So, on to my next favorite tool...
When my students first told me about Pinterest (oui, mes élèves introduce me to beaucoup de new ideas), I thought, Awesome! Another way to be distracted by something that has absolutely no purpose whatsoever. When I began using it however, I quickly realized how useful it would be for me.
I have been a fan of Google bookmarks for over a decade. I use a variety of computers and hated having to try to merge my favorites amongst them all. Google bookmarks (courtesy of the Google toolbar) allowed me to edit, access, and add to my bookmarks from wherever I was. The problem was that I could rarely remember how I had categorized a needed bookmark, or what I had called it. When I read a real book, I can recall the placement of key phrases in the book, which side of the book the information is on, whether it is at the top or the bottom, whether it is in italics or not. But that ability doesn't seem to apply to remembering how I classified web pages.
Enter Pinterest. For someone like me, who has more of a visual memory, I can remember the image associated with the web page far more easily that what I called it. For some reason, having the image also allows me to remember how I classified the web page more easily as well. I have Boards (classifications) for school, French, English, my family, my house (real and imaginary), health, food, drinks...whatever strikes my fancy. Bien sûr, all of my Boards have titles in French. :) I have great ideas for outfits to wear, for furnishing for my new house (move in date is 8 fév!), and cool lesson plans to try.
Check me out HERE and follow whichever boards you'd like. Just don't judge me based upon my obsessions. :)