One piece of data overload you are given a lot of these days are web links. Digital information can become just as cluttered as paper. That is why you need a system for keeping it under control.
How do I know which ones are worth keeping?
Ask yourself these questions to make decisions about which links are the most valuable.
- Which ones do you already have or you remember previously eliminating?
- Which look interesting?
- Which are easy to find—on the first search?
- Which open attachments on first try?
- Are the resources on that link so limited that it would be better to just print a lesson plan or poster than save the link?
If it takes you more that 10-15 minutes to find what you are looking for or something useful toss it. Don’t keep those that are too hard to navigate.
Organizing the collection.
Naturally, my first instinct is to organize your links in Pinterest. (Check out my page to see how I have done it. However not every resource has a “pinnable” image. This is when you will want to store the links in a word document.
Have one electronic folder to copy the links followed by a one-line summary of what’s on it that is useful to YOU. The categories you use should be customized to your needs. Here is a suggested starting place.
Keep it current.
Schedule once a year to go through and check your links
- Are they still working?
- Are they still relevant?
- Have you found something better?
- Do you have duplicates?
- Did you really use it?
By The Uncluttered Teacher
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