Ask Unclutterer: Organizing electronic accessories and conquering Mount Techmore Reader Katie submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do you handle tech clutter? I have an underbed storage box full of old wires, chargers, manuals and remote controls I’ve never used. Unfortunately, I think everyone reading this post has a Mount Techmore. New products. If we plan to regularly use the cord that comes with a device, we’ll adhere a cable identification tag to it. All manuals for items we plan to sell or donate go inside a plastic sheet protector of a three-ring binder. Old products. Storing. I’ve seen people use over-the-door shoe storage organizers and put a printed label on the pocket, which seems to work very well. Out with the old. Even doing the one-in-one-out method, we still wind up with obsolete cables, duplicates, etc. lingering in our footlocker. Thank you, Katie, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column.
17 Free eBooks for Teachers and Parents Over the last eighteen months I've created and offered seven free ebooks for teachers. In those ebooks I've covered Google tools, web search, video creation, blogging, and other resources of interest to educators. All seven of those ebooks are available in the right hand column of Free Technology for Teachers. Silvia Tolisano, author of the excellent Langwitches blog, has an awesome free ebook about digital storytelling. Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators also provides a good explanation of digital storytelling in general and the benefits of using digital storytelling in your classroom. The Digital Storytelling Teacher Guide is a free twenty-eight page ebook produced by Microsoft. Terry Freedman served as the editor of the free ebook The Amazing Web 2.o Projects Book which is comprised of the contributions of 94 people. Ana Maria Menezes offers a 53 page free ebook titled 20 WEBTOOLS Applied to Teaching.
Notes Evernote’s a great notebook app. It makes it simple to write notes down, record audio or drag in images to remember everything, and then find it all again quickly with a click. But then, what makes Evernote so nice — something so many people rely on — is far more than just being a notes app. Well, now you can. (more…) All right all you note taking app aficionados, there’s a new plain text note taker on the block: Just Type. This app is definitely worth a look, but is it worth switching to? (more…) You’ve got a lot of things to write down, but you want to keep them safe. We’ll take a look at all Bluenote has to offer! So you’re focused working on something, when suddenly you come up with an amazing idea, or think of something that you’d like to remember for later. A simple piece of paper next to your computer might do the trick, but since you’re already working on your computer, why not do it there? (more…) Let’s find out. (more…) I know what many of you are probably thinking. (more…) (more…)
Organizing Notes in Medical School and Residency | wellnessrounds Among my other educational roles, I have the real pleasure of teaching embryology for the Baylor College of Medicine MS1 class. Recently, while visiting with students before a lecture, I happened to see a set of notes on several of the students’ laptops. They had the slides from my lecture with additional notes, all organized to study efficiently. I asked them if they would mind sending me information so I could post it here since I thought this might be useful to other medical students. The following is a guest blog from Samuel Buck and Sara Fish, both first year medical students at Baylor College of Medicine with assistance from Sam Rogers, an MS3. There are several apps that make studying easier in medical school. OneNote – This is the program that I use for notes during class. som.uthscsa.edu/StudentAffairs/documents/OneNote_Presentation.pdf www.kumc.edu/Documents/…/kumc-onenote-instructions.pdf One of the most useful tools in OneNote is the find function. Photo credit Photo credit
Ask Unclutterer: Organizing and uncluttering strategies for people with ADHD and visual processors Reader Shannon submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Do you have any tips for people with ADHD that go beyond the stuff you see or hear all the time in other publications? Work is pretty okay except for the whole “getting started” part, but my home is the tough area. Based on the information you provided in your email, it is very likely that you’re a visual processor. After years of working with students who have different forms and ranges of severity of ADHD, I’ve come to realize that there will never be a one-size-fits-all solution for staying organized. Less is best. Thank you, Shannon, for submitting your question for our Ask Unclutterer column. Do you have a question relating to organizing, cleaning, home and office projects, productivity, or any problems you think the Unclutterer team could help you solve?
App of the Week: Snapguide Name: Snapguide Cost: Free Platform: iPad and iPhone Touch, requires iOS 4.3 or higher What do the teens you work with really like to create? Do they like to make handmade objects of some kind? Do they have a special drawing or painting technique? Snapguide is a website, but it’s also an app, and the app makes it really easy to take pictures or video of steps in a process and integrate them into a guide. Then she opens up Snapguide on her device and taps on Create. The teen baker then uploads the step-by-step videos or photos from her device and captions each one with an explanation of each step. When all of the steps in the process have been added the teen chooses a cover image for the Snapguide. The last step before finishing a Snapguide is selecting a topic for the guide. Once the Snapguide is complete it can be published to the Snapguide site and made available to others who then get to learn from the teen. Snapguides can be fun and interesting for teens to create, and to view.
Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.
10 Best Apps for Business School Students | The iPhoneMom By Ilan Nass Lovingly written by the editors at Fueled. An award winning iPhone application development firm based in New York City. Business professionals today have an arsenal of tools they use to complete the many daily tasks assigned to them. These ten technology tools will help you organize your day, improve your productivity, and be a more informed student. myHomework Student Planner Price: free, optional in-app purchase available Students in all majors, in each phase of their education, can benefit from this iOS app, which provides a calendar and homework tracker to help students keep up with assignments. Download for iOS Download for Android Download for Windows Download for Kindle SimpleNote Business school students must be prepared to spend their days taking notes. Download for iOS Download for Android Download for Mac Download for Kindle Papers Price: $9.99 iOS With 25 built-in search engines and note-taking capabilities, Papers helps students work on papers on the go. Download for iOS
Get Your Home Clean and Organized This Weekend I started going through my house room by room. I have a 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage. The garage went first so that I could make room for the crap I needed to get rid of. When I started on a room, I picked a corner and worked in a clockwise manner around the room. If I found an item that didn't belong in that room, it got put into the proper room, but not put away until I cleaned that room. When I filled a box of things to get rid of, the box went to the newly cleaned garage. Every room that I have finished so far has had at least 1 piece of furniture removed and countless crap that we never even thought about.
What Teachers Should Know about 21st Century Students Technology has radically transformed the notion of teaching and learning. New teaching methods have emerged and others faded away and as John Dewy once said " if we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." Let's face it, we are living in a digitally focused world. Think about how many cell phones and iPods you confiscate each week . We seriously need to adapt our teaching strategies to the new vicissitudes created by technology and particularly the increasing surge in the use of mobile devices. As a teacher, you might be trying to improve your teaching practices to fit the 21st century educational paradigm.
30 Apps Perfect For BYOD Classrooms BYOD classrooms can address a number of issues. It can solve the problem of not having enough (or any) devices for your classroom. It can enable students to do web-based work when they might not have otherwise been able to. It can allow them to do work on the same device at home and at school. But it doesn’t come without issue. One of the issues that we’ve heard about from many teachers is that since students come in with different devices that run on different platforms, finding apps and tools that work across a wide array of devices is a necessary evil. SkitchEvernoteToday’s MeetInfuse LearningZondleSocrativeGaggleVimeoBrain PopLive BindersEdmodoWhiteboardClass DojoQuizletKhan AcademyBit.lyTwitterPoppletSliderocketWikispacesPoll EverywhereVoiceThreadyStudyblueQR StuffCode AcademyScratch (MIT)TynkerEasyBibDiscoveryPadletAtomic LearningThe App Builder Click the Symbaloo below to visit the interactive version and get the clickable links to each app!
How To Get Organized: Printables & Checklists To Help You Get Started There's a good way to figure out how to get organized -- use printables and checklists to keep you on track. Each person, family and home is unique so lists will only get you so far, but they are a great way to get started, to reference when you need ideas, and to get you back on track if you start to get disorganized. The printables and checklists I've provided will also help you brainstorm ideas for how to use various spaces in your home, and where to store certain items to get the most use out of the space you've got. Many of these printables can be combined into one book, called a "household notebook," which I suggest you personalize to fit your family's routines, schedules, wants and needs. It can be a working manual to keep your house organized and your family life on track. Here are the printables I've added so far (check back often because more are added all the time!). Daily And Weekly Challenges & Missions On The Site Contact Information, Address Book & Password Forms
ISS Expedition Webcasts presented by NASA Endeavor To participate, you need to be connected through 1) an internet browser; and 2) a telephone (or through the computer's audio-VOiP) at the same time. Select a webcast below to register: * All times Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) ** Registration closes 3 days before the session. NASA boasts a strong presence on the International Space Station (ISS) as Mission Specialists conduct vital research and work with developing technologies that will impact life in space and on Earth. For each Expedition (e.g., 31, 32)—approximately every three months—3 astronauts (one U.S.) go up to the ISS, and 3 astronauts (one U.S) return home. Join NASA Endeavor and NASA's Teaching From Space office to explore NASA's most relevant classroom resources. Webcast Overview: Introduction to ISS Expeditions [NASA Endeavor] Curriculum Overview [NASA Endeavor and Johnson Space Center's Teaching From Space Office] Questions