Happy weekend everyone!! I am so excited to be hosting a new weekly linky party with my dear friend Elizabeth!
Would you like to join us?
Here are the steps…
1. Write a blog post about one or both of the following:
An Organizational Idea
This can be something that you’ve used in the past that has worked well, or something you are developing this summer for next year. One idea is fine, as this will be a weekly linky party.
An Organizational Find
Share a find you scored when out and about shopping during the summer. Bins, binders, folders, containers…any of those items that make a huge difference in our classroom organization and management.
2. Grab a button for your blog post:
3. Link on up! You can join the party on Elizabeth’s blog or mine…it’s all the same party so come on over. We’ll be hosting each Saturday this summer!
4. The Fine Print! We do have a couple of rules for this linky, as shown below. Please note that any links that do not follow the rules will be deleted regrettably.
The purpose of this linky party is to provide new and veteran teachers a
chance to come together and share ideas on how to get organized for a
new school year. Please join us and share your advice and expertise, but not links to products please. Please share new posts in which you are participating in the party, not links to older posts or labels on your blog. Thanks so much for your understanding!
We want everyone to feel welcome to participate! Don’t have a blog? Please stop by and leave comments each week sharing your tips with us…we can learn so much from each other! 🙂
Here is my Optimum Organization for the week…
Not trying to be dramatic or anything, but I really think my iPad has saved my life organizationally! I know I’ve told you about my gradebook app and how much I adore that. I take meeting notes on it now. I no longer lose important information. AND! It’s all in one place, which I just love.
I want to continue utilizing my iPad in the best way possible. My latest goal has been to reduce the paper clutter I have accumulated.
I started working towards this goal last month when I purchased a scanning app called Genius Scan+ (the green link will take you to the app store for more previews…there is also a free version if you would like to try it out).
This is a cool little app that lets you use your iPad as a document scanner (this isn’t a review, I purchased the app awhile back).
And it’s very easy to do…
Just open the app and take a picture of your document:
(this is an old snowflake coloring page, just for an example)
Once you’ve taken the photo, you will see these orange lines:
You can drag these lines to select the document to have it scan just as you would like:
(this allows you to select the best parts of the document…like dragging it past that black copier line on the right hand side)
Once you have the document selected how you would like, you can hit the Use button on the bottom of the screen, then save the document:
You can save it in the documents section of Genius Scan+ itself, or choose from other options. I have been organizing and saving my scanned documents in Dropbox.
This is where the optimum organization part comes in for me!
I have been saving documents from meetings with this app. So all of those awesome articles we get at our PLCs? The ones that I, ahem, misplace accidentally every so often (or very often, if I am to be completely honest with you)?
Well, thanks to this app, I have been scanning them, saving them in a folder, and then discarding the paperwork. I love this because it is reducing my paperwork clutter and I no longer lose any important papers…they are all right there in my iPad. I couldn’t be happier with this!
The only slight drawback to this app is the print quality.
Since it is a photo scanned digitally, it does create a less high-quality document when you print it out. I don’t mind this however, since most of the documents I am scanning are for professional reading and I don’t need to print them.
The other documents I am saving are older papers that don’t have such wonderful quality to begin with, so I’m fine with the print quality for these.
We are in school for three more weeks and I am decluttering paperwork as I get cleaned up. Actually, I should say I am scanning and throwing out paperwork as I clean up. And that, my dear readers, is a wonderfully organized feeling!
Thanks for visiting and please feel free to link up and share your Optimum Organization for the week!
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