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    The Digital Side of Life - Sync, Order, and Randomness
    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life.
    First, backing up your documents is so critical that it can't be said enough. You've got all your "original" documents on your computer hard drive, most likely. But,make sure you should also have them backed up (daily? weekly?) to an external hard drive as well. I have my documents set up to back up daily,are really using an Apple tool called Time Machine. However, I also manually back up my stuff on a second external hard drive justSiri or Google Now to be sure. That might sound like overkill - but I have thousands of digital photos that I just cannot risk losing. I strongly encourage you to take some time to examine your own backup plan. Your hard driveits fullest extent. This will fail, absolutely - so when it does, aresave you going to panic and scramble and hope someone can recover that data? Or are you just going to go to your backup disks? You know which option to choose! Use Dropbox, Google Drive, and Ms OneDrive for tons of cloud storage!
    *Short version for the impatient ones - Right now, get your bookmarks, digital files, photos, and collaborations in order, and get as paperless as possible. If you don't want to go through all the stuff below with me, then set up Diigo, Dropbox (for personal files), Google Drive (for work files/collaborations), and Evernote - on all your devices. *Advanced Users - if you're already pretty synced, and you're in this session just because you weren't sure where else to go, then stay here and head over to If This, Then That - play around with it, and at the end of our session, give us a 1-minute overview.
    In-Depth Version:
    Use Siri or Google Now or Your-Phone's-Cool-Voice-Assistant
    time, trust me.
    Set up Siri
    Set up Google Now
    Get your bookmarks/favorites online and organized
    Traditionally, we save our Internet favorites (referred to as bookmarks from this point on) on our own computer. But, this doesn't help us much if we use someone else's computer and need to remember a specific website. Using a tool that lets our bookmarks travel with us makes a lot more sense, and allows us to share our bookmarks more easily.
    Diigois an online, social bookmarking tool that houses your bookmarks in "the cloud." And, unlike older online bookmarking sites, it gives you a nice way to collaborate with others and learn from their bookmarks. Visit the Diigo help section to learn more about social bookmarking.
    Diigo doesn't house content of its own - it's simply a cloud-based warehouse of social bookmarks. Therefore, sites that are blocked by your school filter, will still be blocked inside Diigo. Using it in the classroom requires the usual teacher discretion and classroom management. Be sure to apply for the education version, so you can create and manage student interactions with Diigo, leave 'sticky notes' attached to websites for your students, etc.
    Once you've got a Diigo account set up, remember that the sites you bookmark are private by default. But, you could have a subset of them available to students/parents.
    P.S. Install the Diigo toolbar. It makes saving the bookmarks way faster.
    Diigo has all sorts of apps, browser extensions, etc. that can really streamline your use of frequently-needed sites.
    Remember, in addition to just a filename, Diigo, and most Web 2.0 sites, use "tagging" to keep things organized. When you store a bookmark in Diigo, you're asked to give it a name, as well as some tags or keywords. Here's a good slideshow that highlights the various benefits of Diigo for the classroom. If you need more in-depth information, visit this site.
    If you're not into Diigo, but have a better bookmark-organization tool, now's the time to share it! (Delicious? Google Bookmarks? Symbaloo?)

