Printing Made Easier Using Command ‘Print Using System Dialog’

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When printing a file from the internet or Google Docs on a Mac device to a networked printer, sometimes the ‘pipes’ get clogged up and your print command doesn’t quite work. You may even get the notice that the printer is “not connected.”

Before you pull out the bat (or your hair), try this trick.

Print Using System Dialog

Step 1 : File Print


Step 2 : Click on Print using system dialog


Step 3 : The print window will pop up. Sometimes the window is condensed. You can expand window by clicking on Show Details in order to program print preferences.


Step 4 : Be sure to select the destination printer and choose your settings, as needed.


Extra Credit

For those inclined to really tech out, create your own Print Using System Dialog when using Google Chrome:

Go to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts. Once there, select Application Shortcuts and add a new shortcut for Google Chrome. Make sure the Menu Title reads Print Using System Dialog… exactly, and give it the standard print shortcut (⌘P).

Happy printing!

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NWEA MAP: Understanding Student Progress Reports









During parent teacher conferences at ACS-Amman, Tracy Ramberg and I co-presented a parent workshop about understanding the Measures of Academic (MAP) Progress Student Progress Report, which is administered twice per year at ACS-Amman.

Below is the Google Slide presentation and video recording:

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Making a lot out of a little

Support your community. Buy local.
Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Make something out of nearly nothing.
Design. Make. Change.
Live your passion.
Success is messy. Get dirty.
Take risks. Learn from your failures. Be gritty.

These phrases, I keep hearing myself say over and over to students. As educators, we should model the model and walk the talk.

It’s time. Go hard.

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Review and Reinforce That 1%


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As teachers shift gears and keep speeding towards assessments (formative, summative, whatever–ative), keep in mind students need review review review of the essential learning outcome–that 1%.

Walk them through what is essential for success on your assessments so they feel they can tackle what you throw at them.

Here’s a video blast (1:55) from Daniel Pink about The Most Important Thing I Learned in Law School.

Daniel Pink Pinkcast
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Game Changer with Google Translate

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Google Translate continues to evolve. Watch how cool this is.

According to the Brain Team on Google’s Research Blog, Google Translate has made huge leaps in machine intelligence (AI) in terms of speech and image recognition capabilities. Read more > 

Look at in progress from input sentence to the last (human) translation. Pretty slick.

Posted by Quoc V. Le & Mike Schuster, Research Scientists, Google Brain Team:






For language learners and teachers, I think this could be a game changer. How about you? Your comments are appreciated.

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The Good, Bad and Ugly Practices That Affect Dyslexic Users

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According to web design professionals at UX Movement, there are 6 Surprising Bad Practices That Hurt Dyslexic Users (and others for that matter).

Below is a snippet of these bad practices that we might not be aware of and are using everyday in our communication channels. 

As we strive to serve the best interests of our students and community, challenge yourself to avoid these bad practices. Read more >

1. Justified text

Justified text is not only difficult to read for dyslexic users, but for non-dyslexic users as well. This is because it creates large uneven spaces between letters and words [8]. When these spaces line up above one another, a distracting river of whitespace can appear [4].

This can cause dyslexic readers to repeatedly lose their place when reading [6]. You can avoid creating the river effect by using left-aligned text, instead of justified text for your paragraphs [2].

2. Double spacing after periods

Most of us have a habit of double spacing after periods at the end of a sentence. This practice originates from the typewriting days of the past. Typewriters used monospaced fonts back then. Because of this, people thought that double spacing after periods would make the end of sentences more distinct [9].

But single spacing after periods is enough because most websites use proportionally spaced fonts. Double spacing after a period can create “rivers” within text that make it difficult for users to find the end of sentences [9]. On the web, single spacing wins.

3. Pure black text on a pure white background

There’s a reason the text you’re reading now is not pure black (#000000), and the background is not pure white (#FFFFFF). It’s because many dyslexic users are sensitive to the brightness the high contrast colors cause. This can cause the words to swirl or blur together [3].

To avoid this, use an off-white color for your background, like light gray or tan. You can also use a dark gray for your text instead of pure black to cut the glare even more.

4. Long blocks of unbroken paragraphs

Long blocks of unbroken paragraph text are not only hard for dyslexic users to read, but for non-dyslexic users too. It’s easy for dyslexic readers to lose their place with long paragraphs [1].

