I love sharing knowledge. I’ve been blessed to have had the time and opportunity to teach myself a great many things and I see it as my duty to add value back into the internet from which I pulled so much. Below is a list of blog posts categorized under “skill share”.

 

How to add iframes to your website

March 8, 2017

There are often times when you’ll want to add an iframe element to your site. Many services offer cool widgets that come as iframes. Unfortunately iframes are also a bit dangerous, they are like windows into other websites which could be like windows into terrible alternate dimensions! For that reason WordPress is designed not to allow … Read more

Creating a Live Hangout Event

September 20, 2016

We have a Hangout culture in ALC land. At least once a week  I get on a Google Hangout call and talk, coordinate, share, or co-work with my peers. It’s great fun and easy (especially when we’ve set up special hangout links that are always the same, but that’s for another tutorial). Sometimes, though, we … Read more

Presenting Change Up at the Twin Oaks Communities Conference

September 19, 2016

Over Labor Day weekend, a small group of Agile Learning Facilitators attended the Twin Oaks Communities Conference in central Virginia to host a workshop titled Culture Hacking 101, covering the Agile Learning Center Change Up meetings and the Community Mastery Board. We wanted to share this ALC culture creation practice with people who work hard … Read more

How to run a Network News Call

September 10, 2016

I held the first ever Network News Call September 11th at 11am ET. It was broadcast live using YouTube. This call will covers Network news and information for the ALC community. Check out a recap from the call. This post will go over how to run the Network News Call. The Setup Created an LIVE event through the … Read more

Managing Versions and Displaying Images from Google Drive

August 16, 2016

I use Google Drive to save and share documents. With Google Drive one can upload big files and share them with people. Often times I’ll host files on Google Drive and create links to those files on web pages. If I need to update one of those files I don’t need to worry about running … Read more

Send Copy of Form to Submitter using Gravity Forms

June 2, 2016

The ALC Network website provides every sub website with a powerful plugin called Gravity Forms. It allows users to create forms that appear on any page (or widget). ALCs use these forms to process enrollment, as contact forms, and to track student activities such as off-site learning. Today I’m going to show you how to … Read more

Getting Started with Page Builder

June 1, 2016

The ALC Network relies heavily on a modified version of Theme Foundry’s Make theme. The front page of my site and the network home page both use the Page Builder “template”. This post will cover the basics of using the ALC General Theme (which is based on Make). You can learn more about the theme from Theme Foundry’s … Read more

Adding Translations to existing pages with Polylang

April 10, 2016

As the ALC Network expands into communities with different languages it is becoming necessary to translate our content to serve those communities. To accomplish this I’ve installed the polylang plugin which gives any network site the ability to configure multiple languages to display pages in. Most of our network level pages are created using the Make … Read more

Set the Week Board for ALC Oahu

March 27, 2016

This tool is used at the start of each week to determine the offerings, trips, or group activities that are available to the community. I redesigned the ALC Oahu Set the Week board using recycled wood and whiteboard paint. Click to learn more about Set the Week and see examples from around the network.

Motivations

March 24, 2016

I got the following questions from a teen I know: Ok so the question I had was basically How do you stay motivated doing all the website projects you do? And more then that How would I find something that worked for me? Motivation for me has a few different parts. There is the motivation to … Read more

Getting the most out of Slack

March 22, 2016

If you’re doing network work with ALC you’re probably using the ALF Slack team. Slack is a wonderful service which provides a slick platform for teams to chat with each other (rather than email!). In this post I will link you do some great help pages that Slack offers then I’ll go over a strategy … Read more

The Haversine formula – Finding distance between locations in spreadsheet

March 18, 2016

We have about 400 entries in our Starter Kit download database. We offer our Starter Kit for free in exchange for email and optional location information from downloaders. Now that we are starting to hold training events (like the one coming up in Portland) it’s becoming useful to find Starter Kit downloaders who are near certain … Read more

Introducing the ALC Tuition Sliding Scale Plugin!

March 16, 2016

I’m happy to announce version 0.1 of the ALC Tuition Sliding Scale Plugin. This plugin, adapted from code written by ALC NYC parent @geva, allows anyone to place a sliding scale on their website! Here’s a working example: How it works You can add a slider into any section of your site using the WordPress shortcode: … Read more

Creating a YouTube link for Email Newsletters

February 21, 2016

This is a quick tutorial for creating nice images that link to videos in your newsletters. ALC Oahu and Arcadia Learning Commons are having screenings of Class Dismissed this week. Both sent out email newsletters letting their communities know about it. Emails can’t display embedded videos, but Oahu wanted to share the trailer. A great way to do … Read more

Better Blogging With Tags and Categories

January 31, 2016

A post that goes over blog category and tag best practices has been on my Kanban for a while now. The ALC Network website consists—primarily—as a network of member blogs publishing posts. Each post consists of a title, body (content), and metadata. Metadata is a fancy way of saying information about a post. We can add … Read more

Gameshift Board for ALC Oahu

January 28, 2016

I was asked to introduce Gameshifting to ALC Oahu to help structure their meetings more intentionally. I introduced the concept, co-created it with the community, then worked with them to implement it into their daily practice. Click to learn more about what Gameshifting is and how I went about creating ALC Oahu’s board.

