My Digital Life

Q3. Let's Get Organized

3. My Digital Life


Have you ever struggled to find your stuff? Have you ever missed a deadline? Couldn't find your document? This Quest focuses on helping you discover some ways to organize your digital life and workspace. 

You will learn about, and try out, a variety of digital tools to help you stay organized. Whether you are a list maker, a sticky note user, or do everything with a calendar there are amazing web tools to help you.

I Can Statements

  • organize my digital workspace
  • organize my assignments, appointments, and more.
  • organize my documents, files, and folders

Key Vocabulary

Homeless Files: Homeless files are all over the place and don't have a folder to call home.

Organize: To organize is to arrange your things, tasks, and appointments in a way that helps you keep track of them.

Redundant File names: Redundant files names are a file with a name that is not useful or doesn't make sense anymore.

Repetitive File names: Repetitive files names are where the name might be in part of a series, but do not indicate what the content is about, such as document 1, document 2.... or image01, image02.

Sticky Note: A sticky note is a digital version of a paper Post-it Note.

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode." Direct Link


1. Open your Planning Document (introduced to you in Q.1 What's your style) to the Q.3 section: Getting Organized.

2. Describe the study/workspace environment you prefer, such as the lighting, noise levels, seating, table or work surface, location, and favorite features. Save your document when done.

Here is a short list of some features to consider:

  • Lighting: dim lighting, warm lighting, bright lighting
  • Noise: music (genre), quiet, tv, low talking
  • Seating: chair, couch, beanbag chair, pillow on the floor, easy chair
  • Table: desk, desk with a lot of space, small table, library table, laptop desk
  • Location: own room, library, school space, door open or closed
  • Comforts: Food or beverage present
  • Potential distractions you cut out

3. Continue in the Planning Document to My computing environment. Write a paragraph describing:

  • What the opening screen of your computing device looks like (plain with 2-3 icons, covered with different files, loaded with app icons, organized with folders... Take a screenshot of your computer device desktop to insert in the Planning Document (screenshot directions are in Basics Q2).
  • What does your drive space look like when you open it? (Google Drive, OneDrive, Main Document folder...). Are there loads of homeless files, untitled files, redundant files, or repetitive files? Are there folders that organize your work? Take a screenshot of your drive space folder to insert.

4. Continue on to the next steps to learn about some tools to help you Organize Tasks and Homework to be a more Empowered Learner.

Empowered learners can apply previous experience and knowledge to learn something new.

5. Read through the Learning a New Program document to review tips and tricks for learning new tools.

6. The Choice Board below presents a challenge for you to apply your skills to evaluate and select new tools that will meet and support your learning preferences that will become part of your digital life.

7. The Choice Board:

  • If working with a partner, decide who goes first.
  • If working alone, select two or more different categories from the Choice Board that interest you the most and explore the resources provided.

Goal: Learn new tools with some features that can be really helpful.

If playing with a partner:

Round 1, Player 1 will

  • Select one tool category in the chart below (such as Reminders)
  • Pick one of the tools in the category box to explore (or you might each pick one and compare them)
  • Explore the key features of the tool(s)
  • Discuss how the tool might play on your own personal strengths and support your productivity.
  • Now add the name of the tool you explored in the Cool Tools section of your 3. Planning Document to rate it and brainstorm ideas of how it can be used.

Round 2, Player 2 will

  • Select a different tool category and go through the same process, ending with entering the information in the Cool Tools section of the 3. Planning Document.

Round 3

  • Decide on a way to select who picks another category. Possible ways:


                          Play to Learn Choice Board

  Annotations, Sticky,
To Do
Bookmarking, Study,
Reminders, Summary, Vocabulary
Row 1


(Onenote, Diigo,, Save to .pdf, iPad apps)


(Diigo, Wakelet)


(Calendars, Google calendar)

Row 2

Sticky Notes

(Trello, Padlet)

Study Tools

(Quizlet, Wolfram, GeoGebra, GCF LearnFree, MeL)


(Text Compactor, Summarize This)

Row 3

To Do's
(Google Keep,
Microsoft ToDos,
Microsoft Tasks)

(Classroom timers, Online Stopwatch, Pomodoro & Blocking Distractions)

(Rewordify, Wordsmyth, Vocabulary)


8. Review your Cool Tools information and enter them into your planning document. Select your favorite tech tool and think about the best features to share with others. You will want to be convincing. Here are some ways to support your choice:

  • make a list of the best features
  • identify why you feel it's a great tool
  • think of creative and innovative examples of how you would use it and how it would be helpful for others

9. Practice Pitch your tool!

  • Do your 1-minute think-share-pair with another classmate, family member, or friend
  • Do a 90 second whole class sharing (virtual or face-to-face)
  • Post and share a "30 second Best Tool" using a web-sharing tool (such as FlipGrid or other suggested by your teacher) to share virtually with others

10. Ask your audience for questions and feedback

  • Were you convincing, will they check the tool out?
  • Did they think of a different way it might help them?
  • Do they have a tool they think is better?

11. Add any new tools you want to explore in your planning document.

NOTE- Please remember to take care of your computing device with these tips.

Completing this Quest

You have completed this Quest after updating your planning document, creating and doing a sales pitch for your favorite techtool and updating any of your SMART goals as needed.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

  I am ready to go on to Quest 4

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

Empowered Learner

1a Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

1d Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.