Managing Professional Information Overload (K-ACTE version)

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This presentation was given at the K-ACTE conference for Career & Tech Educators in Kansas in July 2012. It is targeted at educators, but most people in any profession would benefit from the …

This presentation was given at the K-ACTE conference for Career & Tech Educators in Kansas in July 2012. It is targeted at educators, but most people in any profession would benefit from the information found in this session. It covers tips, resources, and tools to help you better manage professional information overload!

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  • No need to write down all the sites mentioned or links. I've given you a bookmark that highlights the major points we'll be covering, and it includes a resource link to the presentation resources page. \n
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  • Individuals think about info overload -- how do you currently deal with it? Write down three ways on the provided sticky notes. If you don't deal with it at all right now, you're never overwhelmed, share that. Talk to neighbors if you're stumped. You have two minutes. \n\n
  • Video from Xerox about Information Overload Syndrome (IOS -- the other one)\n\n
  • Feeling overwhelmed by 2.0? By Technology? By Information? \n
  • Does this look like your life as you try to keep up with your day-to-day tasks, family, eat, work at the library, keep up with current issues, read your email, read books, stay on top of listservs, listen to a webinar, pay bills, and sleep? \n
  • On the web, getting information is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant. Its too much at once! \n
  • You want to be able to sift through and filter all the extra out and only get what you need. \n
  • But everything flies by as a blur, too fast, too much, and it all bleeds together. \n
  • And it never ever ends or stops. \n
  • You hit a brick wall when you try to keep up. \n
  • And lose your mind (and hair) instead. \n
  • Is it even possible to find direction? \n
  • And succeed at managing information overload? \n
  • It is possible if you keep 5 tips in mind\n
  • access 6 resources.\n
  • and use 6 tools. \n
  • Are you ready? \n
  • Let’s go! \n
  • 5 Tips for keeping in mind as you deal with the overload. \n
  • "Worries about information overload are as old as information itself, with each generation reimagining the dangerous impacts of technology on mind and brain. From a historical perspective, what strikes home is not the evolution of these social concerns, but their similarity from one century to the next, to the point where they arrive anew with little having changed except the label." --http://www.slate.com/id/2244198/pagenum/all/ Writing. Printing press. Newspapers. Studying. Radio. Gramophone. TV. Computers. Social Media. \n
  • Let go. Do it. I dare you. From NPR this summer, "The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We're All Going To Miss Almost Everything", by Linda Holmes"If "well-read" means "making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully," then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we've seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can't change that."\nhttp://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/04/21/135508305/the-sad-beautiful-fact-that-were-all-going-to-miss-almost-everything?sc=fb&cc=fp:\n
  • Wise wisdom from Bobbi. Choose. Be selective. Do what works for you and toss out the rest. \n
  • Learn ways to find the gems. And trash the rest. Learn to quickly scan through information and links. "The key is I don't do it the moment it comes up. If I see an interesting tweet with a link and I have time, I will dig deeper but most of the time I only glance, decide if it is something to look at and save it for later." Richard Byrne on Twitter. \n
  • Everyone is overwhelmed. Even those who seem to be techie, plugged in. We're actually worse at times. Bonus: your peers are your biggest help. Listservs and ask questions. Ask for help. \n
  • 6 go-to education-technology-related resources to help manage information overload -- these are some of the treasures that can be quickly glanced at. \n
  • Fantastic resource for educators to quickly come up with ways to use technology in your classroom. This is the best go-to-site on the web for quick ways to learn about a tech tool, site, or resource and how to incorporate it into your classroom.\n
  • Edutopia is a site that tracks what works in education. Founded and supported by the George Lucas Foundation, it places emphasis on education innovations and has great resources for all grade levels, discussions around current issues in education, and more. It gives a lot of focus to project-based learning if you are interested in learning more about that. \n
  • Quick glances at these sites or following their Facebook fan pages -- they're treasures -- and trash. But the gems here are worth it. We learned about Jing and Dropbox through these sites. Great easy-to-understand tech explanations, as well, and other techie/get things done/stay-organized tips, especially on Lifehcaker. \n
  • Need to know something, ask Google. It's my not so secret resource. “Let’s go consult the manual,” so says Liz Rea. \n
