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I just completed a “Technology for Teachers,” class for College Sophomores (the Golden Apple Scholar Class of 2012.) I have taught this class three times and this year I decided not to start with resources, but to start with organization. WOW – it captured the heart of the class. I cannot tell you how many scholars came to me and said, “____ saved my life. I’m a believer in the power of technology!’

The opening class was a basic assessment, by using Google Doc form, I was ready to see where to start. Then I asked the class, “How do you organized your files? How about your passwords? Do you use the same password and write them down on an excel spreadsheet, or worse on a post-it on your laptop? Yes, yes, and lots of yes was and how do you bookmark your resources?”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is where we need to start with the young and non-techies. If they cannot find a file or forgot their password for a site, the workflow is interrupted. It puts a stop sign in creativity.

Allowing the students to have the TIME to organize THEN create is where we need to start. By allowing them the time to get a handle of the 7,500 photos that are not in folders or the files placed only on the desktop, they then can create more and innovate with the resources they already have.

It seems so simple, yet so powerful!

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