    Organize your digital documents
    Try to use a central, "cloud storage" hub for general document storage. I like Dropbox. Here's a great article called 62 things you can do with Dropbox. Inside my My Documents folder, I have a folder structure that makes sense for me. My folders are all project names, because that's how I work. Regardless of your structure, you should have one - and base it on your workflow. I like storing all my (non sensitive, of course) current work in Dropbox, because it stores and syncs a local copy on each of my devices, and allows me to access my files from any web browser.
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    If you just want to take pictures of documents and have them automatically saved as PDF, then you should use an app like CamScanner (free for K12)
    Convert existing paper to digital
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    convert manuals, curriculummenus, study guides, etc.
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    need to keep that giant binder on your shelf and lug that around with you? Before you spend time manually scanning in documents, search the web first. There's a great chance that those state content standards manuals are already in PDF format!
    All those weird instruction manuals (your kid's Barbie car) are available online - search and find the PDFs. Once you've confirmed you've found a match, save the PDF into your favorite storage place, and get that paper out of your house!
    shuffle papers around?
    Do you really need that messy junk drawer in your kitchen that has all those paper take-out menus in it? Go online and find the PDF and just store it in your favorite cloud storage tool - you'll have it no matter where you are! While you're at it, go look for the menus of all your favorite restaurants! (see next bullet item)
    Did you know you can search the web for files, instead of just web pages? Each major search engine lets you go straight to PDF searching. Here's how to search for specific file types on Google. So, try to find digital copies of your generic "how-to" guides that are currently taking up space in your office.
    Not sure how to get started with the "going paperless" effort? Here's a great guide from Lifehacker about which types of paper you shouldn't convert!
    All those weird instruction manuals (your kid's Barbie car) are available online - search and find the PDFs. Once you've confirmed you've found a match, save the PDF into your favorite storage place, and get that paper out of your house!
    Use a personal, digital assistant. Evernote lets you take notes, record memos, save recipes, keep snapshots of your parking space, etc. Those post-it notes in your pocket can sometimes cause more harm than good - it's time to get all your random bits of info organized.
    Create an Evernote account if you don't have one already. Install the Evernote app on all your devices, and the Evernote clipper in your browser. Now, think about all those random post-it notes, mental notes, frequently-accessed pieces of information that you sometimes forget - get them all in Evernote.
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    Now's the time to try Prezi - a cloud-based presentation tool. They've just updated the interface, and created some options that are way more friendly to the linear thinkers. Be sure you sign up for the education version.
    Of course, if you still prefer powerpoint, then consider sharing your work at slideshare.net.
    Someone tell me more about Nearpod?
    Get
    Get rid of
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    those loyalty-reward cards!cards weighing down your keychain!
    Even though this tip is a little off the current path - think about it - does your keychain REALLY need to weigh that much, or does your wallet really need to be that thick? The free Keyring app will be a lifesaver - take a pic of your current cards, they'll sync across multiple devices!
    Once you've taken a picture of your loyalty card, all the info (current points, the bar code itself, etc.) is stored in the app, so next time you're at CVS, you can just hold up your phone to the scanner (it works, I do it all the time!)
    Get your bookmarks/favorites online and organized
    Traditionally, we save our Internet favorites (referred to as bookmarks from this point on) on our own computer. But, this doesn't help us much if we use someone else's computer and need to remember a specific website. Using a tool that lets our bookmarks travel with us makes a lot more sense, and allows us to share our bookmarks more easily.
    Diigois an online, social bookmarking tool that houses your bookmarks in "the cloud." And, unlike older online bookmarking sites, it gives you a nice way to collaborate with others and learn from their bookmarks. Visit the Diigo help section to learn more about social bookmarking.
    Diigo doesn't house content of its own - it's simply a cloud-based warehouse of social bookmarks. Therefore, sites that are blocked by your school filter, will still be blocked inside Diigo. Using it in the classroom requires the usual teacher discretion and classroom management. Be sure to apply for the education version, so you can create and manage student interactions with Diigo, leave 'sticky notes' attached to websites for your students, etc.
    Once you've got a Diigo account set up, remember that the sites you bookmark are private by default. But, you could have a subset of them available to students/parents.
    P.S. Install the Diigo toolbar. It makes saving the bookmarks way faster.
    Diigo has all sorts of apps, browser extensions, etc. that can really streamline your use of frequently-needed sites.
    Remember, in addition to just a filename, Diigo, and most Web 2.0 sites, use "tagging" to keep things organized. When you store a bookmark in Diigo, you're asked to give it a name, as well as some tags or keywords. Here's a good slideshow that highlights the various benefits of Diigo for the classroom. If you need more in-depth information, visit this site.
    If you're not into Diigo, but have a better bookmark-organization tool, now's the time to share it! (Delicious? Google Bookmarks? Symbaloo?)

