Vicki Davis

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How to Make It to the End of the School Year

How to Make It to the End of the School Year

Yesterday after school I earned my dumpster diver 101 merit badge as a senior and I went through the school’s trash looking for an unmarked photo cd that had been accidentally tossed. (They may doubt my sanity but they can’t doubt my love.)

After it was found I drove home quickly to take a hot bath. (I was reminded of a word I haven’t used in ages but we used often in the 1980′s “grody” – not…

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4 Step SAMR Model of Technology Integration Explained by Richard Wells

4 Step SAMR Model of Technology Integration Explained by Richard Wells

Richard Wells @ipadwells gives a masterful explanation of the SAMR model of technology integration. He is from New Zealand but his charts on the SAMR model have spread worldwide.

All technology integration is NOT the same. Having tablets in a classroom doesn’t make the classroom any better than if Einstein sat in the corner. It is not the presence of a person or thing that makes the classroom…

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Achieving Sustainable Classroom Innovation with @ajjuliani @djesposito and @stevenjmogg

Achieving Sustainable Classroom Innovation with @ajjuliani @djesposito and @stevenjmogg

I love this conversation with A.J. Juliani @ajjuliani (Tech Coordinator) with his teachers Rosie Esposito @djesposito and Steve Mogg @stevenjmogg and  from Wissahickon High School, Pennsylvania. It is consistently a top school and their pattern of innovation shows why.

Who will want to listen to this show?

If you want to understand how to promote innovative practices and helping teachers level…

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The Ultimate Guide to Repurposing Content

Excellent article with so many ways that you can create and recreate content via the ever popular Buffer blog - a must read for bloggers.

Take the blog posts and things you share here on Tumblr and repurpose them to make them more useful. Turn them into ebooks or expand on something you’ve written before. The thing about Tumblr or any blogging platform is you’ve got a built in litmus test for what resonates and people think are important.

The Buffer blog is a must read for anyone serious about blogging.

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7 Ways to Use Canva to Create Compelling Graphics

7 Ways to Use Canva to Create Compelling Graphics

Canva is a tool to create infographics, social media graphics, and more. If you need to gain traffic, you need a graphic. Canva is to graphic design what the Keurig coffee maker is to drinking coffee. It is free, but they make money by having stock images you can buy for $1 a piece if you want them. Everything I did was free. Here are some ways I’ve used Canva in the last 24 hours along with a…

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Mailbox for Mac, Android, and Auto-Swipes


Team Mailbox:

Today, we’re proud to announce a new service built directly into Mailbox that learns from your swipes and snoozes to automate common actions. Mute that thread you don’t care about, snooze messages from your friends until after work, and route receipts to a list — automatically. We call this service Auto-swipe.

Auto-swipe is something we wanted to release with the first version of Mailbox, but it’s only with recent improvements to our infrastructure that such a smart service has been possible.

This really is something the team has talked about since the beginning. And it’s potentially very powerful — think: Gmail filters re-thought for mobile.

Also, Mailbox and Android is here today. And, perhaps most importantly, Mailbox for Mac is nearly ready for testing. If you’ve ever tried to use the OS X Mail app with Gmail, this will be the best news ever for you. One might call it “a glass of ice water in hell”.

Awesome updates to Mailbox!