So my tour started in Edinburgh and the Hilton Grosvenor was kind enough to host me.  It was in a great old building with long narrow hallways with low ceilings — the signs were helpful but I still managed to hit my head several times.  However, once you opened your… Continue Reading Fife – The Grand Tour Day 1 Introduction

So while my hometown undergoes a rare March Break blizzard, I’m enjoying 13C and sun in beautiful Edinburgh. It’s quite enjoyable to be relaxing in a coffee shop watching the Scottish go about their daily tasks while I get caught up on emails, blogs, tweets and the like.  (Don’t worry,… Continue Reading The #OneNote Grand Tour – Evolving Questions

In the summer of 2012, I started a new position at Appleby College.  Moving from math teacher to “indeterminate job title”1 meant that for the first time in 20 years, I would not be in the classroom.  The goal of the school was to make technology use meaningful at the… Continue Reading The #OneNote Grand Tour – Part 0

So,, the above quote is true… I’m always on my phone in class.  For one, I take a lot of pictures (see the previous post, for example) – my students treat every surface like a whiteboard, and I like keeping track of what students are doing. I also created a… Continue Reading “Mr. A is always on his phone in class…”

So my new year’s resolution is to write one blog post a week.I thought I would start off by answering a question I was asked during #PubPD in October.  Now, #PubPD is a fun evening where teachers gather together in a local pub and over the course of an hour,… Continue Reading What is your classroom like?

This was a recent question posted amongst school educators G suite versus Office 365. Thoughts? Since I wrote a fair bit, I thought I’d also post it here: If people are learning with a modern pen-based tablet pc, or are learning math, science, or languages outside of the QWERTY keyboard,… Continue Reading Thoughts on Google versus Office

We’re just prepping for the start of the school year (we don’t start teaching until the 12th) and I just thought I’d run through how enmeshed Microsoft OneNote is to our school. 1) Class OneNotes — this is where it all started five years ago, so we have over 2500… Continue Reading OneNotes upon OneNotes…

Taking a brief break from my “Getting Started with OneNote Class Notebook” series (you can start that one here)… This is a little advanced so if you’re not comfortable setting permissions inside of Office365 you may want to avoid this.  Or set up a Class Notebook to play with so… Continue Reading So you want to hack your OneNote Class Notebook

When we were creating the precursor to the OneNote Class Notebook, I was heavily influenced (well, I still am) by the work of Black & Wiliam and so improving the quality and quantity of formative assessment is cooked right into the Notebooks.  Likely the whole reason the Class Notebook exists… Continue Reading Facilitating Feedback in OneNote