    Photos
    Consider using Picasa or setting up Dropbox or your cloud-storage of choice to handle your photos. But, dumping them into a random folder is probably not going to serve you well!
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Thursday, October 9

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    Get YourThe Digital Side of Life in Sync- Sync, Order, and in OrderRandomness
    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life.
    First, backing up your documents is so critical that it can't be said enough. You've got all your "original" documents on your computer hard drive, most likely. But, you should also have them backed up (daily? weekly?) to an external hard drive as well. I have my documents set up to back up daily, using an Apple tool called Time Machine. However, I also manually back up my stuff on a second external hard drive just to be sure. That might sound like overkill - but I have thousands of digital photos that I just cannot risk losing. I strongly encourage you to take some time to examine your own backup plan. Your hard drive will fail, absolutely - so when it does, are you going to panic and scramble and hope someone can recover that data? Or are you just going to go to your backup disks? You know which option to choose! Use Dropbox, Google Drive, and Ms OneDrive for tons of cloud storage!
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    Get Your Digital Life in Sync and in Order
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    your life. Technology has helped us in so many ways, but many of us still struggle to keep things in order, and not get overwhelmed with the onslaught of information and connectivity. This page is meant to provide some tips on getting digitally organized and, maybe, improving your workflow just a bit.
    First, backing
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    to choose! Use Dropbox, Google Drive, and Ms OneDrive for tons of cloud storage!
    *Short version for the impatient ones - you need toRight now, get your
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    order, and you need to get as
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    the stuff below,below with me, then set
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    your devices. *Advanced Users - if you're already pretty synced, and you're in this session just because you weren't sure where else to go, then stay here and head over to If This, Then That - play around with it, and at the end of our session, give us a 1-minute overview.
    In-Depth Version:
    Use Siri or Google Now or Your-Phone's-Cool-Voice-Assistant
    Set up Siri
    Set up Google Now

    Get your bookmarks/favorites online and organized
    Traditionally, we save our Internet favorites (referred to as bookmarks from this point on) on our own computer. But, this doesn't help us much if we use someone else's computer and need to remember a specific website. Using a tool that lets our bookmarks travel with us makes a lot more sense, and allows us to share our bookmarks more easily.
    ...
    Diigo doesn't house content of its own - it's simply a cloud-based warehouse of social bookmarks. Therefore, sites that are blocked by your school filter, will still be blocked inside Diigo. Using it in the classroom requires the usual teacher discretion and classroom management. Be sure to apply for the education version, so you can create and manage student interactions with Diigo, leave 'sticky notes' attached to websites for your students, etc.
    Once you've got a Diigo account set up, remember that the sites you bookmark are private by default. But, you could have a subset of them available to students/parents.
    ...
    Diigo toolbar. Trust me, it's indispensable.
    If you are a Twitter user, you can have your favorite Tweets saved right into Diigo for you!
    It makes saving the bookmarks way faster.
    Diigo has all sorts of apps, browser extensions, etc. that can really streamline your use of frequently-needed sites.
    Remember, in addition to just a filename, Diigo, and most Web 2.0 sites, use "tagging" to keep things organized. When you store a bookmark in Diigo, you're asked to give it a name, as well as some tags or keywords. Here's a good slideshow that highlights the various benefits of Diigo for the classroom. If you need more in-depth information, visit this site.
    If you're not into Diigo, but have a better bookmark-organization tool, now's the time to share it! (Delicious? Google Bookmarks? Symbaloo?)
    Organize your digital documents
    Try to use a central, "cloud storage" hub for general document storage. I like Dropbox. Here's a great article called 62 things you can do with Dropbox. Inside my My Documents folder, I have a folder structure that makes sense for me. My folders are all project names, because that's how I work. Regardless of your structure, you should have one - and base it on your workflow. I like storing all my (non sensitive, of course) current work in Dropbox, because it stores and syncs a local copy on each of my devices, and allows me to access my files from any web browser.
    Storing "in the cloud" helps you get away from having to carry around a thumb drive, or email files back and forth to yourself! UsingUsing a tool
    *Of course, I still have everything backed up onto my own "earth-based" drive, just in case.
    People often ask me which cloud-storage option is best. I think it's a matter of preference. The main ones each offer something unique. If you're already a heavy Google user (Google Docs, etc.) then Google Drive might be best for you. If you are a heavy Microsoft Office user, you should explore SkyDrive. If you want just a general, overall cloud/sync/storage, then maybe Dropbox is best. For a comparison of numerous cloud-based storage/sync offerings, visit this review at Tech Radar.
    ...
    Now's the time to try Prezi - a cloud-based presentation tool. They've just updated the interface, and created some options that are way more friendly to the linear thinkers. Be sure you sign up for the education version.
    Of course, if you still prefer powerpoint, then consider sharing your work at slideshare.net.
    Someone tell me more about Nearpod?
    Get rid of all those loyalty-reward cards!
    Even though this tip is a little off the current path - think about it - does your keychain REALLY need to weigh that much, or does your wallet really need to be that thick? The free Keyring app will be a lifesaver - take a pic of your current cards, they'll sync across multiple devices!
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Monday, June 23

