I’m putting together a set of tools to use on my DELTA for various topics and projects and assignments that I have to do. My aim is to use tools that will help me record, catalogue, organise my notes, revise and produce tasks that I need to.
Note taking and curation
This is probably going to be my frontline and first stage for all notes.In case you don’t know Evernote is kind of like your external brain where you can keep notes and intergrate with other application to send resources to it.
I’m going to use my blog to reflect on the process of the DELTA but also to keep a log of new ideas, methodologies, techniques, activities and anything else that I need to remember for my DELTA. Where as Evernote is for my first notes and general thoughts/ramblings. My blog will be for more polished ideas and a better log. It’s my hope to use this as a way to practice academic referencing etc.
I’ve fallen in love with this app a bit. It’s a “distraction free writing” application that takes up a full screen, has simple background and some simple instrumental music in the background. It’s also free for the basic version. Which is nice seeing as I don’t have MS Word at the moment.
For non writing tasks and in case I need to export documents in a different format.
Google Docs Drawing.
Perhaps a little unknown function of Google Docs is the drawing app. It’s surprisingly good for making Mindmaps as a way to organise your thoughts.
Notebooks and paper
Paper has a place too! Although I have shifted many of the tools I use to electronic I still take a lot of pleasure in writing words down by hand. This will be important practice for the test at the end of module one.
Planning and timing
I’ve entered my assignment dates into my Google calendar with notifications to warn me when there is one imminently due.
Knowing when to disconnect is just as important as when to plugin and do the work.
I’ve mentioned a couple of my time off tools before, such as chrome nanny and rescuetime to check how I am using my computer time but also
I’ve picked up a good selection of books for the DELTA and decided to go the “Thornbury” route, partially because I find his blog (and previous books of his I’ve read) to be easy and detailed so I feel it is more likely to be the same with his other books but also as A to Z of ELT crosses several boundaries. [You can check out the DELTA book list here though I didn’t by every single book]
I’m using Quizlet (and the mobile app) to do some light revision of terminology and phrases. Although Sandy Millin has a great set I’m going to create my own as note creating will also help my revision process.
Well those are my tools for now. I’m sure some more will come up as I continue my journey so I’ll add them to the list as and when.