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Podcast Episodes

2019-03-12: Semester 2 Episode 8 - Shortcuts In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby try to explain what Shortcuts are (though …

2019-03-05: Semester 2 Episode 7 - Calendars and Time Management In this episode, Craig and Robby discuss the differences between task and time management, then get …

2019-02-26: Semester 2 Episode 6 - Parent Communication In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby dive deep into ways to make parent communication …

2019-02-19: Semester 2 Episode 5 - Research and Reading Apps Teachers (and hopefully people in other professions) should always be lifelong learners. In this …

2019-02-13: I should clarify that Agenda probably wouldn’t say the biggest features is a bug fix, but it …

2019-02-13: The folks at Agenda just released version 5.0, and the biggest feature is a fix for an exporting …

2019-02-12: Semester 2 Episode 4 - Handwritten Note Apps In this week’s episode, Craig makes Robby’s editing job difficult, and we discuss apps …

2019-02-12: We’re having some technical difficulties getting today’s episode posted, and both of us …

2019-02-05: Semester 2 Episode 3 - Task, Reminder, Project, and Habit Apps, Oh My! In this week’s episode, Craig and Robby get into a listen requested topic discussing the …

2019-01-29: Semester 2 Episode 2 - To Automate or Note to Automate Craig and Robby wax philosophical about automation, and then turn to everything bucket apps. …

2019-01-22: Semester 2 Episode 1 - Apple Watch in the Classroom In the first episode of a new semester, Robby and Craig discuss their new iPad Pros and then how …

2018-10-02: My Task Management Crisis It started a few weeks ago. I don’t remember all the details. All I know is in the middle of a …

2018-09-30: Extra Credit Episode 1 - Apple's Big September In this bonus episode, Craig and Robby talk a bit (ok, a lot) about the products Apple is releasing …

2018-09-29: Siri Shortcuts in the Classroom Robby and I are busy planning Semester 2 of The Class Nerd Podcast which will definitely include …

2018-08-22: The Class Nerd - Semester 1 Exit Ticket We’re looking for feedback on Season 1 and where we go in …

2018-08-21: Semester 1, Episode 10 - Student Data STOP! Before you read on, please make sure to take our Semester 1 EXIT TICKET so that we can better …

2018-08-14: Agenda to Bear for Lesson Planning As I (Craig) shared on the Lesson Planning episode of The Class Nerd Podcast, I was starting the …

2018-08-14: Semester 1, Episode 9 - Making Stuff Show Notes: This week The Class Nerd talks about the apps they use to make letters, posters, …

2018-08-08: Semester 1, Episode 8: Going Paperless This week, The Class Nerd breaks down their paperless process. In this one, we cover scanning apps, …

2018-08-07: Today’s episode is running late. I (Craig) started back to school today and didn’t get …

2018-07-31: That feeling when you need to go to sleep because you have work in the morning for the first time in …

2018-07-31: Semester 1, Episode 7 - Lesson Planning The Class Nerd breaks down five of their favorite apps for lesson planning. OmniOutliner - Mac, iOS …

2018-07-30: Interesting new update to an app we discussed in our mental and physical health episode. I’m …

2018-07-27: MindNode 5 - Volume License - MindNode This is great for schools that MindNode is doing this. I just …

2018-07-24: We tried some new methods of posting the show this week, and there were a couple weird errors with …

2018-07-24: Semester 1, Episode 6 - Mental and Physical Health This week The Class Nerd takes a moment to reflect on the importance of maintaining good physical …

2018-07-18: Anyone else prep their classrooms for the new year in OmniGraffle?

