When I visited Meteor headquarters for their monthly DevShop, I gave a lightning talk on my use of the Meteor framework for developing tools that helped me do my job as a teacher. Both during and after my talk, I was asked how I thought I could help other teachers learn to do what I had done. I pledged at the time that it was my goal to make some videos and tutorials about how to use it for classroom specific applications. Since then, I've had some ideas for what I might do.
When I asked idea-man Dan Meyer what he thought the first project should be, the response came back surprisingly quick:
@emwdx A zillion people have requested a way to get student work quickly from the page to the teacher's screen.
— Dan Meyer (@ddmeyer) October 25, 2014
As usual, Dan's expectations were high. I was waiting for Meteor to release its 1.0 version before getting started, so when that happened this week, I hit the
Thankfully, it actually came together quite quickly. This is an amazing testament to the power that the Meteor framework has for minimizing the idea-to-app lifecycle, and making it easy to get these tools in the hands of teachers.
You can check out my 26 minute tutorial video below. I made it almost real-time (minus some edited video flubs) to show how quick it is to get started.
I have also included the files that I made in the tutorial on Github here:
Take a look and let me know what you think. I would like to do others if there are requests for teaching-related apps out there. Keep me posted on what you would like to see.