So, my students are winding up their collaborative projects that I have posted about previously, click here to view. The last couple of days students have made a a concerted effort to finish up the projects. Students have been staying after school, using my open door policy by coming in during their study halls, lunch periods, or any other free time, and asking questions after hours via Edmodo. While I admire their efforts, I believe that if they started out this focused on the project, there would be no need for as much effort now. I do realize that the dreaded, state mandated, standardized tests were last week which created a different atmosphere for the start of the project. Being entrenched in the holiday season and weekly threat of “SNOWMAGEDDON X” from the local weather forecasters has added to the ongoing list of distractions for this project.
Yesterday, I was reflecting on some of my notes from PETE & C last week. I am trying to round out my digital footprint from strictly “Techno Geek” stuff to adding more of the “Social, Non-Educational Me” stuff. In the process of reflecting I noticed that my iPhone is running out of storage space. Upon further review, I had over 380 new pictures that were not uploaded anywhere for safe keeping.
Since I was off from work, I decided to do some “Digital Housekeeping.” I opened up several photo apps on my iPhone and began uploading the images to the appropriate websites. I keep my family photos on one website, they are locked down as private; there is nothing inappropriate on the site, I am just more comfortable not sharing EVERYTHING with the world.
I also uploaded a bunch of images to my Flickr account. This account has all of the images labeled with the Creative Commons Reusable with Attribution license. I place many generic, everyday photos of things I come in contact with here. I make my students search for open source and resusable images when creating projects for class. It is my belief that I should give back to the system and add images for others to use.
All images sent to Flickr also go to my family storage site, there is an overlap, but storage is free, so why not take advantage of the space. Once I upload images, I am working on keeping only my favorites on my device. This will free up Gigabytes of space on my phone and allow me to record many more family moments and general interesting events I see. I need to do digital housekeeping on a regular basis and I still have a long way to go with pairing down the images on my devices.
My PETE & C Story
My Notes from PETE & C 2014
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