Tag Archives: organization

Stay Organized with Keep

keepWe all have different ways to stay organized, notifications on our phones, lists, post-it notes (way too many post-it notes)!  I have found Google Keep to be a helpful tool for my various lists and notes.  Keep is a Google app that is available within your school account: keep.google.com.  I keep it open in a tab all day so that I can check off tasks as I finish them.  It’s also an app on my phone so I always have it with me.

It’s simple to use.  Create a note, title it, and start writing.  You can write a note or add checkboxes to mark off tasks as you go.  Other features:

NotificationsReminder for Keep

You can set a notification based on a date and a time to be reminded, or choose a location.  When you arrive at that location, the reminder will be activated.

 

Organize and Search

When you create a note, you can give it a background color and tags to easily find it later.  You can also search your notes by keyword or filter based on a variety of things.  To keep your notes visually organized, you can drag and drop notes to exactly where you want them.

 

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As with other Google services, you can share notes so that you and your team can stay on the same page.  If the information in the note gets to be too much, you can copy it to a Google Doc instead.  Just open the note and click on the overflow menu (three dots).  It gives you the option to Copy to Google Doc.  That’s it!

 

Voice Memos

With the phone app, you can take voice memos instead of typing out your note.  Tap the microphone icon at the bottom of the app and start speaking.  It will dictate your message and add a new note.

 

Give it  a try!

There are many note-taking options out there, but I have found Google Keep to be a simple and effective tool to keep myself organized.  Have you tried it out or use something else that you love?  Let everyone know in the comments!

 

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Bookmarking Digital Resources

Information comes to us from so many different sources – online newspapers, social media sites, emailed from colleagues – how do you keep it all organized?  Online bookmarking tools can help you stay organized.  As you find articles and videos, you can tag them to easily find them later.

Here are two to consider.  Pocket is a fairly simple save and search system, while Diigo provides many more options for searching and collaboration.

pocketPocket

Pocket allows you to save anything from the web into your account and tag it to easily find content later. It integrates with google Chrome so you can create and sign in to your Pocket account with your Google account.  It also has a Chrome extension, so saving an article is super easy.  When you find an article you’d like to save or read later, you click on the pocket icon and add the tags you’d like.  That’s it.  There are iOS and Android apps as well, so you can bookmark and access your bookmarks from any of your devices.

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Diigo takes bookmarking to the next level.  In addition to tagging articles that are saved, users can highlight and annotate the pages they bookmark.  Make notes for yourself directly on a webpage as a reminder of how you plan to use that information or thoughts that come to mind as you read.  Each piece of information can be easily shared and there are collaboration features to share repositories of information with a group.

Diigo has a Chrome extension which allows you to save, annotate, and share information right from the browser bar.  Toolbars exist for Safari and Firefox as well.

A good tip when tagging is to include a tag by media type.  Did you come across a great video you might use to show cell division?  Tag it with biology, cell division, and video.  When you want to find it, you can combine tags in your search to find exactly what you were looking for.

The video below was created by a science teacher who uses Diigo to organize her teaching resources.  She is using Safari, but the Chrome extension will have the same features.  This can also be a powerful research tool for students to help them organize information or collaborate with others.