and I'm all out of bubble gum…

One of my responsibilities at Jewish Day School is to write a weekly “tech tips” column for the online faculty news. This is one such tip.

When I was a summer camp assistant director, back in the day, my least favorite task was to field “dead or alive” phone calls — those phone calls where parents were inquiring whether Junior, who had not written home in the past month, was still alive or not… with, perhaps, some suggestion that “not” would be more acceptable than “not writing home.”

Knowing that we’re all headed off campus for Pesach, now is a good time to set up a vacation auto-response on our email, hopefully staving off any potential “alive or dead” inquiries about us.

Also, I want to share the coolest trick that I’ve learned in FirstClass in the last week: Calendar Punch-Through — layering multiple calendars on top of each other, so that you can see all the events at the same time. Watch the video to see what I mean. It’s rad. Or, at least, gnarly.

The bonus: I maintain a feed of recent internet posts on teaching and technology. This is the filtered version of what I read: I slave so that you can benefit. These are articles that I think are in some way interesting or informative about teaching, or teaching with technology, or generally existing as a teacher in the early 21st century. It’s a fascinating mish-mash.

And thank you all for your feedback on last week’s blog “explanation” — a more polished, finished version will be ready after Tiyulim Week!

March 25th, 2010

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