Category: Blog

  • 2023 Yearly Theme | The Year of Doing

    2023 Yearly Theme | The Year of Doing

    I love listening to the Cortex Podcast and the concept of a yearly theme. In general, a yearly theme is more of a guiding force to think about during the year as opposed to a New Year’s resolution that may or may not be doable. Below is a video that talks about yearly themes in […]

  • Getting Better at To-Do

    Getting Better at To-Do

    Over the past year or so I’ve been in the process of trying to find a way to better get things done. Between teaching, parenting, and adulting, I was finding it difficult to manage everything. It was particularly difficult to remember everything. Recognizing the problem is the first step, now a solution was needed. I […]

  • Using the Elgato Stream Deck with Camtasia

    Using the Elgato Stream Deck with Camtasia

    I’ve been a Camtasia user for roughly a decade now. It’s my favorite video editor because it combines the two things I do, screen recordings and talking head video, into an easy-to-use package. As the software has gotten more powerful, there are ever-more keyboard shortcuts to learn. I know a lot of them, but the […]

  • Solving Simple Problems With My 3D Printer

    Solving Simple Problems With My 3D Printer

    I’ve had access to a 3D printer for going on 8 years now, but up until about 10 months ago, I’ve never had my own. I paid $100 for it and you can learn all about that in the video below if you are interested. I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my printer […]

  • Quick Insert in Google Docs

    Quick Insert in Google Docs

    I live in Google Docs. As a teacher I spend a lot of time creating, grading, keeping track of, making note of, and basically doing anything that needs to be typed inside of Google Docs. Docs have replaced much of my previous workflow and allows me flexibility, ease of access, and anywhere access to my […]

  • Fonts and Readability

    Fonts and Readability

    As I discussed in my previous post, I am on a quest to design Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in a way that they are more engaging, readable, and easy to consume. As part of this, I looked at an update that Kindle books made a few years ago that changed how I read. Before […]

  • How to add more fonts to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc

    How to add more fonts to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc

    With the last year being largely online can creating more Google-based documents than ever before, I have found a need to make my Google-based items more readable and have a bit more “design” put in them. Typically, I use the standard fonts, preset formatting options, and colors and go from there. It makes creating items […]

  • Searching for the best Canvas homepage design

    Searching for the best Canvas homepage design

    My district started to move over the Canvas LMS last year and we are really embracing it this year. I really like the LMS overall, it has power, customization, and flexibility on how to do almost anything that you could want. As part of that flexibility and customization, you can set your course’s homepage to […]

  • Summer Goal Tracking

    Summer Goal Tracking

    With the school year over, I now have a lot of additional time to work on some projects that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Over the past few months, I’ve felt a little out of control when it comes to getting things done. The end of the school year is particularly […]

  • Expanding the Classroom

    Expanding the Classroom

    I am in my 9th year of teaching and I’ve had two very different teaching experiences that greatly influence the ways that I do things in my current classroom. My first teaching job was at an online charter school. I taught my students 100% through video, text, images, and live webcasts. From a creative point […]