2018-07-17: Semester 1, Episode 5 - Team Collaboration and Communication Though we spent the first two episodes of this semester discussing tools to manage email, there is a …

2018-07-10: Semester 1, Episode 4 - Drafts In our nerdiest episode yet, we do a deep dive into our most used iOS app, Drafts 5. We share how we …

2018-07-05: Podcast Follow-Up More on Bear This week, Robby and I published episode 3 of The Class Nerd Podcast. While I’m really pleased …

2018-07-03: Semester 1, Episode 3 - Notes In this week’s episode, Robby and Craig share (and debate) about their favorite note taking …

2018-07-02: Automators - Relay FM If you’ve been enjoying some of the nerdier conversations on The Class …

2018-06-29: iOS 12, Marzipan, and the Future In the weeks since Apple’s WWDC keynote presentation, I’ve been reflecting on what the …

2018-06-26: Semester 1, Episode 2 - 3rd Party Email Apps In this episode, Craig and Robby finish their discussion of email by sharing some 3rd Party apps you …

2018-06-19: Introducing The Class Nerd Podcast Though it was teased last week with a preview episode, Robby Burns and I are excited to officially …

2018-06-19: Semester 1, Episode 1 - Email With Apple Mail In the first official episode of The Class Nerd Podcast, Craig and Robby discuss Apple’s …

2018-06-15: This is a great tweet thread by Fraser Speirs on the shortcomings on the BYOD movement in edtech.

2018-06-14: I’m pleasantly surprised by Apple’s iWork updates today for iOS. They didn’t wait …

2018-06-12: Episode 0 - Tech Origin Stories Craig - Blog, Twitter Robby - Blog, Twitter The Class Nerd Automation Episode of RB&F

2018-06-11: Summer Workflow Rethink As an Enneagram 3, summer can be a weird time since I don’t sit still well. I need to keep …

2018-06-10: Mac Power Users #434: PDF Workflows - Relay FM This should be required listening for all educators.

2018-06-09: Making The Grade: ARKit 2.0 may allow AR to take off in K-12 classrooms - 9to5Mac The biggest deal …

2018-06-09: Moving The Class Nerd I have officially started the process of moving my blog, The Class Nerd, from Squarespace to …

2018-05-03: Drafts 5 Workspaces In David Allen's book, "Getting Things Done," his 5 steps to organizing your life are as follows: …

2018-04-29: Automation Orchard If you're interested in learning more about automation and how to use technology to be more …

2018-04-26: Things Check In Things helps me do my job while not making my job my life. I wrote those words in December after …

2018-04-18: Drafts 5 Drafts 5 is out today. It's a killer update to an app I use every day to help me get work done …

2018-04-13: Froggipedia and AR Apps At Apple’s education event last month, the company touted everything you can do on an iPad compared …

2018-04-12: 11 Tips for Working on the iPad – MacStories On MacStories today, Federico Viticci has some great tips for getting work done from an iPad. …

2018-04-08: Time Tracking One of the primary goals of this website is the help teachers be more efficient in their jobs by …

2018-03-28: Making The Grade: Why Apple’s education strategy is not based in reality Excellent article by …

2018-03-27: Apple Education Event Reflection I’ve spent the day reflecting on Apple’s education event, held this morning in Chicago. While there …

2018-03-24: Fraser Speirs on Apple’s Education Event I started a draft of a blog post about what I hope to see …

2018-03-22: Thoughts on SaneBox Back in January, I shared I was beginning SaneBox’s free trial period to help get control over my …

2018-01-04: Todoist Education Pricing While I have traded my usage of Todoist for Things 3, Todoist is still an excellent task manager, …

2018-01-03: New Semester, New Plan 4 years into my teaching career, I’m still struggling to find the best way to lay out my lesson …

2017-12-21: Sponsor: MDM Deals - Curating Fantastic Deals on Fantastic Apps & Movies Happy Holidays from The Class Nerd! I am hard at work on a post about the apps I’ll be using for …

2017-12-05: The Enneagram, Things, and Ticci I have been microblogging a lot lately about both the Enneagram (here and here) and transitioning to …

2017-11-28: MindNode 5 I don’t know exactly how I found MindNode, but I’ve been using it for at least 5 years as the …

