You’ve almost made it. It’s the final stretch. And it’s starting to feel a little bit like survivor out here.
We know your plate is full. You’re teaching, grading, and closing up shop. But just as you clean and close out your physical space, don’t forget to clean up your digital space too. Your Google Drive is like a giant filing cabinet. Use the same habits in your digital space as you would in your physical space.
We’ve curated 5 easy ways to help you jump start your Google Drive as you head out the door for summer.
1. Clean Sweep
Does the thought of opening your Google Drive stress you out? Perhaps you’ve got a long list of files that just need to be organized in a folder, but you have no idea where to start. Silence that visual noise by moving all of those files into a folder!
2. Brush up on your Driving skills
Now that you’ve got that cleaned up, start exercising some healthy digital organizational habits. Need a basic lesson on Google Drive? Check out our Google Drive Multimedia Text Set to jump start your Driving skills.
3. Create visual interest
4. DO not Enter
Never go to the “Shared with Me” folder. This folder will never be neat and organized because it is a continual collection of everything that has been shared with you. Looking for something that was shared with you? Just use the Search bar at the top of your Drive. You can click the drop down arrow on the right to narrow your search by file type, specific person, and even owned by you. You can add it to your Drive when you search.
5. Quantum mechanics
Do you need a Doc to live in 2 places? Perhaps you created a math assessment during the PLC’s. This document lives in a shared folder with your team. However, you would also like the document to live in your math content folder. Great news! This IS possible and it’s pretty easy!
Gear up for next year
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Our school makerspace has all sorts of cool things- robots, Little Bits circuits, Makey-Makey kits, cardboard, old math materials, rubber bands, paper clips, art supplies, yarn for days, and the list goes on. You name it, we have it. The problem is that these materials have sat in the library untouched by many, and tinkered by few. The only purpose this makerspace served was that it was an attractive exhibit for parents considering our school.
I came to realize that we didn’t actually have a makerspace, and all these materials were just a waste of space.
An official definition by Wikipedia says, “A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately complex contraption in which a series of devices that perform simple tasks are linked together to produce a domino effect in which activating one device triggers the next device in the sequence. “ After watching this music video, my mind began racing and this was my “ah-ha” moment. We needed Rube Goldberg in our makerspace. I asked the art teacher at my school if he would like to co-facilitate a Rube Goldberg after-school club, and he agreed! This club (for kids in grades 3-6) has pivoted my makerspace into what it actually should be, and is changing the culture of how the kids use this space.
The kids plan backwards, one contraption at a time. It has been hard for the adults to refrain from “jumping in” and solving the problems, so we are practicing the “Yes, And” protocol. What’s been so amazing about this protocol is that the kids come up with solutions that the adults didn’t even see. The kids are driving the inquiry. We’ve done a ton of filming in slow motion so that we can see just where the contraption went wrong. This video is a great example of how filming in slow motion can help pinpoint the problem. In the many times in which the kids failed, the whole group stops to willingly participate in collaborative problem solving. This has been the finest example of failing forward I’ve ever seen.
If you are looking for a way to kickstart your makerspace, Rube Goldberg is your “in!” Our makerspace looks chaotic now, and it’s beautiful. There are tons of resources online, but my advice is to watch a few Youtube videos, and let the kids take it from there!