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Organizing

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Get it Together! Organizing Time and Tasks

 

Items highlighted in yellow were shown at the VCU DSS student meetings!

 

Organizing with a Transition Portfolio for Assistive Technology

 

The Student Transition Portfolio is an expanding file wallet with tabbed dividers and useful forms for identifying needs and interests. The portfolio helps organize job or school information, letters of reference, work histories, etc. Integrated across the portfolio are questions and resources for considering assistive technology as a tool to support transition and personal goals. For more information, visit http://www.wati.org/Products/products.html and take a look at this: Planning and Preparing for AT after High School.doc 

 

 

Organizing with Reminder Systems

 

Here are some ideas to get you started (including the instructions for "Be a Morning DJ: Transitioning with Music"): Reminder Systems.doc 

 

Jott makes sure you stay on top of everything. With a simple phone call to 866-JOTT-123, you can capture notes, set reminders and calendar appointments, stay in touch with friends and family, and interact with your favorite web sites and services...all with your voice! Simply call Jott and tell it where you want your message to go. It captures your voice, turns it into text, and sends it to the destination you chose. For more information, visit http://jott.com/Jott/how-to-jott.html and http://jott.com/jott/learn-more.html.

 

Remember the Milk Reminder System

  • Set due dates easily with next Friday or in 2 weeks. Extensive keyboard shortcuts make task management quicker than ever.
  • Receive reminders via email, SMS, and instant messenger (AIM, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Skype and Yahoo! are all supported).
  • Use the map to see where your tasks are located in the real world. See what's nearby or on your way, and plan the best way to get things done.
  • Share, send and publish tasks and lists with your contacts or the world. Remind your significant other to do their household chores.
  • Adding tasks is as simple as firing off an email (even from your phone). See an important date on the web? Add it to your list with Quick Add. For more information, visit http://www.rememberthemilk.com/tour/.

 

My Yahoo is a way to organize web information (email, calendar, task lists, RSS feeds, other things like weather and video) all on one page. If you have a Yahoo email account, you have this already! For more information, visit http://cm.my.yahoo.com/ and http://www.myyblog.com/blog/tips to learn how to personalize a My Yahoo page.

 

iGoogle is a way to organize web information (email, calendar, task lists, RSS feeds, other things like weather and video) all on one page. If you have a gmail email account, you have this already! For more information, visit http://homeofficesite.com/oranizewithigoogle/ to read how to organize yourself and then set up a page at http://www.google.com/ig?hl=en. Here's a screenshot of one iGoogle page:

screenshot of iGoogle with organizing applications.doc 

 

Hotmail/Windows Live is a popular service that has been around for a long time. If you have a Hotmail email account, you have this already! For more information, visit http://www.windowslive-hotmail.com/calendar/, http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/newsroom/msn/factsheet/hotmail.mspx, and then set up at www.hotmail.com.

 

Microsoft Outlook is a popular computer-based (rather than web-based) email application that most Windows users already have on their computers. It includes a calendar and task list system that is often synced with PDAs. For more information, visit http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/FX100647201033.aspx?CTT=96&Origin=CL100626971033&ofcresset=1 and http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/FX100487751033.aspx. DeskTask syncs with Microsoft Outlook to display your calendar and task items on your desktop. DeskTask displays the whole week so you can be prepared to organize your work. Besides the calendar items, the Outlook to-do list (Folder Tasks) is also displayed. If you work with Outlook, DeskTask is for you. If you’re hooked on Outlook for scheduling at work or home, DeskTask is an awesome add-on for keeping a close eye on your schedule. For more information, visit www.carthagosoft.net/desktask.htm.

 

HipCal is a cool online calendar and to-do list: you'll never forget where you need to be or what you have to do!  Alerts remind you of important events via alerts sent directly to your cell phone or email.  Group calendars let you join a group for your classes at school or create a group for a club, project team, or group of friends. For more information, visit www.hipcal.com.

 

 

Organizing with Productivity Software

 

Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 is an organizing application from Windows. It's a digital notebook that provides you with a single place to gather your notes and information, an embedded search tool to find what you are looking for quickly. You can gather and organize text, pictures, digital handwriting, audio and video recordings, and more — all in one digital notebook on your computer. The idea is to reduce time spent searching for information across e-mail messages, paper notebooks, file folders, and printouts. Office OneNote 2007 is an integrated part of the 2007 Microsoft Office system.

