For a number of years now, instead of a fixed (or no) seating plan for my classroom, I’ve been using visibly random grouping (PDF).  I have an Excel spreadsheet (link) that takes my class list and randomly assigns them to a 4-seater table (2 tables that seat two students). I… Continue Reading The Universe decides…

This post wouldn’t have been possible without Eric in our IT Dept — he fixed a network setting that prevented us from using TakeATest last year… so a huge shout-out to him (he’s likely relieved because I’ve been pestering him for the past couple of years!)Built into Windows10 (right from… Continue Reading This is a Test… this is only a test…

Microsoft recently began rolling out an update to their Post-It Note software, which they call StickyNotes – now at version 3.  You can get it in the Microsoft Store here.  For the sake of clarity, I’ll continue to refer to them as Post-It Notes — they’re like Kleenex.What’s nice now… Continue Reading Post It Notes go universal

Slid in amongst all the announcements for Ignite, Microsoft’s big conference in September, as a tool that I thought was quite cool.  Not original, since similar things have existed elsewhere & when, but a nice option nevertheless.Microsoft’s Font Maker allows you to create your own font using digital ink.  You… Continue Reading Making your own font

When I’m working in OneNote on the night before classes, I always find it interesting to see who else is there working.  The Windows10 version of OneNote (and OneNote Online) both include a People Presence option to show you who else is working in the same Notebook/ClassNotebook.   When you… Continue Reading Other folks, doing stuff in OneNote

I thought that everybody did this! But apparently, not. So this was my XKCD 10,000 moment this week.  I happened to tweet the following — and I think it’s my popular tweet of all time.  And as you can see, I was just at the end of class and tapped it… Continue Reading Teacher as Student in Anonymous Desmos

So I’m only on the 2nd class of the year in my Grade 10 Math course so far.  We start late, and we only see them for 3 hours a week, so yes, we move a little slow.I had set them some review problems in Grade 9 Math, mostly questions… Continue Reading How do you know you’re right?

I don’t usually talk about aspects of Office365 that require one of the paid subscriptions because, well, they cost money and I know teachers and schools have to prioritize their budgets (or have it prioritized for them). Remember that Office365 level A1 is free for schools, teachers & students and… Continue Reading Book ’em, Dano… using Office365

Even though everything is in the cloud, we really like to have a copy on our computers (we work on public transit, in places with no or poor wifi, and we never really trust the cloud). So when we’re working in a cloud space, here’s how you can sync the… Continue Reading Your Team’s Files, where you want them