4 for Friday [December 13, 2013]

(4 for Friday posts contain four things that caught my attention this week and I feel are worthy of yours.)

  • Instapaper on the App Store
    This is one of my all-time favorite apps. It’s one of the original read-it-later services. The iOS apps are beautiful. The best thing—it’s FREE this week! It’s regularly $3.99.

    I like that it’s a paid app because I know it’ll probably stick around. I like being a customer instead of a commodity when possible. Grab it while it’s the free app of the week.
 

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4 for Friday [December 6, 2013]

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  • Quozio - Make Beautiful Quotes
    It can’t get any simpler than this if you want to make a quote into an image. I love quotes. I love sharing them online. If you do too, then check this site out. It even has a bookmarklet. Woohoo!

  • MindNode 3 for iOS - BrettTerpstra.com
    MindNode is one of my favorite apps on iOS and Mac. It lets you make beautiful and simple mind maps. This is a short overview of some features. It costs $9.99 which will turn off many. But if you love to make mind maps, then it’s well worth the price.

  • Be Friends with Failure | Doodle Alley
    This has to be one of my favorite things I’ve read in a while. I know, I know. You probably don’t struggle with failure. It’s just me, right? I need to re-read this one frequently.

  • Applying MOOC thinking to traditional passing rates | Scripted Spontaneity
    I sort of rediscovered Paul Cancellieri’s (mrscienceteach) blog this week. This post contains a very interesting idea. I doubt it will ever happen, but I reeeeeeaaaly wish that it would.

 

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4 for Friday [November 29, 2013]

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  • 33 Signs You’re A New Teacher
    This was a good laugh. I guarantee you’ll find something relatable.

  • ReadKit for Mac
    ReadKit is a read later and RSS app for Mac. I’ve been using it for a few months, and I really dig it. It works with Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Instapaper, Pocket, Pinboard, and more. PLUS it’s only $2 this week on Black Friday sale. Get it!

  • The Bible App for Kids from YouVersion
    This is a free app for iOS and Android from the team at Lifechurch.tv. It looks very cool. From the site:

    The Bible App for Kids will introduce:

    Kid-friendly navigation Touch-activated animations Engaging content that introduces kids to the big story of the Bible Experiences designed to encourage kids to return again and again

  • ‘It Feels Like Education Malpractice’ - The Atlantic
    Interesting interview with Laurel Sturt. She decided to quit her job in fashion design and become a teacher. She enrolled in two-year Teaching Fellows program and was assigned to teach at an elementary school in a high-poverty neighborhood near the South Bronx.

 

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4 for Friday [November 22, 201

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4 for Friday [November 15, 2013]

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4 for Friday [November 8, 2013]

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4 for Friday [November 1, 2013]

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  • We are homeschooling our son
    This is a phenomenal post by David Wees. He shares the letter he and his wife wrote to the superintendent of their NY school district to get their son started with home schooling. The situation as a whole is sad, but I'm happy for David and his family.

  • Like Explorer
    This is a cool web app if you are nosey or have a compusion to know web stats. You simply plug in a URL, and Like Explorer will show you how many times that URL has been shared or liked on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social networks.

  • Dprobbox vs. Google Drive for Feedback and Grading
    This was a short read explaing why this teacher prefers Google Drive over Dropbox for students to turn in work. I thought she had some good points.

  • Why Markdown? A two minute explanation
    This one's a little on the nerdy side. Stephen Davis asked me for some tips that he could share for his Teacher Productivity Tips series on his blog. Without really thinking about it, I sent him my tips written in Markdown. He told me he had some trouble opening the file. I forgot that not everyone writes in Markdown.

    Markdown is a very quick and easy way to write for the web while on any platform or device. The two minute explanation is a great place to start if you're interested in learning it.

4 for Friday [October25, 2013]

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I’m guilty of so many of these. It’s a solid post. Their are so many good tips to read they’re. I mean, there are so many good tips to read their. No, wait. There are so many good tips to read there. Nailed it.

This blog was founded by author Donald Miller. It’s filled with his posts as well as many other contributors. So many good things to read about life, faith, and self-improvement. It’s wonderful.

If you’ve never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It’s happened every November since 1999. Participants work on writing a 50,000 word novel in a month.

I’m excited to try it this year. I found this calendar from Kelly Mogk (@kellylou) on Twitter. It’s filled with quotes and inspiration to help participants make it through.

This is one of my favorite bands in recent memory. I keep coming back to their infectious melodies and beautiful lyrics. Last.fm says I’ve listened to them 242 times in the last year. Pretty good endorsement.

You can get their album on Amazon or iTunes.

Here one of my favorites—