Yes! Oui! Si! 是的!

I use Microsoft Forms a fair bit but mostly it’s with my own students. But when I’m working with larger groups outside the school, it’s a nice option to offer a multi-lingual entry form (especially in Canada where the two official languages are English & French). Microsoft Forms adds a […]

Fence me in!

A couple of weeks ago while flipping through tabs, I noticed a wee little fence on the top bar of my Firefox browser: My first thought was “hey that’s kinda a cute little emoji” … and then I wondered why it existed… and then I noticed it was in the […]

Desmos Test Mode in Windows

Desmos, the popular online graphing calculator, has a Test Mode that locks the device into just the graphing calculator (Link: https://www.desmos.com/test-mode) . The challenge is that it’s only for Chromebooks & iPads. And I use a Windows10 device. So here’s a parallel solution : Windows TakeATest mode. TakeATest locks windows […]

Voting in Outlook

While you can certainly use Microsoft Forms to collect information and put it into a spreadsheet easily, sometimes you just need a simple yes/no or single selection. And Outlook lets you do that with VOTING BUTTONS. The process is very (very) easy. Start by creating a new email.  On the […]

Simple subtitles

Every tv and streaming app in my house is set to show subtitles — I’m not hard of hearing, but I like keeping the text showing on the screen. It is an extraordinary boon, of course, when I’m watching something in another language — I know French, but it’s nice […]

Microsoft Teams –> Your Files jump-off point

I used to suggest using Microsoft Delve as a jumping off point for your files — it was a smart system that highlighted what files you had been recently using but also what others was working on. But, as Microsoft Teams became a more common application for users, I thought […]

#vnps’ing Trig Identities

So my class was working on Proving Trig Identities (not always the most popular — it’s the first time they really do a “proof” in our curriculum) and I didn’t want to have them work alone and I didn’t want them to work on all the same problems, so I […]

#vnps summary in #OneNote

So one of the things about #vnps (vertical non-permanent surfaces) in classes is that there is a lot of mathematical work, and a lot of discussion, as we develop the mathematical understanding throughout the class. What is missing is the summary & run-down after the class is over — that […]

Read this email

My school has an unproductive relationship with email; it’s woefully abused and so no one really reads email since they’re overwhelmed with it. If you didn’t ruthlessly triage you’d never get through to the actual important ones. (A few good reminders are here: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-to-email ) Back when I did a […]