Unit 2: Bringing it all together

The concept

Now that you’ve explored ways to organise your browser, note taking and bookmarking, let’s have a think about how these tools all fit together. The way they combine is what makes for an effective workflow. Here’s a way you might use your browser, Evernote and Diigo to make sure you are always organised during the rest of the course and into the future.

  • Ensure that you stay logged into your browser so your extensions, passwords and saved bookmarks are always up to date. Only use the bookmarking feature of your browser to save the most important bookmarks (those sites you visit regularly). For example, you might only have your Google Reader, Evernote, Diigo & Email sites bookmarked. We’d also suggest for the duration of the course to bookmark this website and Edmodo! Be ruthless and only bookmark the most visited sites. If you don’t go there at least a couple of times a week, then just save it to Diigo.
  • Use Evernote to store all of your notes. Don’t just keep your notes in Microsoft Word files or on pieces of paper, make the most of your searchable digital shoebox. Also use Evernote to clip articles from the web that you want to refer back to or will always need access to.
  • Use Diigo to save all of those other bookmarks that you want to remember, but don’t necessarily need every day. Feel free to dump everything in there- it’s free, it won’t clutter up your browser and one day you’ll be thankful you saved the link from a year ago.
  • Consider using a service like Pocket to timeshift articles you want to explore. What is Pocket? It’s a fantastic little tool and is featured as our extension activity for this week. If you have the time and energy make sure you check it out. If you don’t, then save that page into your Evernote account and come back to it when you have more time. (See, good workflow!)

The task

Way back at the start of the unit we asked you to think about some questions regarding workflow and the impact of digital tools on our organisational strategies. We don’t blame you if you can’t remember them- it was a while ago. So here they are again.

  • What are your current techniques for keeping your work organised, keeping track of resources and sharing these resources with others? How do you imagine the tools covered in this unit will change your workflow?
  • Is teaching workflow and organisation techniques to students an important task? What have you noticed about the workflow and organisational strategies of students?
  • How have digital technologies and internet access changed the way we organise ourselves?

Now we’d like you to make a reflective post on your blog about these questions, and any other thoughts, questions or musings you have after completing this unit. We’d also like you to include that link to your very first shared Evernote note that you made all that time ago. Put it all together in a post, publish it on your blog and then head back into Edmodo to submit your Unit 2 assignment.

Congratulations on completing a challenging unit! We know it might have been a bit overwhelming, but hopefully these tools and theories will keep you organised for the rest of the course and beyond.

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