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    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life. Technology has helped us in so many ways, but many of us still struggle to keep things in order, and not get overwhelmed with the onslaught of information and connectivity. This page is meant to provide some tips on getting digitally organized and, maybe, improving your workflow just a bit.
    First, backing up your documents is so critical that it can't be said enough. You've got all your "original" documents on your computer hard drive, most likely. But, you should also have them backed up (daily? weekly?) to an external hard drive as well. I have my documents set up to back up daily, using an Apple tool called Time Machine. However, I also manually back up my stuff on a second external hard drive just to be sure. That might sound like overkill - but I have thousands of digital photos that I just cannot risk losing. I strongly encourage you to take some time to examine your own backup plan. Your hard drive will fail, absolutely - so when it does, are you going to panic and scramble and hope someone can recover that data? Or are you just going to go to your backup disks? You know which option to choose!
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    up Diigo, Dropbox,Dropbox (for personal files), Google Drive (or SlideShare if you're not a Google Drive user),(for work files/collaborations), and Evernote - on all your devices.
    Google Drive
    Diigo
    Evernote
    SlideShare

    In-Depth Version:
    Get your bookmarks/favorites online and organized
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    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life. Technology has helped us in so many ways, but many of us still struggle to keep things in order, and not get overwhelmed with the onslaught of information and connectivity. This page is meant to provide some tips on getting digitally organized and, maybe, improving your workflow just a bit.
    First, backing up your documents is so critical that it can't be said enough. You've got all your "original" documents on your computer hard drive, most likely. But, you should also have them backed up (daily? weekly?) to an external hard drive as well. I have my documents set up to back up daily, using an Apple tool called Time Machine. However, I also manually back up my stuff on a second external hard drive just to be sure. That might sound like overkill - but I have thousands of digital photos that I just cannot risk losing. I strongly encourage you to take some time to examine your own backup plan. Your hard drive will fail, absolutely - so when it does, are you going to panic and scramble and hope someone can recover that data? Or are you just going to go to your backup disks? You know which option to choose!
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    Dropbox, Google Drive,Drive (or SlideShare if you're not a Google Drive user), and Evernote
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    your devices.
    Google Drive
    Diigo
    Evernote
    SlideShare

    In-Depth Version:
    Get your bookmarks/favorites online and organized
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Saturday, May 3

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    @onealchris on Twitter
    iearthdude@gmail.com

    Get Your Digital Life in Sync and in Order
    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life. Technology has helped us in so many ways, but many of us still struggle to keep things in order, and not get overwhelmed with the onslaught of information and connectivity. This page is meant to provide some tips on getting digitally organized and, maybe, improving your workflow just a bit.
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Thursday, April 17

