Friday, December 16, 2016

A small book costs about $3.30 to deliver. Why not use Createspace?

Createspace is the "publish it yourself" arm of Amazon.  Amazon's core business is "shipping things" and authors might want to create books and ship them to friends and radio shows.

Here is an example of the costs:
10 copies at about $2.40 each, plus $8 shipping =  $33 or about $3.30 per book
The book might retail on Amazon for $6 each.

This is global: offers the book, too.

Here's the book on Amazon in the USA

The cost is $6 retail on Amazon

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RUBRIC - the important stage of a project: FREE RUBRIC MAKER from US Dept of Education

Click here to find a rubric

Here's how the Rubric Maker is described.
What is a Rubric?
Heidi Andrade
Rubrics have become popular with teachers as a means of communicating expectations for an assignment, providing focused feedback on works in progress, and grading final products. Although educators tend to define the word “rubric” in slightly different ways, Heidi Andrade’s commonly accepted definition is a document that articulates the expectations for an assignment by listing the criteria, or what counts, and describing levels of quality from excellent to poor.
Rubrics are often used to grade student work but they can serve another, more important, role as well: Rubrics can teach as well as evaluate. When used as part of a formative, student-centered approach to assessment, rubrics have the potential to help students develop understanding and skill, as well as make dependable judgments about the quality of their own work. Students should be able to use rubrics in many of the same ways that teachers use them—to clarify the standards for a quality performance, and to guide ongoing feedback about progress toward those standards.

Here's what the screen looks like

Here's the finished product.

You can download the rubric that I made


Make a Rubric

After I logged in, I could find my list of rubrics that are available to download.

The same website is affiliated with


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Teachers can make websites about their school work, too -- We can learn much by clicking on the TEACHER DPs at High Tech High...

This blog is generally used as a place to park projects when a student does not have a portfolio or website to store his/her project.

I hope with this post to engage the attention of students and teachers about the power of well-designed projects.

Look at this cool website called EL.  I learned about it from Jeff at High Tech High School.  
I found Jeff's digital portfolio DP and then clicked on one of his links.  "Get Bent" in the upper right corner
Go to the upper right for GET BENT    and see the TEACHER video channel

THEN I wanted to become a member of TEACHER channel and the EL site

This is from Jeff's lecture about

Then I went to the link to "Tch" that
Jeff has on the upper right.

Then I wandered over to the EL link

"WHAT WE look for"

I started at SUBMIT WORK and then saw "WHAT WE look for"

Let's see what some experts say about projects

I looked at this website and saw the BLUE LINK at the top.
Hmmmmm  let's click

Here's what I foundFULL ARTICLE

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Let's read Dr. Fischler's book

Here is a reading by I. Bunaio (Mr. E.) at Sun Ed High.

You can download this book from


I'm stunned by the quantity and quality of the notes taken by Denisha Jarrett in her Geometry class

Look at the work that was created here.   Although the notes will be stored as evidence of work completed, this video will document the enormity of her effort.   (look at the moon with its nose... and the buildings have stitches, like Frankenstein).

She also creates "sketches" and "doodles" that are high quality.  The video shows the image that could one day serve as a model for a CD cover or a poster.

The second video shows the number of notes... pages and pages.   The form that is called "Think about the Quiz" is an innovation at Sun Ed high school.  We recommend ANY STUDENT who uses the APEX system to use this sheet to guide their thoughts about the questions that are discovered in quizzes.