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Tools for input and reporting? Especially for lesson observation?

At work, we're creating a digital classroom observation tool. There will be short-answer questions resulting in a report. Google Forms and Survey Monkey aren't getting us there. Do you know other general purpose platforms or specific lesson observation tools I should consider? I'm interested in complete tools, or neat features to include if we end up custom-developing our own. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 18, 2015 - 2 answers

What is this tool? Saw / Machete attached to plate

Can you id this odd saw/machete that comes mounted flush with an aluminum plate? Photos here. [more inside]
posted by ssg on Jun 7, 2015 - 9 answers

Are these tools for making shoes?

There is a shoe store in my neighborhood that has these tools on display alongside their wares. We can't for the life of us figure out what these elongated cylinders with holes in them are. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Jun 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Where would I find someone who makes single use tools?

Basically I'm looking for whoever the engineer or engineering company would be that creates some kind of specific tool for a one off specific job. Like the Space Needle is built and finished and then, out of nowhere, you need to change a nut and bolt out that was never supposed to be changed. And to do it you need a 40 foot, weirdly angled wrench. Who would build that? And is there a name for the kind of field or specialty this is?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 20, 2015 - 17 answers

How do I get my online inventory tool viewed by retail store owners?

I programmed an online calculator tool that generates inventory purchasing recommendations for retail store owners. I would like to get feedback on the tool from people who buy inventory for their retail stores for a living. How do I do that? Short of just walking into stores and bothering the owners to take a look at my program or paying for adwords or some such, I'm not sure how to get the word out about my new tool to people who would be interested in using it. Any feedback would be welcome.
posted by Gosha_Dog on Mar 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Mystery Tool

What is this mystery tool? It's not really a clamp, since it will not lock into place. I would prefer not to have random guesses, since it's not really helpful, but if you have seen or used this device, you'd solve a great mystery. [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Best multiple-use tools?

Which hand tools that are made to singly perform the function of a set are worth not just having on hand, but actually replacing the set they attempt to cover for? For a tradesman, for a DIYer, for a weekend warrior, for a fumble-fingered homeowner. (Examples: adjustable wrench, ratcheting dogbone, multi-bit screwdriver) Tell us your favorites! [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Dec 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Prototyping tools for iPhone apps

I am doing a class project for which I need to create a high-fidelity prototype of a mobile app idea. The final assignment in the class is going to be user testing of the prototype. What I'm looking for is a prototyping tool which will allow me to easily create screens with native iPhone widgets. It needs to be high-fidelity and as interactive as possible. And it needs to be accessible on the web. What are the tools that you use? My full requirements are within. [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on Jul 31, 2014 - 5 answers

What is this (possibly carpentry/upholstery) tool?

This object was amongst tools belonging to a carpenter/furniture restorer, so may be something to do with that trade. Beer bottle cap for size, ~5 inches total length; good condition, but must be at least 20 years old - could be much older. The metal part appears to be aluminium, which would be too soft for many tool uses, so perhaps it is something else entirely?
posted by AFII on Jul 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Mobile tool storage ideas

I often work on my family's cars, however I don't have a garage and have to work in the driveway or in a rented (by the hour) garage with lift. In my workshop I have the tools organized on pegboards and in drawers. That's all fine and dandy, but I've come to realize that 90% of the time I use my tools I have to chuck them in tool bags and boxes and either bring them outside or to the aforementioned garage. I want a mobile storage system where everything has its place and I can see at a glance if something's missing. Like the pegboards, I guess, only portable. [more inside]
posted by Harald74 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Multitasking air compressor?

I’m looking into buying an air compressor that will work equally well with an airbrush and a framing nailer. Does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Feb 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Looking for those inkless, perforating library stamps.

Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Dec 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Is there a dead-simple way to create an insert for an audio cassette?

Assuming a level of graphics competence at "low, but very willing to learn", what's the easiest method of creating inserts for audio cassettes? Level of quality around "punk/hardcore/straight edge" on the sliding scale. Preference slightly skewed to a 4 or 5 panel card, tools available are MS Office products, Photoshop Elements and of course GIMP. Access to printers and copiers, willing to lay out double digits for a tool, click-and-drag type template, or assistance. Thoughts/advice/help?
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Help track my tool

I’m looking for a reasonably priced (GPS?) device that will remotely track an object's whereabouts and share that info with the public, online or via smartphone. [more inside]
posted by sixpack on Aug 22, 2013 - 4 answers

What is this mystery object my grandmother found in her home?