2017-11-08: 280 on Twitter vs Micro.blog Earlier today, I posted the following on my microblog and twitter: It’s funny how much I’ve enjoyed …

2017-11-02: 6s Plus to X Like almost everyone in the Apple nerdosphere, I cannot wait until my iPhone X arrives tomorrow. …

2017-10-19: Ulysses 12 Today the team over at The Soulmen have released Ulysses 12 for iOS. Ulysses has been my text editor …

2017-10-04: Returning to Apple Mail on iOS A few months ago, I shared I was looking for a new email client: Here are the features I need in an …

2017-09-24: Day 1 With Apple Watch Series 3 I think UPS must hate me. Our house is always at the end of their route, and they don’t tend to …

2017-09-22: My Drag and Drop Request I’ve been running iOS 11 on my iPads since June, and have been sad not having many apps to take …

2017-09-19: Viticci’s iOS 11 Review On the iPad, the floating preview supports drag and drop, so you can hold it and drop it in other …

2017-09-14: Another Apple Event Thoughts Post I hadn’t actually planned on sharing any thoughts on Tuesday’s Apple event. I’ve read and listened …

2017-09-12: Talking Automation on Robby Burns + Friends I had a blast being a guest on Robby Burns + Friends to talk about how I’m using automation tools in …

2017-09-01: Apple Acknowledges Siri Leadership Has Officially Moved From Eddy Cue to Craig Federighi - Mac Rumors Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors: Cue continues to oversee the iTunes Store, Apple Music, Apple …

2017-08-28: ARKit and Autism: New Futures Craig Smith: We have already seen some spectacular demonstrations of what ARKit is capable of, and …

2017-08-19: Workflow and Todoist I recently ran into a strange issue when trying to automate Todoist task creation with Workflow. …

2017-08-16: No More For better or worse, I have always lived my life trying to please other people. Ok, maybe there’s …

2017-08-12: Why micro.blog I’ve been on Twitter since the summer of 2008, and it has easily been my favorite social network in …

2017-08-05: Blogging, I’m a Fickle Friend Over the summer, my church small group has gone through the book “The Road Back to You” by Ian Cron …

2017-08-05: WWDC iPad Hardware Guesses In this week's episode of ATP, Marco Arment was discussing theories on potential iPad hardware …

2017-08-05: The Hunt for an Email Client I think the true sign of someone who uses iOS to get most of their work done is they have tried more …

2017-08-05: Back to the Mac No, I’m not referring to Apple’s 2010 Keynote introducing the MacBook Air and OS X Lion after being …

2017-08-05: 30 Years and A New Website Today is my 30th birthday. I think there is a cultural tendency for people to get freaked out by …

2017-03-30: Apple Updates Pages with LaTeX Support Guest Post By Peter Davison-ReiberAmongst the flurry of new features that accompanied the release of …

2017-03-20: The Singlepad Lifestyle? While I have built a website around how I get my work as a teacher done from iOS only, I am married …

2017-03-02: Delivering Lessons with GoodNotes and Mirroring 360 Guest Post by Peter Davison-ReiberFor a long time I thought about my iPad Pro exclusively as a …

2017-01-02: Bear for Lesson Planning Here at The Class Nerd, we know even among teachers who want to get their work done on an iPad, …

2016-12-20: Marking With Copied Guest Post by Peter Davison-ReiberThis week I came across a fantastic little app called Copied. …

2016-12-14: GTD as an Educator Part 2 A few weeks ago, I published an article discussing how difficult GTD is to implement as a teacher. …

2016-11-14: Office 365 and Apple Pencil My name is Peter Davison-Reiber, and I’m a Mathematics Teacher at a high school near London, …

2016-11-09: GTD as an Educator While this blog generally focuses primarily on technology in education, a lot of the apps and tools …

2016-10-29: Why There Aren’t Indie Productivity Apps for Teachers As a tech nerd, I am always on the hunt for apps that make my job as a teacher easier. While I have …

