Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
October 16, 2013
When: The deadline for submissions is October 18th
The Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE) is calling for nominations for their PLT Outstanding Educator Award. All Outstanding Educator Honorees will receive an invitation to the Annual Environmental Educator Conference, recognition at the conference luncheon, certificate, and feature on the USEE website. Utah Outstanding Educators will receive paid registration to the conference, recognition at the luncheon, an award, nomination to the National PLT’s Outstanding Educator Award, and a feature in the USEE e-newsletter and website.
Job Title: Associate Instructor - Hourly
When: Webcasts begin Wednesday, October 23
Resource: See the attached PDF
Registration: Free registration at http://surveymonkey.com/s/tcregistrationfall2013
When: December 9-15, 2013
Every educator who hosts an Hour of Code will get a gift of 10GB of free DropBox storage. And I will personally donate a full class-set of laptops to one school in every state that hosts an Hour of Code for all its grades. Just register your school’s participation by Nov. 1 to qualify. http://csedweek.org/
What is the Hour of Code? No experience needed
It’s a one-hour intro to CS -- on a browser, smartphone, or unplugged. We expect teachers from all disciplines to host it in classrooms, and we’ll provide tutorials that require no prior experience. We’ll announce an amazing list of partners over the coming weeks, but we need your help.
Recruit your entire school to participate
Most students are intimidated by CS; this campaign is a chance to inspire them to try. Please recruit your principal and other teachers to get involved. Share this brochure, or this homemade how-to video. Or get creative and define your own “Hour of Code” activities.
Where: University of Utah
Registration: Priority application due by November 1st; however, the program will except applicants up to February 1st
Our program provides a truly interdisciplinary experience with scholarship funds, cohort activities, mentoring and research opportunities, and an amazing opportunity to become part of the Honors College (including housing benefits). We're looking for academically talented, yet financially challenged students. The priority application date is Nov. 1 (highly recommended) but we will take applicants up to Feb. 1.
Resource: See Attached PDF
Registration: Deadline is November 1
When: Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Resource: See attached PDF
Registration: Registration opens Oct. 15th, and space is limited
When: Saturday, November 16th at 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Resource: See attached PDF
When: Tuesday, November 19
Resource: See attached PDF
Registration: The workshop is limited to 60 participants
When: January 23-24, 2014
Resource: See attached PDFs for registration form and brochure
Registration: Early registration ends on November 30, 2013, Try to apply as a team (2-3 members)
When: March 18-20, 2014
Registration: http://slvsef.org/judges/register, Please try to register by early March
Notes: Fill out an online form to request a poster or visit the CSME table at the UEA conferenct
Resource: See the attached folder for program brochures and information
2) Participate yourself (or with your child). Set aside one hour to learn, during Dec. 9-15.
3) Ask your employer to schedule a 1-hour team-building event to learn together.
4) Get together a local group in your community. Or host an Hour of Code "block party."
Please get started now at http://hourofcode.com
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
- my.uen - There's a great blogging tool as part of your my.uen. You can also get help on the blogging tool.
- edublogs - A Word Press powered blogging platform for educators.
- edutecher - A platform for blogging and a variety of other educational sharing tools.
- edmodo - More like facebook for teachers than a blog, it allows you to post items and allow students to comment on them. Still a great potential resource for interacting safely with students.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
- my.uen - has a bookmarking tool where you can save your favorite websites and then publish them on your public page if you choose
- diigo - social bookmarking and highlighting
- delicious - social bookmarking and sharing
- symbaloo - visual bookmarking. There is also a special edu version http://www.symbalooedu.com
- google.com/bookmarks - Chrome keeps your bookmarks in sync across devices, but Google Bookmarks allows you to access them on whatever browser you are on and also allows you to share them.
- Pinterest - Visual bookmarking and can be unsafe for work but there are some great education Pin Boards too.
- Pearltrees - Another visual bookmarking and mind mapping tool
Friday, October 4, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
- http://www.math-drills.com/ This site has limited numbers of worksheets in each area , but there are a wide array different topics all aligned to grade levels.
- http://www.mathfactcafe.com/home/ This site is a great resource because it can randomly generate a variety of worksheets and their answer sheets.
- http://www.mathworksheetsland.com/ Another site that has a good array of content in both grade levels and topics
- http://xtramath.org/ is the last one and is not a worksheet generator but a way of allow students to practice math facts at home while parents and teachers get feedback.
