Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
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Tech Tools to Stay Organized
A nice resource for when you’re wanting to take a quick note, create a brief to-do list, or hang on to information for later is Google Keep. Think of this as a way to create and share digital post-it notes. A major benefit of Keep is the option to create to-do lists. Each listed item appears with a checkbox next to it, so the satisfaction of checking items off is still an option. Or, you can create it as a blank slate to draw on similar to the Microsoft Paint program we are used to. This can be used online or as a mobile app.
When you think of Google Sheets, you more than likely don't think of it as an organizational tool for tasks. But, with a simple trick, you can organize multiple projects at once. Since there are several columns on a Sheet, each one could be set up for a unit or all committees that you may be a part of. Each column could become tasks or to-dos for a unit, or by the next meeting. Then, in a column next to those tasks, insert checkboxes from the Insert Menu. Then, as they get completed, check the box to show that it's been completed. To take it a step further, with the cell highlighted, click the Add a Comment box, and assign that task to a person in your network!
Google Drive Workspaces
A new addition to Google Drive is that of Workspaces. Found under the "Priority" link on the left hand sidebar, Workspaces allow you to organize current projects or lesson plans that you may be working on. The goal, or idea, of Workspaces is that you can group all of the documents that correlate with a given task. So, for example, if you are working on a PLC, or CTT in our district, the form to fill out, the assessment, the results, and all other materials could be combined in one Workspace. This is a great way to stay organized and have all files in one location, so you're not stuck searching the massive amount of files in Google Drive.