This week, I have been working on converting all of the professional development materials that are currently listed under my own JDO account to a generic professional development account for the JDO Foundation. While this task sounds incredibly daunting, I was able to accomplish this task MUCH more easily thanks to some great tools (and their collaborative features :) Below are some ways I saved time in completing this transfer.
1. Google Drive
I had created quite a few Blendspace experiences for my course and was really worried that I would have to re-create all of them. Through the collaborative feature, I was able to add the generic account as a collaborator. From the generic account, I could then make a new copy of the Blendspace experiences. Now that the generic account had its own copy of the materials, I didn't have to worry about any ties to my own account.
I LOVE CHROME!!! If you've never used Chrome, you can check out a previous post on One Browser to Rule Them All. Anyway, I was able to create a Chrome profile for the generic account and install any extensions necessary to work on professional development materials, along with all necessary bookmarks (in the case that I am not the person checking the materials any more). This also made it super easy to switch between all of my accounts without needing to log in and log out all of the time. It also made it super easy to make any new accounts, since I just used the Google + sign-up option for all new accounts. Seriously, if you've never used Chrome you should check it out.
If you are interested in learning more about the professional development offered through the JDO Foundation, or about the foundation's mission, please visit jdofoundation.org.
How do you save time using collaborative tools? Please share in the comments below!
Mattea Garcia is a passionate educator dedicated to improving instruction by utilizing technology. This blog is dedicated to reflections on educational technology tools, instructional coaching, and educational equity.