Office Lens + OneNote = Productivity Success!!

In this tutorial I will walk you through how I use the Office Lens app to capture business cards, notecards, notes, images, artwork, receipts, and more in a easy to find and navigate digital organizational tool named OneNote.

 

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Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 3: Duct Tape Pencil Pouch

In this episode Ava and I try to learn how to make a duct tape pencil pouch based on some very simple and basic instructions. It turns out awesome, but as always it is the conversations and questions we have that make this work so good.

Let us know your thoughts and please give Ava a thumbs up. She loves to see the thumbs up and comments. Our goal is a 100 likes.

The book we used is Tape It & Make It: 101 Duct Tape Activities

Give us an idea for what we should make next.

 

 

Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 2: Bristlebots 

Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 1: Making Slime and Life Lessons

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041: Living On The Edge Of Chaos Roundtable Talk on The OA

In this episode the crew assembles once again for a roundtable discussion on our favorite show, The OA.

If you have not watched the show, then stop what you are doing and go binge watch right now.

If you have watched the show, then you must check this episode out and leave a comment sharing your ideas and thoughts.

Check out the show and episodes on iTunes

Please remember to leave a rating and feedback. We would love it if you took 3 minutes to leave us a rating.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_OA

https://www.netflix.com/title/80044950

http://time.com/4605895/the-oa-explained-netflix/

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheOA/

 

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Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 2: Bristlebots

In this episode Ava and I build a bristlebot using a kit we had laying around the house. This is a fun quick easy activity to do as you will see. It is a lot of fun and great STEM activity.

If you want you can make your own from parts from the dollar store. Check our link below for tutorials and guides. I really recommend making your own from scratch, but this kit will get you up and running in no time!

You can buy this kit here http://www.bristlebots.org/OR

Check out all options on amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no…

OR

Be creative and make your own from scratch. Follow our guide here

If you missed our first episode of us making slime check it out here as well1

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Google Classroom Open To EVERYONE! Gamechanger!!!!!!

Holy cowabunga all my ninja turtle friends! Have you heard the latest and greatest?

Google Classroom is open to everyone. You are now allowed to have Classroom on your personal gmail accounts making PD, global collaboration, online learning, and more so much easier.

Check out the video and leave me a comment on what this means for you. I have big plans and cannot wait to roll them out this summer. I hope you are ready. Grab your coffee because this changes everything!

 

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Awesome Ava and Dorky Dad Episode 1: Making Slime and Life Lessons

My daughter, Ava, and I have decided to make a series of episodes showcasing our experiments in learning. Ava loves watching videos on YouTube. It is her “tv” and when she plays pretend it is always as if she is making a video.

This is our first episode. It is our experiment making slime. Slime has taken over the world of children and finding Elmer’s Glue is like finding gold. This is our first video so be nice and be sure to give Ava a like to encourage her to make more learning videos.

What I love best is that I am able to model online behavior and awareness as this is their world. More importantly, my goal is to teach my children the act of sharing. We share our ideas to inspire others to learn. She is already looking forward to our next experiment.

Enjoy! and be sure to share with us your slime creations. If you have an experiment for us to try leave a comment here or on YouTube.

More importantly if you like give her a shoutout. It is amazing what a little nudge can do for a kid.

 

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Gmail Sender Icon Extension

Do you want a better visual display of people who are sending you emails? Ever wish you could distinguish emails quickly and easily?

This extension is for you! Gmail Sender Icon

Once installed it will add icons of each email you receive so you can glance for the icons that matter most to you.

Less reading. Less confusion.

Find what you need in quick and easy visual layout.

As always, if you like this tip please give my video a thumbs up on YouTube and subscribe to the channel.

 

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040: Living On The Edge of Chaos with Brian McCormick

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Listen to it directly on Podomatic

In this episode we discuss:

  1. How do we work to change how we as coaches and teachers change our perception of teaching?
  2. Why we need to change the perception on how we do the things we are currently doing.
  3. Understand the problems when players/students don’t see the reason WHY they are being asked to do the things they are being asked to do.
  4. The fear of charting down the paths that nobody else is doing and dealing with the following:
  5. What is the biggest difference in athletic mindsets today versus 10 years or 20 years ago?
  6. How do we deal with the idea of continuing to do the wrong things right instead of the right things wrong?
  7. Why children should play multiple sports instead of specializing in one.
  8. What are skills needed to be successful in life and on the court?

Resources Discussed in the Podcast

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Anders Ericsson

Check Out His books

The 21st Century Basketball Practice:

My book review 21st Century Basketball Practice by Brian McCormick 

21st Century Guide to Individual Skill 

Fake Fundamentals

Blitz Basketball:

Find Brian McCormick at the following places

https://180shooter.com/

http://learntocoachbasketball.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/thecrossovermovement

 

 

 

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10 Powerful Phrases We Should All Say More

These phrases come from the amazing book Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People by Rich DeVos. I came across an old stack of notepads with all sorts of notes. When I read these I could not help but read the book again and do some reflection. Each reflection is my own, the phrases are from Rich.

  1. I’m Wrong – this is perhaps the hardest two words to say. To give up our shield and admit that what we have done and/or said was indeed not the correct choice is tough. We must realize that we are not perfect and we are not supposed to be perfect so when we make a mistake we must own it. Over my fair share of mistakes I have learned that admitting fault builds trust, character, and stronger relationships because people realize you are honest and genuine.
  2. I’m Sorry – similar to I’m Wrong, but this is when you have hurt another person. The only way to move forward is to be open, honest, and careful of who you have hurt. Don’t abuse this statement because too often we toss these words out when we are caught doing something wrong but do not really mean it. Don’t cry wolf and when you really need these words to mean something they fall to the wayside.
  3. You Can Do It – we must believe in ourselves. We can actually achieve what we want to do if we first start with the belief. Being positive will rub off on your actions and eventually spread to others. As a parent and educator we must continue to let others know they can do it too! Even when we are frustrated and it is hard to say, we must continue to believe. If we don’t model and believe in them, then who will? Belief is my new focus as I dig into research about the importance of belief.
  4. I Believe In You – we cannot achieve our goals if we first don’t believe in ourselves. Most people have nothing at the end of their lives but a long list of regrets because that darn negative voice that chirps at us all the time takes hold and we believe in the self doubt. Go forth and make a ruckus in the world.
  5. I’m Proud of You – We love to be acknowledged. When was the last time you celebrated someone who you were proud of? I have found that handwritten letter speaks volumes. Nothing has been more powerful than a handwritten message to someone to simply let them know you are proud of them. Try it.
  6. Thank You – Again, two words that get tossed around too often without emotion, but on the flipside is often spoken too late when really needed. We are much more quick with the tongue to complain and point fingers. Change your method.
  7. I Need You – We cannot navigate this world alone. We need others. We need our loved ones. We are all needed. Don’t lose sight that none of us can do it alone.
  8. I Trust You – To open ourselves up to another person is a commitment. Society is dependent on trust. Success hangs in the balance of these moments. Trust in another person is the most vulnerable opportunities in our lives, but when the trust is formed there is nothing more powerful.
  9. I Respect You – Respect is reciprocal. It is a two way street. It cannot be a one way path. If you want respect from others, then you must respect others. Simple math.
  10. I Love You – Don’t regret not telling people who you love most that you love them. We all need to hear it. We all need to feel it. Never assume.
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