2016-09-17: Fantastical for iOS 10 and watchOS 3 The good folks at Flexibits have released a big update to their iOS and watchOS apps. This update to …

2016-09-06: Airmail 1.2 As a teacher, much of my communication with my colleagues and with the parents of my students …

2016-08-06: Saturday Field Notes 8/6/16 The first week of school is always complete craziness, so I'm giving myself grace that on the 2nd …

2016-07-29: Friday Field Notes 7/29/16 Summer has officially drawn to a close for me, and I have started beginning of the year professional …

2016-07-27: Note Taking Workflows This is my first summer as a teacher where I'm not also in grad school, and I've been spending a lot …

2016-06-10: AirTable A few weeks ago I tweeted about how I'm using Airtable in the classroom and got a lot of responses …

2016-03-20: Import a Word Document Into Ulysses Ulysses Blog: You can import DOCX files quite easily into Ulysses’ text library. Important text …

2016-03-16: iPad Pro and iPhone 6s Plus Stephen Aquino on MacStories: At 12.9 inches, the iPad Pro's display is the best thing to happen to …

2016-03-16: Foot in Mouth Earlier this week I tweeted that this website would be down for a bit while I transitioned it from …

2016-03-11: Rene Ritchie on the Future of Indie Apps I love, love, love my indie apps. They dominate my Home screens. But how many of them have my family …

2016-03-10: On Technology and Privacy Radley Balko at the Washington Post: It’s all another sobering reminder that any powers we grant to …

2016-03-09: Ulysses 2.5 Ulysses has been my writing app of choice for a year now. I wrote more grad school papers and …

2016-03-09: Federico Viticci's Workflow Beginner's Guide Federico Viticci writing for iMore: And when it comes to automating tasks on iOS, Workflow is the …

2016-02-03: Day One 2.0 Though I'm not someone who has kept an embarrassing journal since I was a kid, I have tried to do so …

2016-01-22: What is Safari View Controller and Why Should I Care? Last week I sent out this tweet expressing my excitement for an update to the social news app …

2016-01-13: Interact: A Powerful Contacts Manager for iOS Interact As someone who has chosen to get most of his work done on iOS instead of a Mac, I'm always …

2016-01-05: Sticking With What I Know: A Return to OmniFocus Winter break is over, and I, along with many other teachers, are back to work. Fortunately, over …

2015-12-31: Happy New Year! Happy New Year from The Class Nerd. 2015 has been one heck of a year for me. I transferred schools, …

2015-12-19: A Month with iPad Pro In other words, selecting an iPad Pro feels an awful lot like it did when I selected a PowerBook G4 …

2015-12-12: Academic Writing on a Mac: Papers and Ulysses Seems like this would be amazing for Mac based people. It might have been worth it to mainly use my …

2015-11-30: Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad? This wins the internet today.

2015-11-25: Katie Floyd's Education Workflows Great post by Katie Floyd of Mac Power Users on her hardware and software setup since she's gone …

2015-11-23: Why iPad Pro Works For Me Jason Snell at Six Colors: But who is the right fit for the iPad Pro? If you're someone who has …

2015-11-12: Quick iPad Pro Thoughts After iPad Pro was announced in September, I wrote a quick post with my thoughts. At that point I …

2015-10-09: What Microsoft’s New Cloudbook Can Do in the K–12 Market EdTech Magazine: The success of the Chromebook has proved that school districts are hungry for …

2015-10-08: Bing in the Classroom Kathy Shrock: Technology directors can sign up their school district for an enhanced search option …

2015-10-05: Evernote is in deep trouble - Business Insider Several former employees believe a lack of focus hampered Evernote's growth. Instead of focusing on …

2015-10-02: How I'm Using iOS 9's New Features In July I installed the iOS 9 and El Capitan Public Betas on my primary devices so I could spend the …

2015-09-30: El Capitan Apple's newest operating system for the Mac will be released today. I've been running the beta since …

