Author: Aaron Roberts

Get Them Out of There! How I Achieve Email Inbox Zero

According to Gmail Meter, I get just over 100 emails per school day. That’s a lot of email to keep up with! Those emails range from simple requests for technical assistance to requests for Reflective Planning appointments before a teacher tries something new in a lesson and every level of engagement in between and beyond! I…
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September 9, 2017 0
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Sketchnoting at #MLS17

Wow! What an experience the entire #MLS17 conference was. With nearly 900 individuals experiencing the conference, we could probably have at least that many blog stories. I hope everyone learned something, walked alway energized, and is ready to start the school year. As you may know, I spent the conference organizing presenters and sessions, running…
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August 21, 2017 2

MLS17 Mid-Summer Update

Good afternoon! We hope everyone is having a relaxing Best Summer Ever! We wanted to send out a few PD reminders.   Check out MasonLearns.com for blog posts throughout the summer. (You can also Subscribe to the blog to get updates via email! – Click the Blog button on the top right. Then choose to…
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July 14, 2017 0
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The Mason Professional eBook Learning Library is Now Available!

This spring, our beloved chair of Media Centers, Virginia Robinson helped the Innovation team put together a collection of professional ebooks for your summer reading pleasure. They are available as a digital checkout from your very own MCS Library system powered by Overdrive. The list of titles is growing and powerful! Titles like Teach Like…
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May 30, 2017 0
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Podcast Introductory Episode

I hope this works! I’m going to tackle a podcast to help teachers connect with one another. Not a day goes by where I don’t have an amazing conversation with a teacher. Far from the limelight of a TED talk, these discussions happen every day and provide the foundation of the stuff that moves kids…
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May 22, 2017 0
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Podcast 1 – Renee McCord On Personalization

In this episode, we talk to Renee McCord on her thoughts on Personalized Learning. She has seen a variety of approaches and realizes that Personalization is both for students and teachers. Share this…


May 22, 2017 0
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Podcast 2 – Laura Tonkin – Spaces

In this episode, I discuss innovative spaces with Laura Tonkin. Listen to why and how Laura has transformed her basic science room into spaces to encourage personal learning to occur. Share this…


May 22, 2017 0
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Change your course names in Schoology

Note that these directions are just for the 7-12 world. K-6 teachers will have slightly different nuances, look for posts from Dan Little and/or Krissy Hufnagel for K-6 classes…. Schoology granted us some new magic powers for our courses yesterday. We can now change the name of our courses and section numbers to something that make sense…
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April 4, 2017 0

Save to Google Drive from Microsoft Office

Many people have been using the Google Sync app to save their Office files straight to their Google Drive online storage, others still would like to see a more direct option. Google has now given us an plug-in app for Microsoft Office that I think many people will enjoy. Currently, this only works on the…
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November 3, 2015 0

Using Google Forms for Homework Checks

This year instead of taking homework simply for completion each night, I’m trying to use Google Forms as homework checks for accuracy.  I am creating a form each week, and having students complete it for their homework grade.  I then use the add-on Flubaroo to grade the assignment, and can quickly enter grades into the…
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November 3, 2015 0