ICT tip – Control the Distraction…



In times where Information and Communication Technology’s [ICT] connects us to such vast opportunities, it also frequently distracts us from tasks in hand.

Below are a few programs that may help take control of the ICT.

*  Freedom (currently on student machines)
Disconnects the internet for predetermined amount of time. Very easy to use.

*  Self Control (free download required)
Available here : http://selfcontrolapp.com/
Blocks predetermined blacklisted web sites for stated periods of time.
User creates “Black list”

*  Concentrate (commercial product)
Available here : http://getconcentrating.com/
S
et up what is used and what is not used when doing certain tasks.
Set up time might be time consuming.

…and here’s a few tools that may help with digital organization.

* Finder
Use the folder structure “HKIS > Grade Level > Subject > Project > File”
Using this will keep your school work organized, helping you progress efficiently.

* Stickies (already on laptops)
Use different notes /colours for different subjects and keep all requirements noted there.
Alternatively use Stickies in the Laptops “Dashboard”

* iProcastinate (App store download required)
Available here : http://www.craigotis.com/
A simple task manager for the Mac.

* EverNote (Download required)
Available here : http://evernote.com/
G
reat tools to help organize note taking.
Shares between devices too.
Great program.

Helpful links

Web Usage Tracking support
Please see the document linked below.
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/new/do-you-need-web-tracking-software

Parent Education (including Family Media Agreements, Cyber Safety advise)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/parent-media-education

Google’s Family Safety Centre : Tips from parents @ Google
http://www.google.com/goodtoknow/familysafety/tips/

Cyber Safe Kids
http://www.cybersafekids.com.au/category/resources-for-parents/

Norton – Online Family
https://onlinefamily.norton.com/familysafety/whyUseNOF.fs

I hope this content is useful for you and yours.
If you have any questions, concerns, please contact me directly.

email : dlea@hkis.edu.hk

Regards
Dean Lea
MS ICT Facilitator / Teacher 

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