What is this mystery object my grandmother found in her home? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints on Aug 20, 2013 - 35 answers

Gardening tool kit?

Say you had a team of three to five people working once per week over a year doing a gardening project on one acre of land and poly tunnels in a cold-to-moderate climate with clay and loamy soil (England). What tools would they need a weekly basis and what tools would they need on a once-per-year or quarterly basis?
posted by parmanparman on May 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Mandoline! Mandoline! Mandoline!

Just scored the use of a mandoline slicer for the next week, and I'm totally excited but don't know where to start. Can you good people hook me up with your best mandoline-using recipes? Potatoes! Carrots! Turnips! I'll slice 'em all! [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Mar 21, 2013 - 30 answers

Antique Tool identification assistance requested

I have a Challenge to all antique hand tool buffs. I'd really appreciate knowing what this tool is and what it was used for... The tool consists of a brass piece mounted to a wooden handle. The tool measures 6 3/4 " in total length. At the high point of the brass forefront, it is 1 15/16 ". The brass piece is 1 5/8 " wide. It has a tool stamp of 'IDEAL TOOL COMPANY' in raised letters on the reverse side of the upright brass fixture. I could not find anything like it on the Ideal Tool Company Antique website... I would greatly appreciate your expert opinions as to what it is and was used to accomplish. Thank you for your professional and generous offer to identify this hand tool piece !
posted by Jim Young on Jan 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Looking to start a simple home toolkit

Looking to buy a toolbox with essential tools [more inside]
posted by Highest_Of_Fives on Dec 29, 2012 - 23 answers

What's a good table saw for a beginner woodworker?

Woodworkers of Metafiler: give me your table saw recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jquinby on Dec 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Can I learn to trust again?

How do I find a can opener that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 26, 2012 - 37 answers

What are these hand tools?

Just curious: what are these hand tools for? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Sep 21, 2012 - 21 answers

Mystery Item filter

What is this tool used for? [more inside]
posted by hector horace on Sep 5, 2012 - 9 answers

What is this tool for?

WeirdToolFilter: What is this tool for? [more inside]
posted by bullox on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Identification of this tool?

Can anyone tell me what this is? I've had this for many years but now am clearing out my "collections" so my kids won't have to. Before I send this off I'd like to know what it is, and that would probably help interest someone in having it. Only marking is "Germany".
posted by uncaken on Jul 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Angles on angle grinders

What to look for when buying an angle grinder? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Dec 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Which tool do I need?

Looking for a social media tool that allows visitors to our website to sign & send a pre-written email (and to possibly add their own comments or edits as well, but that's not 100% necessary) to a group of local politicians. I've seen things like this many many times on social and political campaign websites, but have no idea if there's an out-of-the-box solution or if we need to hire someone to write it. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Dec 9, 2011 - 13 answers

I'm following who now? (No, not Newt Gingrich)

This Newt Gingrich Mefi post about paid Twitter followers had me looking at my own Twitter stream more closely. Now I'm concerned. I don't auto-follow, but I'm following Twitterers I don't remember choosing to follow at all! Help me get to the bottom of this, please. [more inside]
posted by misha on Aug 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Cleaning mini multi tools

I have a couple of mini knives/multi-tools (1 Leatherman and 1 Gerber). I like both of them a lot, but they are getting kind of old (1 is 13 years old and the other is about 4 years old). I am looking for a way to clear them properly so that some of the minor rust spots are gone and get rid of all of the "stuff" that has accumulated in the knife over the years. However, where they are so small, I am finding this difficult. Any tips/suggestions as to go about doing this?
posted by dbirchum on Jul 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Is there a NICE credit-card multitool out there?

