Maintain and manage a variety of digital tools and resources for teacher and student use in technology-rich learning environments.
I have always been an extremely organized person. Sorting, labeling, categorizing, and classifying are words that soothe me. Saying I am “organized to a fault” may sound like a not-so-subtle compliment to myself, but truly, I need to have everything neatly organized before I can do much else. This being the case, I was extremely surprised at how difficult it was for me to keep my online world tidy when I began to explore digital education. As I came across tools and resources I wasn’t sure where to store them all. I had heard of many different websites and programs for staying organized online but wanted to keep my methods as simple as possible. I choose to organize my bookmarks so I could easily save sites I came across and spent some time color coding my Google Drive so it was easy to label and store documents.
The shift to Google Drive was very divided in my district–many are still loyal to using Microsoft tools and saving to the desktop. Due to this, I knew that, when educators started to shift to using the Drive they might be overwhelmed with the mess of documents left unattended. In order to support my colleagues I spent some time studying how to stay organized online, which I reflect on in my blog post Back to Basics: Organizing and Managing our Online World. For this exploration I created the infographic below to share with my colleagues.