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Squatter 20 - Mitchell Myths (A Tale of Self-Advocacy)

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 Squatter 20 - Mitchell Myths Sometimes, in a position with a vague list of responsibilities, you end up with your responsibilities expanding to all manner of things within your skillset. You also end up expanding your skillset to keep up with additional responsibilities. The more you expand the scope of things you take care of, the more people around you will assume the things you're doing are a part of your job. In fact, if they perceive those things you've added just to help out are among the main things you do, you may find yourself in the situation where you end up doing those side things more than the main things. Next thing you know, the side things have become the main things. Phew... that's a lot of things. That's exactly where you need to advocate for yourself. Create a plan to tame the things that feel out of control. Limit the times during the day they will be in control. Create a plan to adjust expectations of the people you work with. Once you've got t

New Machine Time - Frickin' Laser Beam Edition

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 My Wife Gets Me. I mean... most of the time. She knows that I enjoy learning new tech tools and making things, so if she can give me the opportunity to make things through using new tech tools, that's a win win for her. That's what happened this year for Christmas. She bought me an Ortur Laser Master 2. I've had a TON of fun putting this thing through it's paces so far. I'll give you the short version of the review here. Will bullet points work for you? Hope so. This thing was WELL packaged. I bet they rarely have any shipping damage. It was easy to setup. The instructions were picture based, and there was only one step where I misinterpreted the picture. My youngest sons helped build it. Total time from opening the box to the first burn was approximately 90 minutes. That includes downloading, installing and setting up the software. I've made some cool pieces with it, and I've only had it about two weeks. The software is fairly easy... if you've already

Shark Tank 3.17.2022

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Innovative Educators of Bryan County Middle High School, Are you driven to make a difference? Do you have the skills required to stand head and shoulders above the rest? When opportunity knocks, do you answer? Are you a contender? ARE YOU ELITE? Show it. Opportunity is knocking. Five minutes. Show them you're driven to make a difference. Show them your skills. Show them you're Elite. Want to know how? Select a paid, EdTech tool you would like to be considered by the Sharks. (Examples include, but are not limited to Floop, BreakoutEDU, Plickers, Parlay, Nearpod, PearDeck, etc.) Complete the Intent to Enter the Water form. ( https://link.itsthemitchell.com/sharktankintent2022 ) Create a presentation, and explain why BCMHS needs to fund your chosen EdTech tool. That's it. It's really as easy as 1. 2. 3. Want to know more? Rules? Okay. Here's the lowdown. You may present alone, or as a part of a team. Target presentation length is five minutes. Following the presentatio

Squatter 19 - The Omnibox

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 Google does a lot. Yes, the company you think of as "Google" (ahem... Alphabet) does a ton, but I mean the literal page google.com. It may not look like it does much. There's the doodle, and the search bar (ahem... Omnibox) and a couple of buttons. So simple that it can't be that powerful, right? Sorry, but no. The Omnibox has some neat tricks. Yes, it's got the goofy tricks. Have you tried askew? do a barrel roll? Google Gravity? Zerg Rush? Some of these require you to hit the "I'm feeling Lucky" button to activate these days. Those are cute, but the Omnibox also has some very useful tools. That's what Squatter 19 is all about. Take a look. As always, click the image below for a full sized PDF to print for yourself.

Squatter 18 - Twelve Days of TechTips

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 On the first day of Christmas, Tall Tech Guy gave to me... SQUATTER 18 - Twelve Days of Tech Tips! Christmas themed and posted to your favorite places to R&R (Read and Relax) as well as shared here on the internet for everyone. Yes, you can even sing this one. Don't be shy. Belt it out the best you can, where ever you're reading the Squatter. Click the link below for a full sized version.

Book Review - Educational Duct Tape by Jake Miller

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If you're in Education, and have paid any attention whatsoever to the EdTech space, you've probably heard of Jake Miller. His website ( jakemiller.net ) and podcast ( Educational Duct Tape ) are staples in the EdTech community. Seriously, if you haven't checked out any of his stuff yet, you're in for a treat. I could, and probably should, write a full review about the website and podcast, but today it about the book. What follows is my loose, hastily written, randomly ordered thoughts about the book. I'd do a better job of organizing this, but I've got two young ones waiting on me to come play Candy Land. If you're an educator, this book should be on your reading list. Yes, it's full of tech tips, but tech changes rapidly. Yes, it's full of recommended tech tools to fit certain needs, but again, that tech will change in the future. The real value here is in the recounting of Jake's experience as a developing educator. His repeated mantra of "

Squatter 17 - Vivi

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Full disclosure, I had never heard of Vivi before my current position. Vivi is three things. It is a little blue box that attaches to any video device with an HDMI input you have in your classroom. Projector? Sure. Touch Panel? Even better because Vivi will pass the touch inputs back to your computer. It is an app that you install on your computer, as well as push out to student devices that allows screen sharing, annotation, assessment, feedback... lots of stuff. It is a web-portal that allows access to the data you've collected from your students. Vivi is a capable platform. The more you use it, the more you think of other things you can do with it. With that in mind, Squatter 17 is all about things you can do with Vivi. I know it might not apply to you, but if you're in the ed-tech space, and you don't know about Vivi, consider this a primer. As usual, click the image below for a larger version, and be Excellent to each other.