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  • Need to know something, ask Google. It's my not so secret resource. “Let’s go consult the manual,” so says Liz Rea. \n
  • The following are 6 sets tools that can help manage information and articles to save for "later", archive, and aggregate. \n
  • Oh evernote. Where have you been all my life? I built a good bit of the original version of this presentation and saved its resources using Evernote. Evernote can be used through the web, through your computer, through tablets, and through phones. It's has a free level, and free app. Everything is stored online. \n\nEvernote has endless uses. Save text notes, pictures (through mobile app), web clips, links, make to-do-lists. Share notebooks. Catch all for information. Voice notes. Desktop. Mobile. Web. Email stuff to it. Check it out. Buffy Hamilton (The Unquiet Librarian) and her students swear by this tool. When I discovered the desktop client could do to-do lists, I finally found a solution to my mess of sticky-notes on my desk! \n
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  • Diigo is an alternative to Delicious. There was a time earlier this year where Delicious's future was uncertain. I looked for an online bookmarking option, and fell in love with Diigo. \n\nDiigo has seriously impressed me. Lots of options and ways to save resources, create lists, share, bring in favorites from twitter, organize. Share full webpages, read it later option. I have barely scratched the surface with my use of this tool. Delicious never blew me over with its features. Diigo has. \n\nPinterest.com. Requires an invite still, but you can save and catalog photos of anything on the web. I've started cataloging photos that can be used on websites and in presentations, that are licensed Creative Commons. :) Craft ideas. Lesson plans. Display boards. Books to read. Recipes for in class. Project ideas. \n
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  • Read Later. (alternative readitlaterlist.com). Save articles/links for reading later in an ad-free screen. Has apps available. I'm terrible about remembering to go back and read what I've saved, but I've found stuff I vaguely remember saving here many times. It's been my favorite iPad and iPhone app since day one of usage. Browser bookmarklet available to easily save links. \n
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  • This next tool has more to do with file management, but even with that we can get quickly overwhelmed. Constantly losing files you need to transfer between home and school because you lost your flash drive, lose track of the correct version, etc? Try Dropbox. You can upload, sync files here. Access from mobile devices. Set up syncing folders on multiple computers. Share folders. It's awesome. \n
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  • Build your network of people to help you. Like pages on Facebook of sites you want to quickly see from time to time (maybe even some of the resources I mentioned today). Twitter -- check out my lists and see who's there and what's being shared. Make your networks work for you. Some call this a personal learning community or environment. In the resources, I've listed a webinar recently done on personal learning communities. #edchat is a big live Twitter chat that takes place on Tuesdays during the day and in the evening. A lot of educators use Twitter & Facebook to connect and share ideas. \n
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  • These are some others ideas from other colleagues. I have a love-hate relationship and mark all as read relationship with Google Reader. Livebinders I keep seeing people RAVE about, but haven't checked it out yet, iGoogle and NetVibes are good portal sites. IFTTT will make the web work for you. ScoopIt -- digital curation magazine. Alltop is a portal of topics. You can access what the website has curated or curate your own. \n
  • PBworks is a wiki tool. All top is a portal of blogs on many different topics or you can build your own. Larry Ferlazzo’s site covers many many topics and helpful website lists. There are many professional listservs out there you can belong to. If they are overwhelming, find and use the digest option. Your email system probably has powerful filters that you can make work for you. And the 4 major web browsers (Chrome and Firefox particularly) have powerful add-ons that can put the web to work for you, connecting to many of the tools already mentioned. \n
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  • Before getting to questions, lets stop for two minutes, and i want you to rebrainstorm 3 ways you’re going to deal with information overload now. If you need to, you can cheat off the bookmark :)\n
  • Quick video about what a day can be like on information overload. \n
  • Here's some useful articles. They're all linked off the presentation resource page. I've also built a Diigo list for this presentation. On the resource page listed on your bookmarks, there is a link to a printable copy of the resources slides. \n
  • Here's some useful articles. They're all linked off the presentation resource page. I've also built a Diigo list for this presentation. On the resource page listed on your bookmarks, there is a link to a printable copy of the resources slides. \n
  • Here's some useful articles. They're all linked off the presentation resource page. I've also built a Diigo list for this presentation. On the resource page listed on your bookmarks, there is a link to a printable copy of the resources slides. \n
