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#puwt17 Show more

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This Extra Life charity stream is 3 days after Kelli's birthday.

extra-life.org/index.cfm?fusea

She was diagnosed with FSGS in elementary school. Had it been around at the time, a charity like Extra Life would have helped her.

Yes, Using a Copyrighted Photo Without Permission Can Get You Sued… petapixel.com/2017/10/19/yes-u

Article sums it up nicely. Video will get the thief ad revenue, so I don't suggest watching.

On a whim I took a peek, and saw he'd disabled comments as well as counters for likes/dislikes.

I wonder why.

8 easy and effective DIY photography hacks using cardboard bit.ly/2h7qb7b

My principal has asked me to teach a 2 hour/week pull-out STEM class for 4th & 5th grade TAG students.

+I like STEM and lament I don't have more time to do stuff like this.
-It's 2 hours of planning time gone, not including prep time for a new class.
+It's more time with 4th/5th grade, and encouraging more to audition for my major is something I need to do.
-It's only for TAG, which is a limited understanding of intelligence. Also, all kids could benefit if allowed.

I agreed to do it.

Mastodon users, new and old:

You can add a caption, or alt-text, to images you toot!

These captions make your toots more accessible, by giving people who can't see the image a description of what's in the image.

Just hover over the image over you attach it and type a description in the spot that says "Describe for the visually impaired" before you hit the TOOT! button.

Please also encourage Mastodon app authors to add caption functionality. And please boost. Thanks!

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Racism, Textbooks Show more

My reminder that CW's exist still has some legs on it, apparently.

Just had my first person disagree with me about it, which of course they are free to do.

I'm honestly shocked it took this long.

I don't want to grade any more. Show more

How to find out if you actually have impostor syndrome: a crash course

On November 11 I'll be presenting 3 out of 4 sessions at a local ed tech conference.

I submitted two proposals because I wasn't sure one of them would be good enough. They liked both and asked me if I would be willing to turn one of them into a two session workshop.

I agreed. The sessions are short, and the extra time will be useful.

I still lament that I only get to see one session at this conference, though. I am eating my cake while still wanting to have it.

As I continue to plow through my PD day, I must frequently pause to respond to emails from parents and comments posted in Google Classroom.

Hooray, communication outside of school hours to further learning!

Boo, they're all about students who waited until the assignment was due to try to finish it!

If these students are able to take this situation and internalize it as an opportunity to learn about time management, then I'll still call it a win.

As I use today's professional development time to write up how I intend to improve my students' skills with storytelling (digital or otherwise), I am reminded that Twine is a super awesome open source web based tool for making "choose your own adventure" style stories.

Oh, yeah. Totally using this.

twinery.org/

Hashtag 5-7 interests that aren't in your profile:

(I talk about that more using my @Crash account...)

& (R.A. Salvatore, Pratchett, McCaffrey, Pournelle, Scalzi)

(Adam Savage's Still Untitled, Star Talk Radio, Escape Pod, Pseudopod, Dragon Talk, History According to Bob)

No students today so teachers can have professional development.

I am of mixed opinions. Good PD is fantastic, but there are so many things that can go wrong and teachers often make the worst students.

In either case, I needed the break after staying in the building until long after 6pm with students who waited until the last minute to start editing video.

Which reminds me I have paperwork to complete.

Very tempted to cancel my after school program today, but we have a project due tomorrow and my students need time in the lab to finish it.

I can argue that most who need to stay after today were not using class time wisely in the first place, and I'd be right, but I still think that would be a crummy move on my part.

Current Status:

Getting internally worked up about how the "real world" is a separate location from academia, as if we enter a fantasy land with unicorns and dragons by setting foot on campus.

That would be cool, but it doesn't happen.