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    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life. Technology has helped us in so many ways, but many of us still struggle to keep things in order, and not get overwhelmed with the onslaught of information and connectivity. This page is meant to provide some tips on getting digitally organized and, maybe, improving your workflow just a bit.
    First, backing up your documents is so critical that it can't be said enough. You've got all your "original" documents on your computer hard drive, most likely. But, you should also have them backed up (daily? weekly?) to an external hard drive as well. I have my documents set up to back up daily, using an Apple tool called Time Machine. However, I also manually back up my stuff on a second external hard drive just to be sure. That might sound like overkill - but I have thousands of digital photos that I just cannot risk losing. I strongly encourage you to take some time to examine your own backup plan. Your hard drive will fail, absolutely - so when it does, are you going to panic and scramble and hope someone can recover that data? Or are you just going to go to your backup disks? You know which option to choose!
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    up Diigo, Dropbox, Google Drive,
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    your devices.
    *Advanced Users - if you're already pretty organized, and you're in this session just because you weren't sure where else to go, then stay here and head over to If This, Then That - play around with it, and at the end of our session, give us a 1-minute overview.

    In-Depth Version:
    Get your bookmarks/favorites online and organized
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    People often ask me which cloud-storage option is best. I think it's a matter of preference. The main ones each offer something unique. If you're already a heavy Google user (Google Docs, etc.) then Google Drive might be best for you. If you are a heavy Microsoft Office user, you should explore SkyDrive. If you want just a general, overall cloud/sync/storage, then maybe Dropbox is best. For a comparison of numerous cloud-based storage/sync offerings, visit this review at Tech Radar.
    If you do end up using Dropbox pretty heavily, check out ways to extend it even more!
    Cloud-Storage Vote:
    http://tinyurl.com/aetacloud

    Don't accept paper anymore
    Quit adding new paper documents to your life - don't take paper handouts, paper menus, meeting agendas, etc. Just use your favorite app to take a picture of them with your smartphone or tablet.
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    General Resources:
    LifeHacker - my favorite blog geared toward improving the digital pieces of your life.
    *Advanced Users - if you're already pretty organized, and you're in this session just because you weren't sure where else to go, then stay here and head over to If This, Then That - play around with it, and at the end of our session, give us a 1-minute overview.

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Tuesday, January 21

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    This wiki is a collection of resources for helping you bring a little more synchronization and order to the digital side of your life. Technology has helped us in so many ways, but many of us still struggle to keep things in order, and not get overwhelmed with the onslaught of information and connectivity. This page is meant to provide some tips on getting digitally organized and, maybe, improving your workflow just a bit.
    First, backing up your documents is so critical that it can't be said enough. You've got all your "original" documents on your computer hard drive, most likely. But, you should also have them backed up (daily? weekly?) to an external hard drive as well. I have my documents set up to back up daily, using an Apple tool called Time Machine. However, I also manually back up my stuff on a second external hard drive just to be sure. That might sound like overkill - but I have thousands of digital photos that I just cannot risk losing. I strongly encourage you to take some time to examine your own backup plan. Your hard drive will fail, absolutely - so when it does, are you going to panic and scramble and hope someone can recover that data? Or are you just going to go to your backup disks? You know which option to choose!
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    your devices. Next, try snapping a pic of a handout, program page, menu, etc. with your Evernote app.
    *Advanced Users - if you're already pretty organized, and you're in this session just because you weren't sure where else to go, then stay here and head over to If This, Then That - play around with it, and at the end of our session, give us a 1-minute overview.
    In-Depth Version:
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    Old School:
    Are you an efficient calendar user?
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    is the best,best free calendar. You've already got a google/gmail account, I'm sure, so let's head straight to the calendar. You'll want to log in to google calendar on your various devices so your appointments are always available.
    Have
    Have you really
    Get your email in better order
    Understand "saved searches" in your email client. Outlook, Mac Mail, and Gmail all allow you to save your usual search queries so you don't have to repeatedly type them.
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