  • Here's some useful articles. They're all linked off the presentation resource page. I've also built a Diigo list for this presentation. On the resource page listed on your bookmarks, there is a link to a printable copy of the resources slides. \n
  • Questions? \n
  • Let me know if you have any questions! \n

Transcript

  • 1. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Tools for Managing Professional Information Overload Heather Braum Digital & Technical Services Librarian Northeast Kansas Library System hbraum@nekls.org
  • 2. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Raised hands” by Flickr User Jayz Internet Solutions under a CC License, http:// goo.gl/0MNoV
  • 3. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “share your ideas” by Flickr User Britta Bohlinger under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ QU6Ea
  • 4. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Video online at: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=CXFEBbPIEOI Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=CXFEBbPIEOI
  • 5. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “MS Library 2.0 Summit Birds of a Feather Lunch Tables” by Flickr User msulibrary1 under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ 4vwfx
  • 6. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Balance...” by Flickr User mind on fire under a CC License, http://goo.gl/JeFB7
  • 7. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “information hydrant” by Flickr User Will Lion under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ tEsq4
  • 8. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “information overload” by Flickr User verbeeldingskr8 under a CC License, http:// goo.gl/hwqo4
  • 9. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Seamless Train” by Flickr User DaveFayram under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ 3cAAB
  • 10. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “The Road” by Flickr User Stuck in Customs under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ jBtd8
  • 11. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Bricks” by Flickr User Esparta under a CC License, http://goo.gl/yHtis
  • 12. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Outtake - Nooo! [Overwhelmed]” by Flickr User andreas.thor under a CC License, http://j.mp/fWk7Gx
  • 13. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Yellow Arrow” by Flickr User Ian Muttoo under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ BFtmz
  • 14. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Jubilant Winners Enjoy Success” by Flickr User c.a.muller under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ewc1h
  • 15. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Tip Jar at Huckleberry” by Flickr User Muy Yum under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ DHU3Z
  • 16. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Google Lego 50th Anniversary Inspiration” by Flickr User manfrys under a CC License, http://j.mp/bFy036
  • 17. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Google Lego 50th Anniversary Inspiration” by Flickr User manfrys under a CC License, http://goo.gl/P3FoU
  • 18. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Hands Across the World” by Flickr User Building Unity 1000 Families under a CC License, http://goo.gl/TUfAJ
  • 19. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Go” by Flickr User Peet Reed under a CC License, http://goo.gl/oXux5
  • 20. K-ACTEJuly 2012 5 Tips
  • 21. K-ACTEJuly 20121. Information overload has always been present. It’s notnew. Source: “Scrolls” by Flickr User Hc_07 under a CC License, http://j.mp/i31UZV
  • 22. K-ACTEJuly 20122.You’re never going to be able to keep up witheverything. Source: http://bit.ly/i4pGx5, 2/23/11
  • 23. K-ACTEJuly 20123. “These things are TOOLS to serve you & help you.Don’t let them manage you. Manage them. Rememberyou are a human being not a human doing.” --BobbiNewman, www.librarianbyday.net Source: “080116Meineke_021” by Flickr User Miz Ginger Snaps under a CC License, http:// j.mp/gB1VMJ
  • 24. K-ACTEJuly 20124. Learn the art of skimming links and articles to“maybe” save for later. “trash and treasure” Source: “Accessory 1” by Flickr User Urban Woodswalker under a CC License, http://j.mp/ eXD4p9
  • 25. K-ACTE July 2012 27 instant messages 76 email listserv messages 4 text messages 14 social network messages 17 phone calls 825 RSS feed updates 98 work emails 30 pages from a book 52 personal emails 5 letters 127 social network 11 pieces junk mail status updates 1 periodical issue 1 hour of television 3 hours of radio 5.You’re not alone in this struggle.stats from “Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Source: “my scared cat” by Flickr User PaoloInformation Overload” Sarah Houghton-Jan, Ariadne, July 2008, Margari under a CC License, http://j.mp/http://j.mp/10Dc2 gcFR70
  • 26. K-ACTEJuly 2012 6 Resources
  • 27. K-ACTEJuly 2012 1. Free Technology for Teachers www.freetech4teachers.com
  • 28. K-ACTEJuly 2012 2. Edutopia www.edutopia.org
  • 29. K-ACTEJuly 2012 3. Mashable & Lifehacker www.mashable.com & www.lifehacker.com
  • 30. K-ACTEJuly 2012 4. Google... www.google.com I’m not kidding Source: “Google Lego 50th Anniversary Inspiration” by Flickr User manfrys under a CC License, http://j.mp/bFy036