That’s why it’s better to use short paragraphs that express one idea [2].  This is because dyslexic users need more breaks between ideas than non-dyslexic users [6]. Breaking up your text to one idea per paragraph makes reading a lot easier for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic users.

5. Serif fonts

Serif fonts have hooks at the ends of the letter strokes. They may look decorative, but they can cause reading problems for dyslexic users. Serifs tend to obscure the shapes of letters, making the letters run together [1].

But a sans-serif font would allow dyslexic users to see the shapes of letters clearer. This is because a lack of hooks increases the spacing between letters and makes them more distinguishable [6].

6. Italicized text

Italics are sometimes used to highlight text. But you shouldn’t use italicized text because they make letters hard to read. The letters have a jagged line compared to non-italic fonts. The letters also lean over making it hard for dyslexic users to make out the words [6].

When the text size is small, italicized text is even more illegible [3]. A better way to highlight is to use bold text because the letters are clearer and give better contrast.

Accessibility for All

Many users suffer from dyslexia and have trouble reading text. You should make your website accessible to everyone by fixing these bad practices. You got a glimpse of how dyslexic users experience the web. It’s not easy to get information when you read with visual distortion. Everyone has the right to information, whether they’re dyslexic or not.

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2 x 2 Matrix to Rethink Parenting, Teaching, and Coaching

2x2 Matrix to Rethink Leading, Parenting, Coaching

In Angela Duckworth’s latest book, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance she shares a 2×2 matrix that invites us (as parents, teachers and coaches) to rethink the way to support our children and/or students.

Daniel Pink, best selling author of Drive, explains in this short video (133 secs) how to use the matrix.

To learn more about Angela Duckworth’s ideas, watch her TedTalk on Grit:


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Thinking Collaborative ‘Adaptive Schools’ Training

So grateful to receive training the guru himself, Bob Garmston.

Selfie with the cognitive coaching guru himself, Robert Garmston.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to receive Adaptive Schools training from Thinking Collaborative’s cognitive theorist coaches, Bob Garmston and Carolyn McKanders. These two incredible professionals knocked it out of the park as presenters and inspirations to all of us.

There were so many take-aways from the five-day seminar, held at the NESA Spring Teachers’ Conference, in Bangkok, Thailand.  My mind left swirling with methods to help me lead and model at Go Bedouin Camp retreats, at school and definitely in life.

I would highly recommend attending Adaptive School training–it was worth every penny!

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Super Stoked to Host Super Cycling Man

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me and super cycle man

It was super thrilling to host Super Cycling Man (at Dostyk American International School) this past week. Will Hodson, aka Super Cycling Man, has set the bar high — to bike (in super hero costume) 100,000 km around the world on all seven continents and raise 100,000 English pounds for charitable causes. If he accomplishes this goal, it will be a world record.

What a hero!

The day before his school presentation, a few of us bikers took him out for a typical Thursday ride on the Steppe which quickly turned into an epic. The heavy rains the previous week had bogged the steppe into a marsh of relentless slog peddling. I could hear Super Cycling Man shout across the boggy sea:

“What am I doing?! This is supposed to be my rest day!”

But Super Cycling Man took the challenge with a hero’s spirit and braved all the elements– including the masses of mosquitos!

At school, he totally knocked the capes off the students and teachers with a super powerful hero message and delivery of the theme:

“We Can All Be Heroes!”

With intention and initiative, all of us can do small things that make a big difference. No need for a cape or costume. You don’t even have to fight any villains.

You can follow Super Cycling Man around the planet too:

Mr. Hodson is a former primary school teacher from the United Kingdom who has already accomplished some pretty amazing feats, including winning Gold at the Common Wealth Games as a rower. He is a super speaker for sure, and any school would benefit from hearing his inspiring story.

Super Cycling Man has now set course for the silk road to Uzbekistan. If you or any of your friends can lend a hand, provide a shelter or warm meal, I know Will Hodson will be super appreciative.

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Ways to Reduce Our Plastic Footprint Using Design Thinking Model

For Earth Week, I organized week-long, K-8 presentations around the theme of using the Design Thinking model in order to look for ideas to solve the global plastic plague.

I incorporated Padlet as a trailhead for teachers and community to venture into the various media and resources as well as allowing for a space to channel comments and learning.

Boot Recycling: Spread the Knowledge

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