Friday, September 27, 2013
The video above stood out to me for two reasons. The first being the excellent techniques for encouraging and yet managing discussion in the classroom. We need better dialogue but also more polite and civil conversations. The techniques you can see in the video do a lot to encourage that. The second item that is worth consideration is the use of silent signals. The idea of silent signals is a great one and one that could be utilized in a variety of ways. What are some of your ideas for silent signals? Post them in the comments
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Web Address: http://en.linoit.comThere are a variety of tools available to take notes online and to keep track of favorite websites. en.linoit is one more. It allows you to create online sticky notes. There are apps for smartphones and all of this helps you keep track of the things you most want.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
There are other ways also, there are several apps that allow a Smartphone to take a snapshot and turn it into a PDF. I have talked about that in a previous post but you can also do a search in your favorite App store to find and compare them.
Friday, September 20, 2013
You can learn more about this at: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-integrated-studies-york-resources-video as well as seeing instructions for downloading the video from iTunes if you are having trouble viewing the video above.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Web Address: http://www.uen.org/govedsummit/In just under a month Governor Gary R. Herbert will be hosting and educational summit. This summit will address issues of education and instruction here in Utah. This will be a unique opportunity because there will be a chance to gather together at local schools to view the event live as well as to have conversations with your local colleagues. UEN will be streaming the event live as will Utah.org so that people from all over will be able to participate and see what Utah is doing to accelerate learning.
Friday, September 13, 2013
web address: http://radiowest.kuer.org/topic/improving-utah-schools
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Web Address: http://csme.utah.eduThe University of Utah is the home of the Center for Science and Mathematic Education. A group dedicated to improving Science and Math education by enhancing teacher preparation. The CSME has programs both for Undergraduates and for those pursuing a Graduate work. There are also a wide variety of resources and materials for enhancing education. Take a look around the site and see what you think.
Friday, September 6, 2013
@lauhun forwarded the first video in this playlist to me so I took a look around the interwebs and found the above playlist full of geology songs and it got me thinking about two things?
First, how could we use playlists as teachers. I have suggested creating playlists on YouTube before in a course I teach and I still think it can be great. There are lots of sites out there that let you create and share playlists: UEN's eMedia, YouTube, TeacherTube, SchoolTube. But it could also be simply creating a list. I often thought when teaching that I couldn't show all the amazing movies, documentaries and videos. So I developed the idea of Enrichments. I would ask students to watch and summarize videos (or books, or other materials). These assignments were extra and allowed students to engage with materials I couldn't make time for in class.
Second, I loved the parody element in several of these videos and although it wasn't something I did, it is a terrific strategy for getting students to engage with the content. Having students produce these kinds of videos with accurate science or history or whichever topic necessary.
What are your ideas for using video or writing parodies?
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Web Address: http:://www.sciencefriday.comThe theme this week seems to be science. There are a variety of science websites available. Lots of good ones. But one of the exceptional ones has to be Science Friday. The site is a complement to the NPR Radio program of the same name which airs Friday's ( I know, a shocker right!) my favorite feature is the exceptional Video Pick of the Week
Enjoy a visit around the site.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
- Cloud Favorites. For Android, and iOS users your favorite browser can keep your favorites together. When you sign in to the Chrome Browser your favorites are kept in sync. The same is true of Safari. An iPad user with a Windows computer, never fear Safari is available for Windows and is an option when you download iTunes. Added Bonus: When you are logged in to two devices on Chrome or Safari you can open tabs that are open on other devices.
- Photo Storage: When you turn on PhotoStream on iOS devices it allows you to see and then download to your device photos taken on other devices. For example if I snap a shot with my iPhone I can see it and edit on my iPad and then share it to Facebook from my computer. Similar to this is Google+ this app on iOS devices allows you to choose to upload your photos automatically as a backup. Every photo you take is added to a private folder that allows you to share to Google+. If you are an Amazon fan their app will automatically back up photos also.
- Notes - There are several services that will keep notes in sync. Apple's Notes does this with iCloud, but also if you enable the feature with other accounts it will let you store notes in a Google account or an Exchange account. Others include Catch notes and Evernote.
