PART 2 Reflection Organisation.

Google Chrome is a great web-browser. I have book marked some of the most important sites which used to just sit in Gmail as suggested and put the rest in Diigo. It doees take time for me to navigate new applications but once I get there I fly!

Two days ago I struggled with Diigo, this morning I found myself scrolling through my emails and bookmarking favourite sites in Diigo! The next step is to put them in groups, but not until I complete my marking of my own students’ work.

Evernote is fantastic for someone like me who perennially copies and pastes articles; saves them in Word, never to find or use most of them again. Lots of applications for work and home here! Well I did mention in an earlier post that I wanted to become better organized. Now if these applications just sorted out wardrobes full of unworn clothes and shoes…….but I digress here.

Just demonstrated Evernote and Diigo to Kevin, the lovely Carer who takes my husband Peter to a film or golf on Thursdays.  He has an i-phone and home computer and was going home to set these up on his devices. That’s when learning something new is exciting for me-the ability to share it with someone else.

My husband has Early Onset Dementia.  Evernote now contains the relevant articles clipped from the web on the topic/ as well as copies of emails from Alzheimer’s Australia pertaining to my membership of the Early Onset Dementia Reference Group.

Next stop school. After I complete my marking I plan to use Diigo to bookmark relevant sites for teaching and learning.

I will set up an account for the Bayview Library for Evernote/Web Clipping and Diigo when I return to work next week.  I will share this with Paul Byrne our Library Manager and our Davorka Box, our Library Technician.

Saved the extension article on Pocket using Web-clipper and intend to come back to this later on. Marking work for next week is a number one priority. The PLN Course work is impressive, however it has eaten into my time this week. Entirely my fault of course for not beginning the online work at the outset!

Teacher Knows if You’ve Done the E-Reading

Just could not resist sharing this link with my colleagues. My impatience/frustration with trying to master linking my Evernote to this Blog and working my way through Diigolet lead me back to Google Chrome where I added the New York Times App. I was enthralled with the idea that you could monitor if a student was actually reading and highlighting their e-book. Our Year 9 History text is an e-book …………………

What do you think of the ideas expressed in this article?

My Current Techniques for Keeping My Work Organised.

  • Hmm. My current techniques for keeping my work-organised, keeping track of resources and sharing these resources are shambolic to say the least. History Lesson plans are in the course outline booklet as well as in my Teacher Planner. I post material including suggested responses to class-work on Edmodo for my students to self correct and revise their work. Communication with parents is the next aspect of Edmodo I intend to cover when school resumes for Term 2, 2013.
  • Some of my work-plans are in a diary and on a paper desk planner. I use a white-board in the library work-room to keep track of tasks. Our ‘work in progress’ Bayview Library Blog keeps track of some resources such as great links and material we want to share such as “Inside A Dog”, “The Wheeler Centre.” “How to Evaluate Websites.” Although I have presented the Blog to our English Faculty I need to encourage a better take-up rate of school users.
  • The First Campus Meeting of Term 2, 2013 will involve a presentation of the Bayview Library Blog to the staff of the Middle School. Staff will evaluate the Blog, identify its strengths and weaknesses as well provide feedback on what else they would like to see in the Blog.
  • The Williamstown High School Library  Website will also be presented to staff who will locate   in Key learning areas to identify differentiated websites for an area they will teach in Term 2.2013.
  • My 16 Facebook Friends are people I actually know. I share posts/photographs and interesting links from my Facebook news feeds.
  • I book-mark sites, but since I have the joined the 2013 PLN course I now use Google Reader and feedly to organize feeds from my favorite sites.
  • I imagine significant changes to my work-flow as a result of my participation in this course.The idea of ‘bringing it all together is critical to understand and manage the ever changing aspects of working with Social Media/ICT. Sifting through and refining the vast array of material is a critical aspect of our work. Of course the next step is to encourage people to read and use our creations.
  • Is teaching workflow and organisation techniques to students an important task? What have you noticed about the workflow and organisational strategies of students?
  • Teaching work-flow and organization techniques to students is a very important task. Some students are highly organized; whereas, others have a scattergun approach not unlike my current approach.
  • Although some are experts and could teach me a thing or two, we often assume our students have these skills. Many teachers at my school now use Edmodo, which means that the task of teaching  work-flow  and organisation skills is shared across the curriculum.  This creates a consistent approach as students become more comfortable with using the calendar and turning in their work on-line, using links and ommunicating with their teachers and peers.
  • Recently I discovered a terrific site called Rcampus. It allows you to use and create Rubrics for assessment which can be given values for each component. Marking and creating a percentage is automatic. I am currently working on this with my Year 9 History course.
  • Of course I can’t teach students these critical skills unless my own are exemplary! This is where the 2013 PLN Course will transform my approach to managing work-flow, organisation and sharing information.
  • I have encountered criticism for using the group email at school to send links to feeds such as Bright Ideas. Group emails are frowned upon at my school unless the information is approved by the school administration. New ways of sharing information will be very welcome!
  • How have digital technologies and internet access changed the way we organise ourselves?
  • For some of us,we are in a transition phase. People who are connected via Smart phones with internet access are better connected depending on where they live and travel. The immediacy of contact  has changed they way some people value the time of friends,colleagues and family. Some think that because they send you a text to let you know that they are late then keeping one waiting is acceptable.
  • At times I feel there is too much choice and that digital technologies and Internet can be a shibboleth which consumes our time and energy.
  • Sifting through the dross to locate the ‘treasures’ on the internet takes time, thought and effort. Setting time limits and purposeful goals are critical to ensure that our lives are balanced. Being organized should create efficiencies to free us to visit real galleries, walk in parks, along the beach and have face to face time with friends, colleagues and family. One day I spent so much time uploading photographs and typing comments to my cousin in Paris, I realised that we could have Skyped for the same amount of time! The body language, facial expressions would tell me so much about Greta’s life with her beautiful two year old daughter and Jazz Musician husband.
  • On the other hand I welcome the accountability that Edmodo brings to both the teacher and student. For parents to log on and see how their child is going is wonderful. For students who miss class they can manage their work by locating course materials and tasks as well as seek help. Professional accountability is provided as well. For example, I regularly post when I am available before and after school for help with class-work and assessment tasks. When parents log on to Edmodo they can clearly see this and encourage their child to attend.
  • My use of digital technology is conservative for the 21st Century learner. At almost 57, I am well aware that I will always need to embrace them or I will left behind!
  • Diigo, Google Chrome,Evernote etc will follow.