The waiting is the hardest part…

Pretty devious of the Google Innovator folks to have applications for LAX18 come due just as the school year is winding down with all the craziness that goes with the end of the year.

I’m hoping the third time will be the charm for me. I like my idea for my Innovation Project…not sure it comes out in the 90 second video. Basically, I’d like to provide resources and a gathering place for teachers and students to develop and polish their skills with images and video. Check out my application video below (as well as my two previous attempts).

Graphics and Illustration for Educators

Robert Faust

Just completed the Graphics and Illustration course from Adobe Education Exchange. This was my second class with Adobe EdEx and once again it was a great experience.

Illustrator is a application that I had never felt comfortable with. Since I started my Adobe journey with Photoshop, it was always difficult to think vector rather than raster. I can now say that the pen tool and I are on speaking terms…friends even!

Check out the learning journal to see the various projects. Squeezing projects in amidst the craziness of teaching wasn’t always easy, but we do the best we can in the time we have.

CUE – Day 2


Unorganized notes to edit later…

Oriental Trading – source of kitschy stuff

Session 5
The Google You Might Not Know About
Leslie Fischer
Video: minutes without the internet at&t
Yellkey – time limited short urls
Add +to Gmail before @ ….sign up with new emails
QRstuff – qr codes for specific sites…
Google Tone –
Send links to chrome books….in area – presentation links
EDPuzzle – embed in Classroom
Doodles –
Google Science Journal – collect data from phones…
Google smarty pins – geo trivia cool!
Search Atari breakout
Steve the internet dinosaur
Mystery Animal – 20 questions
Story speaker – build adventure from google doc (google home only)
Google experiments – like google labs of old…
Google photo scan

Session 6
Google Apps Script for Noobs: You Can Code
/scripts – discussion tab/create group docs/pull the paragraph

Google apps script tutorial —>


Session 8
Google Slides
Michael Niehoff
Nancy Duarte…resources

Hyperdocs –
Draftback – extension

Video for Educators Class

Video for Educators

I’m glad to be back with Adobe. For probably ten years they priced themselves out of our school. Their education pricing didn’t accommodate for small schools like mine. For the past three years we’ve been part of an agreement through CETPA that has brought Adobe tools back into our classes.

To get back up to speed with the Creative Cloud apps, and to get ready for our new digital video class, I took the Video for Educators course through the Adobe Education Exchange. It was a great experience and not only provided some great project ideas, but provided a good foundation of video production principles in addition to learning to use Premiere Pro.

Part of the class was a learning journal that I’ve linked above. Check it our to see my projects and some of the things I learned.

Tech Tool Gallimaufry

Superintendent Aguilar and I presented a collection (gallimaufry) of tech tools for a sectional at the Arizona-California District Teachers’ Conference in San Diego.

Tools change all the time, but I think this is a pretty good collection of some of the tools currently out there. If you have a suggestion for another, there’s a link at the upper right to add your own suggestion.

Visit the site here.

On add-ons, and scripts, and things…

We’ve been using a paper-based notification system for years to document behavioral and academic issues with students. It’s involved lots of paper and email and too many people.

After an amazing workshop with Brent Coley, I realized two Google Suite plugins he showcased could simplify lots of things with our process.

The add-ons are autoCrat and copyDown. Now when teachers need to notify a student, their parents, and their faculty adviser…they just complete and submit a Google form. Emails are sent to all concerned parties and a pdf copy is saved to a folder in Google Drive.

While wrangling spreadsheets to my will, I got over a major hurdle thanks to this tip from Looks to be an amazing resource!

<This post is mostly a buried acorn for me…if you want to know details…let me know.>

CUE 2017 – Day 1

Here are some jumbled jottings…Hopefully I’ll have some time to clean them up.


The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset
Jo Boaler

  • youcubed – website
  • Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset
  • No such thing as a math person, science person, etc.
  • There is no “wall” that you hit in (math) education
  • Make mistakes…synapses fire…learn more from mistakes
  • Challenged and struggling …best brain growth
  • Don’t label students as “smart” or “gifted”
  • “I’m giving you this feedback because I believe in you.”
  • Videos – How to Learn Math (students | teachers)
  • Creativity is inhibited by speed, performance orientation, performance and rewards
  • Transformative power of a mistakes friendly environment

Multimedia Textsets + Google Docs = Hyperdocs
Kristen Bell


  • – (not com) Hyperdoc site
  • Re-check goobric
  • Download content to Google Dive
  • Google arts & culture … favorites…create album
  • ListenCurrent – audio resource site
  • Liftedlines – quote resources


Hidden Gems in Google


Google Drive

  • Open image…use eye then arrow
  • Asterisks in names…to top
  • Ctrl-z – drag (add to multiple folder)

Google Sheets


  • Color pick eye dropper
  • Safe YouTube…strips ads etc.


  • Google Keep notes…writing comments…todo lists
  • Copy….change edit to copy


Didn’t have the chance, but worth checking out…


California’s Kelp Forest



I love to dive the kelp forests off the SoCal coast. When I first started to dive I was overwhelmed at the variety of species I was seeing. Over time, I started to see the order within the complexity. What I couldn’t find was a good website that would help me with the monumental  task of learning about what I was seeing in this entirely new world.

So I put my students to work! This site has some great resources on the kelp forest. I’ll even be so bold as to say I haven’t seen one with more resources (and links to resources) in one place.  The biology class of 16-17 did a great job providing info on some of the organisms as part of their unit on ecology.  I particularly like the webcams and videos linked throughout, but especially on the resources page.

When I need to relax, the Anacapa Ocean live stream does it every time (during daylight anyway :-).

Within a few days of publishing the project, Google released their new Google Sites. We hope you enjoy! Click the link below or the image above to visit.

Kelp Forest Organisms – CLHS Biology 2016