- Music - Apple has a service for this and will make all of your music available on any device. The cost is about $30 a year. Google and Amazon both have free services with varying limits. Amazon allows you to listen to anything you have purchased from them and upload a limited amount of other music. Google handles things similarly, but with a much higher limit on what you can upload.
- Books - Books have changed from a commodity to a resource. Formerly you purchased a physical book that belonged to you but now largely your are licensing the rights to access that material. Services like Amazon's Kindle, Kobo, iBooks and Nook make your books available on a variety of devices.
- Movies - There are many services that allow you to stream you movies and Apple is good about allowing you to access iTunes purchases on your devices, but are there others? Ultraviolet allows you to access movies in several apps including Flixster, and from the VUDU website. Amazon Instant video allows you to purchase from Amazon and view on a variety of devices as well.
- Website updates: With apps like Blogsy, WordPress, Blogger, EduBlogs and EduTecher you can update resources and information on your website from a mobile device or any internet connected computer.
- Mail - We don't often think about this anymore, but since most of us are using a web based email system our email is cloud based. Outlook.com is a major update for Hotmail, Live, and MSN users and allows you to claim a clean @outlook.com mail alias without having to get used to a new inbox. Gmail has long been cloud based and with the ability to rapidly switch between several accounts also allow you to keep up with more than one inbox.
- Audiobooks - ok so I am fudging a little since this is sort of covered by #5 but Audible is a great service with apps on both iOS and Android that allows you to listen to your books on any device directly from the device. It does download the file to your device so it is best to do the downloading over WiFi but once you do you can earn awards, badges and achievements for how much you listen. It will even keep different devices in sync and sync with Kindle copies of the text for certain books. Pretty amazing?
Friday, August 30, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Web Address: http://en.childrenslibrary.org/about/mission.shtmlIn an effort to enhance reading for children all over the world the International Children's Digital Library. This site has a a collection of children's books in multiple languages. They have made specific efforts to acquire books not just written in these languages but by native speakers and addressing native cultures. They based this effort on the idea that it is essential for people to have access to their native language and native culture. This creates a wonderful resource for educators who are working with immigrant populations or English Language Learners. Additionally Dual Immersion Language programs can really benefit from this resource as a place for students to find books and teachers to find materials to share. Most of the materials are available in PDF and can be printed or shared via an interactive whiteboard or projector systems.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I have seen some of the amazing photos of lightning and always been impressed. I have always wanted to take a photography course and buy a really nice camera with all the fancy settings to I could take some of those shots. But last week during a thunderstorm I saw my niece out in the rain with her iPhone held up in the air. A few minutes later she comes in and shows me this:
What amazing shots! Apparently she had used an app: Video 2 Photo that allows the user to shoot video and then pull images from the video. at $1.99 it's pretty affordable and while you are there take a look at related apps that do all kinds of more amazing things with photos and videos.
This one in particular looks very useful for capturing images that would be difficult or impossible to get otherwise. I think of sporting events and science experiments especially where capturing the moment the ball drops or the second the candle snuffs out would be exceedingly difficult with even an exceptional camera, but capturing it with video and then extracting the frame needed could be great.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
With all the critical thinking, problem solving and project based learning around there is still a need for drill and practice. Sometimes that means paper worksheets. There are quite a few of these out there and here is one that I found recently that Worked very well to create a basic math facts worksheet. You simply enter in your range and information and the print the sheet. You can also generate an answer key. Quite a simple and fun website.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Usually we focus on Electronic tech for back to school, but this week I was considering the things I most useful tools I had in my classroom and many of them were low tech. Here's a list (in no particular order) of some of the regular tech you might want in your classroom
- Putty knife - Used this all the time for scraping mystery stuff off of places I don't like to think about
- Heavy Duty Glass Scraper. These are a handle for a razor blade that allows you to scrape off the stuff the putty knife won't work on especially hard to remove stickers
- Goof Off or Goo Gone brand cleaner or isopropyl alcohol. This finishes off the residue left by to two listed above
- Tweezers - You got to have them in the classroom
- Pliers or Multi-tool with pliers.
- Screw Driver Set. Spend a few dollars on a good set with a solid handle and more bits/drivers than you need.
- Cordless Drill - To go with #6. With these two in hand you are ready for all the jobs you don't want to wait for the custodian for like lowering or raising the legs on student desks
- 11" x 17" paper. I loved this stuff. I used it for posters, folders, children's books. You can cut it in half lengthwise for bumper stickers or "tweets" Simply amazing to have around.
