Even In Failure There Is A Gift

This month I have been working on using a new tool that I think is very useful and looks amazing. This tool is called Sway and it is one of the newest product/tools that Microsoft has created.

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I am still learning the ropes of this amazing tool, but so far I am loving it. I have created several Sways this month and most recently have used it for my newsletter: Weekly Dose of Caffeine.

Over time I know that this tool will become more robust with more features. What I really enjoy about this tool is that it helps you organize your thoughts in a fashion that flows, but is easy for the ready to chunk the material and process. Down the road I see myself using this to present information at meetings, bringing it into the classroom for students to use, and hopefully this summer experiment with Sway as a presentation slidedeck for a presentation.

The beauty of it for me is the ease. I would like a few more options, but I think they will develop over time. I wish I could pick the exact layout that I want, but for now the Remix function challenges my thinking about layout.

If you have not used Sway, I strongly urge to test it out. Everything is stored online so you always have access and in a few minutes you will figure out how to make things work. It is that easy. Additionally, the more you play, the more you realize what it can all do.

For example, here is my latest newsletter.

This week for my newsletter I focused on the topic of FAILURE!

Even In Failure There Is A Gift

This week I wanted to focus on failure…

Now I know we get tired of hearing, reading, and talking about failure as it is a buzzword. However, I am approaching failure a bit differently and sharing how our mindset and celebration of trying can really help us learn, grow, and develop.

Enjoy and read all about it here!

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Another caffeine fix for your brain Issue 14: 3.3.13



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Another caffeine fix for your brain

Issue #14


Question of the week:

This week I pose the question: What is the best assessment you received when you were a student?

What I Am Thinking and Learning This Week

Chris Hadfield on Life, the Universe and What’s Really Out There I really need to read his book and I can watch his interviews all day long.

How to Get a Job at Google I love this article and hope it creates a wave of thought where we can start to move away from the grades we issue in public schools. What is an A anymore anyways?

When You Fall in Love, This Is What Facebook Sees – are we really that predictable?

What Drives Success?  Not always sure there is a clear cut answer, but I enjoyed reading this article.

Why some kids can’t spell and why spelling tests won’t help – A very interesting read and one that I am sure is causing some great conversation. I still remember spelling equation wrong in my elementary spelling bee. Devastating moment.

What books am I reading?

Design. Make. Play. by Margaret Honey – a MUST read if you are involved in Design Thinking, STEM, and anything education related. So good!

Getting ready to start From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg by John Naughton – I still have not started. Just did not scream at me when I finished the book above

Breakpoint by Jeff Stibel – My last three reads might go down as the top reads of 2014. This book was just as good as Physics of the Future and Design Make Play but in a whole different way.

What are you reading? Let me know!

Last week I did watch two movies. Not as many as before since it was test week and time to give legs a rest.

Heat – very funny. Not a Sandra Bullock fan at all, but Melissa McCarthy is so funny. Not for kids by any means, but so funny.

Side Effects – this movie really grabbed me. I did not see things coming as they did. I just had to retell the whole movie to my wife. It would have been better for her to just watch it. A good thriller.

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I Lied! I am sharing Caffeine For The Brain Issue 2

So, last Saturday I shared out via blog post my first issue of my newsletter that I have created to share out every Saturday morning.

In that post I said I would not blog about future issues, but today I have decided to lie and share out my second issue.

Why? Because it is loaded with some good tidbits for thinking as we wrap up this holiday weekend.

I just did not want you miss out on the goodies shared in the newsletter.

Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future issues.

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