Magazine article Technology & Learning

Start and Stay Organized: 5 Tech Tips to Start the School Year

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Start and Stay Organized: 5 Tech Tips to Start the School Year

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As more of our work evolves to digital formats, being efficient and staying organized is essential. Here are five quick tips and strategies.

1. HAVE A HOME FOR LEARNING

Create a space for students to access every single day--one place where their learning begins. In my classroom, that's our website, where there's a Google Doc called the "Assignment Calendar" that outlines all of our lessons and learning. Whether the next activity is on Google Classroom, Kahoot!, or independent research, this home for learning helps my students focus, shows them where to start, and provides an important resource for learning. Absent? Late? Just weren't paying attention? Check the site.

2. CREATE A SYSTEM: FILES, FOLDERS, AND NAMES

The only wrong way to name a new file or folder is to leave it untitled. Use a consistent naming convention for all of your work. Use folders to organize all of your files and keep things in a place that makes sense for you.

With Google Drive, I create a new master folder in My Drive for each school year. Within the 2017-18 folder, I have a folder for each prep I teach. Then each unit gets its own folder starting with 01 Beginning of the Year. With the 01 preface, my folders stay organized in chronological order. On Google Classroom, I also name my assignments with numbers (e.g., 01 Student Data Form) to create an easy-to-track common language about the work in our classroom. Using Drive's features like Star and Color Change also helps me find my important files faster. …

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