- USB Charger Systems - Belkin makes an amazing one with extra plugs and two USB charger ports. They aren't very high powered so the trickle charge an iPad but are great for smaller devices.
For a visual list check out
Friday, August 16, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Today I was reading the chapter about trading in our bodies for Human 2.0. I have joked about when the robopocalypse happens, I am switching sides. I will ask them to download me into a machine and I will join the robots. Kurzweil says I am not far wrong, but the biggest idea that hit me today was the concept of Virtual Reality and Real Reality as he refers to it all the time in the book. Some might want to juxtapose Virtual Reality with Physical Reality. As we spend more and more of our time in virtualized experiences of movies, games, and social networking sites, we are developing communities friends and experiences that are no less real for having taken place only in our mind. Even physical reality is our minds interpretation of the molecular and energetic reactions around us.
But I like the terms Cognitive Reality versus Corporeal Reality. If what Kurzweil argues comes to pass by 2040 or 2050 many humans will have transcended mere biological intelligence. I see this happening already. I have a much deeper memory than my ancestors because I have thousands of photos recording specific moments with clarity that my ancestors could not have. I have in essence expanded my intelligence/memory by offloading it to digital space. Kurzweil predicts that this will happen with our bodies as well. We will exist as individuals in the cloud, to use today's term, and when needed will use a variety of nanobots and holograms to generate a corporeal presence for any number of reasons. This really highlights the contrast between Cognitive Reality and Corporeal Reality. Something I experience only in my mind is no less real than something I experience with a body. This could include our communities and other experiences. It makes me really wonder how we will value all relationships and experiences when we can download them.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
But since the change has moved around a few favorite pages. Here is a list of some of the hottest UEN pages, maybe there are some here you haven't seen:
- The UEN Resources Page, a list of resources built by and for UEN: http://www.uen.org/k12educator/uenresources.php
- The UEN Multimedia Resource page: http://www.uen.org/general_learner/multimedia_resources.shtml
- The UEN Curriculum Search page: http://www.uen.org/curriculumsearch/searchParams.action
- The UEN Student Interactives, a curated list of great interactive websites, see a problem, see a site that should be there Contact Us and we will get right on it: http://www.uen.org/k12student/interactives.shtml
- The UEN Homework Help page: http://www.uen.org/k12student/homework.shtml
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
- Your own website: Try my.uen.org as a good too for building a free website, or one of my other favorites, Google Sites, Weebly or EduTecher.
- Cloud Storage: again, my.uen.org where you can store up to 3GB of files depending on your status. You can also store files in SkyDrive, Google Drive or DropBox
- Twitter: A Twitter account as a way to get connected to fellow teachers. Follow #edchat, or any of these. Also follow @uenpd and @uennews and #uennews. Try Paper.li if Twitter feels a bit overwhelming. You can create your own "Newspaper" based on hashtags you like.
- A tablet: If your district hasn't provided a tablet, then you can pick one. At this point you can pick your flavor. Make sure your district is ok with you bringing in your own device. But then a Kindle Fire, Android Tablets, Nook and iOS devices all allow you to interact with students, keep track of data and generally make you more efficient.
- Class Dojo: This is fast becoming one of my favorite suggestions. Since so many people have a
- Evernote: The ultimate in notetaking apps. There
- Easel.ly: This is a great tool for creating visual resources. It can make a great disclosure, procedures or even a graphic organizer for taking notes, both teachers and students can create with it.
- Online Multimedia: Prezi, Glogster, Google Slides, and PowerPoint Web App all allow you to create multimedia presentations and share them online. Check them out for some great resources.
- Finally, Check out UEN.org for a newly updated look and feel and visit one of my favorite pages: http://www.uen.org/k12educator/uenresources.php for a list of all that UEN provides for teachers.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
It currently looks like it is changing. Google recently release https://mapsengine.google.com/map/ which allows users to generate simple 3 layer maps for personal and non-profit purposes. Now don't be mislead by the term 'simple' these maps are simple in comparison with what some complex and expensive mapping systems can do, but they are more capable than the features in the My Places currently available. While My Places allows multiple maps to be displayed at the same time and it currently appears that Mapsengine will not allow multiple maps. This means that before I could create unlimited personal Layers, but now I can create multiple layers to share with others. There are also features available in Google Earth and the Google Maps API for business that can be paid for. There are options for getting some of these on an educational grant basis
The big take home here isn't actually the features or a comparison, but it's the fact that we have a tool that far exceeds what any previous generation has had for creating maps. Like so many other things, the skills, tools, and capacities of the everyman(and everywoman) have been expanded. In generations past it took vast training, high level skills both technical and theoretical to create accurate maps. Now like photography, video editing, mathematics, arithmetic and web design, there are freely available tools that allow each of us to do more. It is wonderful to live in a time where more and more is created to allow everyone to do more.