2015-09-15: A Tip for New Teachers: Pace Yourself Felice Kaufman of NCTE: It’s okay to take things slowly. Working on the implementation of one area …

2015-09-12: Initial Thoughts on iPad Pro Fraser Speirs: The iPad Pro will immediately suit people who need its unique physical …

2015-09-09: "Hey Siri" Event Thoughts I just finished watching Apple's "Hey Siri" event, and would be remiss if I didn't throw a few …

2015-08-31: The Rounded Rectangle - Apple TV Honored to join The Apple Fancast's weekly round table discussion. This week, we discuss the …

2015-08-26: RefMe Adds iOS Share Extension Confession time. I have written dozens of papers in grad school, and still have no idea how to cite …

2015-08-25: OCR Research with PDFPen and Hazel Great information from Tiffany White at The Apple Fancast. As someone who is struggling with his …

2015-08-24: Write Better Markdown Brett Terpstra: However, I love that Markdown has been extended and tweaked for specific purposes, …

2015-08-21: Friday Field Notes 8/21/14 Sorry this week's field notes are little late and not as robust. That's what the beginning of the …

2015-08-16: Beta Testing Woes They always warn you to only install beta OSes on secondary devices. The problem is, I don't have …

2015-08-14: Friday Field Notes 8/14/15 Welcome to Friday Field Notes, your weekly source for funny children quotes, articles on education …

2015-08-13: The Tools & Toys Guide to Writing with an iPad The guys over at Tools and Toys have been on fire lately with their articles about writing on the …

2015-08-07: Friday Field Notes Welcome to what I hope will be a weekly series here on The Class Nerd, Friday Field Notes. Here I …

2015-08-06: Wifi Assist in iOS 9 Bradley Chambers: In the most recent iOS 9 beta, a new option showed up under celluar settings …

2015-08-04: Markdown Lesson Plans In yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I do my detailed planning in markdown using Ulysses. I had a …

2015-08-03: OmniPlan for Lesson Planning A few months ago, I created a workflow for writing out detailed lesson plans using Ulysses and …

2015-07-21: Perfectionism and Starting a School Year If you didn't know it already, for better or worse, I'm quite the perfectionist. If you're a …

2015-07-20: Reflective Teaching with DayOne Jonathan Davis has started a great new Edtech blog, and this post really stood out to me: I’m a …

2015-07-16: Academic Writing with Ulysses Thanks so much to everyone who completed the survey. It was so helpful to get an understanding of …

2015-07-15: iTunes Family Sharing in the Classroom Mobile Device Management (MDM) is one of the more frustrating aspects of technology use in the …

2015-06-19: iOS 9 and the Death of “Everything Buckets” Almost two weeks have passed since Apple’s WWDC Keynote, and in that time I’ve done a lot of reading …

2015-06-16: The Class Nerd Survey This website has been a grand experiment. I have written about many different topics here to see …

2015-06-12: Apple’s Latest Product is Privacy Walt Mossberg writing for re/code: Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, Craig …

2015-06-10: Mobile vs. Desktop Jason Snell at Six Colors: One of the downsides of the mobile app revolution is that sometimes …

2015-06-08: Quick Thoughts on WWDC and Education I had planned on writing this from the comfort of my home tonight after returning from vacation. …

2015-06-04: See My Watch Screen My friend Mark was nice enough to ask me to be a part of his new Watchscreen series where people …

2015-06-02: Paperless Classroom: Year 1 The Paperless Experiment When I set foot in the first classroom that was actually mine, the first …

2015-05-21: Just Smart Enough Shawn Blanc on Apple Watch: Not to be all philosophical, but one of the big question that’s been …

2015-05-12: Getting Things Done On last week's episode of Mac Power Users, David and Katie interviewed David Allen, author of …

2015-04-20: How to Subscribe to Blogs Sorry I have been away for a few weeks. One of the heaviest semesters of Grad School ends in a …

