Like the Energizer Bunny…
… the paper piles keep going and going and going!
I’d really love to just toss the whole mess (in the blue bin, of course!), but there are random pages of GOLD among the mess… like really great (online) portfolio pieces or those really awesome lesson ideas, so I will trek away at it:)
The accumulation of resources has got to be one of the worst parts of being an occasional teacher…. I see great stuff every single day. I have stuff for all the grades… one day when I get my own classroom, I’d have a proper place to store it, so we would not be forced to use it as furniture. This is over a year’s worth! It’s like a whole acre of rain forest in my living room!! And that’s only about a quarter of the stuff I have in various locations in my small, I mean, quaint abode. It never fails, though… finally throw stuff out and then arises the opportunity to use it… Hey there, Murphey.
It’s silly, really! Nowadays, there is no need for all this paper. Myriads of relevant and current resources are available immediately for whatever subject… (Google steps up once again)! I’d love to just toss it all, but I know I never will.
Besides, as a supply teacher without access to technology in schools (it is usually locked away), I still use paper:)
I need a way to manage all the cool stuff I come across in that never-ending, all-encompassing place, called World Wide Web... or at least a bread crumb trail so I can find my way back to reality.
My toolbar is full; my desk top is full; my 'read later' list on Twitter is miles long; Emails are saved for later; the emails of links I have sent myself clutter my inbox; my bookmarks are also out of control!
There are so many fun and useful tools out there that I love and so many coming out each day. I find myself adding them to one of my over-filled lists mentioned above, and then forgetting about them until I bravely try to sort out my mess.
My technological footprint is a giant out-of-control blob of unorganized chaos! What I need is to wipe out my entire existence and start over, a re-do, if you will... but from what I understand, there is no going back. Once one has imprinted themselves on the Internet, one is there, immortalized forever. So, what can I do?
I'm serious... There must be an App For That - the one that organizes your computer existence with the click of your mouse. The 'Pro' version, by the way, might organize your real world life too:)
See, this is me going just a little bit buggy!
Nicola Schneider, Occasional Teacher, 13 years