My Earth Day Message (BitStrips for Schools)

Making the move from once living in the hot, humid tropical forests of Borneo to now riding around the flat, frozen lands of Kazakhstan has come with challenges. Unfortunately, the town I live in Kazakhstan has hardly any trees. Fortunately, speaking with a local Kazakh, I was told that ten years before there weren’t any trees in the city and now there are a lot more due to local initiatives to plant more trees.

What are you up to for Earth Day?

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Gamification of Education (Infographic)

Gamification Infographic

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

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The Flipped Classroom (Infographic)

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

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Blended Learning: Disruptive Learning (Infographic)

Are you blending learning these days?
Blended Learning Infographic

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

Share if you care.

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SAMR Model Presentation

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Being a Connected Teacher: featuring the tools Twitter and

What does your learning environment look like?

In the diagram created below by Professor of educational technology and media at the faculty of Education, University of Regina, Alec Couros (Twitter handle: @coursa), a networked teacher’s environment might look something like this:

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The networked teacher’s environment is rich with many different ways to stay current and connected. There is much public talk these days that Twitter seems to be one of the better tools for building your personal learning environment and community.

In this presentation below I highlight the background, concepts, resources and steps to becoming a better connected learner and teacher. (Full disclaimer: Bits and pieces of this presentation are from Alec Couros’ Embracing Connected Learning workshop.)

If you found this presentation helpful, please share.

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Adds-ons for Google Docs and Sheets

Google Docs and Sheets just keep getting better. By allowing third party apps to function within Documents and Spreadsheets, Google is upping the ante as mentioned in the Verge article Google’s Add-on Store for Docs and Sheets Could Close the Office Gap.

Check out the latest apps you can add to enhance your work flow.


Below are the four Add-on apps tutorials showcased in the video.

1) To view the MailChimp video tutorials, click here.

Getting Started with MailChimp by Daniel Ingoldsby:


2) Click > Avery Label Merge for Google Docs

3) Letter Feed Workflows for Google Docs:


4) EasyBib for Google Docs



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Uninstalling Google Drive Offline from MacBook Pro to Access New Account

Google Drive is so cool. Particularly when you can work on documents even when you’re not connected to internet. So after receiving  a new MacBook Pro for work, I was eager to install Drive to my computer. Then I hit a glitch.

I installed Google Drive onto the computer and then I went to click on the Drive icon on the top toolbar an the error message read: “Error – click here to sign in again.”

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I clicked to sign in and up pops the sign in window with my old Google Apps username that I had while working for another school — which had been disabled. Unfortunately, I was unable to sign in with my old password because the account is deactivated.

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If I try to sign in using my personal account, it says that the account that I signed in with doesn’t match the connected one.

Here I am unable to disconnect because the Preferences menu option is ‘greyed out’ from the drop down menu. So I tried to uninstalling and reinstalling the app, but it stays connected to the old account — the syncing power of Google!

Bummer (in this case).

Now what?

Here’s what I learned to resolve this frustrating issue.

1. In the Finder, choose Go > Go To Folder
2. In the Go To Folder dialog, type ~/Library
3. Click Go
4. Once you’re in the ‘Library’ folder, click on Application Support > Google > Drive
5. Copy the sync_config.db and save it somewhere as a backup
6. Delete or rename the sync_config.db file
7. Relaunch Drive

The old account shouldn’t be there anymore after you completed these steps.

If you’re still unable to access the ‘Library’ folder because it’s hidden, please follow these steps:

1. Open the Terminal
2. Type the following: defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE killall Finder
3. Try to access the ‘Library’ folder again.

I hope that helps!

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Where Do You Live on Planet Internet?

Map of Internet by Martin Vargic (aka. Jay Simons).

Where do you come from on this map of the internet?

Where are you living now?

An amazingly detailed map of the internet by Martin Vargic (aka. Jay Simons) — a Slovakian student and amateur graphic artist. The detail is incredible.

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Classroom Blogs Build Confidence: Sharing Our Action Research

Just about three weeks away from heading to Bangkok, Thailand! Besides seeing the beautiful people and land of smiles, I am looking forward to presenting a workshop at the 2014 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference, which will be hosted in Bangkok. I get to hook up with my buddy, Ben Sheridan — former colleague and riding buddy from our days in Balikpapan, Indonesia. We’re going to be presenting our action research project that was awarded the 2013 EARCOS Action Research Grant. Three of us — Ben Sheridan, Linc Jackson and myself worked on a project to provide individualized instruction to teachers on how to create a classroom blog. The intent was to help build confidence on integrating technology within the classroom. It was a cool project and our results were success, so it will be nice to be able to share with others at the conference.

Here’s the blurb from the EARCOS 2014 Teachers’ Conference website:

Title: Three COETAIL Bros and a Blog — Sharing Our SUNY Action Research Results

Description: What will be the effect of providing individualized, focused training on classroom blog use to increase teacher confidence towards integrating technology within the classroom curriculum? This session will share what we learned from leading a ten-week action research project focused using classroom blogs as a entry point to enhance technology integration within the classroom. Through research, we learned that teachers who blog learn valuable skills, find increased confidence toward technology, and become better advocates for connected learning within the classroom. Participants will come to better understand the research plan, intervention, instrumentation, data collection, and tools used to enhance technology integration through classroom blog use.

Our presentation:

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