Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tune into Technology: Technology Management & Organization...

Today I am linkin' up again for "Tune into Technology Linky: Technology Management & Organization" with Kristin at iTeach 1:1 as well as Alyin and Amanda at Learning to the Core.  This linky will stay open until next Thursday, so come join the technology party!

Organization is something that I live by...I wasn't always this way.  The older I get, the more important it is in my every day life.  I cannot handle not being able to find something.  I apologize in advance for the horrible quality of the pictures.  I can't take screenshots on my computer, so I used my phone. 

I use many tools to keep myself organized:
Thumb Drive-(I's considered old school now with resources such as Google Drive and Dropbox)  I don't go anywhere without my thumb drive though. I had a major meltdown two years ago when my thumb drive broke and thought I had lost everything(luckily, my intern's husband was able to put it back together for me) Always back-up your files! I have saved files from back before it was even cool to have them.

 My thumb drive has folders with sub-folders inside them.  I do this because I switch grade levels every year.  It's very easy for me to pull up 5th grade and go into sub-folders such as Literacy for 5th, Technology for 5th, Math for 5th, Lesson Plans, Newsletters, etc.  These sub-folders even have their own sub-folders.  Let's use Literacy for example:

Author's Purpose, Classify and Categorize, Comprehension, Compare and Contrast, Connection, Graphic Organizers, Inference, Point of View, etc.  As soon as I save something I immediately drop it into the appropriate folder and am able to find something within seconds.  That's how organized my thumb drive is!  
Google Calendar-Everyone makes fun of me because I cannot bring myself to go by this calendar.  I am one of those people that has to write in a paper calendar.  If not, I won't show up or the task will not get completed.  It's very strange considerin' I am pretty techy.  I'm settin' a goal for myself to try harder this year to jump on the Google Calendar wagon. 

Gmail-Oh how I love my Gmail account.  I label every email that comes my way and drop it into color-coded folders.  If it's something that I know I will definitely not need to refer to again, I will delete right after readin'. I check my email at least every mornin', during my plannin', after school, and at night.  This is my main form of communication with parents besides my class website.
Pretty isn't it?

Class Website: Important information for students and parents.  Curriculum, Standards, Class News, Supply List, Links to Websites, Web 2.0 Tools, etc. Rose's Rockstars 

Edmodo:  Read about this tool that I use daily with my students.  This is where I store any videos, documents, Powerpoints, etc. for the students to access ANY time at home or school, as long as the internet is workin'! I LOVE Edmodo

Symbaloo-I have also written about this before.  This is how I have started droppin' in links to websites for my students.  Example here: Science Symbaloo

Accordin' to the pin I saw on Pinterest, "Organized people are just too lazy to look for something".  This is probably true for me.

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  1. Love all these organization tips. I'm like you- I have to have a paper calendar or else I will forget. Haha, I have heard that quote about organized people and it definitely applies to me! Thanks for linking up.:)

    iTeach 1:1

    1. Yes, as soon as I saw that quote I fell in love! Can't believe next week is our last Tech link up. *Sad face*. I've really enjoyed Thursdays!

  2. Will you come organize my digital folders, please?!? For as OCD as I am about everything I have never gotten my digital stuff organized. Perhaps I shall try Christmas break or something like that...

    1. Yes, of course. I'll be organizin' the digital folders while we are team teachin'!!! You should make your kids do might never find any of your files again!

  3. I am with you on the paper claendar, but I like that google calendar will send me text message reminders! It has really helped me not miss meetings- seriously, I get that busy!
    Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

  4. I also have to have a paper calendar, but with phone alerts as well for major things. I would guess your first CD was a singer. I have those same menu books for my kiddos for all subjects for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. :)
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack

  5. Great tips! I'm behind on joining the Dropbox bandwagon too...guess I better get on that :)
    Short and Sassy Teacher


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