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How I use technology in the classroom

So Much to Keep Track Of: Two months into the school year and I've been experimenting with ways to take notes during conferencing. After all that, I still think paper and pen(cil) will work best for most people.But I'm not most people. Mostly because writing is a real chore for me. For whatever reason, my fine motor skills don't apply to writing. It's slow and not very neat. Print or cursive – it's not very attractive, or even that readable. I did use large index cards last year; one card per student, and it was [ … ]
This blog runs on the Ghost blogging platform. I generally use WordPress, but I wanted to give this a try, as I've seen many other blogs effectively use this software. Not wanting to shell out $30 per month, I started self-hosting it on its own VPS at Vultr. That got me down to $5 per month. But I already have a solid VPS where I host many other domains, but it didn't support NodeJS.Thus began my migration to Plesk. After several years using ServerPilot's free plan, I wanted something more self-hosted. At Vultr, I can [ … ]
Martial Arts? I've been using ClassDojo for at least five years. Its core features are behavior tracking and parent communication. They've adding a new feature: Portfolios. In the past, I used Seesaw for student portfolios. It's a pretty good setup and the students were good with adding to their portfolios, and parents liked it. But it was just one more piece of technology I had to manage, so I dropped it. Behavior Tracking Back in the beginning, I had the typical behavior pocket chart with green/yellow/orange/red tags. I used to manage the tags [ … ]
Bad Things Happen: A few years ago, I read about a teacher in my district who had his district email account hacked. It was embarassing for him. We use Gmail, so it's highly unlikely that the attacker found some magical back door to his account. They just did a good job of guessing his password. Unfortunately, our district has their own password management system, so we can't use 2FA on our work accounts. How Bad Is It? He shouldn't feel so bad. Students like to poke around. It's quite common for them to guess classmates' passwords [ … ]