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WEEK 5: THE ORGANIZED STUDENT

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CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay

February 2, 2015

This week, we’ll focus on ways to organize your tasks to become more productive with your time and help you manage school work and other activities with more success. In searching for the best solutions for YOU, we’ll explore lots of web-based options and give you a chance to review some of your own choosing.

Monday – First, let’s find out everyone’s comfort level with and knowledge about technology. That will give us a good place to start. Use this Google Forms survey, which will provide your answers in the form of a spreadsheet for us to go over.

Tuesday – We’ll meet for a bit to go over the results of the survey and discuss similarities and differences in how we deal with schedules and planning and remembering.

Monday-Friday – There is lots of advice out there for managing time and tasks, and not all of it is suitable for every person. In this LifeHack article, dozens of apps, web sites and articles are listed, and from them, nearly anyone can find something to help him or her. Read the article, scan the different tools, sites, articles. Choose a few to take a look at. Select 2-5 to really take some time to explore. Try an organizer or to-do list and see if you can make it work for you. Check out a mind-mapping app to see if it would help you plan out an essay or a project. Look into some of the articles about research or improving your writing. Then write a blog post reviewing those 2-5 favorites, favorites for organizing YOUR schedule, YOUR workload, YOUR assignments.

When you think LifeHack has covered every possible way you could spend your time and energy making your hours work for you, Dallas student columnist Blaine Finstein, shares his own point of view. His post goes to show you how differently one can look at this topic, and his column is a good example of another student’s writing.

Tip: Right-click = control+click. For unfamiliar terms in an article, you can highlight the word, control+click, and select “definition”.

Remember: Draft in Google docs, beginning in the folder with your name that is shared with me. Copy your draft to the class editing folder for feedback from a classmate or three. After revisions, share with me in the Snider folder. Title your piece something like “Productivity”.

Remember: You are writing for an audience who does not know you, does not know your assignment, so you’ll have to put it all in context for them.

 

 

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WEEK 4: THE ARTS OF COMMENTING, LINKING AND CRAFTING YOUR POSITIVE DIGITAL TATTOO

January 26, 2015

This week will be a mash-up of things that will improve your blogging experience and show yout how far-reaching your online activity really is. The goal this week is to learn some digital citizenship that will help you create a positive digital tattoo.

I will be reworking that lesson a bit to take into account the loss of YouTube, so we’ll start off with some helpful blogging pointers.

Monday – In the beginning, I told you that blogging is social, so we’ll talk about the art of commenting, and I’ll show you where to find the blogroll widget so you can add blogs you follow to one of your sidebars. You’ll want to begin exploring other blogs to find some you enjoy reading.
And, of course, if you have unfinished work from last week, today is the time to finish it up. That includes copying and pasting the URL to your blog to the contact sheet so I can find your blog.

Tuesday: Today, we’ll learn about digital tattoos, also known as digital footprints. The difference in the analogies is that tattoos are permanent, as are the marks you leave in the digital world that are associated with you. What’s a digital tattoo, called a dossier in the following video?

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you? Scroll all the way down to see the various ways to check your digital tattoo – a simple Google won’t pull up all the results.

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

If you are viewing this at school you can access the videos as files through the shared Google Drive:

Youth and Media – Your Digital Dossier

Diane Sawyer on Social Media Jinxing College Applicants

Richard Fowler on Job-Killing Mistakes

Wednesday-Friday: Your assignment is to write a post, first in Google Docs so you can get feedback and revise, then post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your digital tatoo, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital tattoo for others to find? What will the plan include?

Friday – If you have completed the Google Yourself Challenge, search for and read some blogs. Leave some comments. If you are inspired, write a post reviewing that blog and provide a link back to it.

WEEK 5: YOUR DIGITAL TATTOO

Sept. 13, 2014

This week, we’ll learn about digital tattoos, also known as digital footprints. The difference in the analogies is that tattoos are permanent, as are the marks you leave in the digital world that are associated with you.

Monday: We will quickly review important aspects of blogging that you were introduced to last week. Then it’s time to think about our Digital Tattoos. What’s a digital tattoo, called a dossier in the following video?

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you?

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

Tuesday: Your assignment is to write a post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your digital tatoo, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital tattoo for others to find? What will the plan include?

Wednesday: We will begin working on a new project to be posted later, but if you haven’t finished your post on building up a positive digital tattoo or digital dossier, use any spare time for that.