (http://learningischange.com/learningremodeled/portfolio-item/roundtable/). I also bookended the video with excerpts from my #2minPD on Blended Learning (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W5qSO6ompw).

I believe deeply in the power of connection, and of making connections for others. If we can bring people together with a common purpose, we allow authentic learning to be at the forefront of our professional practice. It is with this belief in mind that I created and continue to engage in Online Roundtable Discussions.

Thank you to all connected educators around the world. I learn from and with you. Ever Day.

Setting Up Your Mac to Run Any Android App You Want Using Chrome: A How To

Alright, this was way easier than I thought it was going to be. You do have to copy and paste a couple of commands into your Terminal and turn on Developer mode in your Chrome extensions, but that is really all that there is to it. I’m just writing this out in case you are looking to do this and play around, but here is what Angry Birds Star Wars looks like on my Mac:

  1. Install Homebrew (follow the first instruction on this page… that’s it.): Homebrew — The missing package manager for OS X
    Homebrew installs the stuff you need that Apple didn’t.

  2. Install NPM and Node.js (follow the first instruction on this page… that’s it.): Setting up Node.js and npm on Mac OSX | Shape Shed
    Setting up Node.js and npm on Mac OSX

  3. Install ChromeOS-APK (follow the download and install instructions on this page): chromeos-apk/README.md at master · vladikoff/chromeos-apk
    npm install chromeos-apk -g

  4. Download and install the right version of the ARChron extension (follow the instructions on this page): chromeos-apk/archon.md at master · vladikoff/chromeos-apk
    ARChon runtime lets you run unlimited number of Android APKs created with chromeos-apk on Chrome OS and across any desktop platform that supports Chrome.

If you are the type of person who is really looking to test out a lot of Android Apps but doesn’t know which ones will work with this method, here is a quick spreadsheet of nearly all of them that have been tried. Please note: this spreadsheet contains links to download APK files as well. If you haven’t paid for the APK through the Google Play store, please don’t download the APK for use on your Mac.





What I’m Learning: A bunch of new programming resources for kids to start their CS Journey.

Hat Tip to Jessica Raleigh for this one. While I did know most of these apps, it is nice to have them all collected in one spot. I also didn’t know Waterbear, so I got to check it out!

10 Tools To Teach Kids The Basics Of Programming

Waterbear is a convenient and free to use programming toolkit for kids which uses a drag and drop approach for programming purposes. Waterbear is a visual programming language which means there is no need to learn syntax to start programming with it. Kids can create a new file, look at examples of other creations and play around with the different features among other things. There are even descriptions for each element that are easy to follow as well. [Visit site]