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Toontastic 3D – A 2017 Favorite

For the last five days I have featured the most popular posts of 2017. On this last day of the year, I’m going to highlight my favorite posts of the year regardless of their popularity. This post features my initial review of Toontast...

Three Alternatives to Google Classroom – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. Here is one from January. Last week I received an email f...

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Any advice on advertising an e-book?

Often the best advertisement for a novel is a second novel. In addition, having more than one novel available, especially in a series can have benefits. That said, there are mailing lists such as bookbub (by far the largest) which for a sub...

Acknowledging Ungraded Skills

One of my goals this year was to find a way to recognize all of the amazing things students do in the makerspace at University Liggett School. It’s open to students all day and after school, and they’re doing amazing things with Python,...

A More Complete Picture of Student Learning

I’m really excited to see that educators are clear about the use of formative and summative assessment. We’re using formative assessment to gauge the effectiveness of our teaching and to know what our students know and have yet to learn...

For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or fewer? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their lov...

Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos

This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated.  Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report as...

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scifi crime thriller thing

Hello. Haven’t written in a while. Just grinding the gears. See what I can turn out. Opinions and criticisms are welcome. — One Clint’s mind raced. What reason would someone have for murdering a Councillor? He opened up the th...

One OneNote Feature I Wish Google Keep Had

As many readers know, I’m a long-time user of all things Google. That includes Google Keep which I have been using for all of my bookmarking and note-taking since Evernote gutted its free plan about two years ago. Recently, I’ve...

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Starting almost from scratch

I am a school governor of a sort, but at our school governors work in a somewhat unusual way. Roughly speaking, each one primarily follows the career of a single pupil, using that pupil’s experiences as a yardstick to measure ho...

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