Is there such a thing as a really nice, possibly handmade, credit-card-sized multitool? Examples of what I'm NOT looking for below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 27, 2011 - 9 answers

To Have and to Hold

How much can you actually fit inside a Brooks "Challenge" Tool Bag? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jun 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Free Mac OCR/E-book software/toolchain

How can I get from paper to e-books for free on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by tellumo on May 22, 2011 - 7 answers

What language to write a multi-search utility in?

I want to write a tool for multiple-searching a site that only supports single-searches. What's the best implementation language? [more inside]
posted by Four Flavors on Apr 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Is it safe to access my bank account after malware infection?

Is my password safe after a "System Tool" malware infection? Can malware (system tool) use a proxy or key logger or otherwise detect bank account passwords accessed with the (hopefully previously) infected computer. How can one be sure the infection is totally removed? xp fully updated, avg free, scanned and cleaned following these instructions
posted by flummox on Mar 24, 2011 - 3 answers

What kind of tool(s) should I use to cut this thin metal ring?

What kind of tool(s) should I use to cut this thin and flat metal ring? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Feb 15, 2011 - 10 answers

I cannot find the FTP Migration tool

I have a photo blog on blogger.com that I haven't posted to in some time and, when I just tried, got the following message: "Blogger no longer supports FTP publishing. If you are interested in continuing to maintain your blog on Blogger, use the FTP Migration Tool." I cannot find the FTP Migration tool. Any advice?
posted by tangyraspberry on Jan 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Mitre Saw Projects

I just got a steal of a deal on ebay for a precision mitre hand saw. What cool projects can I do with it?
posted by srboisvert on Jan 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find the name/picture of this antique tool

I'm looking for an object I once saw a picture of. It was an antique tool that was, I think, described as a japanese jade vise, or something similar. It was rectangular in shape, and consisted of a number of stacked wooden wedges that could be slid in and out in relation to one another to form an opening in which a gem could be securely held by the pressure of the wedges.
posted by Jackson on Nov 27, 2010 - 1 answer

what's this strange kitchen tool?

What's-this-tool-filter: Found this tool in a kitchen drawer at a vacation rental at the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Anybody know what this is for? Something to do with crabs or oysters maybe?
posted by mqk on Nov 24, 2010 - 1 answer

Manage my PBEM DnD group

Is there a free DnD 4e play-by-email (PBEM) manager available? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey on Nov 3, 2010 - 3 answers

Who knew baking was so high tech?

Tell me what this weird sugar art/baking device is! [more inside]
posted by Mouse Army on Sep 23, 2010 - 5 answers

Accurate Keyword Tool

What's the most accurate free SEO keyword/phrase tool out there? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Sep 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Organize my story!

Organize my story! [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jul 28, 2010 - 17 answers

What's the best fire starting tool

What can I carry that will let me easily, consistantly and reliable make burning? [more inside]
posted by Quadlex on Apr 6, 2010 - 25 answers

Identify a tool that probably has some obscure culinary purpose.

What is this tool for, please? (1, 2) It was found in a kitchen drawer.
posted by Tufa on Feb 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Not very Technical

FIREFOX/WINDOWS 7: When using Firefox, where is the bar that includes options of "file", "edit", "view", "favorites" and "tools".? It disappeared! When I access Internet Explorer, no problem, these options are all available and visible, but on Firefox (which I prefer) it seems to have disappeared.
posted by Lylo on Feb 22, 2010 - 5 answers

Strange utensil

Help identify what is presumably an unusual piece of cutlery. Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Feb 2, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I cut this pipe?

I'm trying to install a toilet. My contractor put a PVC pipe in the floor, but the end is too high for my toilet to sit level on the ground. So I need to cut the PVC pipe. There's only about a half inch gap around the pipe, so I started trying to cut it with a Dremel from the inside. But it seems to be too thick and overheats the Dremel. Is there another cheap tool I can use for this?
posted by scottreynen on Jan 31, 2010 - 18 answers

Open says me

What's an easily findable substitute for an iPhone "case opener"? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Jan 9, 2010 - 8 answers

How do I force myself to write more freely again?

I've started writing too slow, thinking too much, not imprisoning the editor, etc. I'm looking for an online or osx tool that encourages writing. It might be as simple as a field that asks you to enter x words within y time. I am having trouble shifting my mindset.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Dec 15, 2009 - 14 answers

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