Friday, May 31, 2013
There are a couple of really amazing phrases in this. One is the line that "We sit kids down and ask them to do low level clerical work and then wonder why they get fidgety?"
The other was the metaphor about Death Valley and the first rain there in hundreds of years brought blossoms. Death Valley is not dead, only dormant. It only awaited the right climate to bloom.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Well I was looking for a video clip from the exceptional series "Triumph of the Nerds" Bob Cringely shares some time with the inventors of the spreadsheets. I bumped into the clip I was wanting to use and one of the folks made some comments about it that I felt I needed to respond to:
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
You can find some amazing links to Summer Reading resources at: http://www.uen.org/general_learner/summer_reading/
You can also find your local utah library here: http://library.utah.gov/directory/index.html
You can find a list of the wonderful museums to visit at: https://www.utahmuseums.org/museum-directory
State Parks are listed at: http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks Utah State parks has partner with http://www.pocketrangerexchange.com/ to share an official StateParks App that let's you join in GeoChallenges.
And even more can be found at Utah.Com (Utah.com is not a government website but does house excellent information about Utah recreational activities)
So Fun stuff to do across the state. If you have a favorite site or app you will be using to keep up the learning over the summer share it in the comments.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
1. The Teaching Channel - A site focused on professionally created videos mostly showing teachers demonstrating strategies and techniques.
2. Learner.org - Annenberg produced videos and courses that focus on deeper theory and strategies for learning.
3. UEN-TV - Live Television broadcasts of a variety of Instructional and Education programming including some items from Annenberg’s Learner.org
4. UtahiTV- Broadcast schedules and other resources for locating education and instructional television statewide
5. eMedia - Many of the resouces licensed through the Utah Instructional Media Consortium and listed at UtahiTV are also downloadable through eMedia
6. PBS Video - All your favorite PBS programming most of it streamed full length without commercials.
7. TED - TED has become a premier source of the best ideas in the world. Visit the site for great videos to inspire and challenge you. Visit the TedEd site to see lesson plans and ideas for using videos to inspire and challenge students.
8. YouTube.EDU - Whether for professional or personal development, the iPad is fantastic at storing, reading and even annotating PDF’s, ePub, and other files.
9. iTunes - Use iTunes to find podcasts and iTunes U content.
See a printable version here: 9 Ideas for Teacher Viewing
Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- News Feed
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Geocaching is a worldwide hide and seek treasure hunt game. It allows people to hide a cache, which is nothing more than a box full of clever trinkets, and share the Latitude and Longitude of the cache on a website. There are several websites out there that do this including GeoCaching.com and OpenCaching.com. One of the must enjoyable types of caches are multi-caches that allow you to go from one point to another along a preset route. Each cache then has the coordinates for another cache, but it can be challenging to get the coordinates entered into your device correctly. If you have a high end Garmin GPS unit you can now do more. The Garmin Chirp is a small wireless device that will communicate with other GPS devices. Currently it only works with Garmin GPS units, and one app on the Apple App Store: GeoBeacon There are admittedly very limited and specific applications for this, but the reason I wanted to share this is because of the potential it might have. Imagine that within the next year or two you could place these beacons around sites you wanted students to go to and to learn things. You could create a field trip that they could get your specific tips and tricks for. There are several different ways two device can communicate like this and it could be that in the very near future the same technology that allows Android users to checkout at the grocery store with their Google Wallet by waving their phone at the cash register might allow mobile devices to act as a cache register.
Learn more by watching the following videos:
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Web Address: http://www.pearltrees.com/Social bookmarking has been around for quite a while, and it can be a wonderful resources, but it isn't always very pretty. That's why Visual Bookmarking has become the latest and greatest. Sites like Pinterest allow users to use the images of their favorite things to keep track of and share those things with their friends. The latest site that I have found allows you to go a couple of steps beyond regular visual bookmarking and social bookmarking.
