Showing posts from September, 2014

Zombies Inspire @evernote @postachio #writing #edtech

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Are you a new teacher looking for writing ideas to share with your students? Or, perhaps, an experienced teacher hoping to inspire students with a twist on traditional writing approaches? Be sure to check out Literacy Today, a site curated by school district literacy specialist, Jananne Healey. Jananne writes the following:

It's not always easy inspiring your students to write.  Some students simply push back and say, "Nothing ever happens to me..."  Here are some wonderful ideas that just might spark an idea and make them excited about writing.  Writing Ideas
EXPLORE LITERACY TODAY You can find Writing Ideas online at Literacy Today. What you may not know is how easy it is to adapt writing ideas with technology to make them a must-do activity for your students!  John Spencer (Education Rethink) is one of the sources for writing ideas that Jananne points to; here’s one of his examples:

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3 Steps to Sharing Meeting Docs with Your Team @evernote @postachio

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There are a variety of ways to quickly share meeting documents with your team. For example, you could take advantage of one of the following: If you have access to a digital version of the handouts, you can post it in GoogleDrive or a web site.You can run the documents through a copier-scanner, email those to folks (or post them online anywhere). Another approach, if you have an Evernote and account, is to follow a workflow similar to the one below. Again, you can always adapt it to your needs, budget and available equipment. Step 1 - Digitize the Document In my role as a school administrator, I often end up in meetings where people hand me thick packets of paper. My first act is to take those back to the office, give them to my secretary and ask her to scan them to PDF. That PDF then ends up in Evernote. As a premium Evernote user, the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files become searchable. This is a real benefit when trying to dig up c…

Stump the Tech Director

The future is here now—check out these pictures of the future--but some times, it’s hard to move organizations along. And, some times, it’s not the organization that’s the obstacle but certain folks—like technology directors—who have trouble saying, “Yes, let’s do that!" That’s why my motto is to do something different, but making that motto REAL is another thing altogether. I love this Dilbert cartoon that Doug “Blue Skunk" Johnson posted: Source Dilbert comic strip's character Mordac, The Preventer of Information Services, is regrettably an all too recognizable figure in many schools...A major cause of this disconnect is that educators and technologists have valid but very different priorities when it comes to technology. As educators, we need simplicity, abundance, convenience, and ubiquity. As a technologists, we must provide security, reliability, and adequacy. Source:Blue Skunk Blog Recently, Ben Rimes (@techsavvyed) asked the following via Twitter:
What a great que…

@Postachio Rolls Out New Interface?

Earlier tonight, as the rain poured down in Texas, I noticed that when I added a new note to my Evernote notebook ("pmg"), nothing happened. The note wasn't automatically published to my blog, ATC-Clips at and it appears, I wasn't the only person once this blog entry was shared via twitter:
pomdr@pomdr @mguhlin thanks! I thought I was losing my mind when it wasn’t working.
Update, Next Day: All is now working! I had to rename the notebook in Evernote that housed my notes to mirror the notebook name (after I deleted the one made) and all my entries transferred over. I was also using a non-standard tag ("mg","pub") instead of the standard "published" so I quickly tagged all the entries "published" and everything started appearing.

I had a similar problem with my PostachioEd Series, a "page," so I decided to go check out and see what was going on.
I beca…

Learning Together

For a self-styled hermit, loner, and, according to personality profiles, an introvert (INTJ), I am amazed at the value I can get by reflecting on my own work. Often, this results in a "You're too tough on yourself" perspective but I find that to be helpful when focused on moving forward.

Some questions I try to ask myself regularly include the following:

How could I have had handled that better?What could I do differently to move the organization forward in ways that it hasn't before?How can I motivate myself to build better relationships with others to achieve organizational goals? The questions are hard ones to answer and easy to avoid during the busy, crazy lives we all lead with myriad priorities. These conversations, self-dialogues of a sort, often take the place of community learning. Community learning insights fuel these self-dialogues, the self-reflection, making me come up with new ideas to apply to my life and work. I have complete control over these, whic…

Opera Mail as a Simple eMail client

Having played around with my share of email clients (e.g. Thunderbird, IceDove, the horrible (IMHO) Evolution, on GNU/Linux distributions (e.g. PeppermintOS, Lubuntu/Ubuntu (I hate kubuntu), #! and others), I found myself looking for something new and lightweight.

Although I started with Opera browser's Mail component, I promptly discovered that OperaMail is its own standalone program available on Windows. While I avoid Windows OS like the plague, it's nice to know I could use OperaMail on that if I had to. In the meantime, OperaMail is integrated into its browser but I simply stick the Mail part of it, and don't really use the other features.

I hadn't considered OperaMail as a viable alternative, even though it is cross-platform, supports IMAP and POP.  After a weekend of playing around with it--running 3 email accounts of my handful through it--I am generally pleased with it.

My plan is to setup BitTorrent Sync and sync the hidden .Opera folder with all the settings …

5 Leadership Lessons Fig Trees Can Teach Us

While I was having fun playing with the concepts behind 9 Ways to Become a Digital Nomad, I started to briefly explore the benefits of figs, "cultivated since ancient times," which I imagined are able to grow in extreme conditions given they are found in the Middle East.

Consider this excerpt from a Wikipedia entry:
The common fig tree has been cultivated since ancient times and grows wild in dry and sunny areas, with deep and fresh soil; also in rocky areas, from sea level to 1,700 meters. It prefers light and medium soils, requires well-drained soil, and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Like all fig trees, Ficus carica requires wasp pollination of a particular species of wasp (Blastophaga psenes) to produce seeds. The plant can tolerate seasonal drought, and the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean climate is especially suitable for the plant. Situated in a favorable habitat, old specimens when mature can reach a considerable size and form a large dense shade tree. Its ag…