Have You Ever Had Too Many Resources for Teaching?

Has this ever happened to you? You’ve finished a unit/lesson/project with your students, and two weeks later, as you’re looking through your filing cabinet/files, you find something that you totally forgot you had and could have used it x number of weeks ago? It goes something like this: “WHAT?!? When did I ever get this? I totally forgot!” So, you say, “Next year, I am DEFINITELY going to remember this!” and never keep your promise?

Sometimes it can be like that with online resources. You find something that is SO cool and SO awesome, bookmark it on your computer at home, or your computer at work, your laptop…you get the picture. At school, you may say, “What was that website again?” or may forget what computer you saved the website. By this time some may be saying, “What a sad, sad, man.” Think what my wife goes through…..

How do you organize your resources for quick and easy retrieval?

Two of my favorite sites to organize are PortaPortal and Delicious. The two sites function a little differently.

Portaportal enables you to organize websites by categories that students, friends, and colleagues can access by entering as guests. For example, the art teacher and I worked on a project of, “What if an artist had a Facebook page today?” We made a portaportal for students to access to research their artists of sites that we already picked out.

The other site is Delicious. Download their toolbar to your computer, and everytime you come across a website that you like, you “tag” it. A window will pop up and you type in pertinent information.

Give it a try–see me if you have any questions.

Three Computers/500 Favorite Websites/I NEED HELP!

Do you ever dream of being given a gift of an extra six hours for one day and being able to organize your papers, your work, your lesson plans, and your resources? I can’t help you with the first three, but I can help you with the last one.

I’m sure your habits are like mine; you come across a fabulous website, bookmark it, and when you go to work, you have NO clue what the site’s URL is. Or, you jump up and down excitedly in front of your colleagues and exclaim, “I HAVE THE PERFECT WEBSITE!” The air is THICK with excitement and anticipation! Everyone gathers around you as you type in the address, and you realize that you have forgotten how you got the site. It’s like forgetting the punch line of a joke and everyone stares at you.

Although you’ve probably seen the logo often, the site really is worth registering with (and it’s free). Delicious is a social networking site that allows you to “tag*” your favorite sites and have them available from any computer anywhere in the world. Imagine logging on to del.icio.us, clicking on the tag or link, and voila, there it is!

It’s simple, it’s easy, and you’ll wonder why you’ve waited for so long!

*[from their site: Tags
A tag is simply a word you use to describe a bookmark. Unlike folders, you make up tags when you need them and you can use as many as you like. The result is a better way to organize your bookmarks and a great way to discover interesting things on the Web
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