Changing the Oil on your Mac: Repairing Disk Permissions

I put my computer through a lot, and once in a while the poor thing just starts to get a bit wonky.  Recently, after a big transition from Dropbox to [...]

Customize (declutter!) Your Apps Grid

I can't think of the last time I needed quick access to Google Plus,  Google Groups, or My Account settings (among many others). So, it sure felt nice when I [...]

Embedding Google Docs into Moodle — yes, it works!

This requires a little tiny bit of HTML, but don't be discouraged--it is basically just two copy-and-paste jobs! Copy this bit of code (all the bold text below) <p><iframe src="YOUR [...]

Drag-and-Dropping Images Successfully into Moodle

If you have ever attempted to drag and drop images into Moodle, you may have been met with disappointment when your audience sees just a 'question mark' (i.e. error) in [...]

Seeing your Calendar Within Your Email Screen

Most people find this feature extremely useful, but for some reason it continues to languish in the cold dark corners of Gmail's "labs". The Calendar Gadget will add the ability [...]

No more Calendar Notifications interrupting you!

Sometimes I think that the smaller an annoyance is, the more passionate I feel about eliminating it.  Often, the moment 30 minutes before a class starts is one of the [...]

Walking Desks!

If you aren't aware of the new fad  called "Sitting Disease", you may want to check it out. I haven't read much about it, because I haven't felt the need [...]

Alfred: Spotlight on Steroids

Spotlight, and all of the subtle ways it can be controlled,  has to be the single most useful feature of the Mac operating system.   Once you begin using the [...]

Skitch: A simple and flexible image creation/editing tool (that syncs with Evernote!)

I discovered Skitch several months ago, and it pretty neat, but I wasn't finding that I used it very much.  Then I set it to be the default program that opens [...]

GradeCam: intelligent multiple choice! (JIS-specific setup guide)

Setting up GradeCam should take you about 10 minutes.  Below the summary, there are screenshots and more indepth instructions.  In summary: Follow the link that was sent to you in [...]

No more eager-beaver emails: Boomerang

I'll admit it:  I check my email too often.  Too late, too early, too frequently.  Apparently I can't resist the microscopic hit of dopamine received by dealing with emails (even really non-urgent ones) swiftly upon [...]

Elements4D is popular with cats (and teachers)

Augmented reality is right up there with flying cars and dictation:  A futuristic dream that hasn't quite reached a level of refinement that encourages widespread use.  A few years ago, [...]

GradeCam: Why and How

It's everyone' favorite time of the year--exams!  I've yet to meet a teacher who loves grading, even relatively painless marking of multiple choice questions.   If you have a significant [...]

Opening PowerSchool Gradebook in under 3.5 seconds

Once in a while I have the great 'pleasure' of watching someone open PowerSchool's Gradebook the old way.  Depending on their tech-fluency, it can take between 3 and 10 clicks, [...]

Spotlight on steroids: Alfred

Ummm....excuse me, your Geek is showing. It takes a pretty special application to convince me to open my wallet.

Window management and customized swipes! BetterTouchTool

Once in a while you find an application that is so simple, so perfect, so obviously necessary that you can't help but wonder:  Why doesn't OS include this feature?  BetterTouchTool [...]

Where did all your disk space go? Disk Inventory X

Many people underestimate the importance of leaving a sizable portion of your hard disk free.  Imagine trying to cook a gourmet meal with 95% of your kitchen counters covered in [...]