2015-03-30: Using Workflow in the Classroom Today I'm excited to share one of my favorite apps that has been released in the last year. This …

2015-03-26: My Teaching Anniversary One year ago today, I wrote the following words in Day One: Today is the day I officially decided …

2015-03-19: OmniOutliner in Education Growing up, I found the writing process tedious and boring. I would write what I wanted to say once, …

2015-03-12: On the Usefulness of  Watch But I've been thinking about the high-level perspective of Apple Watch (and wearables in general) …

2015-03-03: Quick Tip Tuesday - iPad Multitasking Gestures Today on Quick Tip Tuesday, I want to share with you some common shortcuts I use frequently on my …

2015-02-27: Drafts in the Classroom With all of the snow days we've had here in Nashville the past two weeks, I've managed to put …

2015-02-26: Forgetting the Basics In my graduate classes, I quickly become known as the tech guy. I can troubleshoot a classroom A/V …

2015-02-24: Quick Tip Tuesday: iOS Share Extensions Welcome to a new series on The Class Nerd: Quick Tip Tuesday. I hope to offer a bit of useful …

2015-02-23: Discussion of Future Apple Watch Apps Initially, there are no native apps beyond Apple's own. Third-party 'apps' on Apple Watch will …

2015-02-18: 5 Years of iPad: What's the Use? A few weeks ago, on the 5th anniversary of Apple's announcement of the original iPad, esteemed Apple …

2015-02-14: Valentine's Weekend Writing Though it is Valentine's Day weekend, my wife is out of town (don't worry, we celebrated Thursday), …

2015-01-28: Get Productive App Sale Many indie productivity apps on sale today. Mac and iOS. Support devs and get great software: …

2015-01-09: Writing Workflows Pt. 1: Markdown As I mentioned in a recent post, in the time since I started this blog, I have discovered several …

2015-01-08: Omni Apps for iPhone and App Pricing We really appreciate the early support from those of you who have already purchased OmniFocus 2 for …

2014-12-22: App Santa Sale Christmas is a great time to pick up Christmas is a great time to pick up some amazing apps at a …

2014-12-15: This Blog is Not Dead When I began this blog back in April, I had just decided being a full time musician wasn't for me, …

2014-10-03: Kindergarten Field Notes Today is my final day in my interim Kindergarten position. I'm incredibly sad to leave them, but am …

2014-09-09: Quick Tip Tuesday #1: Create a Class Collection Template in Evernote As teachers we are continually collecting everything from health forms to field trip …

2014-08-12: Twitter for Teachers FAQ Last week, my school's new principal challenged the teachers to join twitter as a means of …

2014-07-10: My Top 5 Apps for Productivity As I have created my own digital system, one of the most influential things in the process has been …

2014-07-03: What is The Cloud and Why is it Important in Education? -- <img src="http://theclassnerd.micro.blog/uploads/2018/78211f6635.jpg" …

2014-06-26: 5 Ways Evernote Can Help You Apply for College -- The college application process can be an emotionally draining process. Even as an adult applying …

2014-05-12: Michael Hyatt's Evernote Tagging System A little over a week ago, Michael Hyatt posted on his blog an update to his 2012 post about how he …

2014-04-23: The Nutshell Context is incredibly important to most information. I think this applies to my blog as well. …

2014-04-19: Getting Started in Evernote While I do want to create plenty of original content on using Evernote (especially in education) …

2014-04-13: Why Evernote? -- Since I don't begin grad school until this summer, I plan on sharing how stay organized and …

2013-11-27: I Understand Last week I was the substitute in a 2nd grade class at one of my favorite schools. As part of the …

2013-11-05: App Store Entitlement

I am a well documented early adopter. I was attempting to update my iPhone and iPad to iOS7 at …

2012-12-18: Teaching on December 17, 2012 This is a post from an old blog of mine. I thought is was appropriate for a blog about teaching …