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John Spencer is a part of my PLN. I feel like he has so many great ideas for the classroom!

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I have a form to track when loaner t-shirts are passed out at one of my schools. formMule is set up to send an email at 1:00 PM every day to the 6th period teacher of the students that receive a loaner t-shirt that day. My issue is that on a seemingly random basis, some emails fail to send. I get the error message,

"Error: Unexpected error:"

I cannot find a pattern to the errors; it's not a few specific emails and the teacher emails have successfully been sent from this formMule script at other times. It doesn't appear to be a particular grade level of student, etc.

If I can't fix the issue, a nice back-up would be to get a notice that this error has posted - then I could go in, delete the error and force formMule to run again.


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Chrome Extension "Language Immersion" allows users to translate portions of any web page to one of 64 languages. Could be a great tool for World Language or ELD classrooms. Read more about it here:

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What is the process for creating a playlist and uploading videos to the APSK12Video youtube channel? I've been chatting with the MTSS consultants and they have many PBiS videos modeling practices they created that they think would be appropriate.

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This is a blog post with a link to Quizzity AND other online geography resources

I think of connected learning as an extension of what we have talked about in schools for the last decade. For years, teachers have bemoaned the seeming vacuum that students approach classes with - comments from students such as "Why are we doing math? This is science class." or "Why are we writing in math class?" have been exceptionally common. Efforts have been made bridge this gap in understanding of the interconnectedness of the different academic discipline and I see "Connected Learning" as presented here as the next logical, natural step. For instance, if a student is geeking out about a particular interest - say urban gardening - they will become involved with city government, probably need to write proposals, calculate an amount of topsoil to fill their beds, and of course, understand the basic biology/agriculture of the plants they want to grow. That, to me, is connected learning. Real world stuff. :)

One idea that got me thinking was the differentiation between social/friendship sites and social/interest driven sites. I had never really thought about the two of them and the benefits each offers in quite the way it was presented here.

After watching the longer video from Mozilla about badging, I have quite a few thoughts :) One thing that I really appreciate about badging is the recognition it affords the recipient. I also appreciate that, at least in theory, the recipient who earns a badge will have an intimate and thorough understanding of the skills they have developed in order to earn the badge. For instance: let's say a student earns a badge for collaboration skills. Hopefully, in earning the badge, the student will give specific examples of the collaboration skills they have developed. I think this aspect of the badge earner being able to intelligently discuss how they earned their badges is crucial. I say crucial because I have concerns that badges issued from a variety of sources will be of little value to outside agencies. For instance, I'm not sure how a potential employer will care to take the time to differentiate between a badge from one school district versus another - I am having a hard time visualizing how a group as diverse as "potential employers" will be able to keep up with what badges form a variety of sources mean.

So...I can see an employer looking at a resume or an online portfolio, and asking a potential employer something along the lines of, "I see you earned a badge for collaboration skills. Can you give me some examples of the skills you developed in earning that badge?" At that point, the potential employee needs to be able to discuss their ability to collaborate, how they developed their ability to collaborate, and give specific examples of how they have collaborated successfully in the past. Without that ability, I don't think the badge means much.

An idea around badging that I am familiar with is the idea that badges represent learning in a variety of contexts - not necessarily academic subjects (as grades do). An idea about badging that is new to me is that Mozilla's open source technology can be used to create badges that are awarded through businesses, organizations, and other institutions.
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