Student Tech Talk

Organization Edition - February 2021

Organization - FTW!

Staying organized can be a challenge! We have never before experienced a school year quite like this one - we are all learning in new ways (keep going, you are doing great!)

Keeping your time and digital learning organized can be helpful during your school day (and in every day life!) so I hope these strategies are useful to you this year and beyond.

-Mrs. Cooper 😊

Strategy #1: Use Google Tasks to Keep You on Track

Google Tasks is a quick and easy way to manage your "to-do" list. It can be found on the right-hand sidebar of Google apps such as Docs, Slides and Gmail. (if you don't see it, click the arrow at the bottom right to expand the side-panel).

Tasks allows you to create to-do lists that you can track across all devices - from your Chromebook or your phone. Create lists and check off tasks when you complete them. Easy, peasy. Click here for more information on Google Tasks.

Strategy #2: Track Your Time

Set a timer! When you are working independently on your Chromebook, make sure to schedule in breaks. Focus on ONE task for a certain amount of time (say 20 minutes) and set the timer on your phone or watch - eliminating all other distractions. Fight the urge to move away from that task during your designated work time to check your texts, email, favorite websites (that is what your break time is for)!

Use your break time for some movement, to check in with family and friends, have a snack or head outside for some fresh air, or to catch up on digital communication.

Strategy #3 - Organize Stuff in Drive

Keeping your digital files neatly organized is kind of like keeping your bedroom organized - it just feels good. Whenever my Drive gets messy, I make it a point to set aside some time to clean it up. Working with a well-organized Drive makes it easier for me to find things and keeps me in an organized mindset as I work.

Color-coding, making subfolders and ordering your folders can help! Click here to see how.

🦄Fun FACT! 🦄

Did you know that you can label file folders on Google Drive with emoji? 🔬 🧮 📚 🎵 🎨

  • Open a new folder (in Drive click NEW, FOLDER) or rename an old one (right click on the folder, then RENAME)
  • Go to
  • Search for an emoji
  • Copy it, then paste it into the folder title

Did you know that you can add emoji to the titles of your Google Docs? 🌿⚡🌋🧲📗

  • Click on the title of your Doc
  • Go to
  • Search for an emoji
  • Copy it, then paste it into the title of your Doc


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