I am trying to figure out what is the best way to organize my units.... So I am looking for suggestions cause I have tried several different methods.
I have made all of my assignments electronic, with a few exceptions. I organize each unit by a folder on my zip drive. I put in a lesson plan and all associated documents and slides. I love it. What did I use for digestion last year? It's all in the folder.
I use both electronic and hard copies. The electronic copies are great for editing assignments and necessary for PowerPoints. However, the hard copies are useful for copies, quick reference, etc. I find both of them to be very valuable. My electronic copies are saved on my home computer and on a flash drive for transport to school. They are organized by class and then unit. Make sure you keep a backup and update it often. My hard drive died back in February and I lost a bunch of newer materials I created. The hard copies help too, because after the hard drive died I had something to retype everything from. I work interchangeably from both my saved files and my hard copies.
I do both but lean towards electronic more. Remember to make sure to back it up frequently though. I like the ease of electronic but also like to write notes on my hard copies of lessons.
Our school uses gmail for our email. So I save all my stuff out on the web with google. Never on my laptop. Not only is is backed up and secure, but I can access it anywhere.
Yes! Gmail and google drive are great resources to use! We started using it here at school the last two years but I admit to not being super comfortable with it. But it's definitely worth looking into Ed's suggestion Reta!
We don't have access to much in the terms of Google Docs, so we have to get creative... "old school"! I keep everything of mine electronically and digital.
I have a binder per class: Each divider is a unit with colored papers in between each to separate the things in there. For example: In my Intro to NR binder, I have a unit called Principles of Ecology. I then have dividers separated by: Ecosystem Structure, Ecosystem Function, Biogeochemical Cycles, Ecosystem Productivity, Ecological Principles, and Ecosystem Balance. In each of the dividers, I have copies of everything I have done in that section (handouts, worksheets, slideshow print outs, articles to read, etc). Each part is separated by a green piece of paper and the exam info is in the back of it all behind a red paper.
My digital folders are set up the exact same. And I try to remember to back up my thumbdrive on my external harddrive fairly often.
I recommend binders for each unit, with a outline of the unit as the first page. I keep the binders on a bookshelf behind my desk for easy access. I include any notes or pointers in the binder ass well. For easy access I keep all my documents on google drive so I can access and edit anywhere. It also makes it easy to share documents with others, collaborate with others,etc. It also takes away the concern of which USB it is saved on. I have a folder for each class and then sub-folders for each unit.
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