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What to do About the Missing "About" Page in Google Classroom?

Recently Google rolled out some <b>great updates for Google Classroom</b>. You can see my earlier post for all the details here: 9 Updates for Google …

Education Technology

Google Slide Calendars (2018/2019 Version)

Last year, I shared a set of calendars that I created for my school site to help students say organized. Well, back by popular demand…<p>Here are the …

Education Technology

57 Funny Jokes for Kids (And Adults Who Like Dumb Jokes)

You can never have too many knee-slappers in your repertoire of bad puns.<p>Question: A pun, a riddle, and a knock-knock joke walk into a, umm, room …

Jokes

10+ ways to use Flipgrid’s newest features in the classroom

For many students, video is just part of the way they speak. Snapchat. Instagram. YouTube. For many of them, they think in terms of sharing socially. …

Education Technology

A Look Back: “Three Videos Of English Language Learners Giving Advice To Teachers”

<b>During this month, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing</b> …

Teaching

These Stores Are Reason Enough To Book A Trip To Bangkok

One of the best aspects of traveling is bringing home tokens that mark the trip — be it handmade sandals or the perfect vintage T-shirt. In fact, …

Korean Air

16 Practical Strategies to Help You Differentiate Your Teaching

No two learners learn the same way. Learning is a social practice, a form of social behaviour whose development requires attention to a number of …

Pedagogy

Best apps to help stop panic and anxiety attacks

(Credit: nito, Shutterstock / nito)<p>Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., afflicting 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The good news is that anxiety disorders are treatable via …

Depression

Fortnite isn’t addicting your kids — it’s just giving them what society won’t

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is OK for kids.<p>The short answer is yes, Fortnite is fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe …

Psychology

Another epic economic collapse is coming

Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America’s economy, prudent people should reverse that.<p>This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times’s Robin Wigglesworth and Nicole Bullock, “the …

Economics

How to Output Your Mac's Audio to Two Pairs of Headphones at the Same Time

Next time you're on a flight with someone and you both want to watch a video on your Mac without disturbing other passengers, try this convenient solution for sharing your Mac's audio among two pairs of headphones.<p>The method described below should work regardless of whether you're using one wired …

Headphones

7 Brilliant Mental Tips To Prevent You From Overreacting In Any Situation

When something happens that gets your blood boiling, it's hard not to give in to your first instinct and react emotionally — but nothing feels worse …

Self-help

Tips for New Teachers

<i>Written by Mark Wise and Beth Pandolpho</i><p>Teaching is one of the only professions in which prospective educators may sit in a college lecture hall in …

Teaching

H.P. Lovecraft And The Shadow Over Horror

H.P. Lovecraft's stories are among the foundations of modern horror. He has an entire subgenre named after him (Lovecraftian horror, also called cosmic horror). His stories can still wring shivers from the modern reader; his gods and monsters are cloned, adapted and mutated by new authors every …

Horror

15 Writing Prompts To Start Your School Year Off With Some Creative Writing

Going back to school as a kid always began with a brand new binder, an exciting new classroom, and the classic writing assignment: "What did you do …

Creative Writing

Diablo 3: The wholesome, forever game

Why it’s so easy to return to Blizzard’s classic, and then leave again<p>I feel a bit of dull shame when I return to Blizzard games, and this emotion is mirrored when my friends see each other on Battle.net. It feels like bumping into someone you know at a seedy club, or wondering if someone is an …

Diablo

Leadership as Influence

<b>In Your Context …</b><p>Today, this metaphor no longer applies. Instead of an ocean, we're facing a river that is constantly changing course and moving at a …

Pedagogy

I went to adult summer camp—here’s what it was like

I work at a wellness company and so it’s my (gluten-free) bread and (nut) butter to know the many ways that stress can interfere with us all living …

Summer Camp

15 New Fantasy Books To Read If You've Never Tried The Genre Before

So you've never read fantasy before. Or you haven't read fantasy since you were a kid, and you associate the genre primarily with wizard schools and …

Books

What to Know About Money Before You're 20

Most young people don’t learn the tenets of personal finance in school, but building solid habits throughout your teens and early twenties can help …

Personal Finance

How to illustrate a children's book

I fell into illustrating children’s books. I was working as an animation director and a freelance illustrator for seven years, but it became so …

MacBook Pro

A Look Back: “A Few Simple Phrases To Help Keep Students Engaged”

<b>During this month, I’ll be taking a break now-and-then from blogging to both take some R & R and to finish-up some more extended writing</b> …

High School

19 Ideas on How to Push Yourself to the Next Level

If you're not getting better, you're getting worse.<p>When it comes to success in any area of your life, continuous improvement is part of the job. And intentions are great, but it's the actions you take that decide your outcomes. Need some ideas on ways you can improve? Here are the habits 19 …

Commuting

The Best Project Management Apps to Get Your Life in Order

Project management apps help teams collaborate more effectively and hit their deadlines, but you can use the same apps to put some order into your …

Project Management

What God has not joined together: the rise of the humanist wedding

Robyn Hewatt and Andrew Downie were married with all the trappings of a traditional Scottish wedding: Hewatt’s father walked her down the aisle; she had maids of honour and Downie had a best man. A piper played at the door.<p>But there was no priest, minister or registrar to lead the ceremony. Like …

Humanism

Dungeon Master Tips — Running D&D for Large Groups

What follows is an article I originally posted at Medium, but Medium just isn’t the best, err, medium for discussing Dungeons & Dragons. I think what …

Board Games

How to motivate older kids without using rewards, punishment or fear. (No, really.)

Bo Burnham’s movie “Eighth Grade” brilliantly captures the challenges facing tweens and teens. Kids at that age are experiencing a complicated and often awkward time of self-discovery and growth<i>.</i> They are concerned with their identity and sense of self, yet much of what they see and experience can …

High School

9 Updates for Google Classroom (and 3 more to come)

When Google Classroom launched in 2014 it was immediately a valuable tool to save educators time and increase connection with students. Since then</b> …

Education Technology

Experience the great outdoors in a pop-up cabin

Whether it’s a cosy home office nestled at the end of a property or a rustic retreat in the middle of nature, cabins can be the perfect hiding spot to get away from it all. Knowing of the increasing demand for such bespoke structures, one Canadian company has created a stunningly modern offering, …

North America

This is how to execute an idea better than anyone else

Google, Amazon, and Apple have become iconic because each of these companies completely disrupted an entire industry. And then they dominated it. And …

Business Strategy