How to make or break a habit in 50 days with the X Effect

November 2, 2015

Do you have a bad habit you wish you could get rid of? Do you have a practice you wish you could incorporate into your life? Making or breaking habits is a very common desire. Maybe you want to stop drinking soda or start meditating everyday. This takes willpower and I often hear people say “I … Read more

Organizing an ALF Weekend

October 14, 2015

ALF Weekend Fall 2015 is over, the work has been done, and now it is time to write some blog posts. I am doing a post in two parts focusing on the outcomes and the organization of the weekend. This post will cover how the weekend was organized, what worked, and what could have been … Read more

Blogging on behalf of students

October 6, 2015

I wanted to write up a quick post about posting to this website. Sometimes we, as facilitators, help our students publish their blogs. Maybe they write them in a text document and ask us to perform the technical task of publishing them or perhaps we type as they dictate. However it happens here is a … Read more

How to Make a Good Tutorial

September 10, 2015

This post will cover how to write a post that covers how to do something (so meta!). One of the Agile Roots is to create sharable value so that you, and others, can visualize your learning. I like to model this root by creating tutorials that cover doing things. The wonderful thing about writing these kinds … Read more

Send Gravity Forms Notifications to Trello

September 10, 2015

Gravity Forms is a wonderful plugin available to our network that allows site admin to create powerful forms that users can fill out. Part of the beauty of these forms is the powerful notification system. When a form is filled out you can have the input emailed to multiple email addresses. I recently found out … Read more

ALC Foldy Template

July 19, 2015

I wanted to share this print template so you can make your own foldy! Here’s a picture of the template below. Download a Photoshop version (with layers and guides) or use this PDF version for printing (or print the image below). Here’s an example of the “Yay School” foldy I made. 

Revision History on WordPress Posts

March 28, 2015

Collaboration is the name of the game inside ALC. We are all actively engaged in collaboratively building schools, community, and (importantly) documentation about such efforts. Wordpress (the system this website is build on) offers great features for collaboration through it’s post editing process. I’d like to quickly share one powerful feature called revision history. I’m going … Read more

Adding Editors to Your Blog

March 28, 2015

If you want other people to be able to edit pages on your site you first need to add them to your site and set their privileges to give them editing access. Each user on your site is tied to their main user account, so if they have an account on the ALC site then … Read more

Privacy on our website

March 20, 2015

There has been a discussion about blogging on the All ALF’s email list recently and it touched on blog privacy. I wanted to write an outline of what your options are in terms of privacy when it comes to this site. First of all as a general rule, anything you put on the internet can … Read more

My new personal kanban

February 3, 2015

I really like the kanban. Before I had any idea what to call it I was using it. This was back in 2010 when I was a freelance web designer/developer. I had struggled with task management for some time, tried out all the different apps and computer based programs. From the nerdy command line tool … Read more

Two Boots, a Cool Disk Game

January 25, 2015

I learned a game up at Cloud House over the break. It’s a disk game (disk is the general term for Frisbee, which is a brand of disk. Much like Kleenex is used to describe tissue paper) that, at the time I learned it, involves 2 boots. It’s very easy to play and can be … Read more

Making Offerings Work

January 14, 2015

Yesterday was our first day back, the start of a new term. I’m hoping that the theme of this new term will be more parental involvement. Last year the students learned the process, intention setting, collaborative play, and reflection. We carved out the space, now it’s time to fill it. Typically we fill our space … Read more

Introducing the ROTA

December 16, 2014

I’d like to share something I found out East at Acorn Community. If you’ve ever lived with any number of other humans you know the universal pain point that is chores. You’re either doing them all or dealing with passive aggressive notes. To over come this sticking point Acorn used a weekly process called the ROTA. … Read more

Better Blogging Through Chemistry

December 11, 2014

The 21st century world demands the creation of visible, shareable value as evidence of learning. From Agile Learning Center Roots This monday the Facilitators across the ALC network gathered for our weekly video call. We got on the the topic of how to ALF so kids will blog. I’ve gathered some of the ideas we … Read more

IXA Website Review

December 8, 2014

The following is a review written to the Web Dev team at ALC Everett about their website: Illuminati Xtremists Alliance Amazing work here team. I’m very impressed that you have taken on an entier web project from concept to execution. You are off to an amazing start and with diligent study and practice you will surely achieve … Read more

I’ve created a virtual die!

October 3, 2014

I’ve been studying Javascript on codecademy.com and was inspired to make a virtual dice today! var diceRoll = function(number){ return Math.floor(Math.random()*number + 1) } It might not look like much but it creates a function called diceRoll, which I can add any number of sides to and it will output a random number from 1 … Read more

The New Group Kanban Board – 看板

September 26, 2014

I finished the Everett group Kanban board today and would like to share it with you. A Kanban (看板) (literally signboard or billboard in Japanese) is a scheduling system that we use extensively within Agile Learning Centers. I have a personal Kanban tucked away in my sketch book. One also might make a Kanban for a … Read more

Agile Learning Blogging

September 10, 2014

I did a hangout on air early today and spoke about Blogging.

Intro to blogging

September 9, 2014

So I’ve been asked to do an online class on how to use the blogging platform here. I will post the video in a later post, for now I want to go over a simple function of the site. The “admin bar” and blogging So you want to blog* a bit on the site. Well let’s … Read more