Tips for organizing teaching materials and managing classroom time
1. Clean up your desktop-keep only what you need in view
- Only use necessary apps
- Shut down any programs you aren't using (email, Twitter, Instant Messaging, Pandora, iTunes).
- Running apps take up system resources and can slow down your computer.
2. Create a folder for each class
- Label it clearly-Econ 101-SFSU-F2012
- Inside: create a folder for each session-Week 1-Monday
- Put your all your content for that session inside
- You can drag web links to your folders
instead of bookmarking
- Drag the URL from the browser window to your desktop
- Click on the little page icon and drag to the desktop. It should look like this:
- You can rename the link to anything you want.
- Then drag it into the appropriate folder.
- When you need the link, click on it from the folder and your default browser will open to that page.
3. Create a technology plan
- As part of your lesson plan, list what technology you will need for that day
- Powerpoint file name & location
- Internet access-reminder to login to wifi
- DVD or VHS title-Is tape cued? What chapter on the DVD?
- Backup your files to a flash drive. Do not rely on "the cloud". A flash drive can be plugged into any computer.
- Do not use that drive for other file storage.
4. Communicate with other users/support staff
- Talk to the faculty before and after you in the classroom.
- Ask the teacher before you to leave the projector on. This will save time setting up.
- Ask the teacher after you if they need the projector on.
- Call MDS support if you have a problem-81494
- Report problems immediately. Don't wait or assume someone else called it in.
- After you notify our office, leave a note on the board for other faculty.
- Example: "Projector bulb has failed. AT has been notified (DATE & TIME)"
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