The Fundamental Four! - Digital Literacy Dover

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The Fundamental Four!

The Fundamental 4

The Essential Tech Slide Deck:
There are lots of aspects to digital organisation, but the four that are most essential, and that also happen to be synergetic, ie all four are codependent, are:

1. Organise your Drive

Open up the Chrome Browser, and go to your Google Drive online. Make sure you have folders created for all subject areas. You might want to add a folder for your own personal files, but remember, your drive is a school space, not your personal space. By all means keep personal files in there, but everything else is for your school work.

There should only be folders in your drive, no loose files. If you have files from previous years that are making a mess, just create a folder called Archive (if you haven't already) and move them in there.

2. Backup on the Bar

Now that your Google Drive online is nice and tidy, you can connect it to the Finder on your Mac. This way you can work on files that are not Google Docs without needing to download and upload them. It's also much easier to organise files in the Finder: moving, renaming, sorting, previewing/viewing (just tap the space bar to 'quick look'. Open up the Backup and Sync app, and make sure that in preferences, you're only syncing the folders you actually need to use this year. 

3. Desktop (almost) Zero: Drive it or Dump it. 

Your desktop is not a good place to keep your files—it make them handy, but once they build up it comes very difficult to find anything. Worse, if you have any problems, none of those files are safe, so make sure any files you do have their a strictly temporary. Like the desk in your classroom, at the end of the lesson, make a decision; drive it (move it to your drive) or dump it (move it do the bin). Now you have your Drive synchronized this is as easy as a drag and drop, or within the Finder. 

4. Bookmarks on the Browser Bar 

All of the websites you rely on to function effectively from day to day should be organised along the bookmark bar. Make sure you are signed in so these are all synchronised to your cloud account. That means that those bookmarks, stored in folders, are backed up, and accessible on any other device that you sign in to.

There are more than four?

Yes, but don't panic, one a week will see you reach organisational nirvana within a few months, with fabulous habits for life! 

What kinds of things? Well simple but powerful tips like this one for example:

Using the slide deck below, all you need to do is commit 10 minutes a week, until you have the fundamental four covered.

Here's the tech slide deck, open it, drop it on your (nice and tidy) bookmark bar and check it out once a week!

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