Monday by the numbers

August 24, 2009

BY NICK YINGLING MBTN last week was a straight up embarrassment. Bill called in to Instructify headquarters and handed down two options: I should commit seppuku immediately OR I should make certain that MTBN for 8/24/09 is a slam dunk. … Continued

Tuesday by the numbers

May 26, 2009

Six Ways to Transform your Presentation I’m still learning the whole presentation thing. I’ve probably made every classic presentation mistake, from mumbling to mistaking my PowerPoint slide show for an outline. Stepcase Lifehack has a great list of presentation tips … Continued

Find instructions for everything you own at The Manuals

May 13, 2009

I’ve always preferred the bumbling around method to learning, whether I’m using a new piece of software or I’ve just bought a new gadget. However, sometimes you’re faced with the choice of reading the manual or causing irreparable harm to … Continued

Blogging tip: Ctrl-C your text before saving

April 21, 2009

Every once in a while, I’ll hit “Save” on one of these here Instructify posts, only to have a glitch somewhere in the system log me out, thereby destroying my eight-paragraph screed about how cool Android phones are. Refusing to … Continued

Are you prepared for data rot?

March 12, 2009

Still hanging on to your dusty old tape collection?  If you haven’t digitized your cassettes yet, you might want to get started. CBS News contributor David Pogue wrote an interesting piece on data rot, which is what happens when you … Continued

Watch out for Bad Science

February 18, 2009

I really got my hopes up when I heard about Bad Science. I figured it would be filled with death rays, time machines and laser beams. Alas (or fortunately, depending on your perspective), Bad Science actually deals with the misconceptions … Continued

Give a student a boost to graduate

January 20, 2009

According to, every school day, 7,000 students drop out. Boost is a campaign by the AdCouncil designed to help encourage teens to make it through and graduate on time. The premise is simple, by sending a “boost,” you’re sending … Continued

Protect yourself from pop-ups — and much, much worse

December 22, 2008

It seems that the news lately has been full of teachers running afoul of technology. There’s the case (ably covered by Instructify editor Bill Ferris) of the Austin teacher who incurred the Wrath of the Internet by writing, very mistakenly … Continued

Monday by the numbers

December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays, teachers and students. Here’s a little gift from us to you to of some lists upon which everything is nice, ne’er naughty. Hope you enjoy these numbers and have a wonderful holiday season. 10 Things They Need to … Continued