 

NoteBook is part notebook, part personal organizer, NoteBook from Circus Ponies is a powerful application that’ll do more than you might expect. It’ll export notes to HTML, has a database to keep track of just about anything you can clip, has a great outliner and, of course, a great interface for note taking. Organize your information using a familiar notebook interface complete with pages and tabs. Arrange notes hierarchically in logical outline pages or free-form writing pages, in ways that make sense to you. Integrate graphics and media directly into your notes where you need them and add annotations, keywords, and stickers to help you keep track. For more information, visit www.circusponies.com.

 

 

Some Hardware to Get You Organized

 

Onion Mountain's LoTTIE kits (Low Tech Tools for Inclusive Education) are a great place to look for helpful tools for organization, reading, and writing. For more information, visit http://www.onionmountaintech.com/.

 

Time Timers (www.timetimer.com) are inexpensive visual timers that help us with time management during task completion.

 

The small computer we showed that used "digital ink" on a slate computer is a "tablet pc." For more information, visit http://www.motioncomputing.com/solutions/hi_ed.asp and http://www.tabletpcreview.com/. Also take a look at this:Tablet PC Notetaking Application Review Chart.doc and this: Getting organized with the tablet PC.doc

 

 

One of the small computers we showed today was the Acer Aspire One, an inexpensive (<$350) netbook. For more information, visit http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=4575 and http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2320512,00.asp. (Be careful to select the Linux or Windows operating system, depending on your needs!)

 

 

iPods are popular devices that can be used for organizing, reading, and recording as well as listening to music! This document provides ideas and "how-to" info about using iPods: iPod ideas.doc. Also visit our wiki page on iPods. For more information, visit http://www.apple.com/itunes/.

 

 

The iPod Touch (iTouch) is a handheld device that can be used like a PDA and iPod as well as for web surfing. There are lots of cool applications related to organization, reading, and writing coming out currently for the iTouch. For more information, visit http://itouchtools.wetpaint.com/ and http://www.apple.com/ipodtouch/.

 

 

PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) are "great gadgets for school. In one compact device, you can keep track of your class schedule and activities, organize the contact information of all your new friends, take notes" and some even surf the web! For more information, visit http://reviews.cnet.com/1990-3127_7-6297141-1.html.

 

 

Other Things That Might Help

 

Livescribe is a “high-tech way for students to take notes; the Pulse Smart pen records lectures while you take notes...you tap on the notes with your pen and the lecture for that portion of the notes are replayed. We hear why it is one of the top back to school picks this year. ‘The lecture is such a difficult thing to absorb and capture at the same time this lets you perhaps pay more attention to what is being said while your hand is taking notes and absorb more than slavishly noting down all the word.' " To see how it works, visit http://www.livescribe.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/LDApp.woa/wa/MLSOverviewPage?sid=8VHWtC7TnPHR. For more info, visit http://www.livescribe.com/.

 

Rocket Books are video study guides written by college professionals. There are also online collaborative study communities and mp3 downloads available. For more info, visit http://myrocketbook.com/. For an example about Romeo and Juliet, see http://myrocketbook.com/free-online-study-guides/romeo-and-juliet.

 

The Key to Access is a USB key/mp3 player that enables you to take eight different literacy software programs with you to any computer. "By just inserting the MP3 Player into any USB Port, the floating tool bar will appear and then you just select any of the eight different tools. The software NEVER needs to be installed on your computer. All your personal settings are saved on your Key to Access so that no matter which computer you use, your access will be the same." For more information, visit http://www.readingmadeez.com/products/keytoaccess.html.

 

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech-to-text tool that helps you "talk to your computer and watch your spoken words instantly appear in documents, email and instant messages. You can even surf the Web just by speaking! Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 turns your voice into text three times faster than most people type — with up to 99% accuracy. It learns to recognize your voice instantly, and continually improves the more you use it! Just use your voice to dictate and edit in virtually any Windows application, including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and AOL." For more information, visit http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/products/standard.asp.

 

The Sony ICD-SX57 digital voice recorder comes bundled with Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software and "can be used to dictate notes, memos, e-mail, and other text-heavy documents when you're away from the computer". For more information, visit http://www.pcworld.com/article/138262/from_speech_to_text.html.

 

Digital Book Readers--There are a variety of digital book readers on the market these days: the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, etc.

 

 


 

For information about text-to-speech applications (such as Read Out:Loud, Read Please, Natural Reader, and Microsoft Reader), click here. 

 

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