  • 31. K-ACTEJuly 2012 5. MAKEzine Blog http://blog.makezine.com/ Source: “Google Lego 50th Anniversary Inspiration” by Flickr User manfrys under a CC License, http://j.mp/bFy036
  • 32. K-ACTEJuly 2012 6. Group Brainstormingideas will be posted to the online presentation resource later Source: “Here comes everybody” by Flickr User Pip under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ FdPYM
  • 33. K-ACTEJuly 2012 6 Sets of Tools
  • 34. K-ACTEJuly 2012 1. Notetaking Tools Evernote (www.evernote.com) & Google Docs (docs.google.com)
  • 35. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 36. K-ACTEJuly 2012 2. Bookmarking Tools Diigo (www.diigo.com), Delicious (www.delicious.com) & Pinterest (www.pinterest.com)
  • 37. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 38. K-ACTEJuly 2012 3. Information Dashboard iGoogle (www.google.com/ig),NetVibes (www.netvibes.com) & Alltop (www.alltop.com)
  • 39. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 40. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Text 4. Saving to Read Later Instapaper (www.instapaper.com) & Read It Later (readitlaterlist.com)
  • 41. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 42. K-ACTEJuly 2012 5. Online File Storage Dropbox: www.dropbox.com & Google Docs (docs.google.com)
  • 43. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 44. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Bonus 6. Online Social Networks Twitter (www.twitter.com) & Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  • 45. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 46. K-ACTE Additional ToolsJuly 2012 • Google Reader (reader.google.com) • Livebinders (www.livebinders.com) • Feed My Inbox (www.feedmyinbox.com) • ifttt (www.ifttt.com) • Scoop.it (http://scoop.it/) • Alltop (www.alltop.com)
  • 47. K-ACTE Additional ToolsJuly 2012 • PBWorks (www.pbworks.com) • Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the day • (larryferlazzo.edublogs.org) • Web English Teacher (webenglishteacher.com) • Professional Listservs • Email Filters • Browser Add-ons
  • 48. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “ideas 4 U ......” by Flickr User k-ideas under a CC License, http://goo.gl/kxaut
  • 49. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “share your ideas” by Flickr User Britta Bohlinger under a CC License, http://goo.gl/ QU6Ea
  • 50. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Video online at: http://vimeo.com/35873217 Source: http://vimeo.com/35873217
  • 51. K-ACTE Further ResourcesJuly 2012 • “Being Wired or Being Tired: 10 Ways to Cope with Information Overload” Sarah Houghton-Jan, Ariadne, July 2008, http://j.mp/10Dc2 • “Getting uncluttered with Evernote and Instapaper” from practically efficient blog, June 22, 2010, http://j.mp/c9SVt5 • [Video] Web 2.0 Expo NY: Clay Shirky (shirky.com) It’s Not Information Overload. It’s Filter Failure. September 2008, http://j.mp/5OCWlH • “Inbox Zero”, Merlin Mann. Articles: http://j.mp/ifI6Wd and Video: http:// j.mp/Ok4MC • “Building and maintaining an online professional learning community”, Jayme Linton, Learn NC, http://j.mp/g0LnZz • “Twitter: Keeping Up With It All”, Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers, February 24, 2011, http://j.mp/hSf37L
  • 52. K-ACTE Further ResourcesJuly 2012 • “Coping with Information Overload” Infopeople webinar by Sarah Houghton- Jan, May 2011, http://goo.gl/Ed2YS • “How to Keep Up with (Almost) Everything” Libguides, by Buffy Hamilton, http://goo.gl/amdqT • “What I’m Reading Online This Spring: Fountains of Information, Insight, and Inspiration”, by Buffy Hamilton http://goo.gl/dgvoK • “Happiness Through Personal Learning” by Marianne Lenox, from the 2011 WJ Trends in Training and Learning conference, http://goo.gl/343D0
  • 53. K-ACTE Further ResourcesJuly 2012 • “Information Overload? There Has Always Been Too Much to Know,” (BigThink) http://goo.gl/irYaX • “The Joy of Quiet,” (NY Times) http://goo.gl/3SYcm • “The Solution to Information Overload,” (Steve Hargadon) http://goo.gl/ wSlLL • “Are we on information overload,” (Education Views) http://goo.gl/ZoQXK • “Coming of age with information overload” (Huffington Post) http://goo.gl/ 5un0R • “This is what a healthy information diet looks like,” (Lifehacker) http://goo.gl/ FPFMw • Evernote for Schools, http://goo.gl/95Qh6
  • 54. K-ACTE Reading ListJuly 2012 1. The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, Johnson, 2012. 2. Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, Medina, 2008. 3. Too Big to Know: rethinking knowledge now that the facts arent the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room, Weinberger, 2011 4. Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, Richardson/Mancabelli, 2011. 5. Getting Things Done, Allen, 2001 6. Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload, Hurst, 2007. 7. Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn, Davidson, 2011. 8. The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Carr, 2010.
  • 55. K-ACTEJuly 2012 Source: “Question” by Flickr User Stefan Baudy under a CC License, http://j.mp/XRqF2
  • 56. K-ACTE Contact meJuly 2012 Presentation Information: http://goo.gl/PxkLj • Links: http://j.mp/fXUlAm • Contact information: • Email: hbraum@nekls.org • Twitter: @hbraum • http://about.me/hbraum