PearlTrees allows you to create Trees around a topic with various Pearls as the leaves. The Pearls can be web pages, images, or notes. These can then be connected further. This gives us the Visual bookmarking but what takes it beyond the other visual bookmarking tools is the ability to group and organize the Pearls. Essentially you get a tree which organizes your thoughts. It's a Mind Map. Socially, you can share, tweet, and embed these PearlTrees but where PearlTrees went beyond in Visual bookmarking it also goes beyond in Social Bookmarking. You can view the PearlTrees of others and then add items back to yours by "picking" a pearl.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Homework Help: http://www.uen.org/k12student/homework.shtml
Summer Reading Resources: http://www.uen.org/general_learner/summer_reading/
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
- Contact Information
- YouTube videos
- Direct access to certain apps ie: 4Square
How are you using QR Codes? Leve your ideas in the comments!
Friday, May 3, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Web Address: http://www.hippocampus.orgWith the proliferation and growth of OER there are more and more resources available for teachers to forge into their own weapon of mass education. Hippocampus has been an access point for these kinds of openly available resources for years. UEN has been directing learners and educators to HippoCampus for a long time and has partnered with HippoCampus to offer specific resources in a variety of ways.
HippoCampus will allow users to create their own profile. They can then browse through, search and locate materials to add them to playlists. For educators these playlists can be shared with students as either preliminary or review material. This would help you effectively flip your classroom. Students could preview materials and information before class and then be ready for problem solving, discussion and critical thinking in class.
Students can create their own playlists and explore their own interests. Essentially taking control of their own learning. For a list of additional OER Resources check out this list: http://www.uen.org/oer/
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Less (<) equals (=) more (>)This can be an importan concept in our personal lives and in what and how we teach. This week take a look at the following video and then in the s give us some ideas about how <=> in your classroom!
For me less equals more in terms of homework. I have often thought that expecting students to leave their full time 'job' and go home and work for several hours more sets a bad pattern. I don't want to have to do that every day. So I tried my hardest to only have 1 hour of homework a week in my class.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Web Address: http://www.uen.org/general_learner/gis.shtml
This week I wanted highlight one of our Utah's own resources. UEN has been the premier curator of resources directly relevant to Utah Education for years and they continue to strive to be just as relevant. For the last few years one way they have been doing that is by supporting CMAP courses. These courses have allowed teachers to locate and map points of interest and of educational value in a variety of locations throughout the state. Two areas that have particularly robust GIS systems are:
CMAP Projects page.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I try to keep these tech tips something relevant and hopefully cross platform and a tip! I think of these tips as little shortcuts or processes that can simplify what we do as tech enhanced educators. Often, we can spend a lot of time managing the technology and that can interfere with the big focus of all this which is the teach! Often we Ereader teaching things that aren't tech they are some other content. So he are two tips to managing information that I have found helpful:
Conventions, or Standards are rules that we use in grammar and writing to help cue people as to what we are doing. For instance if I put an ! At the end of a sentence you know I really mean it! Conventions that I use with student projects include the following naming of files:
The students replaced the number sign (hashtag) with their class period and the question marks refer to their own name or information in the file name. By doing this, when students submit their assignment in a shared network drive or save it to a shared folder on DropBox, Google Drive or Skydrive, I can sort the whole list and I have them separated by class, and alphabetically by last name. This saves hours of searching and hunting for files and matching things up. Especially when your school grading system doesn't connect to your online/digital submission tool.
I use the following date format at the beginnnng of all my documents
I then include whatever relevant file information I want. I learned this when Picasa started prepending this to my photos as they were I imported. While getting my science bachelor's I had gotten used to the standard scientific format for dates: 2013-apr-23 or 2013-IV-23 which is standard globally, but doesn't sort well on a computer, namely January is sorted after April by the computer who is using alphabetical sorting. By using the format above you get perfect chronological sorting. The 'last modified' or 'created on' data associated can be inaccurate when you move files from one external hard drive to another. So I have begun adding the date I created it at the beginning of all my documents to allow me to sort them.
What are some of your strategies for arranging and sorting files in our new age with massive numbers of files to manage? Post them in the comments!
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