Category Archives: Efficiency Tools

Guest Post: How Does Technology Support Formative Assessment?

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This guest post was written by Nathan Mielke, the data coordinator and instructional technology integrator for the Germantown School District in Wisconsin. We started talking about formative assessment a few months ago after I noticed one of his posts on Twitter- my school district is currently running an action research learning team with Shirley Clarke, so I’ve been particularly interested in ways to increase the efficiency of giving feedback during the learning process. In this post, Nathan talks Read the rest
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Podcast Interview with Concordia EdTech- Talking about how Technology Supports Pedagogy!

By | Efficiency Tools, My Thoughts | No Comments

My first podcast interview went live today! Thanks Concordia EdTech for hosting me (and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you should- they’ve interviewed some really interesting people, and I feel honored to be a part of their work!).

In the interview, I talk about one of the projects I am currently working on, how technology can support pedagogy, and how Google Apps can improve efficiency/effectiveness.

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AutoCrat: The Greatest Google Mail Merge Script of All Time

By | Efficiency Tools, Google Apps, Instructions | 89 Comments

I’m not exaggerating.

Check this out:

  • Users fill out a form online
  • The data from each user merges into an individual Google Doc (from a template)
  • Those Google Docs (you can also choose to make PDFs) are organized in a folder in Google Drive
  • You can automatically send an email with those attached PDFs or Docs
  • This can happen when you run the script or as soon as the user submits the form.

I can think of a million uses … Read the rest

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Curriculum Storage: Using Google Sites as a Content Management System

By | Efficiency Tools, Google Sites | No Comments

I have been in three school districts since I started my career in education- I spent a semester as an intern (I taught three freshman English classes in lieu of student teaching), three years as an English Teacher / Video Production Teacher / Theater Tech Director / Tech Coach, and I just started in a new district as a K-12 Technology Integrator. All three districts put aside common planning time for the same goal: revising and updating curriculum for common … Read the rest

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