The Universe decides…

For a number of years now, instead of a fixed (or no) seating plan for my classroom, I’ve been using visibly random grouping (PDF).  I have an Excel spreadsheet (link) that takes my class list and randomly assigns them to a 4-seater table (2 tables that seat two students). I […]

This is a Test… this is only a test…

This post wouldn’t have been possible without Eric in our IT Dept — he fixed a network setting that prevented us from using TakeATest last year… so a huge shout-out to him (he’s likely relieved because I’ve been pestering him for the past couple of years!)Built into Windows10 (right from […]

Post It Notes go universal

Microsoft recently began rolling out an update to their Post-It Note software, which they call StickyNotes – now at version 3.  You can get it in the Microsoft Store here.  For the sake of clarity, I’ll continue to refer to them as Post-It Notes — they’re like Kleenex.What’s nice now […]

Snip&Sketch

So the October 2018 Windows 10 Update has provided a new snipping tool … now, it surprises me that this would be the thing I’m most happy about, but it is! Making things we do very often each day as easy as possible has immediate payoffs in the classroom, so […]

Making your own font

Slid in amongst all the announcements for Ignite, Microsoft’s big conference in September, as a tool that I thought was quite cool.  Not original, since similar things have existed elsewhere & when, but a nice option nevertheless.Microsoft’s Font Maker allows you to create your own font using digital ink.  You […]

Other folks, doing stuff in OneNote

When I’m working in OneNote on the night before classes, I always find it interesting to see who else is there working.  The Windows10 version of OneNote (and OneNote Online) both include a People Presence option to show you who else is working in the same Notebook/ClassNotebook.   When you […]

Book ’em, Dano… using Office365

I don’t usually talk about aspects of Office365 that require one of the paid subscriptions because, well, they cost money and I know teachers and schools have to prioritize their budgets (or have it prioritized for them). Remember that Office365 level A1 is free for schools, teachers & students and […]