First add-on published

My first Google sheets add-on is published! To be totally honest, I made it mainly to see what was involved. I really like the work that Andrew Stillman has been doing with New Visions for Public Schools, including Doctopus and formMule, and I wanted to see if I could do similar things for higher ed or international ed.

My add-on is called Text Adder, and it pretty much just does what the name indicates. Once it’s installed, the user can select a range of cells, and Text Adder will add a chosen text to the beginning or end of every cell in the range.

Text Adder

Text Adder in the add-on store

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Startup Weekend Immigration

I attended (but didn’t participate in) another Startup Weekend this week. This one was focused on immigration. I didn’t really have time to work on this – already had previous commitments. I just stopped by on Friday and Sunday to catch the pitches.

To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed. Most Continue reading

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Switching to Squarespace

When I started this blog, I tried out Squarespace and found its UI kind of annoying. It felt like I was spending too much time learning how to use Squarespace, rather than simply editing HTML and CSS directly.

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New Favorite App: HelloTalk

hellotalkI don’t know why I wasn’t using this app before – it’s awesome! I heard about it through a friend who is developing his own language-learning app. Here it is on the Play store and iTunes.

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Cool things I’m thinking about

ai frontI’ve been away for a while because things have been pretty busy at Educents. We recently finished our seed round and we’ve been growing really quickly. It’s been an awesome experience being part of a successful startup that is focused on trying new things.

As account manager, I’ve been talking to new partners every week and helping our current partners maximize their revenue on our marketplace. Here are some of the cool things I’ve come across outside work:

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Bleg: What’s your favorite educational product?

Stack of booksI’ve been at Educents for about a month now. I’ve been super busy (and having a lot of fun) learning about all our awesome vendors and customers and diving into our data. It’s great, but I need your help!

Educents is a flash deal site (and more – stay tuned) for educators. We list a lot of well-known and cool up and coming books, activities, games, and anything else for teachers and parents who are looking for something educational.

Here’s where you come in. If you know about (or make) something that would be a good fit for Educents, let me know! Leave a comment below or tweet me. Thanks!

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“It’s complicated.” — Bourdain in Iran

Many thanks to the Persian acquaintance who tipped me off to the latest episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown show. This was his first Continue reading

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Tuesday Tip: Using Git with Google Apps Script

One of the biggest issues with Google Apps Script (GAS) is that it doesn’t have any real version control system. Last month I started using GitHub (through this course on Udacity) and was disappointed to discover that there is no way to directly integrate Git with GAS projects. If you’ve never used Git, it’s an awesome way to keep track of and merge code file versions. Without it, it can be extremely hard to try out new things or discover when bugs have been introduced. There’s a GAS ticket open for this lack of version control, so please star it if you agree that it’s a problem.

Fortunately, there’s a workaround. The Google Plugin for Eclipse 
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New job, new activities

Golden Gate BridgeBig news: I’m starting a new job this Tuesday. I’ll be joining Educents, an edtech startup in Oakland. Educents is sort of like Groupon for educators, with deals on the materials that teachers and administrators use regularly, at wholesale prices.

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Where MOOCs are now

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an interesting piece by Jeffrey Selingo on the current state of MOOCs (“Demystifying the MOOC“). It’s an easy read, and it hits on something that I’ve been thinking myself and hearing from people working in a variety of MOOC organizations around the Bay Area.

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